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Menlo School grad Morkovine wins doubles title in Ojai

 

Daniel Morkovine, a junior from Menlo School, and senior captain Skyler Butts from Claremont-Mudd-Scripps defended their Division III doubles title at the 116th Ojai Valley Tournament, which concluded on Sunday.

Twelve Stags participated in the 48 singles and 24 doubles team event, which had student-athletes from nine different schools.

On Sunday, Morkovine and Butts played in the singles and doubles finals.

In singles, Butts defeated teammate Lester Yeh in the first semifinal, 6-4, 6-3, while Morkovine came back from a set and two-break deficit to defeat teammate Glenn Hull, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the other semifinal.

To reach the final, Morkovine came back after trailing 6-2, 3-0, and then later 5-3, with Hull serving for the match. From that point, Morkovine won the next seven games before closing out the third set 6-3.

The closely contested final between the doubles partners was the third consecutive all-Stags Ojai singles final. Butts took an early 4-2 lead but then lost the next three games and was two points from dropping the first set at love-30 on his serve. He held and then forced a tie-break that he won 7-5.

In the second set, it appeared that the senior captain might cruise to victory, as he raced out to a 4-1 lead. But Morkovine fought back yet again to even the second at 4-all, before Butts claimed the title by winning the last two games for a 7-6 (5), 6-4 final score.

Butts and Morkovine defended their 2015 doubles title just an hour after the singles final, defeating Pomona-Pitzer's Graham Maassen and Spencer Simonides, 6-3, 7-6 (1). Butts became the first Stag to win three Ojai doubles titles, doing so in consecutive years with Neel Kotrappa in 2014, and Morkovine in 2015 and 2016. Butts is also the only Stag to win four overall titles at Ojai.

Basketball

Palo Alto High grad Jeremy Lin scored 18 points to help the Charlotte Hornets down the Miami Heat, 96-80, and snap a 12-game playoff losing streak and earn their first NBA postseason playoff victory in 14 years on Saturday.

Lin came back on Monday night with 11 points in an 89-85 victory over the Heat to even the playoff series at 2-2.

Running

Palo Alto sophomore distance standout Julia Doubson missed the Vikings' weekend track meets so she could compete in orienteering races at West Point, N.Y. She came in first in one race and second overall to qualify for the U.S. National Team that goes to Switzerland this summer to compete at the Junior World Orienteering Championships.

Beach volleyball

Former Stanford All-American Kerri Walsh Jennings teamed with April Ross to post a 21-15, 21-15 victory in the finals to win the Fuzhou Open. The Americans moved a step closer to qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics as they have earned a medal in four consecutive tournaments this year after Walsh Jennings had shoulder surgery int he fall.

Indoor volleyball

Stanford grad Foluke Akinradewo is playing for Volero Zurich in the Swiss League as well as the CEV Champions League. Volero, which won the Swiss League regular season and playoffs without dropping a single match, defeated Sm'Aesch Pfeffingen I, 25-11, 25-17, 25-14, to sweep the best-of-three final round to win the Swiss League championship for the 11th time in 12 years. Throughout the course of the regular season and playoffs, Volero dropped just six sets in 31 matches and was never extended to five sets.

Stanford grad Kristin (Richards) Hildebrand is competing for Impel Wroclaw in the Polish League and CEV Champions League before the squad dropped to the CEV Cup. In the Polish League playoffs, Hildebrand started the first four sets and tallied five kills on 14 swings and just one error to go with 21 reception chances in a victory. In the second match, Wroclaw won again as Hildebrand contributed 12 kills on 38 attacks and one block for 13 points.

Women's water polo

Palo Alto grad Tess van Hulsen helped Claremont-Mudd-Scripps end its season on a two- game win streak in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (SCIAC) Championships on Sunday afternoon at Redlands University. The Athenas beat Cal Lutheran, 9-7, to take home fifth place.

CMS got two goals from van Hulsen, one coming late in the match with the game on the line. The Athenas finish at 9-18 overall and 6-5 in SCIAC play for the season.

Senior Games

Volunteers are needed for the upcoming Bay Area Senior Games. Organizers are looking for high school students from Palo Alto, Gunn, Castilleja, Menlo-Atherton, Menlo School, Sacred Heart Prep, Los Altos, Mountain View, Woodside and Sequoia to help out.

Action begins locally on May 7 with volleyball at Cubberley Center gym. Shifts begin at 8:30 a.m. and again at noon. Volunteers are needed for athlete check in, hospitality and scorekeeping.

On May 21-22, soccer will be held at the Stanford intramural fields with shifts starting at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed for athlete hospitality, soccer ball monitoring and runners.

On May 22, swimming will be held at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center with shifts set for 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed for athlete hospitality, timing and runners.

Volunteers receive lunch and a T-shirt with time counting toward community service. More than 150 positions are open. Other sports include badminton, table tennis, racquetball, basketball and water polo.

Volunteers can sign up at and click on the yellow box on the home page. For more information: 323-9400.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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