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Valley of the Sun Open in Mesa Dominated by Central Arizona Players

April 7, 2009 06:24 PM

More than 200 junior players from across the Southwest and Southern California descended upon Mesa April 4-6 for the Valley of the Sun Open, with Central Arizona players once again showing their dominance across all age divisions. Gene Autry Sports Complex, led by Director of Tennis Tom Kenney, served as the host site. Additional matches were played at Red Mountain High School and Mountain View High School, both also in Mesa. Players earned Level 5 National points. Highlights include:stephanie vlad


• No. 5-seed Nicholas Montoya of Scottsdale (pictured on home page) weaved his way through the draw, including knocking off one-seed Dominic Bermudez of Tucson, to pick up second place. Montoya fell to Carlos Bermudez of Tucson, 6-0, 6-3, in the finals. Alex Lawson of Tempe placed fourth. Jacob Spizman of Chandler, with partner Alexander Lineberry of Sedona, chalked up a second place finish in doubles.

• The Boys 16 field also saw fierce competition. No. 4-seed Dominic Patrick of Gilbert and No. 2-seed Jacob Hedderig of Cave Creek both fought off three-set semifinals to earn a spot in the finals Monday morning. But it was Patrick who still had some left in the tank and held on for the title, 6-3, 6-0. Cameron Tehrani of Paradise Valley placed fourth. Tehrani, along with Andrew Mayer of Scottsdale, also picked up the doubles crown, 8-3, dropping James Carr of Tempe and Wade Heerboth of Tucson.

max w• The large Boys 14 field required a Gold and Silver flight, with Gold counting toward national ranking. No. 4-seed Max Wightman of Scottsdale, en route to a finals showdown, defeated one-seed Joshua Hedderig of Cave Creek, 6-4, 6-1. And Wightman fought hard but could stave not off Jared Aldor of Vail, Ariz., in the final, 7-5, 6-3. Hedderig took third, defeating Kyle Chalmers of Tempe, 6-3, 6-0. Aldor and Hedderig snatched the doubles title from Chalmers and Wightman, 9-7.

• No. 1-seed Carlos Hassey of Surprise fell ill before the Boys 12 finals and placed second. Marion Pascal of Peoria finished third due to a no-show.

• No. 3-seed Stephanie Vlad of Scottsdale continued her dominance over Southwest players, again meeting No. 1-seed Kelsey Lawson of Tempe in the Girls 18 finals. The two went to three sets in their last meeting two weeks ago in Tucson. The first set went to a tie-breaker, but Vlad prevailed, 7-6, 6-2. Four-seed Cassie Hochwalt of Scottsdale battled No. 5 Emily Harris of Scottsdale for third place, winning 6-2, 6-4. Lawson and Mele Iongi of Mesa took the doubles title.

• Two-seed Erica Medlin of Mesa showed mettle and battled through a pulled abdomen muscle and two three-setters on her way to a Girls 16 finals showdown with Hailey Rochin of Tucson. And it took Rochin three sets to finally slow down Medlin, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

erica medlin• It took three sets, including a tie-breaker in the third, before one-seed Maggie Cohen of Phoenix topped two-seed Alexandra Letzt of Scottsdale in the Girls 14 final, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6. No. 3 Emily Serrano of Phoenix grabbed third over Chloe Lee of Albuquerque, 6-1, 6-2. Serrano and Letzt combined to win the doubles title in a close one, 9-7, over Cohen and Marissa Baca of Oro Valley, Ariz.

• No. 1-seed Delaney Nothaft of Tempe endured a three-hour semifinal match against Melissa Kahn of Phoenix to earn a spot in the finals of Girls 12. But her tank was empty in the end, losing to Maddie Pothoff of Tucson, 6-0, 6-0. Julia Ortiz of Chandler notched a third place finish. Ortiz, partnered with Paris Corley of Grants, N.M., defeated Nothaft and Kahn in the doubles final, 8-2.

• One-seed Whitney Goett of Paradise Valley continued her dominance over Girls 10, picking up another title, this time defeating Zoey Nelson of Waddell, 6-1, 6-0. Newcomer Shailla Alda of Phoenix placed third, defeating Cidny Anders of Gilbert, 6-2, 6-0.

Photography courtesy of Randy Spizman