David Hsu, Lynbrook's top player and the nation's No. 12-ranked junior according to Tennis Recruiting Network, captured the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division singles championship last week.
Hsu, who did not lose to a league opponent during the regular season, zipped through the singles bracket April 23-24 at Monta Vista. Hsu defeated Eric Spence of Los Gatos in the finals 6-2, 6-2 after not losing a game in his semifinal contest against another Wildcat, sophomore Nick Nguyen.
"David's greatest strengths are his footwork and speed," said Lynbrook coach Albert Poon about Hsu's game. "He runs very fast, has quick reactions and can bend down for very low balls.
"Everyone expected him to win because he had beaten all of the No. 1 players from each team during league matches, and he came through."
Spence, a 6-foot-7 senior who will play next season at University of the Pacific, had advanced to the title match with a semifinal victory over Cupertino senior Manpreet Tiwana, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. But, as in two regular season meetings, Spence lost to Hsu in straight sets. Tiwana bounced back to sweep Nguyen in the third place match 6-0, 6-0.
As De Anza Division champion, Hsu will advance to the Central Coast Section tournament, May 14-15 at Imperial Courts in Aptos. Hsu was tabbed as the No. 1 seed, while Spence and Tiwana were selected as at-large entries into the 16-player bracket.
Hsu and Spence could meet in the second round if they each get past their opening assignments. Hsu will square off with Gabriel Owens of Pinewood in one of eight first-round matches, while Spence tangles with Kunal Wadwani of Bellarmine and Tiwana opposes No. 4 seed Sean Talmadge of Serra.
Defending champion Mason Vierra of R.L. Stevenson-Pebble Beach received the No. 2 seed and Adrian Chamdani of Bellarmine, No. 3. Other entries include a pair of Leland players, Ryan Chen and Prashant Madabhushi.
In the De Anza doubles tourney, Cupertino's combination of junior Tommy Cheng and sophomore Chirag Narayanakere reached the finals, where they gave defending CCS champions Spencer Simonides and Anthony Bello of Los Altos quite a challenge before bowing 7-5, 4-6, 6-2.
Earlier, Cheng and Narayanakere had survived a wild semifinal match against another Los Altos team. The Pioneers needed tiebreakers to win each of the first and third sets 7-6 against Eagles Braden Holt and Christian Beck. Cheng and Narayanakere won the first set tiebreaker 8-6, but lost the second set 6-4. After the teams won six games each in the decisive set, the Cupertino players won the tiebreaker 7-2.
Lynbrook sophomores Satyajit Simhadri and Matthew Ma took Simonides and Bello three sets in the semifinal round, but fell 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. The Vikings tandem recovered to sweep the third-place match 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) against Holt and Beck.
The De Anza Division's top two doubles teams could meet in the CCS doubles semifinals, as Simonides and Bello were seeded No.1 and Cheng and Narayanakere No. 3.
In their first CCS match, Nguyen and Ngo will face Prospect's Ricky Safran and Mitchell Barraza.
In the El Camino Division singles tournament, Fremont junior Joshua Sarsfield finished third behind champion Tytus Chen of Mountain and Dillon Lam of Milpitas.
Sarsfield, one of three recipients of the El Camino Division Sportsmanship Award, lost 6-3, 6-4 to Lam in the semifinal round, before scoring a 6-3, 7-5 decision over Ameya Rao of Gunn in the third-place match.
CCS team tourney
De Anza Division champion Monta Vista (14-3) earned the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the CCS Team Tennis tournament, which began May 1.
The eight seeded squads will host second-round matches on May 3, 2:30 p.m. Monta Vista will meet either Monterey or Crystal Springs Uplands, a pair of 13-5 teams that clashed Wednesday in one of eight first-round contests.
The No. 1 seed is defending champion Menlo (20-1), which won the past four CCS titles and five of six.