Los Gatos girls claims Golden Gate Classic tennis title


In its second successful year, the Golden State Classic brought the top teams from California, as well as another Hawaii power, to Menlo School, Stanford University and Santa Clara University over the weekend.

Los Gatos emerged as the winner giving Northern California a champion and Southern California a champion (Peninsula in 2015). The Wildcats defeated CIF Southern Section finalist Torrey Pines 4-3.

Menlo School took eighth place in the 16-team tournament after falling to St. Francis 4-3 on Saturday.

Bill Shine, Menlo School's coach who founded and runs the event with Monta Vista coach Gene Fortino, said he was pleased with the results across the board.

"I got a lot of great feedback from the other teams and a big congratulations to Los Gatos for winning the tournament," Shine said.

"We had a lot of 4-3 matches, a lot of close matches," he added. "That tells us we really got the best teams up here, and they had good competition."

Menlo opened the Golden State Classic with a 4-3 win over Iolani of Hawaii then fell to Southern Section power Mira Costa on Friday at Menlo and Stanford.

The young Menlo team which features freshmen and sophomores scattered in the starting lineup.

Kathryn Wilson, a junior, went 3-1 at the No. 4 singles spot and had a strong outing throughout the weekend.

Sophomore Taylor Gould, who was undefeated at the inaugural Golden State Classic, went 2-2 at the No.1 singles position.

Kaitlin Hao, a senior, and sophomore Vivian Liu, teamed at No 1 doubles and topped the St. Francis team that had beaten them earlier in the season.

"This was great preparation for our season, and I think our team gained a lot of confidence knowing they could play with the top teams," Shine said.

Gunn was also entered in the Classic.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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