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November 23, 2010 > NCS girls tennis recap

NCS girls tennis recap

Submitted By Sida Lu

Over the span of Tuesday, Nov. 16, through Wednesday, Nov. 17, the best female singles and doubles tennis players in the North Coast Section faced off in a single-elimination tournament at the Oakley Diamond Hills Club. Locally, there was solid representation at the tournament, sending three singles players and two doubles teams to compete.

Division I singles started off with Robin Zhou of American High vs. Kristina Hovsepyan of Monte Vista High. Robin fell behind early and lost set one, 6-0. Zhou rallied in the second set to take a game, but was ultimately overwhelmed by Hovsepyan and knocked out in the first round in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1.

Leslie Chan from Mission San Jose High met with more success. Chan faced Kimko Kearney of Northgate and was able to move on to round two with two consecutive set wins, 6-1 and 6-2. There, she faced No. 2 seed Hovsepyan and fell short of the semifinals with a pair of 6-0 losses. Hovesepyan would go on to take third, with Hadley Berg from Redwood High taking second, and Laura Posylkin of San Marin High winning the NCS Division I championship.

In Division II singles action, No. 1 seed Jana Lee of Moreau Catholic began her quest for first with a dominating victory over Head Royce's Samantha Farrell in two 6-1 sets. Lee would run into trouble in the semifinals, however, and fall to Tamalpais' Hillary Fazekas in the first set 6-4 and was unable to take a game in the second set, 6-0. Lee would go on to play in the third-place game and defeated Jennifer Budd of Bishop O' Dowd (6-3, 6-4) to take third place overall. Second went to Fazekas and first went to Chelsea Hayashi of Tamalpais.

Division I doubles had two Tri-City representatives, both from the Mission Valley Athletic League: Dora Do/Elizabeth Au of Mission San Jose and Kaitlyn Joe/Annie Li of American High. Joe /Li faced off against the Sarah Lemp/Kristen Shak duo from Castro Valley. Despite a slow start and early deficit that resulted in a first set loss, 6-0, Joe/Li battled back in the second set to take four games before falling to Lemp/Shak, 6-4. Do/Au ran into eventual runner-up and No. 2 seed Anastasia Kaiser/Hanne Andersen of Miramonte and were dispatched in straight 6-1 losses.

Shannon Hung/Kellie Taylor of California High were the eventual winners, defeating Kaiser/Andersen 7-5, 0-6, 6-3.

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