Williams succeeds Svedeman as boys tennis coach at St. Francis High

Mike Williams is the new varsity boys tennis coach at St. Francis High.

Mike Williams

Hired last month, Williams replaces Dick Svedeman, who retired at the end of the spring season.

Lancers prove double trouble for SI

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St. Francis High’s Akanksha Pabari, left, and Katherine Simone proudly wear their championships medals after winning the doubles championship at last week’s CCS tournament.

Avenging their straight-set loss to Tiffany Boudagian and Gabby Perich at the league finals, St. Francis High’s Akanksha Pabari and Katherine Simone dominated the duo from St. Ignatius to claim the Central Coast Section doubles title last week.

Pabari, a senior, and Simone, a sophomore, prevailed 6-1, 6-0 Nov. 20 at Bay Club Courtside in Los Gatos.

Eagles on the mend

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Junior Yuu Ishikawa plays No. 1 singles for Los Altos High in last week’s league match against visiting Monta Vista.

A sore back, two strained shoulders, a sprained ankle and a concussion. While that may look like an injury list for a football squad, it’s actually the tally for the girls tennis team at Los Altos High.

Most of the injuries occurred before the season began, according to coach Hung Nguyen, who has yet to have his full complement of players available for a match. Four of the five starters affected – including No. 1 singles player Yuu Ishikawa – have missed matches or played hurt.

Players persevere after rainy days at Mountain View Open

The most formidable opponent for those competing in this year’s Mountain View Open tennis tournament might have been the weather. Due to rain, matches were postponed three out of the five scheduled days.

“Overall, this was the most challenging Mountain View Open I’ve ever been involved with either as a player or as the tournament director,” said John Togasaki, associated with the Open since 1993.

Mtn. View girls swing past competition in tennis, head to CCS playoffs for second straight season

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Mountain View High’s Elise Joshi follows through on a shot last week against Gunn.

No matter what happens in next week’s playoffs, it’s been a banner year for the Mountain View High girls tennis team. By winning the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division title last week, the Spartans have earned a championship banner to hang in the school gym.

“That’s exactly what we’ve been looking forward to having,” top singles player Alena Pruett said. “It’s nice to finally get that one.”

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