Menlo News August 27, 2022

Girls’ tennis takes 2nd in Tyler Nii Challenge Cup

Four of top teams in CCS face off
Tyler Nii Challenge Cup 2022

The Menlo girls’ tennis team split matches in the Tyler Nii Champions Cup, defeating Evergreen Valley of San Jose 4-3 before falling to Cupertino 5-2.
The Knights’ Andra Braicu prevailed in a tiebreaker over her Evergreen Valley opponent in a hard-fought No. 1 singles match that lasted nearly three hours.

The tournament is held in memory of Nii, a beloved area tennis pro. Nii had become one of the top young Tennis Industry Professionals in the Bay Area having served as Mitty’s varsity coach, as a teaching professional at Player Capital Tennis in Atherton, and as a USTA NorCal board member.

Menlo 4, Evergreen Valley 3
Andra Braicu (M) d. A. Doan 6-7 (5), 6-3 (3); Gee (EV) d. Natalie Westermann 6-3, 6-2; Elise Chen (M) d. Akkaya 6-3, 6-2; N. Doan d Charlotte Yao 6-2, 6-2. Doubles - Sofia Labatt-Izzy Klugman (M) d. Jain-H. Nguyen 6-1, 6-3; Cheung-M. Nguyen (EV) d. Hannah Satuito-Kate Hsia 6-1, 3-6 (4); Ellie Hardegree-Evelyn Zhou (M) d. Ram-Sanjay 6-1, 6-1

Cupertino 5, Menlo 2
Gaythali (C) d. Braicu 4-1, ret. Allison (C) d. Westermann 6-2, 6-3; Chen (M) d. Neena 6-2, 6-2; Nadia (C) d. Yao 6-2, 6-3.. Doubles - Arohi-Annika (C) d. Labatt-Klugman 6-4, 6-4; Kate Hsia-Satuito d. Cindy-Natalie 6-4, 6-4; Shania-Mia (C) d. Hardegree-Zhou 6-4, 7-5