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Phoenix-area juniors participate in Thanksgiving weekend tourneys

December 10, 2008 08:10 PM

A Thanksgiving smorgasbord of tennis in Tucson placed a spotlight on several Central Arizona players as more than 300 boys and girls from the Southwest and beyond competed in the 2008 Western States Junior Open and USTA National Open Girls’ 12 and Under.

CAZ players served and volleyed their way deep into tournament at Western States in all age divisions, and showed well at the National Girls 12. All events were held at Randolph Tennis Center and Tucson Racquet Club in Tucson. Jeff Brack served as tournament director of both events. Highlights follow.

Central Arizona Standouts at Western States:

Boys 18

Singles Quarterfinalists: Eric Chalmers, Lorenz Laurel and Chris Salvatore, all of Tempe

Consolation Finalist: Taylor Hoffmann of Scottsdale

Doubles Champions: Chalmers and Hoffmann

Boys 16

Singles Champion: Luis Pineda of Phoenix

Finalist: Alex Lawson of Tempe

Doubles Champion: Lawson (with Wade Heerboth of Tucson)

Doubles Finalists: Jacob Hedderig of Cave Creek and Andrew Mayer of Scottsdale

Boys 14

Singles Semifinalist: Kyle Chalmers of Tempe

Quarterfinalists: Pablo Santibanez of Phoenix and Max Wightman of Scottsdale

Doubles Champion: Chalmers (with Bryan Cunningham of New Mexico)

Boys 12

Singles Semifinalist: Carlos Hassey of Surprise

Doubles Finalist: Marion Pascal of Peoria (with Conor O’Meara of Texas)

Boys 10

Singles Semifinalist: Max Woodhead of Litchfield Park

Girls 18

Third Place: Kelsey Lawson of Tempe

Semifinalists: Haley Driver of Scottsdale and Mele Iongi of Mesa

Quarterfinalist: Alex Jenssen of Goodyear

Consolation Finalist: Brittany Robinson of Scottsdale

Doubles Champions: Iongi and Lawson

Girls 16

Singles Semifinalist: Mariely Hassey of Surprise

Quarterfinalists: Kathryn Hunnicutt of Phoenix and Mikayla Morgan of Anthem

Girls 14

Singles Champion: Maggie Cohen of Phoenix

Semifinalist: Emily Serrano of Phoenix

Quarterfinalists: Mayte Gallastegui of Surprise and Lidia Csernak of Chandler

Doubles Finalists: Cohen and Serrano

Girls 10

Singles Champion: Josie Frazier of Laveen

Consolation Champion: Zoey Nelson of Waddell

Doubles Champions: Frazier and Nelson

The strong showing continued for Central Arizona players in a field of 64 at the USTA National Open Girls 12 and Under.

• Quarterfinalists of Main Draw: Alexandra Letzt of Scottsdale and Kendra Mahoney of Litchfield Park

• Consolation Champion: Mahoney

• Consolation Finalist: Letzt

• Consolation Semifinalist: Haily Morgan of Anthem