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2012 Annual Ojai Valley Championships Blog

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Championship Results

Complete results and draws from each division, and more information about The Ojai, are available at www.ojaitourney.org (click on divisions below “Draws/Results” heading on the left-hand side of the page).
 
2012 OJAI VALLEY TENNIS TOURNAMENT RESULTS (CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHES ONLY)
 
Pac-12 Men’s Championship: No. 2 USC def. No. 1 UCLA, 4-2. (NOTE: USC is ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division I. UCLA is ranked No. 5.)

Pac-12 Men’s players with Southern California ties
  • Cal: Chase Melton, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara HS)
  • Stanford: Daniel Ho, Rosemead (Beverly Hills HS); Walker Kehrer, Pacific Palisades (Brentwood School); Bradley Klahn, Poway (Poway HS); Denis Lin, Thousand Oaks (Thousand Oaks HS);
  • Ryan Thacher, Studio City (Harvard-Westlake HS)
  • UCLA: Alex Brigham, Culver City (Pacifica Christian); Marcos Giron, Thousand Oaks (Thousand Oaks HS); Warren Hardie, Laguna Niguel; Evan Lee, Los Angeles (Windward HS);
  • Nick Meister, Trabuco Canyon (Tesoro HS); Dennis Mkrtchian, Reseda (Sherman Oaks CES); Clay Thompson, Venice Beach (Crossroads HS)
  • USC: Michael Grant, London, England (Santa Barbara HS); Steve Johnson, Orange (Orange HS); Daniel Nguyen, Oxnard (Santa Barbara HS); Ray Sarmiento, Rancho Cucamonga (Kaplan HS); Corey Smith, San Diego (Point Loma HS); Jonny Wang, San Marino (San Marino HS)
  • Utah: Ace Matias, Torrance (Narbonne HS)
  • Washington: Jeff Hawke, Rolling Hills Estates (Palos Verdes HS); Kyle McMorrow, Thousand Oaks (Thousand Oaks HS); Matt Stith, Santa Barbara (San Marcos HS)

Pac-12 Women’s Singles Championship: Nicole Gibbs (Stanford) d. Anett Schutting (Cal), 6-0, 6-2
Pac-12 Women’s Doubles Championship: Kaitlyn Christian/Sabrina Santamaria (USC) d. Mallory Burdette/Nicole Gibbs (Stanford), 6-4, 6-4
Pac-12 Women’s Singles Invitational: Valeria Pulido (USC) d. Gabriella De Simone (USC), 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
Pac-12 Women’s Doubles Invitational: Tayler Davis/Laura Posylkin (Cal) d. Hailey Johnson/Sarah Landsman (Arizona), 9-7
 
Pac-12 Women’s players with Southern California ties

  • Arizona: Hailey Johnson, San Diego (Fallbrook HS/Oasis HS); Lacey Smyth, Oceanside (San Marcos HS)
  • Stanford: Amelia Herring, Carlsbad (La Costa Canyon HS); Nicole Gibbs, Santa Monica (Crossroads HS); Stacey Tan, Lakewood (Lakewood HS)
  • UCLA: McCall Jones, Coto de Caza (Tesoro HS); Pamela Montez, La Quinta (La Quinta HS); Morgan Thomas, Rolling Hills (Palos Verdes HS)
  • USC: Gabriella De Simone, Rancho Santa Fe (Cathedral Catholic HS); Zoë Scandalis, San Diego (San Pasqual HS); Kaitlyn Christian, Orange (Orange Lutheran HS); Alison Ramos, Carson (Troy HS);
  • Danielle Lao, Arcadia (La Salle HS); Sabrina Santamaria, Los Angeles (Campbell Hall HS)
  • Utah:  Danielle Flores, San Diego (Santa Fe Christian HS); Natasha Smith, Long Beach (Wilson HS)
  • Washington: Samantha Smith, Los Angeles (City of Angels School); Riko Shimizu, Ojai (Laurel Springs)

Men’s Open Singles: Artem Sitak (Malvern, AR) d. Peter Lucassen (Los Angeles, CA), 6-2, 6-1
 
