CdM's Hoffman, Marina's Cancilla advance in singles at Ojai
Corona del Mar senior Bjorn Hoffmann, who reached the CIF boys singles final at The Ojai last year, advanced to the Round of 16 on Thursday with two victories in Southern California’s most prestigious high school tournament.
Hoffman advanced from the first round in a walkover before defeating Andrew Leahy of Claremont, 6-3, 6-2, in the second round.
Joining Hoffmann in the third round is Marina’s Maxwell Cancilla, who beat George Noonan of Harvard-Westlake of Studio City, 6-1, 6-1, in the first round and Dillon Barnard of Glendora, 6-0, 6-4, in the second round.
Beckman’s Axel Stern and Joshua Yoo, Woodbridge’s Paul Diamantopoulos and Leo Hibi, Corona del Mar brothers Pedro and Diego Fernandez del Valle and University’s John Joens and Tommy Wang each won two matches to earn berths in the Round of 16 for the CIF boys doubles draw.
Stern-Yoo eliminated Newport Harbor’s David Lee and Mark Schaefer, 6-1, 6-1, in the second round.
Stern and Yoo face Palm Desert’s Bradley Cummins and Alex Kuperstein – The Ojai’s defending CIF doubles champions – in the third round Friday at 9:30 a.m.
Diamantopoulos-Hibi did not yield a game in the first round and dispatched Villa Park’s Matthew Clues and Kyle Hughes, 6-2, 6-0, in the second round.
The Corona del Mar brothers won both matches by a 6-1, 6-2 count.
Joens-Wang scored a second-round 7-6 (7-3), 6-0 win over Granada Hills’ Brian Bonilla and Sebastian Prokic.