Sunday, December 4, 2016

NorCal's Volynets coasts into Eddie Herr final

No. 7 seed Katie Volynets will play No. 4
Victoria Hu for the girls 16 title in the
Eddie Herr International Championships.
2015 photo by Paul Bauman
   No. 7 seed Katie Volynets of Walnut Creek in the San Francisco Bay Area thrashed No. 3 Margaryta Bilokin of Ukraine 6-0, 6-2 on Saturday in the girls 16  semifinals of the Eddie Herr International Championships in Bradenton, Fla.
   Volynets, who will turn 15 on Dec. 31, will play No. 4 Victoria Hu of Northborough, Mass., today for the title. Hu dominated No. 9 Emma Navarro of Charleston, S.C., 6-1, 6-2.
   Volynets reached the semifinals of the 16s in the USTA National Championships at San Diego in August.
   In the girls 16 doubles semifinals, No. 3 seeds Volynets and Lauren Stein of Paradise Valley, Ariz., lost to No. 7 Saara Orav of Estonia and Sarka Richterova of the Czech Republic 6-0, 6-3.
   USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships in La Jolla, Calif. -- Two former champions from the Bay Area will meet today for the men's title.
   No. 6 seed Jeff Greenwald of San Anselmo surprised No. 1 Stuart Duncan of Long Beach 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 in three hours. And No. 4 Oren Motevassel of San Jose subdued No. 5 Jesse Walter of Mercer Island, Wash., 3-6, 6-1, 6-3.
   Greenwald, 50, won the title in 2009. Motevassel, 49, triumphed in 2011 and 2012.
   In the women's final, No. 4 Hiromi Sasano of San Diego beat No. 1 Dina McBride of Stevenson Ranch 6-1, 5-5, retired (leg).
   No. 7 Patrick Crow of Lake Forest and Jeff Tarango, a former Stanford star living in Manhattan Beach, fell to No. 1 Michael Noel of Bakersfield and Peter Smith of Long Beach 6-1 in the third set in the men's doubles final.
   No. 6 seeds Brad Gilbert and Zach Gilbert of San Rafael lost in the father-son quarterfinals to No. 2 Bruce Man Son Hing and Bruce A. Man Son Hing of Calabasas 6-4, 6-2.
   No. 3 Chase Helpingstine of San Francisco and Ronald Keiger of Wilmington, N.C., reached the grandfather-grandson final.

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