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Gunn, M-A boys advance in CCS team tennis tournament

 

The Gunn and Menlo-Atherton boys have advanced to the quarterfinals of the Central Coast Section Team Tournament in tennis, but now things get real tough.

Thanks to rainouts last Friday and Saturday, the Titans and Bears are faced with having to win three matches in as many days to reach Friday's championship match.

Moreover, there are plenty of roadblocks in the way.

For Gunn, that big hurdle comes today in the form of defending champion Menlo School. The No. 8-seeded Titans (12-7) will be considerable underdogs when they face the No. 1 Knights (17-3) in Atherton at 3 p.m.

For Menlo-Atherton, the unseeded Bears (19-4) will be at No. 3 Saratoga (13-2) in another quarterfinal at 3 p.m. Awaiting M-A is a possible showdown with No. 2 St. Ignatius on Wednesday.

Gunn and M-A both advanced with 5-2 victories in second-round action Monday.

The Titans swept through the singles fairly easily on the way to a triumph over visiting Harker. Amit Rao (6-0, 6-4), Jake Chua-Gozani (6-0, 6-1) and Nikolas Olsen (6-0, 6-0) won at No. 1, 3 and 4 singles, respectively. Dillon Yang won at No. 2, but was pushed in a 1-6, 7-6 (6), 10-8 triumph.

In doubles, Gunn's tandem of Naveed Gorgani and Myunggee Sung prevailed at No. 3, 6-4, 6-3.

At Homestead, M-A won in different fashion by relying on its doubles for the triumph. The Bears took only two wins in singles -- Casey Morris at No. 1 (7-5, 6-4) and Jeffrey Jorgensen at No. 4 (6-2, 6-0).

The Bears came through in doubles and swept the Mustangs away as the tandems of Jack Jensen/Timmy Berthier (4-6, 7-6 (2) 10-6),

Noah Milman/Camillo Saueressig (5-7, 6-4, 6-1) and Nishant Relan/Eric Laderman (6-2, 6-2) all prevailed.

Wednesday's semifinals will be played at the Los Gatos Swim & Racquet Club and Bay Club Courtside in Los Gatos, both at 1:30 p.m. The title match will be Friday at Courtside, also at 1:30 p.m.

Baseball

The PAL Tournament gets under way Tuesday with Menlo School and Menlo-Atherton both taking part.

Menlo (18-6), which finished second in the Ocean Division behind Woodside, will visit Sequoia, the No. 7 seed from the PAL Bay Division. M-A (5-18), which finished eighth in the Bay Division, will visit Woodside. Both games start at 4 p.m.

M-A originally was going to host Woodside, but the game was moved due to a softball conflict at M-A.

The winners advance to the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Sacred Heart Prep (11-15) will host the winner of King's Academy and Burlingame. The Menlo-Sequoia winner will will face Carlmont while the winner of Woodside and M-A will take on top-seeded Terra Nova.

The SCVAL De Anza Division playoffs continue Tuesday with Palo Alto (21-4-1) visiting Los Gatos to open a best-of-3 championship series. The Vikings eliminated Los Altos last week while the Wildcats bounced Wilcox.

The series continues Thursday (4 p.m.) at Palo Alto, with a third game (if necessary) back at Los Gatos on Friday.

Boys lacrosse

Regular-season champ Sacred Heart Prep opened play in the Peninsula Athletic League playoffs with a resounding 23-3 romp over visiting Sequoia on Monday.

The Gators (17-4) got three goals each from Fred Eder, Tommy Barnds, Kevin Tinsley and Thomas Wine while Will Kremer, Harrison Colby and Patrick Haggerty all scored twice. Single goals came from Joe Dahlkemper, David Peterson, Teddy Vought, Connor Moses, Jack Crockett and Frank Bell.

SHP will host Burlingame, a 14-6 winner over Woodside, in the semifinals Wednesday while Menlo School will host Menlo-Atherton, both at 4 p.m.

Menlo School opened with a 20-1 win over Aragon while M-A defeated Carlmont, 12-2.

The championship match will be Friday at Burlingame High at 7 p.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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