The Designated Events were held over the past two weekends in Western New York. Each section of the USTA gets 12 tournaments a year that they designate as national events. Points from these tournaments count towards national rankings as well as sectional rankings. The Designated Events are held in our region at the end of January, beginning of February. The first weekend of the Designated Event is a qualifier tournament, the second weekend is the main draw. Most of the players in the main draw are selected because of their rankings, but 4 or 8 players get into the main draw by reaching the qualifying round in the first weekends qualifier – if the total number of entrants is less than 50 there are 4 players who qualify for the main draw from the qualifyer tournament, if the total number of entrants is 50 or more there are 8 players who qualify for the main draw.. If there are 32 or less entered, everyone gets into the main draw. Here are the results for Northern Regional players who played this segment:
GIRLS 18 and Under (Golds Gym, – DeWitt, NY) – Julia Guignard – had a win by default (illness) over 5th seed Katherine Hoch in the first round and lost to Vivian Chen in the second round 6-0, 6-0. Cathryn Crummey lost in the first round to Vivian 6-3, 6-1. In the consolation round , Cat drew Hoch so she also had a win by default. She then lost to Sophie Barnard 6-2, 6-2, while Julia lost to Karen Chis 6-1, 6-0.
BOYS 18 and Under (Village Glen – Williamsville, NY) – Ian Van Cott – came in as the #2 seed but lost a tough first round match to Sam Swank 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-1 and then proceeded to win all of his backdraw matches beating Spencer Furey 6-0, 6-2; Matt Nardella 2-6, 6-2, 10-6; #6 seed Jake Sosonkin 6-1, 7-6 (5) and #8 seed Daniel Morgan 6-2, 6-3. His brother, Alex Van Cott was the top seed and he beat Gene Tioutine in the first round by default. Next up was Matt Nardella who he beat 6-3, 6-3,. Number 7 seed Brendan Henry lost to Alex 6-2, 6-3. That was followed by a semi final win over Juan Sheppard 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. In the finals, Alex got revenge for his brother by beating Sam Swank 7-5, 6-2. Jake Crawford played a tough match against #3 seed Tyler Kratky and actually won more games, but lost the match 7-5, 0-6, 7-5. He then went through the consolation round with wins over Keith Jensen 6-1, 6-1; Tony Miller 4-6, 7-6 (6), 10-4; Richard Rangga 6-2, 7-6 (0) and a walkover win over Michael Solimano due to an injury.
GIRLS 16 and Under, Girls 14 and Under (Eastside Tennis – Manlius, NY) – Claire Schmitz (16s) – got to the second round with a walkover win over Alexa Cohn due to an injury. There she ran into #4 seed Luisa Fernandez who beat her 6-2, 6-0. I the consolation round Claire lost to #3 seed Lily Bondi 6-1, 6-3. Shannon Mukerji also played this event and lost to Sarah Yukelis 6-3, 6-1. Shannon also drew Bondi in the Consolation Round. Bondi won that match 6-1, 6-0. Nisha Detchprohm(14s) played Sophia Moeller in the first round and lost 6-2, 6-1. Nisha won her backdraw matchup against #6 seed Morgan Herrmann due to an emergency. She then lost to Gillian Perrotta 6-0, 6-1.
BOYS 14 and Under (Mendon – Pittsford, NY) – Lars Olson got to the quarter finals where he lost to #2 seed Tyler Schick 6-3, 6-2. Lars had registered previous round wins over twins Brent and Garrett Boleslav who he beat by scores of 6-1, 6-2 and 6-1, 6-0 respectively. In the consolation round Lars beat John Speicher 2-6, 6-3, 10-8.
BOYS 12 and Unders (Village Glen – Williamsville, NY) – although the tournament is listed as Village Glen, the 12’s draw was actually played at their sister club – Southtowns Tennis in Orchard Park, NY. Max Benson – the #8 seed – won his first round matchup with Oliver Jevtovic in a walkover. In the 2nd round Max lost to Daniel Nuzhny 6-0, 6-2. Ronan Jachuck drew #4 seed Pranav Krishnan. Ronan took the first set 6-3 and then Pranav retired with an injury. Ronan then lost to Ross Derose 6-3, 6-2. In the consolation round Ronan beat Justin Silva 7-5, 6-4, Max lost to #7 seed Gary Fishkin 6-3, 6-1. Ronan was placed in the main draw due to his ranking – he is #1 in the 10’s.
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Michael Haelen played a Level 1B tournament at Dutchess Racquet Club in Poughkeepsie. He lost to Sean Gorwana 6-2, 6-2.