Next week, each of the region’s girls tennis leagues hold their respective singles and doubles championships. On the line are berths to the North Coast Section championships. League champions automatically qualify for the NCS tournament.
Monday and Tuesday, the Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League championships take place at Alameda High School. Last year, Alameda and Berkeley were the lone representatives in the singles and doubles finals. That could be the case again this year, but also watch for Pinole Valley’s Laura King, the Spartans No. 1 player.
Tuesday and Wednesday, the Bay Shore Athletic League championships are at the Harbor Bay Club in Alameda. Piedmont’s Mary Ann Kao, who is left handed, might be able to win the singles title playing right handed. However, there is some intrigue as to who she will meet in the championship match. Teammate Ann Crangle is a contender, but she may opt to play doubles. St. Patrick-St. Vincent sophomore Kristie Biascan may be the second best player in the league. She has only one league loss this season, and that was against Kao. St. Mary’s Christyn Richardson is also a viable candidate. She beat Crangle this week.
The four-day East Bay Athletic League championships start Wednesday at the Pleasanton Tennis Park. There’s no doubt Monte Vista has the best team, but that’s not relevent here. Returning singles champ Kerri Kummer of Foothill is only a sophomore. However, she was beaten earlier this season by Monte Vista’s Mia Giovanetti. Kummer did get revenge recently against Giovanetti. Returning doubles champs Megan Kummer and Lauren Guerdat play Nos. 2 and 3 singles, respectively, for Foothill. However, like last year, they could be teamed up for doubles. If so, Kummer and Guerdat will be hard to beat.
The Diablo Foothill Athletic League championships are Thursday, Friday and maybe Saturday at St. Mary’s College. Dublin’s Lorena Gonzalez, who is the two-time All-Times tennis player of the year, is the favorite to win the crown again. However, she should get some strong competition from Campolindo’s Ellie Faulkner and Miramonte’s Shawdee Rouhafza. Faulkner and Rouhafza have beaten each other this season, which would make for an interesting match if they face off in the tournament. If the championships are not decided on Friday, they will wrap up on Saturday.
Friday and Saturday, the Bay Valley Athletic League championships are at Freedom High School. Carondelet easily won the team title and sophomore Noelle Eades is the favorite to win the singles crown. As a freshman, Eades won it as the Cougars No. 3 player. The top two players, Laurel Montagne and Danielle Chess, teamed up to win the doubles championship. They graduated and Eades moved up to the No. 1 spot this year … with good reason.
Who do you think will emerge as league champions?