Men’s Open Doubles: Nima Roshan (Chula Vista, CA)/Artem Sitak d. Joel Kielbowicz (Scottsdale, AZ)/Rylan Rizza (Rancho Palos Verdes), 6-4, 6-4
 
Women’s Open Singles: Sachia Vickery (Miramar, FL) d. Amanda Fink (Calabasas, CA), 3-6, 6-1, 7-5
 
Women’s Open Doubles: Amanda Fink/Giuliana Olmos (Fremont, CA) d. Zsuzsanna Fodor (Ojai, CA)/Rio Kitagawa (Ojai, CA), 6-4, 6-7 (7-9), 6-4
 
Men's Independent College Singles: Nathan Martinet (Fresno Pacific) d. Xavier Smith (Fresno Pacific), 6-3, 6-3
 
Men's Independent College Doubles: Gernot Hagemann/Bruno Santarelli (Concordia) d. John Bertram/Tim Goranson (Westmont), 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
 
Women's Independent College Singles: Bettina Radke (Concordia) d. Christie Lau (Cal State Los Angeles), 7-5, 6-2
 
Women's Independent College Doubles: Katie Eng/Verena Preikschas (Cal State Stanislaus) d. Jordan Kimura/Bettina Radke (Concordia), 6-3, 7-6
 
Men's Community College Singles: Alex Johnston (Foothill) d. Tobias Galskov (Foothill), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
 
Men's Community College Doubles: Josh Banks/Parker Kelley (College of the Desert) d. Luis Jaimes/Mensford Owusu (Mt. San Jacinto), 6-4, 4-6, 10-8
 
Women's Community College Singles: Julianna Bacelar (Ventura) d. Jessica Worring (Ventura), 6-2, 6-2
 
Women's Community College Doubles: Jessica Ho/Daria Kulbikova (Sierra) d. Sophie Angner/Talia Hudson (Santa Barbara), 6-0; 7-6 (7-3)
 
Men's Division III Singles: Nicholas Ballou (Cal Lutheran) d. Andre Halabi (UC Santa Cruz), 6-4; 6-1
 
Men's Division III Doubles: Robbie Erani/Alex Lane (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps) d. Nicholas Ballou/Raymond Worley (Cal Lutheran), 4-6, 6-1, 7-5
 
CIF Boys’ Singles: Gage Brymer (Irvine University HS) d. Tyler Pham (Rancho Bernardo HS), 6-3, 6-2
 
CIF Boys’ Doubles: Drew Dawson/Stefan Menichella (Irvine University HS) d. Jacob Johnson/Adam Levie (Torrey Pines HS), 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 1-0 (7-4)
 
Girls’ 18 Singles: Alison Ho (Thousand Oaks) d. Meredith Xepoleas (Huntington Beach), 7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4
 
Girls’ 18 Doubles: Brianna Kemp/Cara Kemp (Rancho Palos Verdes) d. Jessica Cedillo/Kiah Generette (Long Beach), Won by default
 
Boys’ 16 Singles: Eli Whittle (Nipomo) d. Nikolas Ramadan (San Clemente), 6-2, 6-2
 
Girls’ 16 Singles: Jacqueline Pelletier (Huntington Beach) d. Alexis Pereira (San Gabriel), 6-3, 6-3
 
Boys’ 14 Singles: Arash Hafezi (Irvine) d. Chaz Downing (Newport Coast), 6-2, 6-0
 
Girls’ 14 Singles: Dominique Schaefer (Ventura) d. Seira Shimizu (Ojai), 6-3, 6-3 

USC Men Claim Team Title At Pac-12 Tennis Championships

Singles And Doubles Titles Up For Grabs For Pac-12 Women
 
OJAI, Calif. - The second-seeded Trojans took down top-seed UCLA, 4-2, on Saturday to win the first-ever team championship at the Pac-12 Tennis Championships in conjunction with the 112th Annual Ojai Valley Tournament in Ojai, Calif.
 
