Di Giulio brothers like Ojai


Austin advances to semifinals at prestigious tournament, while Joseph helps UCLA move on. Stalder, CdM doubles duo each bow out.

April 25, 2014|By Matt Szabo

OJAI — The Di Giulio family of Newport Beach did a lot of winning Friday at the 114th annual Ojai Tennis Tournament.

Austin Di Giulio is an eighth grader. Joseph is a freshman at UCLA. But "The Ojai" is varied enough that both had their time to shine. And it was no accident that Paul and April Di Giulio wore UCLA clothing as they watched their sons play, while younger brother Perry, 8, donned a UCLA cap.

Austin moved into the semifinals of the Ojai boys' 14s tournament Friday afternoon after outlasting William Grant of Santa Barbara, 6-4, 1-6, 6-1, at The Thacher School. A few miles away, Joseph was helping UCLA top Oregon, 4-0, in a Pac-12 Conference Men's semifinal match at Libbey Park.


"My parents wanted to watch Joe, and it's a prestigious tournament," said Austin, who is playing at Ojai for the first time. "It worked out perfectly."

Both brothers have the chance to play for a title Saturday. Austin Di Giulio, seeded No. 2, will play No. 5 Jake Sands of Pacific Palisades in a 14s semifinal match at 8 a.m. The championship match is scheduled for noon, at Libbey Park.

Joseph and the No. 2-seeded Bruins face rival and top-seeded USC for the Pac-12 team title at 4 p.m. Saturday, also at Libbey Park. Joseph Di Giulio has been playing both singles and doubles for UCLA, with Clay Thompson. Di Giulio and Thompson beat Oregon's Jayson Amos and Daniel Sardu at No. 3 doubles in Friday's match, 8-5.

An Orange Coast College women's doubles team is still in contention in the Community College Championships at Ojai. No. 2-seeded Nikki Thornberg and Hali Dickson won twice on Friday, including a 6-3, 6-4 round of 16 victory over a team from Grossmont, to advance. Thornberg and Dickson play No. 3-seeded Chelsea Corby and Suzanne Lin of Diablo Valley in a quarterfinal match at 2 p.m. Saturday, at Ojai Valley Athletic Club.

Other locals fell Friday. Newport Harbor High junior Reese Stalder lost to Ryan Shen of Newbury Park, 6-1, 6-2, in a CIF singles division round of 16 match. CdM's Siena Sharf and Jasie Dunk fell to top-seeded Ilana Oleynik and Otilia Popa, 6-2, 6-3, in a girls' 18 singles quarterfinal match.

The CdM boys in the CIF divisions had lost Thursday. Sophomore Bjorn Hoffmann fell in the singles second round to Connor Hance of Peninsula, 6-3, 6-3, while seniors Josh Kliger and Carson Williams were upset in the doubles first round by Christian Francisco and Michael White of Vista Murrieta, 6-4, 7-6.

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