Sunday, April 13, 2014

Bellis, Mayo, Volynets reach Easter Bowl finals

   Three Northern Californians will play for singles titles today in the Easter Bowl, one of the top junior tournaments in the United States.
   Advancing Saturday in Indian Wells were fourth-seeded CiCi Bellis of Atheron in the girls 18s, second-seeded Keenan Mayo of Roseville in the boys 14s and sixth-seeded Katie Volynets of Walnut Creek in the girls 12s.
   Seventh-seeded Michaela Gordon and 11th-seeded Alexander Keyser of Danville lost in the semifinals of the girls 18s and boys 16s, respectively.   
   Bellis rallied to beat top-seeded Sofia Kenin of Pembroke Pines, Fla., 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to reach her third straight Easter Bowl final. Bellis, who turned 15 on Tuesday, won the last four games of the match.
   “I had to stay really focused and try not to give away any free points,” Bellis, who reached the 14s final in 2012 and won the 16s last year, said on “I was really scared being down 4-2. And nervous.”
   Bellis will face 11th-seeded Katie Swan of Wichita, Kan., in the final. Swan, who moved to the United States from Bristol, England, a year ago and turned 15 on March 24, ousted the 14-year-old Gordon 6-0, 6-4.
   Mayo outlasted unseeded Kento Perera of Santa Barbara 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 to earn a matchup with top-seeded Steven Sun of Glen Cove, N.Y. Sun overcame unseeded Andrew Fenty, the son of former Washington, D.C., mayor Adrian Fenty, 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3.
   Volynets routed 11th-seeded Amy Huang of San Diego 6-1, 6-2, setting up a match against ninth-seeded Kacie Harvey of Braintree, Mass. Harvey coasted to a 6-2, 6-1 win over 12th-seeded Amanda Chan of Pasadena.
   Keyser fell to ninth-seeded John McNally of Cincinnati 6-3, 7-6 (1).
   Fifth-seeded Paul Barretto of Tiburon and Timothy Sah of San Diego reached the doubles final in the boys 14s. 
   Bryans win another title -- Top-ranked Bob and Mike Bryan won the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship for the fifth time.
   The former Stanford All-Americans, originally from Camarillo in the Los Angeles area, edged second-seeded David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco of Spain 4-6, 6-4 [11-9] in Houston.
   After a slow start this year, the 35-year-old Bryan twins have won four straight tournaments (Delray Beach, Indian Wells, Miami and Houston) and 22 of their last 23 matches. They have 97 career titles.
   No. 6 Cal 4, No. 47 Washington State 1:
   No. 28 Pepperdine 4, No. 43 Saint Mary's 0:
   Santa Clara 6, Portland 1:
   USF 7, Gonzaga 0:
   UC Davis at Hawaii, suspended by rain:
   Loyola Marymount 5, Pacific 2:
   No. 19 Cal 4, Washington 0:
   No. 43 Stanford 4, No. 39 Oregon 2:
   No. 47 Pepperdine 4, Saint Mary's 1:
   USF 4, Portland 1:
   Cal Poly 4, UC Davis 3:
   Pacific 5, Loyola Marymount 2:

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