Hoffman and Ball advance in NorCal Junior Sectionals

Over a dozen local tennis players still competing in age group junior sectionals

The top nine seeds, including top-seeded Daniel Hoffman of Atherton and sixth-seeded Jamin Ball of Palo Alto, survived into the Round of 16 in the NorCal 18 Junior Sectional tennis championships at Santa Clara University on Tuesday.

All but one in the remaining field is seeded among the top 30. Monterey senior Adam Luba is the final unseeded player in the tournament.

There weren't many surprises, as the higher seed won in every match. Hoffman, who just graduated from Menlo School, beat Menlo-Atherton senior Alec Haley, 6-2, 6-0, and Ball, a senior at Menlo School, handled San Francisco's Matthew Mitchell, 6-2, 7-5.

Hoffman meets ninth-seeded Calvin Mark in Wednesday's 11 a.m. match at Santa Clara University. Mark advanced by defeating Palo Alto senior Kosuke Hasegawa, 6-4, 6-4. Hasegawa was seeded 25th in the 128-player draw.

Ball takes on San Francisco's Anthony Tsodikov at 11 a.m. at the Decathlon Club on Central Expressway in Santa Clara.

Menlo grad Max Glenn and Palo Alto grad Samuel Wong also advanced. The 12th-seeded Glenn beat 27th-seeded Mike Facey, 6-1, 6-1, while the 21st-seeded Wong knocked off Foster City's Ryo Kasagi, 6-2, 6-1. Wong is one of just three players left seeded 17th or higher.

Wong meets fourth-seeded Eric Johnson of San Jose and Glenn takes on second-seeded Zhongming Chen, both on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Decathlon Club.

Johnson advanced with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Palo Alto junior Baramee Wongbanchai, who was seeded 32nd in the tournament.

Gunn senior Rajeev Herekar, one of seven unseeded players (along with Haley) in the Round of 32, lost to 15th-seeded Nick Papac in a dramatic three-set match, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.

In the girls' 18 tournament, Palo Alto junior Janet Liu advanced into the Round of 16 with 6-2, 6-2 victory over Livermore's Tarika Krishnamurthy on Tuesday. The 11th-seeded Liu plays second-seeded Katherine Flanagan in a 12:30 p.m. match Wednesday at Mitty High in San Jose.

Fellow Paly junior Emma Marti, unseeded, dropped a 6-3, 7-5 decision to fourth-seeded Breanna Bachini.

Marti and Liu are the third-seeded doubles team and play their first match together Wednesday, also at Mitty High.

Hasegawa and Wongbanchai do not go home empty-handed. The doubles team advanced into the Round of 16 and play Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Decathlon Club.

Several other local doubles teams also advanced and play Wednesday afternoon: Ball and partner Eugene Muchynski; Glenn and Menlo School grad George Horowitz; Haley and partner Jack Schoebel; and the second-seeded duo of Hoffman and Spencer Talmadge.

Menlo School junior Patrick Chase and Sacred Heart Prep junior Andrew Malozsak each advanced into the boys' 16 quarterfinals event.

The 20th-seeded Chase beat Jimmy Castellanos, 6-4, 6-3, while the fifth-seeded Malozsak beat 12th-seeded Garrett Taylor, 6-3, 6-3.

Menlo sophomore Justin Chan suffered a 6-4, 6-4 setback to third-seeded Michael Guzman and fourth-seeded Nicholas Hu of Palo Alto was upset by unseeded David Hsu, 6-3, 6-3.

Malozsak takes on Guzman Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Santa Clara, while Chase meets seventh-seeded Mackenzie McDonald at the same time and place, different court.

In doubles play, Hu and partner Jaybharath Billa reached Wednsday's quarterfinals along with Chase and partner Matt Roberts, and Malozsak and partner Andrew Pises.

The boys 16 finals are scheduled for Friday, while the boys' 18 finals are slated for Saturday.

In the NorCal 14 Sectional Championships, a Nike Junior Tour qualifying event, at the Seascape Sports Club in Aptos, Palo Alto's David Ball advanced into the Round of 16 with a 1-6, 6-0, 7-5 victory over Nikhil Ganesh on Tuesday.

Palo Alto's Blake Smith, though, dropped a 6-1, 6-0 decision to 13th-seeded Glenn Hull.

Atherton's Reed Fratt remains alive in the NorCal 12 Boys' Sectional Championships at the Sunnyvale Tennis Club, besting Drew Davison, 6-0, 6-0, to reach the Round of 16.

Fratt, along with partner Dominic Barretto, also plays in the Round of 16 of the doubles tournament. East Palo Alto's Daryl Carr and partner Rishab Sardana also remain in the doubles tourney.


In the Girls' 12 tournament, 11th-seeded Michaela Gordon of Los Altos Hills reached the Round of 16 with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Veronika Dvorak on Tuesday.

Gordon and partner Felicity Maltby are the top-seeded doubles team and will begin play Wednesday.

— PA Weekly Online Sports


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Posted by Nick
a resident of Atherton
on Jun 26, 2009 at 9:57 am

Great job, Reed!
Win the tournament!

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