Monday, March 5, 2012

Former Sac State stars to meet for Rio Del Oro title

   Kiryl Harbatsiuk and Sherif Zaher have much in common.
   Both won multiple Big Sky Conference MVP honors as international players at Sacramento State.
   Harbatsiuk, seeded first, and Zaher, seeded second, will meet Saturday at 10 a.m. for the men's open singles title in the $2,000 Rio Del Oro Open, NTRP, Senior Tournament in Sacramento.
   Harbatsiuk, a native of Minsk, Belarus, last year became the first man in Sacramento State history to win three Big Sky MVP awards. On Sunday, he beat sixth-seeded Lovedeep Singh of Sacramento 6-3, 6-4 in the quarterfinals and unseeded Kevin Vieira of Folsom 7-6 (5), 6-2 in the semifinals.
   Zaher, the Big Sky MVP in 2001 and 2002 from Cairo, Egypt, trounced seventh-seeded Erik Grotemeyer of Prunedale 6-0, 6-1 in the quarters and outlasted third-seeded Anton Stryhas 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 in the semis. Stryhas, a former Sac State star from Minsk, was named the Big Sky MVP in 2008.
   Results of Sunday's singles finals:
   Men's 4.5 -- Matt Brunnquell (1), Roseville, def. David Fox (1), El Dorado Hills, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
   Men's 4.0 -- Jesse Apodaca (3), Ceres, def. David Barzaga (4), Carmichael, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4.
   Men's 3.5 -- Anthony Valenzuela, Sherwood, Ore., def. Lance Williams, Sacramento, 7-6 (4), 6-3.
   Men's 3.0 -- Carl Chapin, Elk Grove, def. Andrew Eilers, Fair Oaks, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.
   Men's 45 age group -- Jose Nardin (1), Sacramento, def. Xue Hu, Hightstown, N.J., 6-2, 6-2.
   Men's 50 age group -- Randy Havens, Weimar, def. Pryde Fonbah, Clovis, 6-0, 6-1.
   Women's 4.5 -- Suzie Maciel, Sacramento, def. Noknoy Souliyonh, Antelope, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5.
   Women's 4.0 -- Angela McKee, Rocklin, def. Maria Apodaca (1), Ceres, 6-1, 6-0.
   Women's 3.5 -- Wendy Lockhart (1), Roseville, def. Amy Accinelli, Sacramento, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
   Women's 3.0 -- Nicki Capachi (1), Sacramento, def. Deirdre Greenholz, Carmichael, 6-0, 6-0.
   Other singles and all doubles titles will be decided next weekend.
   Colleges -- Top-seeded Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher of Stanford defeated second-seeded Kris Kwinta of Poland and John Peers of Australia 6-4, 6-4 in the San Diego suburb of La Jolla for their second straight Pacific Coast Men's Doubles title.
   Klahn and Thacher, both left-handers, became the first team to repeat in the tournament since Stanford's Jared Palmer and Jonathan Stark in 1990 and 1991. ...
   The 11th-ranked Stanford women routed No. 28 Washington 6-1 in Seattle. At No. 1 singles, eighth-ranked Nicole Gibbs of the Cardinal (8-0, 2-0 Pacific-12 Conference) edged 14th-ranked Denise Dy of San Jose 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. ...
   The  No. 71 Sac State women (8-5, 4-0 Big Sky) rolled to a 6-1 victory over host Northern Arizona (4-8, 3-1) for their 86th straight conference win. At No. 1 singles, the Hornets' Tatsiana Kapshai dominated Ghizelene Doballah 6-3, 6-0. ... 
   The UC Davis women (5-9, 2-2 Big West Conference) posted a 6-1 win at UC Riverside (2-9, 0-4). At No. 1 singles, Megan Heneghan beat Jamie Raney 6-1, 6-4. ... The host UC Davis men (3-8) lost to USF (2-7).

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