by Tony Gonsalez
Moreau Catholic High tennis player Jana Lee wanted redemption on Monday afternoon, and she got it in a big way.
The No. 1 seed Lee faced off with Castro Valley’s Sarah Lemp in the finals of the Hayward Area Athletic League in a rematch of last year’s semifinal match that was won by Lemp in three grueling sets.
Lee came out of the gates with vengeance, winning the first seven games of the match enroute to a 6-0, 6-4 win over Lemp to claim the HAAL singles title at Castro Valley High.
Castro Valley seniors Allison Greaney and Ashley Sutedja won their second consecutive doubles title, defeating fellow Trojans Kristen Chun and Judy Tian 6-1, 6-1. The win marked Greaney’s fourth straight league doubles title and became the first four-time HAAL champion since Andrea Phillips won four straight singles titles from 2001-04.
Hayward’s Macy Huen beat Samantha Greaney (Castro Valley) 6-2, 6-4 in the third-place match.
Lee, Greaney and Sutedja advances to the North Coast Section Championships, which will be held on Nov. 17-18 at Santa Rosa High.
The finals marked the end of a long tournament that was pushed back by rain on Friday, pushing most of the first round as well as the quarterfinals to Saturday.
On the opening day of the tournament at Hidden Hills Tennis Club, most the top seeds on the singles side won, including Lee, Lemp and Huen. Samantha Greaney had the biggest upset of the day, knocking off No. 4 Miranda Wan (San Leandro) in three sets.
Sutedja and Allison Greaney were among the winners on the doubles side before the weather halted the last three first-round matches.
Jenny Budd and Christina Lorch (Bishop O’Dowd) won their first two matches on Saturday before falling to Chun and Tian 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in a gut-wrenching semifinal match.
Chun and Tian had the biggest upset on the second day of the tournament with a 6-2, 6-4 win over No. 3 Delani Dumpit and Gaby Blanco of Moreau Catholic.
One of the most exciting matches of the tournament was in the quarterfinals of the doubles bracket as No. 4 Claire Burtner and Angela Won of Bishop O’Dowd outlasted Tennyson’s Michelle Martin and Nancy Luong 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-1. Burtner and Won trailed the opening set 3-1 before winning the next four games to take a 5-3 lead. In the second set, Martin and Luong were down 5-3, before winning three of the last four games while staving off a match-point to force a tiebreaker. Martin and Luong won the first five points before Burtner and Won pulled with 5-3 before the Lancers duo pulled out a 7-3 win to force a third-and-deciding set.
The Castro Valley and Bishop O’Dowd also advanced to the NCS Team Tennis Championships on Tuesday. No. 8 O’Dowd will travel to Dominican University to take on No. 1 Marin Catholic in the Division II bracket while the No. 8 Trojans will host No. 9 Northgate.
The Trojans won the HAAL title for the fourth year in succession and currently has a 64-match win streak.
by Tony Gonsalez