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 Oakley.
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.
"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, and that helped me a lot."
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).
In the singles third-place match, Kaitlyn Haithcock of Monte Vista beat Rickimae Torres
Bishop O'Dowd d. Albany: The host Dragons pulled out an incredibly competitive first game and took the wind out of the sails of the Cougars, the defending NCS and Northern California Division III champions, and posted a 30-28, 25-21, 26-24 Division III semifinal win.
"I think we did what we needed to do," Bishop O'Dowd coach Chad Salcido said. "We transitioned with consistency, and we were good passing the ball and with serve-receive, which helped us get into our fast offense."
No. 3 Albany (34-6) battled back after trailing the entire first game to take leads of 25-24 and 27-26. But No. 2 Bishop O'Dowd righted the ship and took control.
Behind 18 kills from Brianna Karsseboom, who came up with big side-out after side-out, the Dragons (29-6) controlled game two and wiped away a 15-11 deficit in game three.
Kyra Holt had 19 kills for the Cougars.
Bishop O'Dowd will face No. 1 Campolindo in the final on Saturday.
-- Matt Smith, correspondent
Oakland Section Championships: Oakland Tech's Leila Rad led only once in the Oakland Section championship girls race at Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland. But it was the best time to lead -- the end of the race.
Rad bolted down the final 200-yard straightaway and took the lead with approximately 80 yards remaining to win the 3.05 mile race in 25 minutes, 2.33 seconds. Skyline's Kathy Lien was second (25:08.16).
It was a historic day for the Bulldogs. Oakland Tech's Adam Gardere Jr. won the boys race in 20:12.42 and both the Bulldogs boys and girls teams won titles with scores of 33 and 19 respectively. It was the first time in school history that the Tech boys team won a section cross country team title, and the first time in more than 20 years that its girls team was first in the section championships. In fact, it had been more than a decade since a Tech individual had won the section title, according to former longtime Oakland High coach Dave Ponas.
In the boys race, Gardere took control in the final loop of the four-loop course. This is the junior's first high school cross country season.
-- Phil Jensen