Boys’ tennis takes 3rd at All-American Invitational
3.25.2023 – The Menlo School boys’ tennis team shut out its first two opponents en route to a third-place finish at the prestigious 22nd National High School All-American Team Invitational in Orange County this weekend.
Menlo (9-1) played a rematch with Palos Verdes Peninsula in the third-place game, winning 5-3. The teams met previously in the final of the Bay Area Classic final with Menlo winning 5-2 in a hard-fought contest.
The Knights went 3-1, with shutouts over Gilman of Maryland and Iolani of Hawaii - a match closer than appears on paper.
“All the matches against Iolani were close,” Menlo coach Bill Shine said. “We were mentally really focused.”
Menlo then faced University-Irvine - a longtime rival in this tournament - and fell in the tightest of matches 4-4 then 57-47 on games.
Menlo junior Evan Burnett and sophomore Cooper Han were named All-Americans for the second consecutive year.
at Palisades TC
Menlo 5, Palos Verdes Peninsula 3
Ferguson (P) d. Evan Burnett 7-5, Cooper Han (M) d. Hance 6-2, Yuanye Ma (M) d. Shuda 6-3, Tudor Braicu (M) d. Koeberle 6-3, Nikhil Agarwal (M) d. Shigokawa 7-5. Extra singles match: Leo Terman (M) d. Feuer 6-1. Doubles - Hance-Shuda (P) d. Arjun Saluja-Derek Jain 6-3, Koeberle-Shigokawa (P) d. Octave Moha-Linus Hansen 6-3; Feuer-Hui (P) d. Jake Lieberman-Raul Sandoval 6-4.
University-Irvine 4, Menlo 4 (University wins on games 57-47)
McDonald (U) d. Burnett 8-4, Im (U) d. Han 8-4, Ma (M) d. Gaper 8-4, Len (U) d. Braicu 8-3, Young (U) d. Agarwal 8-4. Doubles - Burnett-Ma (M) d. McDonald-Im 8-5, Han-Braicu (M) d. Guper-Len 8-5; Arki Temsamani-Agarwal (M) d. Yung Ke 8-7 (6).
Menlo 8, Iolani 0
Burnett d. Kawelo 8-0, Han d. Gervase 8-1, Ma d. Glen 8-6, Braicu d. Spencer 8-6, Agarwal d. Sid 8-6. Doubles – Burnett-Ma d. Kawelo-Gervase 8-2, Han-Braicu d. Glen-Spencer 8-4; Agarwal-Temsamani d. Sid-Carrer 8-7 (6).
Menlo 8, Gilman (Maryland)
Burnett d. Khairallah 8-2, Han d. Nabit 8-0, Ma d. Cathall 8-0, Braicu d. Pavlovich 8-1, Agarwal d. Bori 8-1. Doubles – Temsamani-Terman d. Khairallah-Nabit 8-7 (4); Ben Levin-Kavan Kumar d. Cathal-Pavlovic 8-4; Sam Engel-Will Perez d. Grib-Bovio 8-3.