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Chavatipon loses in ojai final

By Tim Tuttle/For --

Fullerton resident Charlotte Chavatipon advanced through five rounds of the girls 18-and-under division at the 117th Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament to reach the final round, where she lost to Cali Jankowski of Carlsbad, 6-1, 6-4, Sunday on the iconic downtown Libbey Park court.

Chavatipon’s performance in the prestigious tournament was a sign of progress and one of remarkable achievement. She turned age 15 in mid-April. Jankowski will be 17 in mid-August and has verbally accepted a scholarship to Arizona State for 2018.

Chavatipon, who attends and trains at the Advantage Tennis Academy in Irvine, had reached the quarterfinals at Ojai the past three years, twice in the 16s and last year in the 18s.

“Even though I lost today, it showed I can improve,” Chavatipon said. “Cali is a heavy hitter and I lost to her in the semis at the Henry Talbert (tournament, in January in Palm Desert). I think I played better this time. She plays with her big serve very aggressively and I tried to go toe-to-toe with her. I tried to use her pace and send it back to her and push her back (on the court). I’m trying to increase my pace so I can dictate the point. Against her, if you don’t do that, she will kill you.”

Chavatipon rallied from being down 0-2 in the second set to get even, 3-3, but a service break cost her a chance at a third set.

“I began to understand the pace better,” Chavatipon said.

Chavatipon was the No. 2 seed. Jankowski was top-seeded.

“It was a nice tournament for me,” Chavatipon said. “I went there with confidence from being the second seed. The first three times I went to Ojai, I went to the quarterfinals. Getting to the finals was even better. I think throughout the tournament I played pretty well. I was trying a new tactic my dad (Art) and my coach have been teaching me to be more aggressive along the baseline and it was working for me.”

Chavatipon defeated Emily Ackerman of Thousand Oaks, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4, in the semifinals. It was her second straight victory over Ackerman, who is 17.

“I played Ackerman two years ago and she’s pretty tough,” Chavatipon said. “She knows how to play.”

Fullerton College’s Alex Altamirano and Kalie Laubie advanced to the round of 16 in the 128-draw California Community College championship played at Ojai. 

Altamirano, a sophomore from Ayala High in Chino, and Laubie, a sophomore from Brea-Olinda, had a bye in the firt round, defeated Natalia Garcia and Priscilla Jaramillo from Imperial Valley in the second round and Ventura’s Leah Meschke and Bailey Sindle in the third round. They didn’t lose a set in the two matches. They played Iren Feher and Srna Lepchevaski of Santa Monica in the round of 16 and lost in a tiebreaker, 6-2, 4-6, 10-5.

“They had a great opportunity to win that match, but they had a couple of bad bounces here and there,” Fullerton College assistant tennis coach Akhom Inthavong said. “They both were playing with injuries, but both were warriors and played through it. I couldn’t have asked for more from them in terms of effort and sportsmanship. They both represented the city of Fullerton and Fullerton College great.”

Altamirano advanced to the third round in the 128-draw singles, falling to Taylor Alva of Consumnes River, 6-1, 6-4. She defeated Sarah Kellogg of Modesto in the second round, 6-7, 6-1, 6-2. Altamirano had a first-round bye.

“I thought Alex did really well in the tournament,” Inthavong said. “She played the number four seed tough, it took three sets before succumbing to her opponent.”

Hope International University’s Kyle Rae, a freshman from the United Kingdom, lost in the semifinals of the men’s independent college singles to Eastern Washington University’s Robert Dula, 6-2, 6-1. Rae defeated Abilene Christian University’s Henry Adams, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, in the first round and Westmont College’s Tommy Nightengale, 6-7 (8), 6-0, 6-0.

Rae and partner Adrien Varenne, a junior from France, defeated Andrew Tufenkian and Andrew Wong of Cal Lutheran University, 6-3, 6-2, in the opening round of the men’s independent college doubles. They lost in the second round to Luke Ness and Flavien Raveau, 7-6 (5), 6-1.

Hope’s Djurdjina Vorhavac, a junior from Bosnia and Herzegovina, defeated Emily Werman of Cal Lutheran, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2, in the second round of the women’s independent college singles. Vorhavac lost to Abilene Christian’s Erin Walker, 6-0, 7-5, in the round of 16. Vorhavac had a bye to advance out of the first round.

