Sunday, May 4, 2014

Miller saves match point, wins NorCal Junior title

   SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Saving a match point, top-seeded Alaina Miller of Saratoga edged second-seeded Rachel Chong of Danville 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (6) today for the girls 18 singles title in the NorCal Junior Excellence tournament at the Rio Del Oro Racquet Club.
   Miller double-faulted to trail 6-5 in the tiebreaker. But the 15-year-old, who slugs the ball with two fists on both sides, pulled even with an inside-out forehand after a long rally.
   Miller, ranked fifth nationally in the 16s, won the next point with another inside-out forehand and closed out the match when Chong, 17, netted a forehand return of a soft first serve.
   Fourth-seeded Adrian Chamdani of Santa Clara won the boys 18 singles title when unseeded Andrew Gu of El Cerrito retired with a sore elbow while trailing 6-3, 4-1.
   Gu was coming off a long 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 victory over second-seeded Cameron Klinger of Elk Grove on Saturday.
   It was the third injury-related victory of the tournament for Chamdani, a hard hitter with a sensational one-handed backhand. Riley Scott of Salinas retired while trailing 6-3, 4-2 in the second round, and top-seeded J.T. Nishimura of San Jose defaulted in the semifinals with a back problem. Nishimura is headed to Cal in the fall.
   In addition to Klinger, Gu knocked off the No. 3 and No. 5 seeds. A win over Chamdani would have made it No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 for Gu, who has verbally committed to Santa Clara.
   Please see below for results of the singles and doubles finals in all age groups.
   USTA 30 Indoors -- Top-seeded Clayton Almeida of West Palm Beach, Fla., outlasted unseeded Brett Van Linge of San Luis Obispo 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the men's singles final of the USTA National Men's, Women's & Mixed 30 Indoor Championships at the Spare Time Indoor Tennis Center in the Sacramento suburb of Gold River.
   Almeida, 33, will play second-seeded Jan Tiilikainen of Reno for the title on Monday at 9 a.m. Tiilikainen, a four-time champion at 42, dominated third-seeded Michael Kwong of Woodland 6-1, 6-2.
   Heather Nobler of Lincoln, Neb., improved to 2-0 in women's round-robin singles with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Amy McCampbell (0-2) of Austin, Texas. In the other match, Marisue Jacutin-Mariona of Los Altos (1-1) defeated Petra Wallace (1-1) of Sacramento 6-3, 6-1.
   Play concludes on Monday at 9 a.m. with Nobler facing Wallace and Jacutin-Mariona meeting McCampbell.
NORCAL JUNIOR EXCELLENCE
At Rio Del Oro Racquet Club in Sacramento, Calif.
Finals
Boys singles
   18 -- Adrian Chamdani (4), Santa Clara, def. Andrew Gu, El Cerrito, 6-3, 4-1, retired. 
   16 -- Victor Pham (2), Saratoga, def. Conrad Russell (3), Palo Alto, 6-2, 6-2. 
   14 -- Jenson Brooksby (1), Sacramento, def. Stevie Gould (2), Corte Madera, 6-0, 6-2. 
   12 -- Stefan Leustian (2), Mather, def. Alex Lin (5), Granite Bay, 6-1, 7-6 (4). 
Girls singles
   18 -- Alaina Miller (1), Saratoga, def. Rachel Chong (2), Danville, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (6). 
   16 -- Jillian Taggart, Fair Oaks, def. Niluka Madurawe, Sunnyvale, 6-4, 6-2.
   14 -- Katie Volynets (1), Walnut Creek, def. Stephanie Nguyen (5), Fremont, 6-1, 6-2.
   12 -- Muskan Mahajan (2), San Ramon, def. Azaria Hayes (1), Pinole, 1-6, 6-1 [10-4].
Boys doubles
   18 -- Adrian Chamdani, Santa Clara, and Andrew Gu (3), El Cerrito, def. Zachary Hewlin, Los Gatos, and Everett Maltby (1), Sunnyvale, 8-6.
   16 -- Joseph Conlin, Alameda, and Jayson Fung (1), San Francisco, def. Daly Meinert, Fresno, and Conrad Russell, Palo Alto, 8-2.
   14 -- Jenson Brooksby, Sacramento, and Aditya Singh (2), Cupertino, def. Scott Bout, Los Gatos, and Dean Stratakos (4), Saratoga, 8-3.
   12 -- Stefan Leustian, Mather, and Aidan Mayo (1), Roseville, def. Mason Fung, San Francisco, and Jason Holland-Morrison (2), Elk Grove, 8-6.
Girls doubles
   18 -- Paige Cline, Kentfield, and Darya Possokhova (3), San Francisco, def. Kristy Jorgensen, San Carlos, and Vanessa Nommensen (1), San Jose, 8-5.
   16 -- Jillian Taggart, Fair Oaks, and Elena Van Linge, Menlo Park, def. Carina Burdick, Los Altos, and Christine McCarthy (3), Menlo Park, 8-3.
   14 -- Nadia Ghaffari, Los Altos, and Jenna Schlatter (1), Saint Helena, def. Stephanie Nguyen, Fremont, and Julia Pham (2), Los Altos Hills, 8-6.
   12 -- Katherine Duong, Cupertino, and Molly Heber (1), Mill Valley, def. Azaria Hayes, Pinole, and Angela Huang (2), Piedmont, 8-4.

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