The North Coast Section apparently didn’t find the Vine Valley Athletic League very strong in girls tennis, giving outright champion Justin-Siena only the 15th seed in the Division 2 playoffs.
But the Braves played like one of the section’s top teams in their opener against No. 2 Lick-Wilmerding on Tuesday, rallying behind their strong singles players for a 4-3 upset at City College of San Francisco.
The Braves (13-1) will play No. 7 Head-Royce of Oakland at 3 p.m. Thursday in a quarterfinal at Harbor Bay Tennis Club in Alameda. The Jayhawks (15-3) advanced with a 5-2 win over No. 10 Cardinal Newman, which beat Justin-Siena in its season opener.
Lick-Wilmerding (15-3) dominated the doubles, which played first. At No. 1 through No. 3, respectively, the Tigers defeated Roses Newell and Presley Schultz, 6-0, 6-2, Emelia Pavenstadt and Lucia Lanzafame, 6-1, 6-2, and Tiffany Wang and Patrizia Tandinco, 6-0, 6-1.
With the Braves down 3-0 and needing to run the table in singles, they rallied.
At No. 1, Parvathi Shanker prevailed over Olive Maunupau, 6-4, 6-3. At No. 2, Priyanka Shanker dropped her first set before coming back to win 3-6, 6-0, 6-3. At No. 3, Jenna Curtola won her first set, then fell behind 5-2 in the second set before winning the last five games for a 6-4, 7-5 victory. At No. 4, Bella Rampa cruised to a 6-3, 6-3 win.
Saints named all-league
St. Helena’s Kallie Beltrami made the All-North Central League I Second Team, while senior Brooke Preston and junior Ellie Blakeley received Honorable Mention.
The Co-Most Valuable Players are Kelseyville senior Payton Conrad and junior Allison Bryant. Grace Davidson made the First Team and junior Paige Bour made the Second Team for the Knights.
For Middletown, senior Abi Hibner made the First Team, Taylor Griffin the Second Team, and senior Yasamine Heidary received Honorable Mention. Clear Lake also had one in each category with senior Kylie Udy, senior Maddie Ferguson and junior Shaelyn McIntyre, respectively.
Fort Bragg had First Teamer Anahi Yanez and Second Teamers in seniors Emma Susman and Ashlynn Villalpando.
For Cloverdale, junior Tehya Bird also made the First Team, and junior teammate Zane Hughes received Honorable Mention along with Willits senior Daisy Barrett
Wildcats named all-league
Calistoga High juniors Hayseel Berrera and Litzy Infante made the All-North Central League III First Team. On the Second Team are Vanesa Queipo and Angeli Aquino, while sophomore Jimena Guerrero received Honorable Mention.
The MVP is Mendocino senior Emily Madden, while senior teammates Rachel Malik and Hana Zesambx made the First Team. Also on that team are Potter Valley seniors Summer Gonzalez and Emily Lawson.
The Second Team also includes Mendocino seniors Allegra Geiger and Lavren Bischop, Laytonville senior Melissa Adkinson and Potter Valley junior Bianca Zamora. Also receiving Honorable Mention were senior Taylor Felton and freshman Cheyenne Jepson of Laytonville, junior Shobe Britton of Round Valley, and junior Kylah Salinas of Potter Valley.