May 1, 2006 |
Each time USC freshman Amanda Fink tried to win with topspin, Suzi Fodor sliced through it with another volley. Fodor, a junior at California by way of Budapest, Hungary, used athleticism and artistry in attacks at the net to undercut Fink, 7-6 (2), 6-3, and win the Pacific 10 Conference women's singles championship at the 106th Ojai Valley tennis tournament Sunday at Libbey Park. "It was an interesting match," Fodor said. "We made each other play, and it was fun and different."
April 30, 2006 |
The nearly constant stream of whispered platitudes, applause and encouragement showered on Sam Querrey barely kept pace with the rising young star's repertoire of prodigious serves and well-placed shots. The 18-year-old Querrey manhandled Noah Newman, a 28-year-old former UCLA player, in a 6-2, 6-4 semifinal victory Saturday in the men's open division of the 106th Ojai Valley tennis tournament at Libbey Park.
March 30, 2006 |
Before they became among the best their sports had ever seen, Pete Sampras and Tiger Woods were Southern California teenagers performing in old, venerable tournaments that had been around since the turn of the 20th century. Before the first Rose Bowl was played in Pasadena in 1902, tennis was played in Ojai. Before the first Santa Anita Handicap was run in 1935, golf was played at country clubs all around Los Angeles. And before the CIF State track meet started in 1915, Carpinteria played host to hosted its first track meet.
April 25, 2005 |
Stanford senior Sam Warburg defeated Washington senior Alex Vlaski, 7-5, 7-5, to win the Pacific 10 Conference singles championship at the Ojai Valley tennis tournament for the second year in a row, but he wasn't the only player in repeat mode, as encore showings abounded and double duty was common during finals Sunday at Libbey Park in Ojai. Warburg, who also teamed with K.C.
April 23, 2005 |
The biggest draw in the first two days of the 105th Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament strode off the court, his strawberry-blond hair beneath his baseball cap darkened with sweat and his face brightened by a satisfied grin. Thousand Oaks High junior Sam Querrey left without a victory Friday, falling, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, to top-seeded ATP tour pro Cecil Mamiit in front of about 300 spectators during the men's Open singles quarterfinals at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa.
April 25, 2004 |
For all his recent travels, amid the inconsistencies of life as an American immigrant, Adriano Biasella has found a welcoming, one-weekend-a-year home in the hills of Southern California. He has come to past Ojai Valley tennis tournaments with lofty expectations, carried various affiliations and maintained a dominant style. He coasted through the men's community college and open divisions the last two years, each time earning an individual title.