The doubles point did not come easily to USC, as the two completed matches were two of the tightest doubles contests seen at the championships this week. On the top court, USC’s Steve Johnson and Roberto Quiroz defeated UCLA’s Alex Brigham and Adrien Puget, 8-5; while Trojans Emilio Gomez and Yannick Hanfmann slid by UCLA’s Marcos Giron and Warren Hardie, 8-6.
 
In singles play, USC’s Daniel Nguyen struck early as he downed UCLA’s Dennis Novikov on court three (6-3, 6-1). USC’s Gomez followed suit, defeating UCLA’s Giron on court four (6-4, 6-3), to put Troy up, 3-0. UCLA got its first victory of the night as Clay Thompson beat Ray Sarmiento on court two (7-6 (4), 6-4). UCLA’s Dennis Mkrtchian followed suit, defeating Roberto Quiroz on court six in three sets (3-6, 6-4, 6-3) to bring the Bruins back in contention for the team title.
 
All eyes were on the first court as reigning NCAA singles champion Steve Johnson of USC battled through three sets with UCLA’s Nick Meister. The first set went to Meister as Johnson showed obvious frustration with his multiple mental mistakes. But in the second set, Johnson turned the aggressor and returned to his dominant form, taking the set from Meister to put split sets on the Upper Libbey scoreboard. In the third set, Johnson maintained control and sealed the win (3-6, 6-1, 6-2) with an ace to clinch the championship for USC and secure an NCAA automatic qualifying bid for the Trojans. Johnson also picked up his 60th consecutive singles victory, extending his NCAA record.
 
In Pac-12 women’s singles action, CALIFORNIA’S Anett Schutting upset STANFORD No. 3-seed Mallory Burdette (1-6, 6-3, 6-2), while Cardinal No. 1-seed Nicole Gibbs defeated teammate Stacey Tan (6-0, 6-0).
 
In the doubles semifinal, the draw’s top team of Stanford’s Gibbs and Mallory Burdette overpowered USC’s Valeria Pulido and Zoe Scandalis, 8-3, while USC’s third-seeded duo of Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria downed Cal’s second-seeded team of Annie Goransson and Anett Schutting.
 
The Pac-12 Tennis Championships sees its final day of action on Sunday with the championship draw singles final at 9:30 a.m., pitting unseeded Cal’s Schutting against top-seeded Stanford’s Gibbs; and the championship draw doubles final at 12:30 p.m., featuring Stanford’s Gibbs and Burdette versus USC’s Christian and Santamaria. The singles and doubles finals for the invitational draw are at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively. All of Sunday’s matches take place at Libbey Park.

Pac-12 Women's Championship Draws

Pac-12 Women’s Championships (To see all draws, click on “Draws” tab about half-way down the page, then click on drop-down menu below the “Draws” tab)
http://tennislink.usta.com/TOURNAMENTS/TournamentHome_New/Tournament.aspx?T=113665
 
Pac-12 players with Southern California ties
  • Arizona: Hailey Johnson, San Diego (Fallbrook HS/Oasis HS); Lacey Smyth, Oceanside (San Marcos HS)
  • Stanford: Amelia Herring, Carlsbad (La Costa Canyon HS); Nicole Gibbs, Santa Monica (Crossroads HS)
  • UCLA: McCall Jones, Coto de Caza (Tesoro HS); Pamela Montez, La Quinta (La Quinta HS); Morgan Thomas, Rolling Hills (Palos Verdes HS)
  • USC: Gabriella DeSimone, Rancho Santa Fe (Cathedral Catholic HS); Zoë Scandalis, San Diego (San Pasqual HS); Kaitlyn Christian, Orange (Orange Lutheran HS); Alison Ramos, Carson (Troy HS);
  • Danielle Lao, Arcadia (La Salle HS); Sabrina Santamaria, Los Angeles (Campbell Hall HS)
  • Utah: Danielle Flores, San Diego (Santa Fe Christian HS); Natasha Smith, Long Beach (Wilson HS)
  • Washington: Samantha Smith, Los Angeles (City of Angels School); Riko Shimizu, Ojai (Laurel Springs)

