Mark Lourenzo

Beacon Correspondent

Fortuna High foreign exchange student Pedro Morandi finished off an excellent prep tennis season by placing 3rd at the recently completed North Coast Section, Division 2 boys singles championships. Morandi, who hails from Brazil, first had to earn an Humboldt-Del Norte championship to be eligible and did so with a victory in the #1 singles bracket back in April. That win not only gave him a title, it also meant that he finished the H-DN campaign unbeaten locally. From there Morandi attended the section playoffs held at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco back on May 3rd through the 4th. Earning a 1st round win over Lick-Wilmerding's Jacob Shaw by a score of 6-1, 6-3, he moved on to the 2nd round of play.

Pedro Morandi faced a very strong opponent in Michael Guzman from Justin Sienna High School and fell in the semifinal round by a score of 6-2, 6-1. Guzman put an end to Morandi's season and went on to win the Division 2 singles championship. For Morandi it was a bittersweet ending but a incredible season as he got to play his favorite sport at the highest levels during his time here in America. Morandi's win back in mid April at the H-DN championships held at Del Norte High came at the expense of Eureka's Max Bass. The score in the finals read 6-1, 6-3. The semifinal round was even tougher as Morandi lost a set to St. Bernard's Sam Yang, but then came back strong for the 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 win.

Morandi wasn't the only local tennis player to make some noise this past season. Fortuna High No. 2 seed John Gearhart made it all the way to the H-DN title match where he came up short to Eureka's Josh Hancock (6-0, 6-4). The Husky double team of Curtis Hohman/Joseph Caminiti made it to the title match at the No. 3 seed and Fortuna's Kyle Frank and Austin Thomsen got to the title match in No. 2 doubles play. Both teams came short of a H-DN title but a fine showing none-the-less. Also it was huge how Ferndale High's Nicole Vollmer came on late in the season as a girl playing boys high school tennis. Vollmer won matches late in the regular season then earned an H-DN championship at the #4 singles seed with her 6-3, 6-1 win over Eureka's Calder Hutchins in the title tilt.