Sports

Menlo School duo wins CCS tennis title in doubles

 

Despite playing singles much of the year, Menlo School seniors players Vikram Chari and Gunther Matta made a formidable team as they won the doubles title at the Central Coast Section Individual Tournament that wrapped up Wednesday at Imperial Courts in Aptos.

Just days after the Knights secured their seventh consecutive CCS team title, the top-seeded Matta and Chari added another title by defeating No. 2 seed Ajai Shekara and Issa Yoshida of Westmont, 7-5, 6-1, in the final.

It's the first section doubles title for Menlo since 2010.

In the semifinals, Matta and Chari worked past Lynbrook's unseeded team of Satyojit Simhadri and Matthew Ma, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, who had earlier upended St. Ignatius' No. 3-seeded team.

Matta and Chari defeated Aragon's Matt Fowler and Landers Ngirchemat, 6-0, 6-4, in the Round of 16 Tuesday. In the quarterfinals following, Menlo's duo beat Santa Cruz's Ryan Harlan and Will Tierney, 6-1, 6-1.

Menlo's Dylan Pace and Kylee Santos lost to St. Francis' No. 4 seeded team of Erik Ratta and Matt Tripaldi in the first round.

Pinewood senior Gabe Owens fell in the singles semifinals, 7-5, 6-1, to No. 3 seed Andrew Ton of Bellarmine. Ton went on to win the title.

There will be little for Chari and Matta, who will join their teammates on Friday for the CIF NorCal Championships at Natomas Racquet Club near Sacramento. The Knights (25-1) will play a second-round match at 1 p.m., most likely against Lowell of San Francisco.

CCS team runner-up Bellarmine has pulled out of the NorCal event due to having graduation ceremonies Saturday morning.

— Menlo School Athletics/Palo Alto Online Sports

Comments

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

He said – she said – who is lying? Justice Brett Kavanaugh or PA resident Christine Ford
By Diana Diamond | 69 comments | 6,127 views

Let's Talk Internships
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 1 comment | 959 views

Couples: Sex and Connection (Chicken or Egg?)
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 766 views

Zucchini Takeover
By Laura Stec | 1 comment | 713 views

Populism: A response to the failure of the elites: Palo Alto edition
By Douglas Moran | 0 comments | 289 views