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Central Arizona Juniors Shine at Winter Nationals and Copper Bowl

January 11, 2009 12:22 AM

After rain and frost delays, and many memorable matches, the sun shined on many Central Arizona players during this year’s USTA National Winter Championships and Copper Bowl tournaments held between Dec. 27 and Jan. 7 at several locations in the Phoenix area and Tucson. Nearly 1,000 players participated in each tournament in boys and girls singles and doubles in age groups from 12-18. The Winter Nationals featured a compass draw, which allows for a minimum of four matches versus single consolation at the Copper Bowl. Here are the highlights:



In Girls 12 singles, Madison Clark of Phoenix won four out of six matches and made it to the semifinals of the West draw before falling to Melissa Lord of Connecticutt, 6-2, 6-2. Clark, paired with Dasha Ivanova of Oregon, also won three out of four doubles matches. Alexandra Letzt of Scottsdale made it to the round of 16 in the main draw then lost to Kimberly Yee of Nevada, 6-0, 6-1.

Stephanie Vlad of Scottsdale got the quarterfinals of Girls 16 doubles with partner Nicole Melichar of Texas, before losing to the California pair of Desirae Krawczyk and Joanna Smith, 6-2, 6-0.

Among the boys, Alex Lawson of Tempe ran off six straight wins in Boys 14 singles to get to quarterfinal qualifier of the consolation bracket before dropping to Nikko Madregallejo of California, 6-7(8), 6-3, 6-4. Meanwhile, the Boys 18 doubles team of Andy Nguyen of Phoenix and Garret Dunn of Tempe plowed through to the semis and then played for third place before losing to Daniel Ho and Joshua Tchan of California, 6-4, 7-6(3).


Alexandra Letzt of Scottsdale finished fourth in the main draw of Girls 12 singles, losing to the No. 1 seed Dasha Ivanova of Oregon, 6-3, 7-6 (6). Madison Clarke of Phoenix won the Girls 12 singles consolation, defeating Madison Bourguignon of Washington State, 2-6, 6-4, 10-5. Kendra Mahoney of Litchfield Park made it to the semifinals of Girls 12 consolation.

In Girls 14 singles, Mikayla Morgan of Anthem made it to the round of 16.

Stephanie Vlad of Scottsdale finished third in Girls 16 singles, defeating Leighann Sahagun of New York, 4-0. Sahagun retired during the match due to injury.

Finally, in Girls 18 singles, Haley Driver of Scottsdale advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to BrettEllen Keeler of Texas, 6-1, 6-2, and who ultimately won in the finals. Kelsey Lawson of Tempe, partnered with Maggie McGeorge of Tucson, and battled her way to semifinals of Girls 18 doubles before losing to the No. 5 pairing of Maddy Soule and BrettEllen Keeler, both of Texas, 8-5.

On the boys side, Nicholas Montoya of Scottsdale made it to the round of 16 in Boys 16 singles before falling to Taylor Shamshiri of Texas, 6-3, 6-2. Jacob Hedderig of Cave Creek won the consolation final of Boys 14 singles over Aiden Talcott of New York, 6-2, 6-0.