Fullerton High’s Kevin Chiang and Terry Kang lost in the opening round of the 64-draw CIF Interscholastic doubles to Peninsula’s Louis Hoeger and Darish Jalali, 6-1, 6-2.

Fullerton results of collegiate/resident players in the 117th Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament:

Girls 18 singles: Final—Cali Jankowski, Carlsbad, def. Charlotte Chavatipon, Fullerton resident, 6-1, 6-4; semifinals— Chavatipon def. Emily Ackerman, Thousand Oaks, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4; quarterfinals—Chavatipon def. Madison Wolfe, Ojai, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2; round of 16—Chavatipon def. Sasha Tolstoff, Lake Elsinore, 6-1, 6-3; 2ndround—Chavatipon def. Hana Moss, Los Angeles, 6-1, 6-2; 1st round—Chavatipon advanced, bye.

Boys Interscholastic doubles: 1st round--Louis Hoeger and Dariush Jalali, Peninsula High, def. Kevin Chiang and Terry Kang, Fullerton High, 6-1, 6-2.

Women’s community college singles: 3rd round—Taylor Galya, Consumnes River, def. Alex Altamirano, Fullerton College, 6-1, 6-4; 2nd round—Altamirano def. Sarah Kellogg, Modesto College, 6-7, 6-1, 6-2; 1st round—Altamirano advanced, bye.

Women’s community college doubles: Round of 16—Iren Feher and Srna Lepchevska, Santa Monica College, def. Alex Altamirano and Kalie Laubie, Fullerton College, 6-2, 4-6; 10-5; 3rd round—Altamirano and Laubie, Fullerton College, def. Leah Meschke and Bailey Sindle, Ventura College, 6-3, 7-6. 2nd round—Altamirano and Laubie  def. Natalia Garcia and Priscilla Jaramillo, Imperial Valley College, 6-2, 6-0; 1st round—Altamirano and Laubie advanced, bye. 

Women’s independent college singles:  Round of 16—Erin Walker, Abilene Christian University, def. Djurojana Vorhovac, Hope University, 6-0, 7-5; 2nd round—Vorhovac def. Emily Werman, Cal Lutheran University, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2; Caroline Casper, Pomona-Pitzer College, def. Jovana Milosevic, Hope University, 6-0, 6-0; 1st round—Milosevic def. Kylie McLellan, Cal Lutheran University, withdrew; Vorhovac advanced, bye.

Women’s independent college doubles: Round of 16—Maddi Schimdt and Kindall Yeung, Whittier College, def. Jovanna Milosevic and Djurdjina Vorhovac, Hope University, 4-6, 6-1, 12-10; 1st round—Milosevic and Vorhovac advanced, bye.

Men’s independent college singles: Quarterfinals—Robert Dula, Eastern Washington University, def. Kyle Rae, Hope University, 6-2, 6-1; 2nd round—Rae def. Tommy Nightengale, Westmont College, 6-7 (8), 6-0, 6-0; 1stround—Rae def. Henry Adams, Abilene Christian University, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3; AJ Flora, UC Santa Cruz, def. Maruicio Mosquera, Hope University, 6-3, 6-4; Jonathan Sheehy, Abilene Christian, def. Gabriel Barazetti, Hope University, 6-0, 6-0; Nico Agritelley, Abilene Christian, def. Adrien Varenne, Hope, 6-2, 6-1; Milos Zoric, Biola University, def. Avi Bami, Hope, 6-1, 6-2; Jake Haffner, Cal Lutheran University, def. Sergio Romero, Hope, 7-5, 6-1.

Men’s independent college doubles: Quarterfinals—Luke Ness and Flavien Raveau, Eastern Washington University, def. Kyle Rae and Adrien Varenne, Hope University, 7-6 (5), 6-1; 1st round—Rae and Varenne def. Andrew Tufenkian and Austin Wong, Cal Lutheran University, 6-3, 6-2; Joshua Sheehy and Jonathan Sheehy, Abilene Christian University, def. Avi Bami and Gabriel Barazetti, Hope University, 6-1, 6-2; Robert Dula and Scott Paz, Eastern Washington University, def. Maruicio Mosquera and Sergio Romero, Hope University, 6-1, 6-1.

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