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San Diego County Players To Contest Boys’ and Girls’ 18s Singles Final

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You could say San Diego tennis was the big winner on Sunday at the 114th Annual SCTA Junior Sectionals.

All four 18s boys’ and girls’ singles finalists hail from the county south of where the prestigious event is taking place at the Los Caballeros Racquet Club in Fountain Valley. Training partners and friends Ryan Seggerman (Coronado) and Timothy Sah (San Diego) will meet in the boys’ 18s final while Nicole Mossmer (La Jolla) and Hannah Zhao (San Diego) will square off in the girls’ 18s final, both starting at 12 noon. 

The No. 3-seeded Ryan Seggerman beat unseeded Cody Lin, 6-4, 6-1, while Sah needed three sets to take out Torrance’s Connor Hance 7-6, 2-6, 6-1.

Earlier in the day, the pair beat No. 1 seeds David Goulak and Ivan Thamma, 6-3, 4-6, 10-8, in the 18s doubles final.

Both Sah and Seggerman train at the Steve Adamson Tennis Academy out of the Pacific Beach Tennis Center in Pacific Beach. Adamson was all smiles Sunday after watching his two students win the three big matches.

In the girls’ 18s singles final, San Diego’s Hannah Zhao will play La Jolla’s Nicole Mossmer. Zhao beat No. 4 Sydney Van Alphen, 6-2, 6-2, while the No. 3-seeded Mossmer downed No. 2 Emma Higuchi, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, in the last match of the day.

Zhao, 16, is a junior at Torrey Pines High and said she is excited to face her friend Mossmer in the final. “We train together and are good friends,” she said. “It will be a good match.”

It will not be a new experience to contest an SCTA Sectional title for Mossmer, who in 2014 lost in the girls’ 14s final to Taylor Johnson.

Seggerman is a part of Adamson’s academy, but also trains personally with Rancho Santa Fe’s noted coach Grant Doyle, who formerly coached current ATP World Tour pro Sam Querrey and Ryan Harrison.

“I’m playing better than I expected and it’s been a good tournament for me so far,” said Seggerman, a junior at Coronado High. “I just need to win one more.”

Both Seggerman and Sah turn 17 in August just three days apart, and will look to play the National 18s Hardcourts in Kalamazoo, Mich., in August.

Sah, a junior at Torrey Pines High last year who will be moving to online school at Laurel Spring in the fall, lost to Hance in their last meeting a year and a half ago at the Clay Court Nationals, 6-3, 6-1. “I had a bad wrist injury and missed most of last year,” said Sah. “But I was able to keep my fitness up and have gotten better.”

Sah, who was watched by USC men’s coach Peter Smith Sunday, is interested in playing college tennis at USC, UCLA, Stanford or Harvard, but hasn’t yet taken his official visits.

Two main draw finals were contested in the 10s on Sunday. In the boys’ 10s, Roman Meraz of Brea beat top-seeded Hovhannes Khuloyan of Burbank, 6-4, 6-4. “In the second set I was up 2-0 and hitting the ball hard and moving my feet,” said Meraz, who also beat Khuloyan at a Level 2 six weeks ago. “But then I started to get tired and was hitting the ball short.

Meraz, who is 10 years old, is coached by Dave Mann in Fullerton and will be a sixth-grader at Laurel Elementary School.  “I really wanted to win Sectionals because this is my last year in the 10s,” Meraz said.

In the girls’ 10s final, the No. 4-seeded Samantha Wang from Arcadia defeated No. 2 Seri Nayuki of Rancho Palos Verdes, 6-3, 6-4. “I’ve played her like seven times and we’ve had some long matches,” said Wang, who was down 3-1 in the second set. “I just tried to make the ball in and move her around more.”

Wang, who said she has won “more than 10 tournaments in her young career, is coached by Simon Paek at Arcadia Tennis Center and John Letts at iTennis Performance out of Whittier Narrows. Both were on-site to cheer on Wang, who is 10 years old and will be a sixth-grader at Dana Middle School in the fall.

It will be a matchup of top-seeded players in the boys’ 16s finals as No. 1 Brandon Nakashima of San Diego defeated No. 3 Jacob Bullard, 6-2, 6-2, and will face No. 2 Eric Hahn of Fullerton, who eliminated Jack Pulliam, 6-3, 6-2.

Chula Vista’s Elizabeth Goldsmith, a 5-8 seed, sent home No. 2 Mae Fmar Canete, 6-3, 7-6 in the girls’ 16s semifinals, while San Marino’s Anessa Lee, also a 5-8 seed, took out Lauren Park, who won the first set 3-6, but had to retire down 3-1 in the third because of an injury.

Another 5-8 seed, Julian Noah Steinhausen of Los Angeles, had the upset of the day as he needed three sets to beat the boys’ 14s top-seeded player, Alexander Petrov, 5-7, 6-0, 6-1. He will face Woodland Hills resident Emilo Nava (No. 2), who beat Griffin Daehnke (No. 4), 6-1, 6-1, in the other semifinal.

