SANTA ROSA -- Sophomore Mayson Xue was the No. 2 singles player for the Dougherty Valley High boys tennis team at the start of the 2014 season.

Three months later, Xue is not only his team's top singles player, but a North Coast Section champion.

Xue finished a dominant run in the NCS Division I tournament Saturday with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Terra Linda's Jerod Mah in the singles final at Santa Rosa High.

"His focus was tremendous today. He didn't let anything distract him," Dougherty Valley coach Akshay Arora said about Xue in the finals. "He was really hungry to win this title."

Xue, who didn't lose a set in four matches this tournament, jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first set of the finals over No. 2 seed Mah in windy conditions. Xue, the No. 1 seed, lost the sixth game and was down 15-0 in the seventh before bouncing back to clinch the first set.

After dropping the first game of the second set, Xue held serve in the second game on his way to six straight game victories and the title.

Xue said that it was probably the worst wind he had ever encountered in a match.

"As I got more into the match, I started getting more confident and more used to the wind," said Xue, whose season continues in the NCS Division I team tournament where Dougherty Valley (13-0) is the No. 1 seed. "I had to move a lot more and I had to stay focused the whole match."


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Xue was efficient in the championship match, whether it was with his groundstrokes or with his serve.

"His first serve percentage ... was incredible. When there is a match on a windy day, you want your first serve percentage to be high," Arora said.

Xue's only singles losses this season have been to Acalanes senior Dan Cardiff, who teamed with sophomore brother Ryan to reach the NCS Division I doubles championship match. It was a brothers showdown, as Paul Barretto and Dominic Barretto of Redwood defeated Dan and Ryan Cardiff 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. The second-seeded Cardiff brothers rallied from a 4-3 deficit in the second set to send the match into a deciding third set against the No. 1 seed Barretto brothers.

San Ramon Valley's Anant Mundra won the third-place single match 6-3, 6-3 over Tamalpais' Marco Barretto.

Division II championships: Top-seed Max Yun of College Prep defeated Hercules' Michael Vizcarra, the No. 2 seed, 6-0, 7-6 (4) at capture the NCS Division II singles title. Yun, who did not drop a set in three matches in the tournament, became the first East Bay player to win the Division II singles championship in the four-year history of the event.

In the doubles final, Lindsay Deffarges and Peter Baumbacher of University-San Francisco beat Ben Wilson and Vivek Ranchandran of College Prep 7-6 (4), 6-2.

-- Staff