The November Junior Player Update

It’s hard to believe it’s been a month since me last update on local junior tournament players but here we are again.

Max Benson played the Boys 12 and Under National Open in Tuscon, Arizona and Jack Pulliam of Manhattan Beach, California seemed to have his number.  Max drew Jack in the first round and lost 6-4, 1-6, 10-3.  In the backdraw, Max lost to the #5 seed Sebastian Herrera of El Paso by a score of 7-5, 6-0. Pulliam is still alive in thetournament and is in the quarter finals of the backdraw.  In the doubles, Max teamed with Christopher Maltby of Glen Ellyn,Illinois for an 8-4 win over 4th seeded Justin Bloss (also of El Paso) and Harsh Parikh (of Tuscon) before losing to Pulliam and partner Evan Shamlian of Los Angeles.  Pulliam and Shamlian are in the finals due to a withdrawal of 2nd seeded team of Daniel Mateescu and Mark Wu.  Max is currently ranked #524 in the country in the 12’s while Pulliam is ranked #239.

Niskayuna’s Nisha Detchprohm played the Mountain Lakes Championships last weekend and started out with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Lauren Hassell.  In the Quarter Finals, Nisha (the sixth seed) lost to Adrianne Alfonso (the fourth seed) by a score of 6-1, 6-2.  In this weekend’s tournament at Mendham, Nisha started off with a 7-6(3), 6-3 win over Alexandra Mircea.  Then it was a 6-3, 6-2 upset over the third seeded Emily Krupnick.  It ended up with a Quarter Final loss to third seeded Ekim Buyuk (6-2, 6-2).

Michael Haelen has been active on the tournament scene this autumn.  He kept up the busy schedule in November.  First there was a Level 1 Tournament at Alley Pond at the end of October, but Michael was unable to play that and had to take a loss by default.  He returned to Alley Pond the week after for a Sectional Championships but lost in the first round of Qualifiers to Alex Grossman 6-2, 6-0.  The next weekend Michael travelled to Chestnut Ridge where he was the top seed in a level 2 tournament.  He started out with a win by default over Nicholas Aldrich.  He followed that up with wins over Zachary Schoenfeld (6-2, 1-0,  ret) and Will Marvin 6-4, 6-3.  In the finals, Michael defaulted to #2 seed Austin Li.    The next week Michael traveled to Mount Olive, NJ for a Level 1 tournament.  Pranav Krishnan beat Michael 6-1, 6-2. Finally this weekend, Michael played in the Mendham Thanksgiving Championships where he lost to the #3 seed Jonathan Lee 6-0, 6-1.

Josh Jachuck played the qualifier for a Sectional Championship tournament at Glen Cove a few weeks ago.  In the first round, Josh beat Daniel Gotlieb 7-5, 6-1.  In the second round – it was a win over Zachary Baker in a tight 5-7, 6-4, 11-9 match.  He lost in the round of 16 to Erik Ujvari 7-5, 6-2.  This weekend Josh played at Bogota, N.J.  where he was the #3 seed in a Level 1 tournament.  Josh started out with a 7-6(3), 6-4 win over Jeffrey Rodgers and a 6-1, 6-0 win over Felipe Duran.  Next was a 6-4, 6-7(4), 12-10 win over 6th seeded James Aronson.  In the Semi Finals he met top seeded Dilan Gupta who beat him 6-2, 6-4.  In doubles, Josh and Jonathan Dorf were the #2 seeded team.  They lost a tough one to Brian Balico and Sean Fernandez 9-8.   Younger brother Ronan, who just turned 9 – is playing in the Boys 12 and Unders.  He played a Sectional at Point Set in Oceanside.  Ronan started out with a win over Sam Vagner 6-4, 7-6.  He was not as successful in the second round, losing to Steven Sun 6-2, 6-3.  In the Consolation Round, Ronan lost to Oren Vasser 6-3, 6-1.  He also played a 10 and under Sectional in Rochester and won the semi finals 6-0, 6-0 over Ross Janezic and the finals 6-0, 6-1 over Garrett Silva.  Ronan played at Bogata this weekend where he was the #2 seed in the Boys 12’s.  Ronan started with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Noah Edelman followed by a 6-1, 6-0 win over Alexander Kotzen.  Neel Raj – the #6 seed – beat Ronan in the third round, 6-2, 6-1.  In the doubles, Ronan teamed with #3 seed Ethan Leon.  Jachuck and Leon were seeded #1.  They started out with an 8-3 win over Chikaya Sato and Nikhil Sundaram.  They followed that with a walkover win over Thomas Barraque and Brett Winters due to illness.  The pair finished with another 8-3 win in the finals over second seeded Pete Siozios and Sam Vagner.

Lars Olson also played the Sound Shore Tournament earlier this month where he lost 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 to Ethan Nittolo in the main draw and defaulted to Ian Witmer in the consolation draw.  Lars played this weekends Level 1 tournament at Sportime – Schenectady.  We will have a separate posting on that tournament.

Twin brothers Ian and Alex Van Cott played the Sectional Champiosnhips at Sound Shore earlier this month where Alex was the top seed and Ian was seeded 5th.  Ian started out with a 6-1, 6-1 first round victory over Aidan McNulty.  Alex had a much tougher time with his first round opponent, but prevailed in the end 6-0, 4-6, 7-5 over Vihar Shah.  In the second round, Ian lost to Thomas Caputo 6-4, 6-4 while Alex continued on with a 6-1, 5-7, 6-0 win over Gene Tioutine.  In the third round, Alex also lost to Caputo – 7-6, 3-6, 6-3.  In the backdraw, Matt Nardella got a walkover win over Alex due to illness and Daniel Morgan had a 4-3 retired (injury) win over Ian.

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