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Doubles teams from Menlo and M-A to meet in CCS semifinals

Local golf season ends in the Central Coast Section tournament

Menlo's Andrei Volgin (left) and Kevin Kafayi meet M-A's Zach Ostrow and Maksim Lukic on Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Aptos in the semifinal round. Photo by Pam, McKenney/Menlo Athletics.

The three boys doubles tennis teams who played Tuesday in the Central Coast Section individual tournament each won their first round match at Imperial Courts on the Cabrillo College campus in Aptos.

Menlo-Atherton's Zach Ostrow and Maksim Lukic, seeded third, advanced to the semifinal by beating teammates Luke Jensen and Griffin Voss, 6-2, 6-4, in the quarterfinals.


Griffin Voss and Luke Jensen won their first-round doubles match Tuesday.
Menlo School's second-seeded team of Andrei Volgin and Kevin Kafayi also won twice and will meet Ostrow and Lukic at 1 p.m. Wednesday for the chance to play for the doubles title later in the day, also at Imperial Courts.

Jensen and Voss, who placed third in the Peninsula Athletic League doubles tournament, got into the main draw after a withdrawal. They took advantage by beating a team from Aptos, 6-2, 6-3, before running into their teammates, who were the PAL doubles champion.

Ostrow and Lukic needed three sets to beat a team from Stevenson, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, in the first round.

Volgin, Menlo's top singles player, teamed with Kafayi to win the West Bay Athletic Athletic League doubles title. The duo did not drop a game in sweeping a team from Leigh in the first round and then beat a team from Carmel, 6-2, 6-4, in the quarterfinals.

Menlo-Atherton's Timothy Berthier reached the semifinals of the singles tournament with a pair of wins on Tuesday. He beat Stevenson's Henry Chan 6-1, 6-2 and then out-dueled Bellarmine's Josiah Meyers-Lipton, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, in the quarterfinals.

The fourth-seeded Berthier, who helped the Bears reach the semifinals of the CCS team tournament for the second straight year, is pitted against Bellarmine's No. 1 player Luke Casper in a rematch from last week's team semifinals.

The Bells beat M-A 6-1 and went on to beat Menlo 4-3 for the CCS title.

Boys golf

Palo Alto's Akira Isayama shot a round of 72 to finish in a seven-way tie for seventh place at the CCS Championships at Laguna Seca Golf Ranch in Monterey County on Tuesday.

The Vikings did not fare as well as a team, finishing eighth. Stevenson won the team title and advances to the NorCals along with Bellarmine and Saratoga.

The locals were shut out from advancing to next week's Northern California tournament. Carmel's George McNeely was the final of four individuals who advanced and he shot a 71, placing sixth.

Anthony Ha finished with a round of 75 for Paly, good for a tie for 23rd place. Menlo's Jeremy Yun, playing as an individual, placed 17th with a 74 and Menlo-Atherton's Jonathan Dicks, the PAL Golfer of the Year, also finished 23rd.

Gunn's James Berger finished with an 80 while teammate Avery Chen and Menlo's Charlie Hsieh each carded rounds of 81. Paly's Bob Zhu came in with an 82 and Sacred Heart Prep's Finn O'Kelly finished with an 84.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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