112th Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament Draws

CIF Boys’ and Junior divisions (To see all draws, click on “Draws” tab about half-way down the page, then click on drop-down menu below the “Draws” tab)
http://tennislink.usta.com/TOURNAMENTS/TournamentHome_New/Tournament.aspx?​T=114433
 
Men’s & Women’s Collegiate Division III, Independent College & Community College divisions (To see all draws, click on “Draws” tab about half-way down the page, then click on drop-down menu below the “Draws” tab)
http://tennislink.usta.com/TOURNAMENTS/TournamentHome_New/Tournament.aspx?T=113664
 
Men’s & Women’s Open divisions (To see all draws, click on “Draws” tab about half-way down the page, then click on drop-down menu below the “Draws” tab)
http://tennislink.usta.com/TOURNAMENTS/TournamentHome_New/Tournament.aspx?T=113663
 
Pac-12 Men’s Championships
http://www.ojaitourney.org/mens.html
 
Pac-12 players with Southern California ties
  • Cal: Chase Melton, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara HS)
  • Stanford: Daniel Ho, Rosemead (Beverly Hills HS); Walker Kehrer, Pacific Palisades (Brentwood School); Bradley Klahn, Poway (Poway HS); Denis Lin, Thousand Oaks (Thousand Oaks HS); Ryan Thacher, Studio City (Harvard-Westlake HS)
  • UCLA: Alex Brigham, Culver City (Pacifica Christian); Marcos Giron, Thousand Oaks (Thousand Oaks HS); Warren Hardie, Laguna Niguel; Evan Lee, Los Angeles (Windward HS); Nick Meister, Trabuco Canyon (Tesoro HS); Dennis Mkrtchian, Reseda (Sherman Oaks CES); Clay Thompson, Venice Beach (Crossroads HS)
  • USC:  Michael Grant, London, England (Santa Barbara HS); Steve Johnson, Orange (Orange HS); Daniel Nguyen, Oxnard (Santa Barbara HS); Ray Sarmiento, Rancho Cucamonga (Kaplan HS); Corey Smith, San Diego (Point Loma HS); Jonny Wang, San Marino (San Marino HS
  • Utah: Ace Matias, Torrance (Narbonne HS)
  • Washington: Jeff Hawke, Rolling Hills Estates (Palos Verdes HS); Kyle McMorrow, Thousand Oaks (Thousand Oaks HS); Matt Stith, Santa Barbara (San Marcos HS)

World-Ranked Sachia Vickery to Play Ojai Women’s Open

Southern California tennis fans will not want to miss out on the chance of seeing a rising U.S. star play at The Ojai this year as 16-year-old Floridian Sachia Vickery has entered the women’s open division and has recently started training full-time at the Weil Academy in Ojai.
 
The 112th annual starts next Wednesday and runs through all next weekend, April 29, in downtown Ojai at Libbey Park. Twenty-seven divisions will take part, including the first Pac-12 men’s team dual-match format.
 
Vickery is just 16 years old and is currently in the Top 25 ITF junior world rankings and holds down a No. 420 WTA ranking.  “We’re ecstatic to have Sachia here in Ojai and training full-time with us,” Weil Academy founder and director Mark Weil said. “I know the community is happy to have her here and really looking forward to watching her, as well as all of our other top open and junior players from Weil, play at The Ojai.”
 
Vickery is a personal friend of the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, and has in the past received instruction from Richard Williams, the father of the Williams sisters.
 
“I just love everything about Ojai that I have seen so far,” Vickery said. “It’s just so quiet and the people are very nice. I love everything about Ojai.”
 
For the past two years, Vickery, who turned pro at age 14, has been training at the Paris-based Patrick Mouratoglou Academy. Weil said that site will continue to be Vickery’s European home base while Ojai will be her home when she is in the States. She will continue to be coached by her French coach Mehdi Daouki while in Ojai, Weil said.
 
Even though she has turned pro, Vickery is still eligible to play ITF junior sanctioned events and plans to play the junior French Open, Wimbledon and US Open this year.
 
