Wednesday, December 7, 2016

NorCal's Volynets takes out No. 2 seed in Orange Bowl

Katie Volynets, shown last year, beat No. 2 seed Oana
Corneanu 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4) to reach the girls 16 quarter-
finals in the Orange Bowl. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Katie Volynets of Walnut Creek in the San Francisco Bay Area continued her hot streak today, ousting second-seeded Oana Corneanu of Romania 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4) to reach the girls 16 quarterfinals in the Orange Bowl on clay in Plantation, Fla.
   Volynets, who won the 16s in last week's Eddie Herr International Championships on hardcourts in Bradenton, Fla., will play qualifier Elvina Kalieva of Staten Island, N.Y. Kalieva outclassed Anika Yarlagadda of West Bloomfield, Mich., 6-4, 6-3.
   Volynets will turn 15 on
Dec. 31. Her parents, Andrey and Anna, emigrated from Ukraine 20 years ago.
   Also in the girls 16s, Lauren Stein of Paradise Valley, Ariz., beat Niluka Madurawe of Sunnyvale in the Bay Area 7-6 (2), 6-0. Stein reached the singles quarterfinals and doubles semifinals (with Volynets) in the Eddie Herr.
   In an all-American doubles quarterfinal, Jayci Goldsmith and Kacie Harvey defeated Melissa Sakar and Volynets 6-4, 6-2.
   In the second round of the Orange Bowl boys 18s, 13th-seeded Sam Riffice of Roseville in the Sacramento area topped Alan Fernando Rubio Fierros of Mexico 7-6 (6), 6-2.
   Riffice, who swept the Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl 16s titles two years ago, will meet qualifier Sangeet Sridhar of Scottsdale, Ariz. Sridhar stunned Canada's Benjamin Sigouin, the third seed in the Orange Bowl and runner-up in the Eddie Herr, in the first round.
   Fin Bass of Great Britain and Jack Lin of Canada held off Riffice and Stanford-bound Timothy Sah of San Diego 6-4, 7-5 in the first round.

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