Choin wins Sequoia singles title

-- Yosemite High CorrespondentOctober 26, 2012 

Yosemite High School junior Natalya Choin realized her pre-season goal of winning the North Sequoia League singles championship by defeating Anne Erikson of Liberty 6-0, 6-1 Oct. 17. Choin was seeded No. 2 in the tournament and Erikson was the No. 1 seed.

Prior to the championship match, Choin defeated Kinsey Carlson of Liberty (8-2), Lilly Belle from Chowchilla (8-1) and Sierra's Hubbner (6-1).

"I'd consider this an upset," said Yosemite's tennis coach Stan Lawrence. "Erickson defeated Natalya the first time they played. Natalya played her best today ... really the best I have ever seen her play."

Choin played consistently with few double faults, delivering well-placed ground strokes deep in the court that quickly put Erikson in a defensive mode.

She said she was excited to reach her goal.

"It was a big deal to beat Erickson and I beat her convincingly," said Choin.

Choin considers her league title to be a team victory.

"Without strong competition during practice from Angie (Du) and other Badgers players during practice, my game would not have progressed the way it has this year," Choin said.

Choin said her serves and backhand stroke got a lot stronger as the season went on.

Yosemite junior Du placed fourth in the singles competition losing the third place match to Haley Hubbner of Sierra after winning her first two matches.

"It will be great to have Natalya and Angie back next year," Lawrence said. "It will be interesting to see who else on the team will step up to provide them some competition during practice next year."

The Badgers will be in playoff action this week. The brackets had not been released at press time. Both Choin and Du will advance to the singles playoffs.

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