Samuda also worked his way to the top of the bracket at the Richards/Kelly Memorial Tournament at Diamond Hills Sports Club in Oakley. He claimed the title in the singles bracket, defeating St. Patrick/St. Vincent’s Jordan Jenkins 6-4, 6-2.
Although the St. Patrick/St. Vincent Bruins, from Vallejo, fell in the singles division, they succeeded in the doubles bracket. Their No. 1 pair, Hinson and Ricky Leung, claimed the title by defeating teammates Christian Lu and Kenneth Lapuz.
The tournament drew teams from across Northern California, including four of the six Bay Valley Athletic League schools plus teams from San Leandro, Rosemont and Tracy.
Heritage’s Samuda faced a tough road the finals. He began by beating San Leandro’s William Yeung 10-1 and St. Patrick/St. Vincent’s Tommy Purcell 10-0. In the quarterfinals, Samuda dismissed Antioch senior Ikram Najib 10-3, then defeated Freedom No. 1 Justin Monge 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the finals.
Monge made a pretty good run as well, claiming victories over Eric Bonde of St. Mary’s, Heritage’s Mackenzie Keady and Tracy’s Anthony Klassen.
St. Mary’s No. 1 Brendon LaMon earned a third-place victory after topping Monge 6-2, 6-2. Najib did earn some redemption by rallying for fifth place, defeating Tracy’s Klassen and Derek Paris in the consolation bracket.
While out-of-town competition claimed the top four spots of the doubles bracket, Heritage’s Josiah Younger and Adam Nielson placed fifth, defeating Antioch’s Sascha Ko and Devonn Garrison and then teammates Worku Ousman and Jack Farnstrom after being bounced from the main bracket.
Ousman and Farnstrom topped Rosemont’s No. 1 team of Lars Cheatham and Francis Tacuyan in the opening round, then beat Freedom’s Jarrelle Tramble and Drake Miller before falling to Andrew Canlas and Anmol Cheema of Tracy.
Ko and Garrison, from Antioch, claimed a couple of victories in the main bracket, topping Liberty’s No. 1 duo of Nick Fallon and Cody Marlin and then St. Patrick/St. Vincent’s James Landgu and Mike Cole.