Eagles embrace challenge that awaits them in daunting De Anza Division of SCVAL

 Yuu Ishikawa
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Sophomore Yuu Ishikawa is Los Altos High’s No. 1 singles player.

By winning the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division last year, the Los Altos High girls tennis team has been rewarded – or some might say punished – with a promotion to the SCVAL De Anza Division this season.

“We’re in for a big battle in the De Anza,” Eagles coach Hung Nguyen said. “It’s probably one of the toughest divisions in the nation.”

Former pro tennis player now coaches local youth


Courtesy of Marisue Jacutin de Mariona
Marisue Jacutin de Mariona of Los Altos played at Wimbledon in 1997. She now coaches the sport and plays in USTA events.

Several Los Altos residents have attended Wimbledon, but there’s one who has actually played in the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament.

Marisue Jacutin de Mariona played in the event in 1997, while she was the top-ranked woman in the Philippines. She lost in the last round of qualifiers at Roehampton.

Former pro tennis player now coaches local youth


Courtesy of Marisue Jacutin de Mariona
Marisue Jacutin de Mariona of Los Altos played at Wimbledon in 1997. She now coaches the sport and plays in USTA events.

Several Los Altos residents have attended Wimbledon, but there’s one who has actually played in the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament.

Marisue Jacutin de Mariona played in the event in 1997, while she was the top-ranked woman in the Philippines. She lost in the last round of qualifiers at Roehampton.

Los Altos resident makes it to finals of Mtn. View Open tennis tournament


Courtesy of John Togasaki
Marisue Jacutin de Mariona competes in mixed doubles.

No local resident claimed a championship at this year’s Mountain View Open tennis tournament, though Marisue Jacutin de Mariona came close.

The Los Altos resident reached the mixed-doubles final with partner Pablo Schurig of Walnut Creek May 26 at Cuesta Park. That’s where they met their match in Philip Graham (Oakland) and Alex Poorta (Moraga), who prevailed 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.


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