In the girls’ 14s final it will be a matchup of Los Angeles County players as L.A.’s No. 2 Christine Inah Canete will play Wilmington’s Jennifer Kida (No. 5-8).

In the boys’ 12s singles final it will be Ryan Morgan of Pasadena against Irvine’s Sean Daryabeigi. Morgan outlasted Chase Thompson, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 while Daryabeigi won his semifinal in straight sets. In the girls’ 12s, No. 2-seeded Tsehay Driscoll of Los Angeles plays Irvine’s Anne Lutkemeyer, the top-seeded player in the Monday final. Both matches are scheduled for 9 a.m.

Both boys’ and girls’ doubles 18s finals split sets and needed a super tiebreaker to determine a winner with the top-seeded team getting beat in both matches. In the boys’ 18s, the No. 5-seeded team of the aforementioned Sah and Seggerman downed David Goulak and Ivan Thamma, 6-3, 4-6, 1-0(8). In the girls’ 18s doubles final, No. 3 Devon Jack and Kalani Soli beat top-seeded Kelly Chen and Annette Goulak, 1-6, 6-3, 1-0(8).

Monday’s Final Schedule

All matches at Los Caballeros Racquet Club

Boys’ 18s at noon: (3) Ryan Seggerman, Coronado, vs. (4) Timothy Sah, San Diego

Girls’ 18s at noon: (3) Nicole Mossmer, La Jolla vs. (5) Hannah Zhao, San Diego

Boys’ 16s at 11 am: (2) Eric Hahn, Fullerton, vs. (1) Brandon Nakashima, Sand Diego

Girls’ 16s at 11 am: (5) Elizabeth Goldsmith, Chula Vista, vs. (5) Anessa Lee, San Marino

Boys’ 14 at 10 am: (2) Emilio Nava, Woodland Hills, vs. (5) Julian Noah Steinhausen, Los Angeles

Girls’ 14s at 10 am: (2) Christine Inah Canete, Los Angeles, vs. (5) Jennifer Kida, Wilmington

Boys’ 12s at 9 am: (5) Ryan Morgan, Pasadena, vs. Sean Daryabeigi, Irvine

Girls’ 12s at 9 am:  (2) Tsehay Driscoll, Los Angeles, vs. (1) Anne Lutkemeyer, Irvine

Daily Players of the Day (Sportsmanship) Award:

Day 1: Brando Go and Jessica Walker

Day 2: Hovhannes Khuloyan and Katrina Vayser

Day 3: Koki Takabatake and Cindy Ung

Day 4: Robert Baylon and Seri Nayuki

Day 5: Devon Jack/Kalani Soli and Timothy Sah/Ryan Seggerman


Sunday’s Complete Results

NOTE: Seedings (5) are placed 5-8 and seedings (9) are placed 9-16.

Boys’ 18s Semifinals

(3) Ryan Seggerman d. Cody Lin 6-4, 6-1

(4) Timothy Sah d. (5) Connor Hance 7-6, 2-6, 6-1

Boys’ 18s Doubles Final

(5) Timothy Sah/Ryan Seggerman d. (1) David Goulak/Ivan Thamma, 6-3, 4-6, 1-0(8)

Girls’ 18s Semifinals

(5) Hannah Zhao d. (4) Sydney Van Alphen, 6-2, 6-2

(3) Nicole Mossmer def. (2) Emma Higuchi, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4

Girls’ 18s Doubles Final

(3) Devon Jack/Kalani Soli d. (1) Kelly Chen/Annette Goulak, 1-6, 6-3, 1-0(8)

Boys’ 16s Semifinals

(2) Eric Hahn d. (9) Jack Pulliam, 6-3, 6-2

(1) Brandon Nakashima d. (3) Jacob Bullard, 6-2, 6-2

Girls’ 16s Semifinals

(5) Elizabeth Goldsmith d. (2) Mae Fmar Canete, 6-3, 7-6

(5) Anessa Lee d. (5) Lauren Park, 3-6, 6-2, 3-1Ret (inj)

Boys’ 14s Semifinals

(2) Emilio Nava d. (4) Griffin Daehnke, 6-1, 6-1

(5) Julian Noah Steinhausen d. (1) Alexander Petrov, 5-7, 6-0, 6-1

Girls’ 14s Semifinals

(2) Christine Inah Canete d. (3) Winta Woldeab, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0

(5) Jennifer Kida d. (1) Amanda Chan, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4

Boys’ 12s Semifinals

(5) Ryan Morgan d. (5) Chase Thompson, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5

(5) Sean Daryabeigi d. (5) Rohan Murali, 6-0, 6-2

Girls’ 12s Semifinals

(2) Tsehay Driscoll d. (3) Ayala Stephens, 6-4, 7-5

(1) Anne Lutkemeyer d. (4) Phoebe Peus             , 6-4, 6-1

Boys’ 10s Final

(9) Roman Meraz d. (1) Hovhannes Khuloyan, 6-4, 6-4

Girls’ 10s Final

(4) Samantha Wang d. (2) Seri Nayuki, 6-3, 6-4