Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Miller beats top seed, reaches Junior Sectional final

   Fifth-seeded Alaina Miller of Saratoga outlasted top-seeded Rachel Chong of Danville 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 on Monday to reach the 18-and-under final in the NorCal Girls' 18 & 16 Junior Sectional Championships at the Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa in Sacramento.
   The 15-year-old Miller will meet second-seeded Vanessa Nommensen of San Jose today at 11 a.m. Nommensen, 16, routed fourth-seeded Sarah Hu of Oakland 6-1, 6-2.
   Miller overwhelmed Nommensen 6-1, 6-3 six weeks ago in the semifinals of the NorCal Junior Excellence tournament at the Rio del Oro Racquet Club in Sacramento. Miller then edged Chong in the final, surviving a match point in a third-set tiebreaker.
   Miller is ranked first and Nommensen third in the 16s in Northern California. Nommensen recently signed a letter of intent to enroll at Tulane in New Orleans in the fall.  
   In the 16-and-under semifinals, ninth-seeded Jenna Friedel of Mill Valley knocked off top-seeded Rachel Eason of Union City 6-4, 6-3. Friedel will face second-seeded Carolyn Campana of Hillsborough for the title today at 11 a.m.

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