Varsity Boys Tennis

CCS Team Championships , Menlo School 1st

Date of competition: Friday, May 11, 2012

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The top-seeded Menlo School boys' tennis team added another page to its growing history book by winning its 11th Central Coast Section team championship with an 11-7 victory over No. 2-seeded Bellarmine on Friday at Courtside Club in Los Gatos. The Knights improved to 25-0 while winning their fourth consecutive section crown. The team record is six straight from 1998-2003.

The final score was deceiving because the Knights forfeited the final six matches after concluding the first two round of the round-robin event with an insurmountable 11-1 lead. Menlo clinched it at 10-1 when the No. 1 doubles team of Daniel Morkovine and David Ball posted a 6-1 win over Bellarmine's No. 3 doubles squad.

While Bellarmine's coach, Tyler Hansbrough, wanted to continue, Menlo coach Bill Shine wanted to protect his players from any possible injury, with a handful of the Knights scheduled to play in national tournaments on the weekend.

dMenlo junior Andrew Ball won both his No. 1 singles matches as did junior Richard Pham at No. 2 and senior Justin Chan at No. 3. David Ball and Morkovine were 2-0 at No. 1 doubles and freshman Vikram Chari and Victor Pham were 2-0 at No. 3. Menlo's only loss on the court was a 7-5 setback by the No. 2 tandem of juniors William Boyd and Michael Hoffman in the opening round. They bounced back to win in the second round, 6-1.

Menlo and Bellarmine (18-2) both advance to next weekend's CIF NorCal Championships at the Natomas Racquet Club near Sacramento. The format will return to four singles, three doubles after the teams played three singles, three doubles in a round-robin format for CCS.

posted by Palo Alto Online on May 11, 2012 at 4:38 pm


Menlo junior Andrew Ball won both of his No. 1 singles matches in the Knights' 11-7 win over Bellarmine in the CCS team finals Friday. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

Senior co-captains Justin Chan (left) and Zach Chase celebrated their fourth straight CCS team title on Friday after an 11-7 win over Bellarmine. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

Menlo freshman Victor Pham returns a shot during one of two doubles wins with partner Vikram Chari during the Knights' win over Bellarmine in the CCS team finals Friday. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

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