Tom Sorenson wasn’t the coach at Menlo-Atherton, Invoice Shine wasn’t the coach at Menlo Faculty, and none of the present Bears gamers have been born the final time the MA ladies’ tennis crew defeated Menlo.
Friday marked a day to be celebrated for MA, because the Bears earned a slight 7-6 victory over their crosstown rival through the quarterfinals of the Golden State Tennis Basic at Wunderlich Court docket.
“Greater than something, it is validation,” MA head coach Tom Sorenson stated. “Menlo has had a goal on his again perpetually. … So, while you beat Menlo, you are in otherworldly territory.”
MA No. 1 Ava Martin soldiered via a hamstring harm, after the senior tweaked it early within the second set of her showdown with Menlo sophomore Andra Braicu. Martin led 4-1 within the second set however staved off an upset with a 6-0, 7-5 victory. Had Martin misplaced the second set and are available again to win the third, and the match, it could have swayed the ultimate rating of the professional set format.
“I simply needed to energy via it as a result of I knew this match was essential,” Martin stated.
The Bears earned two slender wins Friday. Within the event opener, held on its dwelling court docket, MA received 7-6 towards Santa Barbara. No. 1 doubles Yasmeen Alva and Jasmine Hou dropped a three-set match in that one, however the second-set victory was sufficient to swing the ultimate rating in favor of MA.
Hou had a command efficiency within the Menlo match. The junior modified doubles companions, pairing with Sienna Aylaian. The 2 fell 1-6, 6-1, 7-6 (9-7) in a tiebreaker to Sofia Labatt and Izzy Klugman, however the second set was as soon as once more vital.
“We have been on a roll,” Hou stated. “We sort of had this streak going … and I feel that is what occurred within the second set.”
Labatt stated of the match victory: “I feel we bought just a little distracted within the second set. I feel we have been simply fascinated with the opposite courts and the way it was going round us. However fortunately, we have been capable of reel it again in.”
MA No. 2 single Tessa Ellingson defeated Elise Chen 6-2, 6-1; MA No. 3 Eva Chow defeated Natalie Westermann 6-3, 7-5; Menlo No. 2 doubles Charlotte Yao and Charlotte Makoni defeated Holly Cheung and Sofia Manier-Cadoret 6-0, 6-0; and Menlo No. 3 doubles Kate Hsai and Ellie Hardegree defeated Amelia Cheu and Natalie Tantisira 6-0, 6-0.
“We misplaced lots of people from final yr to this yr,” Ellingson stated. “So, I feel it reveals the Bears nonetheless dominate.”
The Bears have been in celebration mode after the massive win. And Martin, too, was all smiles. She needed to intestine it out via the tweaked hamstring, although, and tried to anchor the baseline and journey out the 4-1 lead.
Braicu wasn’t having it, although, and continued testing Martin’s mobility with sideline-to-sideline blasts and drop photographs. Quickly, the rating was deadlocked at 5-all.
Up 6-5, Martin regarded to interrupt serve and bought off to a tough begin. After a protracted baseline rally, Braicu compelled Martin to a backhand and the lengthy shot from the nook sailed lengthy. Martin, nevertheless, fired proper again, rocking a fast backhand from the baseline to ascertain the earlier error was a mere fluke.
Martin closed it out with a vicious drop shot to push it to 30-15; she signaled the slightest of out calls on a Braicu shot off the sideline to drive match level; then Martin continued exhibiting off her energy on the ultimate level till Braicu once more missed extensive to finish it.
“I assumed [Braicu] performed properly within the second set as a result of Ava is likely one of the finest gamers in the entire space,” Shine stated. “She actually hung in there along with her.”
Of Martin’s overcoming her harm, Sorenson stated: “Whenever you’re among the finest, you do robust it out.”
Martin — dedicated to College of Wisconsin as a walk-on with the NCAA Division I girls’s tennis program — has but to drop a set this season.
“Ava’s been nails,” Sorenson stated. “She simply hasn’t faltered as soon as.”
The Golden State Tennis Basic concludes Saturday with the championship match schedule tentatively for 3 pm Sixteen groups are taking part in within the two-day event, together with: Saint Francis-Mountain View, Gunn, Monte Vista-Danville, Monta Vista-Cupertino, Miramonte, Burlingame , Saint Francis-Sacramento, Los Altos, Cupertino, Castilleja, Palo Alto, Amador Valley and Campolindo.
MA is the one San Mateo County crew to advance to Saturday’s ultimate 4.