Gunn's Russell wins a title; SHP's Choy retires in title match


Gunn senior Conrad Russell won the title of the NorCal 18 junior fall singles sectional over the weekend at the Broadstone Racquet Club in El Dorado Hills.

Sacred Heart Prep junior Sara Choy reached the finals of the girls' 18 tournament but had to retire due to injury, giving the title to No. 2 seed Rachel Eason.

The third-seeded Russell beat No. 5 Wilhelm Saiga, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (3) in a dramatic final. He dropped 15 games total in his previous four matches, including a 6-4, 6-4 win over Armaan Kalra in the semifinals.

The top-seeded Choy beat Fremont's Stephanie Nguyen, 6-4, 6-1, in the semifinal round after downing El Dorado Hill's Madeline Almeida, the fifth seed, 6-4, 6-2, in the quarterfinals. Almeida lost one game before facing Choy.

Menlo Park resident Elena Van Linge reached the quarterfinals by beating Neha Gupta, 6-4, 6-0, in the Round of 16 before falling to Nguyen. She also beat Almeida in the consolation finals.

Eason reached the quarterfinals by beating Gunn sophomore Emily Zhou, 6-2, 7-5.

In girls 16 action, Gunn sophomore Anna Yu reached the semifinals before falling to Monica Stratakos, 7-6 (2), 6-4. Yu earned her spot in the semis with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Yuu Ishikawa.

Menlo-Atherton junior Julia Marks reached the Round of 16 before falling to Ishikawa, 6-1, 6-2. Marks upset No. 9 seed Stephanie Ren, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3, to advance.

In high school dual meet action, key wins from No. 3 singles player Olivia Hanks and the No. 1 doubles team of Sonia Stangenes and Kendall Cook helped give the Pinewood girls tennis team a 4-3 victory over visiting Fremont in a nonleague match on Monday.

Julia Owens and Haley Mathews, the top two singles players, also won for the Panthers (4-7), who play at Los Altos on Wednesday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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