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Menlo seeks CCS tennis perfection while M-A, Paly and Gunn advance

Four local tennis teams remain in CCS Team Tournament

The quest for perfection continues for the Menlo School boys' tennis team on Tuesday when the Knights play host to Menlo-Atherton in the Central Coast Section team tournament quarterfinals at 3 p.m.

The top-seeded Knights bring a 21-0 season mark while the No. 8 Bears are nearly as perfect at 19-1. This will be the first meeting between the teams this season. The match originally was scheduled for Monday, but postponed due to rain.

Menlo advanced as expected with a 7-0 blanking of visiting Leland last Friday, while Menlo-Atherton battled for a 4-3 victory over Monta Vista.

Menlo had its top team on the court for only the second time since winning the National Invitational All-American Tournament in March and the team's depth and talent was too much for the Chargers. The Knights swept the singles matches while losing only nine games combined.

A few miles away in Atherton, host Menlo-Atherton held off former CCS champ Monta Vista as senior Alec Haley posted a 6-1, 7-6 victory over Amreet Mohanty to clinch the victory. Haley's win was the only singles triumph for the Bears, who swept the doubles behind the teams of Avi Shah-Matt Menninger, Zeke Brown-Matt Giordano and twins Jesse and Christian Perkins.

Sixth-seeded Gunn (16-6) will have a tough task in the quarterfinals, having to take on No. 3 Bellarmine (18-1) at the Decathlon Club in Santa Clara. The Titans advanced with a 5-2 win over visiting Los Gatos while the Bells eliminated Harker.

Gunn won fairly quickly despite missing No. 3 singles player Clifton Wolak, who was suffering from an eye infection. Gunn coach Jim Gorman had to change up his lineup, which cost the Titans at the No. 3 and 4 singles spots. Gunn senior Rajeev Herekar disposed of Tevor Unger quickly at No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-4.

Fortunately for Gunn, its three doubles teams of Roy Peleg-Simon Kaubisch, Paul Wang-Jack Swan plus the No. 3 tandem of Kevin Macario-Thomas George all won in straight sets. Los Gatos played without its No. 1 singles player, Niko Lunardi.

In another quarterfinal on Monday, fifth-seeded Palo Alto (14-6) will visit No. 4 St. Ignatius (20-3) at San Francisco State. The Vikings advanced with a 5-2 win over Sacred Heart Prep while the Wildcats eliminated Burlingame.

At Palo Alto, the No. 5 Vikings had little trouble eliminating Sacred Heart Prep as Paly beat the Gators for the second time this season -- this time by 5-2. Paly coach Andy Harader moved senior Drew Pearson out of singles and paired him with senior Jujhaar Singh at No. 1 doubles and the tandem responded with a 6-2, 6-1. Pearson's replacement in singles, however, lost so the move wasn't necessarily a positive move.

Paly did sweep the doubles, which is what Harader is banking on for the rest of the tournament -- sweep the doubles and hope for one win in singles. St. Ignatius will be a great test for the Vikings, who wouldn't be surprised to find themselves in Wednesday's semifinals should they play up to their capability.

Rain threatened Monday's matches and potentially delayed all of them until Tuesday.

The semifinals will be held at Courtside Tennis Club in Los Gatos, with matches set for noon and 2:30 p.m. The finals also will be at Courtside, on Friday at 2 p.m.

CCS TEAM TENNIS TOURNAMENT

Second round

At Palo Alto 5, Sacred Heart Prep 2

Singles -- Hu (PA) d. Robinson, 6-0, 6-4; Paganini (SHP) d. Cooper, 6-3, 6-0; Refioglu (SHP) d. Krishna, 6-0, 6-3; Tseng (PA) d. Kelley, 7-6, 6-2.

Doubles -- Pearson-Singh (PA) d. Bell-Pizzuti, 6-2, 6-1; Audet-Freeman (PA) d. Pluvinage-Hutton, 6-1, 6-1; Li-Wang (PA) d. Tinsley-Palmer, 6-1, 6-1.

Records: Sacred Heart Prep 11-9; Palo Alto 14-6

At Menlo-Atherton 4, Monta Vista 3

Singles -- Haley (MA) d. Mohanty, 6-1, 7-6; Lau (MV) d. Mitchell, 6-3, 6-0; Chan (MV) d. Sarwal, 7-5, 6-3; Shekar (MV) d. Friedman, 6-1, 6-4.

Doubles -- Shah-Menninger (MA) d. Chow-Magnipgoi, 7-6, 6-2; Brown-Giordano (MA) d. Nguyen-Hansen, 6-4, 6-4; J. Perkins-C. Perkins (MA) d. Mu-Cheong, 6-3, 6-3.

Records: Monta Vista 11-9; Menlo-Atherton 19-1

At Menlo 7, Leland 0

Singles J. Ball (M) d. Troung, 6-0, 6-0; P. Chase (M) d. Triey, 6-3, 6-3; Pham (M) d. Chow, 6-1, 6-1; A. Ball (M) d. Higashi, 6-0, 6-1.

Doubles -- Chan-Carlisle (M) d. Yu-Abing, 6-1, 6-0; Morkovine-Sum (M) d. Chen-Ngu, 6-1, 6-3; Katzman-Peltz (M) d. A. Yu-McCafferty, 6-2,6-3.

Records: Leland 13-3; menlo 21-0

At Gunn 5, Los Gatos 2

Singles -- Herekar (G) d. Unger, 6-0, 6-4; Reddy (G) d. Spence, 6-2, 6-3; Lum (LG) d. Jiang, 6-4, 6-3; Goswamy (LG) d. Narayen, 7-5, 6-2.

Doubles -- Peleg-Kaubisch (G) d. Prince-Gurevich, 6-1, 6-1; Wang-Kwan (G) d. Yang-Eshkar, 6-4, 6-3; Macario-George (G) d. Schector-Tan, 6-2, 6-0.

Records: Los Gatos 10-11; Gunn 16-6

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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