Today’s tennis endeavor found me traveling to Alameda to watch the Bay Shore Athletic League tournament. When I arrived at the Harbor Bay Athletic Club (by the way, what a nice place to watch tennis) the semifinals were still going. Elena Pan of Albany and Kristie Biascan of St. Patrick-St. Vincent moved on to the final and gave fans a nice show with Pan winning the title. The Piedmont team of Gabby Yao-Cohen and Lynn Zukerman beat teammates Lizzy Roland and Allison Shuster to win the doubles title.
1. Elena Pan is getting better and better as time goes on. This may not be her year at NCS, but watch out over the next two years.
2. The makeshift team of Yao-Cohen and Zukerman won despite the fact that Yao-Cohen was largely a singles player throughout the year. They played at No. 3 doubles last year and re-lived some memories on Wednesday in winning the title.
3. Most people probably expected the Highlanders to be there at the end, but don’t forget a nice showing by St. Mary’s. Christyn Richardson reached the singles semifinals and the doubles team of Laura Knowles and Mani Dreyfuss also got to the semis. After their matches, the team got together for a picture with coach Mike Sommers and they all seemed to be having a great time. Kudos to them on a nice season.
I also don’t want to forget Biascan’s performance, because she has been near the top of the BSAL for a few years now. According to Pan, they played with each other in the summer and are friends off the court. It’s that kind of camaraderie that makes the sport fun.
Tomorrow, we journey to Moraga for the DFAL tournament. Lets all pray that the rain holds off.