Team Tennis Championship

So, no blog mention for a lucky reader because nobody found me at the Monte Vista v. Berkeley match on Tuesday. Anyone who reads this knows that I’ll be at the Team Tennis finals tomorrow at James Logan, so no incentive there.

What I wanted to wax poetic on this morning is the utter domination that the EBAL has shown in the tournament so far. Foothill and Monte Vista, ok, we knew they were that good. But San Ramon Valley has defaulted at No. 1 singles in both playoff matches and still won. That’s the mark of a good team, and they’ll put up a fight tomorrow in Union City.

That said, would it be any better than Monte Vista against Foothill for the crown? It seems like that’s the way it should be. Kerri Kummer vs. Mia Giovanetti, either Arthur sister vs. Elena Cadet, the matchups go on and on. We’ll see what happens.

The NCS at-large meeting for Tuesday’s singles tournament was last night, with Miramonte’s Shawdee Rouhafza and Carondelet’s Chloe Dobbert each securing a berth.  Ask any of the premier players who will be in the tournament, and you’ll get the same answer when asking who this year’s favorite is. It’s Hayward High’s Aeriel Ellis, and players like Kummer, Noelle Eades, and Lauren Curry will be tested. Here’s my question for the selection committee: I think Rouhafza deserved to be in the tournament, but where is Ellie Faulkner of Campolindo? She beat Rouhafza in straight sets at the DFAL tournament but didn’t make the tournament. While everyone is busy questioning football seedings and omissions next week, keep in mind that the NCS might have warmed up with this one.