Varsity Boys Tennis
Jamin Ball 2nd, Daniel Hoffman 1st
Date of competition: Monday, May 4, 2009
In a battle between teammates, Menlo senior Daniel Hoffman held off junior Jamin Ball, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, to claim the singles title in the West Bay Athletic League Individual Tournament on Monday at Menlo. For Hoffman, it was his third straight league singles title, with the previous two coming in the PAL Bay Division.
With last Friday's opening day of the tournament rained out, the format was changed to eight-game pro sets prior to the finals. Thus, the entire tourney began on Monday with Hoffman and Ball both winning two pro sets before meeting in the finals, which lasted nearly three hours. "It was the longest day of my high school career," said a tired Hoffman, who endured a left leg cramp in the third set that needed attention from the Menlo trainers. By that time, Hoffman had been playing for nearly 4-4 1/2 hours, but he wasn't going to quit. "If Jamin was going to win, he was going to have to earn it," Hoffman said.
The tournament will wrap up on Tuesday with the doubles final, set for around 4 p.m.
West Bay Athletic League
Championship: Daniel Hoffman (Menlo) d. Jamin Ball (Menlo), 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.
Third place: Carlisle (Menlo) d. Brewer (Pinewood), 6-0, 6-2.
Semifinals: Hoffman d. Carlisle, 8-0; Ball d. Brewer, 8-0.
posted by Palo Alto Online on May 4, 2009 at 7:23 pm
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