In December, Vickery reached the semifinals at the prestigious Junior Orange Bowl. Weil also said to watch out for juniors Aidan Jiang and Dominique Schaefer at Ojai. Both are currently nationally ranked juniors. 

12 of 19 Current Pac-12 Coaches Played at The Ojai

Pac-12 men’s tennis coaches Peter Smith of USC and Peter Wright of Cal may not have had as much success as three of their fellow men’s coaching peers playing at The Ojai, but they still both have vivid recollections of playing the tournament in the mid 1980s.
 
The first Pac-12 Championships will be a dual-match format on the men’s side this year at the venerable 112th annual event which starts next Wednesday in downtown Ojai. The women will play the individual format like they have done in Ojai since 1987.
 
Stanford’s John Whitlinger and UCLA’s Billy Martin each won the Pac-8 singles title, in 1974 and 1975 respectively, while Washington’s Matt Anger was a finalist in 1983 playing for USC. Whitlinger beat Cardinal teammate Pat DuPre, then teamed with him to win the doubles.  Martin held off fellow Bruin Brian Teacher and Anger lost to Cal’s Randy Nixon all those years ago at storied Libbey Park.  Anger regrouped to win the Pac-10 Doubles the following year with Trojan teammate Anthony Emerson.
 
Playing the team format at Ojai this year will not be anything new for Smith, who coached the Long Beach 49ers in dual matches at the Ojai Racquet Club from 1988 to 1991. Smith played The Ojai Boys’ Interscholastic CIF division as a student for San Dieguito High School in Encinitas.
 
“I would love to say there was a highlight but I lost first round of the CIF division to Stephen Aniston in someone's backyard with 50 of his closest friends watching,” said Smith. “Good memory but not a successful one.”
 
Wright said you’d have to check the draws to see how he fared when he played at The Ojai for Cal from 1983-1986. “I didn’t have as good a record as many of my colleagues,” he said. “I don’t remember my exact results, so you might have to dig up a couple of results from the archives. I probably did better in doubles.”
 
On the women’s side, seven of the 11 current Pac-12 women’s coaches played at The Ojai in various divisions.
Veteran Arizona State women’s coach Sheila McInerney’s name shows up four times on the list of Ojai winners and finalists as she lost in the Women’s Intercollegiate final to USC teammate Barbara Hallquist in 1977 and won the doubles with Hallquist in 1979. She won the Women’s Open doubles in 1978 with Hallquist and lost in the 1980 Open doubles final.
 
Also appearing four times in event finals is UCLA’s Stella Sampras Webster, who won the 1989 Pac-10 doubles with partner Mamie Ceniza and in 1991 she teamed with Kimberly Po to win again. In 1988 she made the Pac-10 singles  final falling to Stanford’s Lisa Green and in 1992 won the Women’s Open over Lisa Seemann.
 
Cal coach Amanda Augustus, from Rancho Palos Verdes, appeared in event finals at The Ojai six consecutive years, winning the girls’ 16s and 18s doubles titles in the mid-90s, and winning the Pac-10 doubles final in 1997 with partner Claire Curran.
 
Stanford coach Lele Farood won the 1976 Women’s Intercollegiate over Hallquist (USC) while USC’s Richard Gallien won the Men’s Open singles title in 1983 and was a runner-up in the 1986 Men’s Open doubles final.
 
Arizona coach Vicky Maes lost the Pac-10 singles title in 1997 to Stanford’s Julie Scott and Oregon head coach Paul Reber played The Ojai for Arizona State from 1992-94.

Pac-12 Championships Start Wednesday at 112th Annual Ojai Valley Championships

OJAI, Calif. – Two of college tennis’ powerhouse programs and intra-city rivals USC and UCLA could possibly meet for the third time this season as the first Pac-12 Men’s Championships dual-match format event kicks off at the 112th annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament starting Wednesday.
 
UCLA snapped reigning NCAA champion USC’s 45-match winning streak last Friday in the Pac-12 regular-season finale with a 4-3 road victory at USC’s Marks Stadium. USC beat UCLA in Westwood on Feb. 29, 6-1.
 
