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November 16, 2010 > Local prep girls tennis teams bow out of NCS

Local prep girls tennis teams bow out of NCS

By David J. Nicolas

Irvington High School's girls tennis team was represented by doubles players Vida Bao and Sarina Utamsing and singles player Congrui Lin in the Mission Valley Athletic League tournament. Bao and Utasing, who were awarded MVAL all-league doubles first team honors by coaches, were ousted by Mission San Jose in the semifinal round. Lin fell to the number three seed from American.

Coach Dan Leon's emphasis on his doubles teams helped solidify wins for Irvington all season. Mane Ohanyan and Shilpa Sharma received MVAL all-league doubles second team honors. With only three varsity players returning from last year, Irvington finished 7-5 in the MVAL.

Irvington's team did not advance to the North Coast Section Division I tournament; Mission San Jose made it as the No. 5 seed. In the opening round on Tuesday, Nov. 9, Mission topped Montgomery High, 4-3, but followed up the first-round win with an NCS Quarterfinals loss to No. 4 Miramonte High, 5-2. (Monte Vista High beat Bishop O'Dowd High, 4-3, in the team championship on Saturday, Nov. 13.)

Moreau Catholic's Jana Lee defended her Hayward Area Athletic League singles title, earning first place in the HAAL playoff competition. Teammate and fellow singles player Nicole Dawang finished at third place. The Mariners finished with a 15-5 overall record and 12-2 against HAAL teams. The Lady Mariners were defeated 2-5 by Piedmont in the first round of team DII NCS play.

The North Coast Section singles and doubles tournament begins Tuesday, Nov. 16. Mission San Jose's Leslie Chan will compete in Oakley in the Division I bracket. Moreau Catholic's Lee is in the Division II section, which will be held at Hidden Hills in Hayward. Last year, Lee was knocked out in the first round.

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