The Menlo women’ tennis group was seeking to write a Hollywood ending to the 2021 season.
The 2019 Central Coast Part champion and 2020 top-seeded Knights have been seeking to repeat and so they have been seeking to do it on the expense of Harker Faculty of Sunnyvale. The Eagles beat Menlo 4-3 again in March, snapping the Knights’ 226-match successful streak in league play. The Knights would have beloved nothing higher to win back-to-back titles by beating the group that has knocked them off.
As a substitute, sixth-seeded Harker rewrote the script and had its personal fairytale ending. Showing of their first-ever CCS finals, the Eagles dominated. They gained the primary set in six of the seven matches and so they rode that momentum to an emphatic 6-1 win at Menlo Faculty Friday afternoon.
Harker’s story of success was a decade within the making when John Frutello took over the Harker Faculty center faculty program, tasked with turning the Eagles’ highschool group right into a program that might compete with the highest groups within the CCS.
“In center faculty, it’s about depth,” Frutello stated. “Highschool tennis is about 1 by way of 4.”
These could be the 4 singles spots and the Eagles’ power. With all 4 gamers able to punishing groundstrokes, they merely overwhelmed Menlo (10-2). Harker (10-0) gained three of the 4 singles matches in straight units.
“I believed we would have liked to do higher in doubles,” stated Menlo head coach Invoice Shine. “Harker’s singles are so good and it places stress on you in different spots.
“Harker is an efficient group. They beat us at the moment. They performed rather well.”
Rachel Hernandez set the tone for Harker by successful her No. 3 singles match at love, 6-0, 6-0. Sophia Hernandez and Sarah Wan gained at No. 2 and No. 4 singles, 7-5, 6-1 and 6-3, 6-3, respectively.
Wan’s win clinched the title for Harker.
Addie Ahlstrom was the one Menlo singles participant to increase a match to a few units. Ahlstrom was blitzed within the first set by Harker’s Emily Novikov, 6-1. She rebounded within the second, nevertheless. Down 2-1 early, Ahlstrom broke Novikov’s serve after which held to take a 3-2 benefit. Ahlstrom went on to win 5 video games in a row to take the second set, 6-2.
However Novikov recovered within the third to notch the 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 victory, ending Ahlstrom’s embellished four-year Menlo profession.
“What’s she’s finished for this system, she’s iconic,” Shine stated of Ahlstrom’s Menlo profession. “She’s been nails all 4 years and has gained huge matches. She’s the most effective to stroll the Menlo courts.”
Harker earned its second level at No. 2 doubles, the place Natasha Rajavam and Kelcie Fan posted a 6-2, 6-2 win over Menlo’s Lindsey Ball and Penelope Anderson.
The Knights picked up their first level with a win at No. 1 doubles. Bryn Brady and C.C. Golub fell behind shortly within the first set, dropping the primary three video games to Emma Gao and Sachi Bajai.
However Golub and Brady shortly righted the ship and reeled off six straight wins to take the primary set, 6-3. Within the second set, it was the Menlo tandem that jumped out to a fast 3-0 lead and rode that momentum to a 6-3, 6-1 victory.
It might be the one one on the day for Menlo.
Menlo’s Natalie Westermann and Alexandra Viret despatched their No. 3 doubles match to a 3rd set, however couldn’t pull out the win, falling to Anushka Mehrotta and Fonda Hu in three units.
“Everyone thought it was fortunate (once we beat Menlo 4-3 in March),” Frutello stated. “I’m so pumped the ladies received to show that was one among our worst matches of the season.
“(Profitable the CCS) is monumental.”