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How Sweet It Is: Central AZ Players Rock Mesa Tournament

February 3, 2009 06:30 PM

Mesa’s Gene Autry Sports Complex and Red Mountain High School saw plenty of high-level junior tennis action Jan. 31-Feb.1 during the Mesa Spring Sweet 16, a level-five, singles-only tournament. The top 16 applicants in boys and girls age groups 10-18 participated in the non-elimination, compass draw tournament. And as expected Central Arizona players showed some sweet moves.

andrewmayerAndy Nguyen of Phoenix continued his reign over the Boys 18 division, defeating Garret Dunn of Tempe in the finals, 7-6, 6-1. Ahmad Saleem of Phoenix picked up third place, topping Patrick Taylor of Scottsdale, 6-3, 6-1.

In Boys 16, Andrew Mayer of Scottsdale needed three sets in the finals to get past Dominic Patrick of Gilbert, 7-5, 1-6, 6-2. Hunter Johnson of Litchfield Park took third, defeating Cameron Tehrani of Paradise Valley, 6-2, 6-1.

Augustus Ge of Phoenix notched another title in the Boys 14 division, edging out Robert Seby of Oro Valley, 4-6, 7-6, 6-0. Meanwhile, in Boys 12, Nathan Ponwith of Scottsdale came in second, falling to George Cooper of Albuquerque in the finals, 7-5, 1-6, 1-0.

cassie2On the girls side, Emily Harris of Scottsdale ran the table in Girls 18 and defeated Cassie Hochwalt of Scottsdale in the finals, 6-0, 6-1. Michaela Oldani of Scottsdale took third in three set over Lauren Pick of Albuquerque, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.

In Girls 14, Alexandra Letzt of Scottsdale avenged her loss from two weeks ago to Madison Clark of Phoenix in the finals 6-4, 6-3. Maggie Cohen of Phoenix bounced back for third, defeating Emily Serrano of Phoenix in three sets, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.

After taking some time off, Julia Ortiz of Chandler returned with vengeance and ran through the Girls 12 field to the finals, dropping Caroline Amos of Tucson, 6-1, 6-3. And in Girls 10, Whitney Goett of Paradise Valley defeated Josie Frazier of Laveen in the finals, 6-2, 6-1. Victoria Franco of Tempe picked up third place, slipping past Ksoosha Ramras of Paradise Valley, 7-5, 1-6, 1-0.

Photos courtesy of Randy Spizman