Amber Huk entered the North Coast Tennis championships seeded fourth, but wasn’t even the East Bay Athletic League champion, as that honor went to the top-seeded Kaitlyn Nguyen of Dougherty Valley.
For Huk to become the first Foothill or EBAL girls’ player to win the NCS Singles title, there was going to be some work to do, including facing Nguyen in the semifinals and all this as an at-large entry into the tournament.
Tall order? No problem as Huk won four straight matches last week (Nov. 15-16) to bring home the championship banner.
In the first round, Huk disposed of Elena Lottich of Castro Valley 6-0, 6-1, then followed with a perfect 6-0, 6-0 win over Disha Sivakumar of American to advance to the semifinals and a meeting with Nguyen.
In an intense battle, Huk came away with the 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 win to move on and take a spot in the finals.
Standing the way of the banner was the No. 3 seed Jenna Dorian of Novato. Huk was not going to be denied and she made history with a 7-6, 6-4 win to bring home the championship.
It was the first NCS Singles title for Foothill or the EBAL in the 40-year history of NCS Tennis play.
Foothill has won five NCS Doubles titles, the most recent coming in 2008 when Taylor Hoppe and Madison Shoemaker won the title.
The Foothill girls, volleyball team ended its season last Wednesday (Nov. 16) with a tough 3-1
loss in the CIF Northern California playoffs to San Benito of Hollister.
The Falcons had a terrific season finishing first in the Valley Division of the EBAL and tying the Monte Vista Mustangs for first overall in the EBAL with a 12-1 record.
They also had their first tournament championship in Southern California, winning the Royal Classic in Simi Valley and finished the season with a record of 32-8.
The All-EBAL selections for the Falcons: Kellie Hughes (MVP), Kate Goto (1st team), Andreea Paduraru (1st team), Amal Peermohammed (2nd team), Diana Guerrero (Honorable Mention) and Amaya Wilson (Honorable Mention).
Three Foothill boys’ water polo players were honored by opposing coaches with All-EBAL selections this season.
Matthew Dotson, a junior, was selected as All-EBAL first team. Nathan Williams, a sophomore, and Aaron Li, a senior, were selected as Honorable Mention.
In addition to these honors, Dotson was named Most Valuable Player for the Foothill boys’ varsity squad; Fabio Salvioni, a senior, was the Defensive Player of the Year; Li was the Falcon Award winner; and junior Dylan Pottgieser was Most Improved.
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