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Local Juniors Dominate Arizona Junior Championships in Tucson

March 25, 2009 06:13 PM

Arizona Junior Championships
Randolph Tennis Center (10s, 12's, 14's)
& Hilton El Conquistador (16s, 18s)
 Tucson, Ariz.
March 21-23, 2009

Second-seeded Garret Dunn (Tempe) won two 18's titles at the Arizona Junior Championships in Tucson, March 21-23 (Photo courtesy of Randy Spizman).

Hilton El Conquistador Resort and Hotel and Randolph Tennis Center both fielded separate age groups, as 225 of the Section's top junior tennis players traveled to Tucson for the Arizona Junior Championships, March 21-23.

The Arizona Junior Championships was a USTA Southwest Section Designated tournament, with the top flight (Gold) counting for national ranking points. Boys and Girls 10s, 12s & 14s.

In Boys' 10: Fourth-seeded Roman Shenkiryk (Phoenix) staved off all comers, losing just five total games in six sets of play, including a 6-1, 6-1 win in the final over No. 2 seed Brandon Stringfellow (Scottsdale). Shenkiryk claimed the doubles title to make it a 2-for-2 weekend, teaming up with Yusuf Saleem (Phoenix) to defeat the Tucson pairing of John Azar and Harsh Parikh 8-0 in the final.  

In Girls' 10: Paradise Valley, Ariz. native and top-seed Whitney Goett cruised to the title, dispatching No. 2 seed Zoey Nelson (Waddell, Ariz.) in the final by a 6-0, 6-0 score. Goett also added the doubles title to her name, pairing with Shailla Alda (Phoenix) to defeat Nelson and Josie Frazier (Laveen, Ariz.) 8-1.

In Boys' 12: Top seed Nathan Ponwith (Scottsdale) rolled through the draw without the loss of a set. Ponwith downed unseeded Jack Amos (Tucson) 7-5, 6-2 in the final. Zachary Cihlar (Glendale, Ariz.) and Michael Lee (Tucson) won the doubles title with an 8-6 win over the brother tandem of Andy and Alex Yuwen (Chandler, Ariz.).   

In Girls' 12: Tucson's Caroline Amos, the No. 2 seed, endured a tough semifinal with No. 3 seed Maddie Pothoff (Tucson) winning 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 before saving her best for the final in a 6-3, 6-3 win over top seed Kirtana Bhat (Tucson). Melissa Kahn (Phoenix) and Delaney Nothaft (Tempe) with an 8-6 win over Amos and Melissa Pick (Albuquerque, NM).

In Boys' 14: Top seed Robert Seby (Oro Valley, Ariz.) beat Gregory Anderson (Tucson) 6-3, 6-3 in the final. Anderson had endured an exhausting third-set breaker in a semifinal win over fourth-seeded Emanual Llamas (El Paso, Texas). Seby and Matthew Dunn (Tucson) defeated Jared Aldor (Vail, Ariz.) and Josh Hedderig (Cave Creek, Ariz.)

In Girls' 14: Fourth-seeded Madison Clarke (Phoenix) won three rounds without the loss of a set, and had an injury walkover in the first round. Clarke took down fifth-seeded Stephanie Hu (Gilbert, Ariz.) 6-0, 6-0 in the final, after receiving a tough battle from second-seeded Alexandra Letzt (Scottsdale) in the semifinals, 7-6, 6-2. Letzt did pick up the doubles title, pairing up with Emily Serrano (Phoenix).

In Boys' 16: Alex Lawson (Tempe) lost just 12 games in 10 total sets, going 5-0 to win the 16's draw, including a 6-3, 6-0 final-round win over Andrew Mayer (Scottsdale). Lawson and Nicolas Montoya (Scottsdale) upended the Johnson brothers Hunter and Yates (Litchfield Park, Ariz.) 8-5 in the final.

Kelsey Lawson reached the finals of two Girls' 18's events in Tucson (Photo courtesy Randy Spizman).

In Girls' 16: Top-seeded Hailey Rochin (Tucson) edged No. 2 seed Erica Medlin (Mesa, Ariz.) in the best match of the tournament, coming from a set down and finishing with a tight 3,6, 6-1, 7-6 (8) victory. Sister Tatum Rochin (Tucson) paired with Rachana Bhat (Tucson) to win the doubles title.

In Boys' 18: Second-seeded Garret Dunn (Tempe) swept past third-seeded Dominic Bermudez (Tucson) 6-1, 6-2. Bermudez had upset top-seeded Andy Nguyen in the semifinals. Dunn and Nguyen captured the doubles crown, defeating El Paso duo Mario Urquidi and Taylor Stockton 8-1 in the final.  

In Girls' 18: Scottsdale's Stephanie Vlad dropped the first set in her final against Kelsey Lawson (Tempe), but the No. 2 seed regained her form and won 3-6, 6-2, 6-1. Lawson did pick up the doubles title, teaming with Mele Iongi (Mesa) to beat Haley Driver (Scottsdale) and Maggie McGeorge (Tucson) 8-2.

For complete draws and seedings for each event, check the tournament homepages for the 10's/12s/14's HERE and the 16's/18s HERE