USC won the doubles point on Friday and got wins in singles from No. 1 Steve Johnson and No. 3 Daniel Nguyen, both Southern California natives and USC’s lone seniors who were playing in their final regular-season match at Marks Stadium.
 
Johnson, from the City of Orange, won the NCAA men’s singles title last year and has won 58-consecutive collegiate matches dating back to last year. He is currently ranked No. 368 in the ATP world rankings.
 
“No worries, it happens,” Johnson said of the loss on Friday, the first for USC in 14 months. “We’ve been playing all year like we’ve got nothing to lose and playing to win. But I think today some of the guys played not to lose.
 
“I think it’s a blessing in disguise,” added Johnson, who won the Pac-10 men’s singles title last year at The Ojai. “We’re just going to work that much harder and we’re not going to want to have this feeling again. I’m excited about the new team format, and I think everyone is. I guess it’s nice for me personally to be the last individual winner, so that’s kind of special for me. I think we will meet these guys (UCLA) in the finals next Saturday and hopefully the outcome will be different.”
 
As the top two-seeded teams, UCLA and USC advance to the semifinals on Friday at noon and 3 p.m., respectively. On Wednesday, No. 5 Washington plays No. 8 Arizona at 11 a.m. followed by No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 7 Utah at Libbey Park in downtown Ojai. On Thursday, No. 4-seeded California will play the Washington-Arizona winner at 11 a.m. and No. 3 Stanford will play the Oregon-Utah winner at 2 p.m. The first Pac-12 Men's team final will be played Saturday at 4 p.m. 
 
Nguyen, who is from Oxnard but played high school tennis at Santa Barbara High, is excited about the new team format: “We’ll be able to get a little revenge now against UCLA so we’re looking forward to something new with the first team format at Ojai,” he said.
 
Last year’s Ojai Men’s Open winner, Marcos Giron, is now a UCLA freshman and posted a big singles win at No. 4 on Friday. “I’m pumped for Ojai because I’ve had such great memories there,” Giron said. “I won the Open last year and the CIF for Thousand Oaks High a couple years back. It’s the first year of the team event and we want to be the ones to start it off with a ‘W’. If we play SC again it’s going to be tough but definitely very doable. We knew going into this match that we could beat them but now that we’ve actually done it, it’s different. It just gives us that much more confidence.”
 
UCLA Coach Billy Martin, who won the Ojai Pac-8 singles title as a Bruin in 1975, said this should be a year to remember at The Ojai.
 
“I think we’re all wondering how it’s going to work out,” he said. “I think it will be fun. The teams that have guys that are injured, it will be tough. I’ve always felt from an individual standpoint it was easier to leave guys out of Ojai and get them healthy for the NCAAs. But from an excitement standpoint, I think it will be great for the crowds. I mean, to see a match like this? If it can be duplicated, I think it can only make The Ojai that much more exciting this year. It’s a great tournament as it is.”
 
The Pac-12 Women’s Championships begin Thursday and remains a 32-player singles and 16-team doubles individual event. The nation’s ITA-ranked No. 3-6 players will all compete, including No. 3 Robin Anderson (UCLA), No. 4 Nicole Gibbs (Stanford), No. 5 Mallory Burdette (Stanford) and No. 6 Jana Juricova (California).
 
The Ojai, a Southern California tennis tradition since 1896, is the oldest amateur tournament played at the same location in the United States. The Ojai features competition among more than 1,500 junior, high school, collegiate and adult players at more than 100 courts and 30 sites in Ventura County, including private courts in Ojai.
 
Located in the heart of downtown Ojai, Libbey Park is the tournament’s principal venue and site of the annual Pac-12 Championship matches, as well as the finals of all 27 divisions of The Ojai, including the collegiate Div. III West Regionals, Community and Independent Colleges, Junior and CIF events, and the Open division.
 
The Ojai is now on Facebook and Twitter. Follow all 27 divisions, including the Pac-12 Championships, collegiate divisions, Open, California Interscholastic Federation (high school) and junior action on Twitter @TheOjai. Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/theojaitennistournament
 
 

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