Let me start this post by saying good job to Shawn Dolgin and the volunteers who worked tirelessly to get today’s NCS Team Tennis semifinal matches played at James Logan High School.
That said, a blog mention is in order for Miramonte mom Patty Fleming, who spotted me today. In what can only be considered a coincidence, Fleming’s daughter Kristin pulled out a tough 7-5, 6-2 win over Melissa Arthur today for Miramonte and she played really well in doing it.
But the real story of the day, aside from Monte Vista and Foothill advancing to the final, was the band convention that took place directly behind the courts. It was insane. Xylophones, gongs, bongo drums, you name it – they had it. What it did make for was a great scene when Miramonte’s Shawdee Rouhafza and Foothill’s Kerri Kummer faced each other in the last match of the day. The sun was setting, bands were blaring, and there was good tennis on display. I admit though, I halfway expected "Ride of the Valkyries" to come into play.
I also want to acknowledge the great seasons had by San Ramon Valley and Miramonte. The Wolves played today without singles players Katie Mulloy and Brittany Solomon which was a huge setback. The Matadors, on the heels of a 5-2 win over Carondelet, took Foothill to the limit. Both teams played well and should be proud of themselves.
The final features two old foes in the Mustangs and Falcons. In the regular season, the Falcons won both times the two squared off, but according to Monte Vista coach Patty Gross, the Mustangs played better the second time around. So, the final will be Monday at Foothill HS at 2 p.m., weather permitting. If there is inclement weather, ClubSport Pleasanton may come into play but if that happens, check here on the blog and I’ll let you know.