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Menlo Atherton out slugs Half Moon Bay to advance in tournament

 

Menlo Atherton beat Half Moon Bay, 13-7, on Monday to advance in the District 52 Majors Little League tournament.

Menlo Atherton plays Wednesday at La Entrada School at 5:30 p.m. against San Carlos American, which edged Palo Alto American, 3-2.

Alpine West Menlo lost to Hillsborough, 17-1, in another contest.

Menlo Atherton is the lone local representative remaining in the Majors Division.

Table Tennis

The opening event of the 2016 Super Micro US National Table Tennis Championships on Monday in Las Vegas was Junior Singles.

Emerging victorious from the Boy's Prelims were Victor Liu, Shivansh Kumar, Nikhil Kumar, Nicholas Tio, Aarsh Shah and Newman Cheng. They joined Sharon Alguetti, Adar Alguetti, Allen Wang, Kunal Chodri, Krish Avvari and Jack Wang in the second stage.

Notable matches were the final rounds of prelims where Shivansh Kumar pulled a tight 14-12 in the 5th win over Gal Alguetti and Newman Cheng outlasted Michael Tran 3-2.

Moving into the main round robin phase it was a clash of a very even playing field. Surprising so far is Nikhil Kumar who has led two upsets against Jack Wang and Victor Liu both of whom he defeated in straight games. The 2015 World Hopes Champ looking to step it up in this competition.

Kunal Chodri is showing steady form with 3/3 wins so far but Sharon Alguetti also holds 3 wins and shares the top of the group. Jack Wang dashed the hopes of top seed Krish Avvari by beating him 3-1 and throwing him back into a 3 way tie with two matches still remaining tomorrow.

In the Junior Girl's Singles the prelims saw Tiffany Ke, Joy Li, Amanda Malek, Ava Fu, Emilie Lin and Rachel Yang advance through to the 2nd stage group. Emilie Lin as 18th seed in the event was the big surprise making it through to the top 12 after a win over Lavanya Maruthapandian the 11th seed in straight games.

In the main round robin Crystal Wang remains undefeated with 3 wins, also Tina Lin shares 3 wins though she had to scrape back from a 2-1 shortfall against Amanda Malek to narrowly win 13-11 in the deciding game.

Grace Yang upset Angela Guan to share the top spot in the second group by a margin of 3-1 a position which she shares with Amy Wang who had to claw back from 2-0 down against Rachel Yang winning the last 3 sets 8,4 and 5.

Palo Alto grad Lily Zhang competes later in the event.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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