Final Four Set in NBL Girls’ Singles Tennis

Posted by Press Democrat Staff Writer Michael Coit:

Defending champion Emily Gould from Montgomery goes for a second consecutive North Bay League girls’ tennis title Thursday with the semifinals set in the singles tournament.

Montgomery's Emily Gould (JEFF KAN LEE / Press Democrat)

Gould is joined by a trio of talented players, including returning All-Empire selections Kathy Chu, of Maria Carrillo, and Angel Tran, from Piner.

After two rounds Wednesday on the Santa Rosa High School courts, top seeded Gould now faces the fourth seeded Tran in one semifinal. The other match has second seeded Chu going against Taylor Wood, the sixth seed, from Montgomery. Match times are 2 p.m.

The winner gets the league’s automatic berth in the North Coast Section singles championships Nov. 16-17 at Diamond Hills Sports Club, in Oakley.

The league’s top 16 doubles teams, also featuring many of the best singles players, compete for the league’s NCS berth next week on the same Santa Rosa high courts. The Maria Carrillo team of Chu and Carli Chovick represented the NBL a year ago.

Tournament action caps an NBL season again dominated by the Montgomery and Maria Carrillo teams. The teams shared the league title after splitting their matches to each finish 13-1.

While both the Vikings and Pumas get an NBL championship banner, only one can play in the NCS team tournament. Maria Carrillo hosts Montgomery for a tiebreaking match Nov. 2 with sectional play starting Nov. 9.

That the teams must play another match is a rarity, said Maria Carrillo coach Bob Harbaugh, who has led the Pumas the past 14 years.

“I can’t remember it happening in girls tennis. That tells you how even our teams are,” Harbaugh said.

Leading the Vikings are Gould and Wood in singles, Jenny Tong-Alex Sisk and Hailey Frank-Natalie Wyatt in doubles.

For the Pumas, Chu and Chovick top the singles ladder. The leading doubles teams are Lilia Orr-Rose Petrie and Michelle Liang-Sierra Barnachea.