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An all-M-A boys tennis singles final in PAL tournament

 
Zach Ostrow (left) and Maksim Lukic.

The Menlo-Atherton boys tennis team will have six of its current players on the court Thursday for the final day of the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division individual tournament at Burlingame High.

Entering Wednesday's semifinal round, there was a good chance all six could play for a championship. A three-set loss in a doubles semifinal is the only reason it didn't happen.


Jake Andrew
The Bears' top two singles players, No. 1 seed Tim Berthier and No. 3 Jake Andrew, will play for the title beginning at 3:45 p.m. while M-A's top-seeded Zach Ostrow and Maksim Lukic will play for the doubles title against the second-seeded team from Carlmont.

M-A's doubles team of Luke Jensen and Griffin Voss will play for third place against a team from Aragon. Jensen and Voss took Wednesday's first set from Carlmont before falling.

Meanwhile, Ostrow and Lukic have won three matches in straight sets.

The doubles tournament played to form, with the top four seeds reaching the semifinals and the top two in the title match.

Andrew upset the formula in singles, reaching the championship match with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over No. 2 seed Milad Shafaie of Carlmont.

Andrew entered the semifinal match after a bruising three-set victory over Aragon's sixth-seeded Daniel Duan, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 earlier on a hotter than normal afternoon.

Berthier, who lost in last year's PAL championship match, beat Aragon's fourth-seeded Daniel Li, 6-3, 6-3, to reach the finals. He knocked off Mills' No. 8 seed Matt O'Grady in the quarterfinals.

It's not surprising to see so many successful M-A tennis players. The Bears earned their 11th consecutive league title and have lost one league match, to Carlmont in 2014, during that span. It's also their 12th title since 1998.

M-A carries an 87-match PAL regular-season winning streak into next season. They've won 152 of their past 153 league matches dating to the final three matches of the 2008 season.

The Central Coast Section team seeding meeting will be held Monday night and the tournament begins two days later.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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