NorCal Juniors Honor Roll: July 2017
Team NorCal geared up for a busy summer of national tournaments, starting with the USTA National Clay Court Championships. On July 16-23, 2017, the Championships were spread in different cities around Florida, in Virginia Beach, VA, and Memphis, TN.
Held in Pleasanton, FL, the USTA Girls’ 14 National Clay Court Championships saw twin sisters Allura and Maribella Zamarripa of Saint Helena reach the quarterfinals in doubles. Allura and Maribella fell 6-2, 6-4 to eventual winners Robin Montgomery of Mid-Atlantic and Katrina Scott of Southern California.
Taking place in Fort Lauderdale, FL, the USTA Boys’ 14 National Clay Court Championships, were successful for Max Fardanesh of Albany who advanced to the quarterfinals. Max was stopped by eventual runner-up Jonah Braswell of Florida, with a final score of 6-3, 6-2.
The USTA Boys’ 16 & 18 National Clay Court Championships that took place in Delray Beach, FL, was extremely positive with two players finishing in the top four. Marcus McDaniel of Vacaville took home fourth place in the Boys’ 16 when he reached the semifinals. Marcus fell to Jacob Bullard of Calabasas, CA, 6-1, 6-3 and had a tough battle against Alex Lee of Oak Brook, IL, only losing in three sets 6-4, 6-7, 6-0. In doubles, Ryder Jackson of Nicasio won the title with Robert Cash of New Albany, OH, coming home with a Gold Ball. The duo beat Jeffrey Fradkin of New York, New York, and Phillip Jordan of Spartanburg, SC, 6-2, 6-4 in the final. Congratulations to Ryder!
We have another national champion in the section as Katie Volynets of Walnut Creek claimed the title at the USTA Girls’ 18 National Clay Court Championships in Memphis, TN. Katie beat the No. 2 seed Abigail Forbes of Raleigh, NC, with a convincing 6-2, 6-2 in the final.
Lastly, Raghav Jangbahadur had another great tournament, finishing third at the USTA Boys’ 12 National Clay Court Championships in Orlando, FL. Raghav continues his great season, coming home with a Bronze Ball. He battled but fell to eventual winner Juncheng Shang of Naples, FL, 6-2, 6-4 before bouncing back to win his playoff match against Garen Spicka of Las Vegas, NV, 6-4, 6-3. Raghav also won the sportsmanship award for the Boys’ 12 tournament. Congratulations Raghav on all your success! We would also like to mention Kurt Miller of Los Gatos who won the Silver Playoff draw against Humza Noor of Olathe, KS, 7-5, 6-1 in the Boys’ 12.
The USTA National Clay Court Championships are one of the toughest tournament in the US, so congratulations to all the players who participated and we look forward to seeing you all at the next national tournament.