Eagles take early league lead with win over rival Spartans

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Los Altos High’s Yuu Ishikawa competes at No. 1 singles Thursday at Mountain View, where she won in straight sets over Elise Joshi.

Going into Thursday’s early-season girls tennis match between Los Altos and Mountain View highs, Eagles coach Hung Nguyen and Spartans coach Frank Smyth mentioned the other’s team – along with Gunn – as their biggest challengers for the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division title.

Los Altos pulled ahead of the pack with a 5-2 road victory in which its top singles and doubles players won in convincing fashion. Freshman phenom Yuu Ishikawa prevailed 6-3, 6-0 over Elise Joshi at No. 1 singles, while the duo of Kylie Akiyama and Krithika Nathamuni defeated Yvonne Lin and Jayna Dave 6-4, 6-1 atop the doubles ladder.

Youth is served at MV Open

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Jenson Brooksby, 16, won the men’s singles title at the Mountain View Open. He defeated the top seed in straight sets in the final.

Teens took top honors in singles at the 49th Mountain View Open, and several more junior players advanced to the latter stages of the three-day tennis tournament, which concluded Memorial Day at Cuesta Park.

“There were many up-and-coming young players in the tournament this year,” tournament director John Togasaki said.

Three Eagles advance past first round of CCS individual tennis tournament

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Los Altos High junior Nadia Ghaffari reached the CCS semifinals last week.

A week after participating in the Central Coast Section team playoffs for the first time, three members of the Los Altos High girls tennis team embarked on another new experience – the CCS individual tournament.

Singles player Nadia Ghaffari reached the semifinals, while the doubles team of Kylie Akiyama and Karina Shah Chavez went as far as the quarterfinals of last week’s tourney, held over two days at Bay Club Courtside in Los Gatos.

LA ousted in 2nd round of tennis playoffs

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Kylie Akiyama, above, teamed with Aline Wu for Los Altos High’s lone win against Los Gatos in the second round of the CCS girls tennis playoffs.

The Los Altos High girls tennis team didn’t have much time to enjoy last week’s first-round win in the Central Coast Section playoffs. The day after cruising to a 5-2 home victory over Salinas, the unseeded Eagles encountered a much tougher team: No. 2 Los Gatos.

The Wildcats prevailed 6-1 in the Nov. 8 match, played on neutral courts at Lynbrook.

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