A look at what you won’t want to miss on Thursday at The Ojai:
WEDNESDAY’S PAC-12 QUARTERFINAL RESULTS: The University of Oregon defeated the University of Arizona, 4-1, in the first match.
- Highlight: Oregon won the doubles point and got wins in singles from Simon Stevens (No. 3), Jayson Amos (No. 4) and Cormac Clissold (No. 5).
- In the day’s second quarterfinal match it was the No. 6 Washington Huskies over No. 7 Utah, 4-0.
- Highlight: The doubles point was a close victory for UW, as they won on court No. 3 but lost on court No. 2 and the top court saw a tough battle that ended in a victory for Emmett Egger and Jeff Hawke, 8-6. The Huskies got singles victories in straight sets from Egger at No. 3, Jake Douglas at No. 2 and Gal Hakak clinching the match for the Huskies with a 6-2, 6-1 win on court No. 4.
- TODAY’S QUARTERFINALS AT LIBBEY PARK: Starting at 12 noon, No. 5-seeded Oregon takes on No. 8 Arizona. At 3 p.m., No. 3 UCLA meets No. 6 Washington.
- CCCAA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS DECIDED: In the men’s championship match, the No. 1 team from the South Irvine Valley College defeated the No. 1 from the North Foothill, 5-2, at the Pierpont Racquet Club. On the women’s side, the No. 1 from the South Mt. SAC defeated the No. 3 from the North Modesto College, 5-4, at Ventura College.
- PAC-12 WOMEN AT OJAI VALLEY ATHLETIC CLUB: Defending champion and UCLA sophomore Jen Brady is unseeded in the event that begins on Thursday at the Ojai Valley Athletic Club. USC’s Giuliana Olmos is the No. 1-seeded player. UCLA’s Chanelle Van Nguyen is the No. 2-seed.
- MEN’S OPEN AT OJAI VALLEY INN: The Men’s Open Division begins play at The Ojai on Thursday. Six-time Ojai Open singles finalist Lester Cook is the No. 5 seed and plays Victor Leite of Long Beach at 12:30 at the Ojai Valley Inn. The Women’s Open division begins on Friday at the Inn.
- Boys’ CIF Divisions
The CIF Boys’ Singles and Doubles divisions begin Thursday in Ojai. Each competition sports a bracket of 64 entries and concludes with finals Saturday at Libbey Park in Ojai. Stanford-bound Harvard-Westlake senior Michael Genender goes into The Ojai’s CIF Boys’ Singles draw as the headlining favorite among a short list of contenders. Genender defeated Austin Rapp (now a freshman at UCLA) to win the 2014 CIF-Southern Section Individual tournament and avenge his three-set loss to Rapp in last year’s Boys’ CIF final at The Ojai – Genender’s only high school defeat in 2014.
Those also serving as primary contenders to the singles crown are two Palos Verdes-area products – Peninsula sophomore Connor Hance and Palos Verdes junior Brandon Holt, who is the son of past Ojai and U.S. Open (1979 and 1981) champion Tracy Austin and won last year’s CIF Boys’ Doubles championship at The Ojai – as well as San Marino senior Danny Gealer, Corona del Mar junior Bjorn Hoffmann, big-serving Los Alamitos junior Riley Smith, Torrey Pines sophomore Jacob Brumm and Palm Desert’s Ryan Marker.
Hance, Smith, Gealer and Brumm, representing the best singles entry from San Diego County, hope to improve on their CIF Boys’ Singles quarterfinal appearances at last year’s Ojai. Smith is the son of USC men’s tennis coach Peter Smith. Westlake sophomore Brandon Lam will also test his mettle in the CIF Boys’ Singles draw after winning The Ojai’s Boys’ 16 Singles crown last year.
In the CIF Boys’ Doubles draw, San Diego County is represented with a pair of title-contending doubles teams in Torrey Pines’ Raul de la Torre and Charles Pei, and Point Loma’s Keegan Smith and Ivan Thamma.
In its bid to win both CIF draws at The Ojai, Los Alamitos fields a strong doubles entry through senior Kyle McCann and junior Vatsal Bajpai, which blazed a trail to the quarterfinals at the CIF-SS Individuals and a Round of 16 berth at The Ojai in 2014. Orange County’s top boys’ tennis program, University (Irvine), will likely pin its hopes for Ojai glory and a return to The Ojai’s CIF Boys’ Doubles final on Konrad Kozlowski and Amirardalan Safi.
Newport Harbor senior Reese Stalder, committed to TCU, has chosen to forego the CIF divisions in favor of competing in the Men’s Open Division singles and doubles draws at The Ojai.