OAKLEY -- Albany High sophomore Allison Chuang won the first North Coast Section girls singles title in school history, beating defending champion Stephanie Lin of Pinole Valley 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday.
In a three set work of art, Chuang, the second seed, outlasted the top-seeded Lin in the Division I championship match at Black Diamond Sports Club.
In the memorable tournament, Dublin's senior doubles team of Myiesha Simmons and Vi Nguyen won their school's first girls tennis title, 7-6 (5), 6-3 over Justin-Siena-Napa's Rachel Carston and Olivia Wilson, in a final that pitted unseeded teams.
Lin and Chuang, Tri-County Athletic League rivals, were like mirror images stylistically, hitting quality shot after quality shot.
"I'm really tired," Chuang said with a smile. "I was running from side to side the whole time."
Last spring, Albany's Andrew Gu won the school's first NCS boys singles title. So these are the salad days for Cougars tennis.
"This was huge, actually," Chuang said. "Last year I got third, which I was really proud of, so this year's even better."
It also reversed a trend. Lin beat Chuang in the NCS semifinals last year en route to winning the title. She also defeated Chuang twice this season.
"Stephanie, the way she plays, she really pushes me," Chuang said. "That causes me to go for too much and I start to miss. Today I just really tried to keep it in, keep it deep but not really go for too much,
Carston and Wilson stunned Monte Vista's Betsy Main and Danielle Yancey, the No. 1 seeds, in the doubles semifinals 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(3), but Simmons and Nguyen stole the show in the finals.
"It was awesome," Dublin coach Jason Wilson said of the historic Gaels win. "It was just a dream for them. They are excited."
For Simmons, a dynamite singles player, the keys to victory were "staying focused and smiling," she said. "Just keep my partner's head up and play my game. Attack my opponent."
In the singles third-place match, Kaitlyn Haithcock of Monte Vista outslugged Rickimae Torres of Dougherty Valley to take a 6-1, 1-6, 6-0 victory. Haithcock displayed sensational groundstrokes in the third set, ripping balls repeatedly just inside the lines.
"No pressure," Haithcock said. "I just got out there and swung. ... She is tough. I've actually never beaten her before."
In the doubles semifinals, Simmons and Nguyen outlasted Foothill's Kelsey Ouyang and Ariana Motavalli 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.