|Katie Volynets could become the first girl to win|
the Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl 16s titles in
the same year. 2015 photo by Paul Bauman
Volynets dismissed Angelica Blake of Boca Raton, Fla., 6-2, 6-3 on Friday in a semifinal matchup of unseeded players in the Orange Bowl on clay in Plantation, Fla. It was Volynets' 11th consecutive singles victory.
Volynets defeated Blake 0-6, 7-5, 6-2 in the quarterfinals of last week's Eddie Herr International Championships en route to the title of the hardcourt tournament in Bradenton, Fla.
Volynets will face 14th-seeded Imani Graham of Saint Johns, Fla., today at 7 a.m. PST. Graham beat qualifier Arabella Koller of Austria 6-1, 7-6 (4).
Both finalists will turn 15 this month.
Volynets defeated Graham 6-3, 6-4 in the second round in Tulsa, Okla., in October.
In the boys 18 quarterfinals, unseeded Sebastian Baez of Argentina overwhelmed 13th-seeded Sam Riffice of Roseville in the Sacramento area 6-0, 6-0.
Baez won the 16s title last year. Riffice swept the Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl 16s crowns two years ago.