The semifinals pairings of the Class 4A Kino Region boys and girls individual tournament at Catalina Foothills High School have been set.
But one of the area’s top players won’t be competing.
Catalina Foothills sophomore Tom Wolff – who was the 4A singles runner-up last year – had to forfeit his first-round match yesterday and therefore will not be able to play in the state individuals tournament.
Alan Barrios of Amphi was awarded a victory by default in his singles match with Wolff because of a confusion as to what time Wolff was to play.
Wolff had been informed he was to play at 3 p.m. but was actually scheduled to play at 1 p.m. Wolff didn’t arrive at the courts until around 1:25 p.m.
He will still get to play in the state team tournament, though, which begins next week.
“I’m going up to Phoenix to support the team,” said Wolff, of the state individuals tournament. “I’m going up there to have a good time. Hopefully they do well.
“I think we’ll do well in the team tournament. I’m very confident about that. In the singles individuals, I’m not too interested anymore because I’m not playing.”
The No. 1 seeds in each of the boys and girls singles and doubles play are still alive for today’s action. No. 1 seed Beatriz Bravo from Nogales had a bye into the second round and then defeated Sahuaro’s Fatima Crutchfield 6-0, 6-0. Bravo will play Samantha Huo in the semifinals. The other semifinal pits Catalina’s Anabella Yescas against Anya Dalkin from Catalina Foothills.
“I felt good on the court, pretty confident,” Bravo said. “I’m just trying to play my best. I can’t say whether I’m going to win or lose.”
In girls doubles, No. 1 seeds Jina Choi and Alison Rachowiecki of Catalina Foothills beat Margret Luk and Sarah Goertz of Sahuaro 6-0, 6-1 to advance to today’s semifinal against Nogales’ Priscilla Salcedo and Renee Gonzalez.
The other semifinal will be Nogales’ Ashley Valencia and Diana Robles against Sahuaro’s Brette Hoyt and Katie Fisher. Hoyt and Fisher won in the first round and then beat Catalina Foothills’ Alex Glazer and Jessie Bluestein 6-0, 4-6, 6-3.
On the boys side, No. 1 seeded Sahuaro freshman Shane Foster advanced to play Barrios in the semifinals today. Gaston Yescas from Catalina and Joe Goldstein from Catalina Foothills will play in the other semifinal.
“I’m not too sore yet,” Foster said. “I split sets with Wolff twice during the season, so it would have been tough to play him.
“Goldstein would pose a difficult opponent in the finals.”
Top-seeded Tyler Allin and Taylor Campbell of Catalina Foothills won 6-0, 6-0 in their doubles match and will take on Nogales’ Kevin Stoller and Ruben Carrasco in the semis.
Nogales’ Martin Diaz and Arturo Rodriguez, the No. 6 seed, fought back to upset Sahuaro’s third-seeded Julian Mirano and Troy Belcher 6-2, 1-6, 6-4. Diaz and Rodriguez will play Catalina Foothills’ Biafra Ahanonu and Mike Tringali in the other semifinal matchup.
Play continues at 9 a.m. today at Catalina Foothills.
In the 4A Gila Region individual tournament, Bethany Kashian of host Desert View will be one of only two non-Douglas players in a championship match.
Kashian topped Douglas’ No. 3 seed Nancy Owen in the singles semifinal 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 and was mobbed by teammates and fellow students on the court after winning.
Kashian, the No. 1 seed, will take on No. 2 Danielle Peterson of Palo Verde.
“This looked more like college tennis than it did high school,” said Desert View coach Stacy Haines in a press release. “Bethany and Nancy pushed each other to a new level.”
Other than that, it was all Douglas. In girls doubles, Elise Owen and Stephanie Shelton will take on the team of Owen’s sister, Evelyn, and Alexis Romero in the championship.
The Douglas boys are guaranteed to sweep titles after the school won all the semifinal matches.
Jason Long will take on teammate Alberto Tostado in the singles final today.
In doubles, it will be a Douglas’ Carlos Cruz and Edgar Cossio against teammates Frank Zamora and Jose Osuna. Play continues at 9 a.m. today at Desert View.
In the first day of the 4A Sonoran Region individual tournament, Rincon/University’s Kyle Anderson and Ben Smith, Ironwood Ridge’s John Nanosky and Canyon del Oro’s Justin Redman all advanced to today’s boys singles semis.
Sabino qualified two teams, Pueblo and Ironwood Ridge one each in the doubles.
In girls, Sabino’s Claire Soper, CDO’s Jenn Noon and Jessica Pensky, and Rincon’s Victoria Bravo will play in today’s semis after winning yesterday.
Canyon del Oro qualified two doubles teams and Sabino and Ironwood Ridge one each.
- Citizen Staff Report