Max Benson played the USTA Winter Junior Nationals in Tucson, Arizona which went from December 27th to January 1st. He started with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Hunter Hootman (Albuquerque, NM). Max was knocked out of the main draw in the second round when he lost to the 13th seed – Thomas Jahn (Montgomery, AL) 6-1, 6-2. The tournament was run as a compass draw which means that losers in a given round go into their own separate draw. In the first compass round Max lost to co-17th seeded Kevin Zhu (Pearland, TX) 6-2, 6-3. That put another draw where he beat Boris Lunin (Chesapeak, VA) 6-0, 6-0 and lost to Joshua Leopold (Santa Clara, CA) 6-1, 6-2.
In doubles, Max teamed with regular doubles partner Michael Sun (Livingston, NJ) for a 6-3, 6-1 win over Akhil Katragadda (Sylvania, OH)/Rian Ta(Fremont, CA) before losing to Tristan Boyer (Altadena, CA) /Brandon Nakashima (San Diego) 6-4, 2-6, 10-7. Max and Michael were the co-9th seeds.
Ronan Jachuck ran into a seeded player right off the bat. He lost in the first round to co-#17 seed William Woodall (Washington, DC) 7-5, 2-6, 6-0. In the first compass round he beat Niroop Vallabhaneni (Scottsdale, AR) 6-3, 6-0 and Clark Safran (Stanford, CA) 6-2, 6-3 before losing to Blaise Bicknell (Miami, FL) 6-1, 6-0.
In doubles, Ronan played with Ronald Hohnmann (Oyster Bay, NY) . They were also co-9th seeds. They won their first round match against Hunter Hootman/Miko Pasimio (Ls Vegas, NV) 6-3, 6-4. next was a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Maximo Lawlor (Litchfield Park, AZ)/Clark Safran. In the round of 16 they had a close 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 victory over Stefan Dostanic (Irvine, CA)/Gocind Nanda (Redlands, CA). They lost in the quarter finals to the 3rd seeded team of Matthew Fenty (Washington, DC)/R.J.Fresen (Short Hills, NJ) 7-5, 6-3.
Ronan is currently ranked #319 in the country, Max is ranked #379. Both play in the 12 and unders.
Ronan Jachuck recently competed in Orange Bowl. No he didn’t play for Florida State or Northeastern, he played the 51st Annual Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Tournament. Recent Champions of this event include: Bernard Tomic, Ryne Williams, Ricardas Berankis, Juan Martin del Potro and even Justin Henin. If you go farther back, there’s Andre Agassi and Chrissie Evert.
Ronan won his first round match against Kris Hernandez Mariona 6-2, 4-6, 6-0. Kris is from Guatemala. He lost in the second round to Andre Schoeman of Saint Petersburg, Florida 6-0, 6-2. Andre is ranked 69th in the country for 7th graders on Tennis Recruiting and is a 5 star recruit. Ronan is the 29th ranked 6th grader on Tennis Recruiting.
How hot is it? Temperatures soared to 108 degrees in Little Rock this week for Boys 12 and Under Nationals. At times, Max and Ronan were just as hot as the weather. Max came into the event ranked 184th in the country. Max started out with a 7-5, 6-3 loss to the 10th seeded Christian Alshon. Alshon is ranked 11th in the country. He followed that up with wins over 56th ranked Pierce Rollins – one of the 17th seeds – and 92nd ranked Alan Yim. The score of the Rollins match was 6-1, 2-6, 6-2, while the Yim match was 6-1, 6-1. Next up was a 6-1, 6-1 loss to another 17th seed, Nicholas Lorenz – 27th in the country. In doubles, Max teamed with Michael Sun. They drew the 7th seeded team Scott Bout/John Carroll and lost 7-6, 6-2. Bout and Carroll are ranked 43rd and 30th respectively. The top 16 players were seeded by position, the next 16 top players are all considered #17 seeds. That is because there is no difference in where they are placed. All 16 players are randomly drawn for those 16 seed lines in the draw.
Ronan came into the event ranked 133rd in the country. Ronan started out with a 6-1, 6-0 loss to one of the 17th seeds – Trey Hilderbrand. Trey is ranked 45th in the country. In the second match, Ronan beat Prathirath Polepally – 177th in the nation by a score of 6-3, 6-1. Next up was Daniel Pellerito who is 91st in the country. Daniel won 6-0, 6-4. Ronald Hohmann, who is 97th in the country, beat Ronan in the next round 6-3, 7-5. Ronan finished off with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Patrick Sebastian who is 226th in the country. In doubles, Ronan teamed up with Nathan Arimilli of Austin, Texas. They started out with a 6-3, 7-6 win over Joseph Gandolfo (102nd) and Michael Johnson (127th). They lost in the second round of doubles to Bout & Carroll by a score of 7-5, 6-3.
If you followed my blog recently you may recognize Daniel Pellerito and Michael Sun as members of my 12 and Under zonals team.
On to Kalamazoo and the Van Cotts. Alex started off by narrowly defeating Yale Goldberg 6-1, 6-7(3), 7-6(4). You may recall that Yale Goldberg beat Ian earlier this year 6-2, 6-0 so this was a bit a revenge for the Van Cotts. In the second round, Alex beat Blaine Willenborg 6-3, 6-0. Alex lost his third round match to 4th seeded M. Mackenzie McDonald by a score of 6-4, 6-2. In the backdraw, Alex lost to Samuel Shropshire 6-3, 6-2. Goldberg came into the event ranked 63rd in the nation, Willenborg is ranked 134th and McDonald is ranked 4th.
Ian Van Cott started off with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Brian Astrachan (135th) before losing to 35th ranked Trey Stroebel 6-1, 6-4. In the backdraw he beat Andrew Korinek (147th) 6-2, 0-6, 10-7 and lost to Nicholas Naumann (46th) 7-6(4), 7-6(2). Alex had beaten Korinek a few weeks ago in the National Team Championships. You may recognize Willenborg and McDonald as the Van Cotts had beaten each of them, on seperate occasions, in doubles matches that were reported here. They lost to Nicholas Naumann in doubles earlier in the year.
The Van Cotts – Alex and Ian – are ranked 53rd and 257th respectively. In doubles, they lost to Christopher Barrus and Christian Lutschaunig due to an illness.
All in all, it has been an exciting and productive year for Northern Regional junior tennis. Good luck to all and hopefully our area juniors can continue to improve .
Summer is, by far, the busiest season on the National Junior calendar for obvious reasons. This summer, our region, The Northern Region of the Eastern Section of the USTA is well represented at the National Level and more than the temperature is hot.
In the Boys 18’s – Alex Van Cott who is ranked 52nd Nationally – went up against Jonah Tahilan (357th from Waipahu, Hawaii) winning 6-3, 6-2 at the Boys 18 National Team Championships. Alex played at the #3 Singles spot. Next up was a 7-5, 6-2 loss to Connr Farren (76th from Hillsborough, California). Alex finished up strong. First, there was a 6-1, 6-7, 7-6 win over Andrew Korinek (151st from Mansfield, Texas); then there was a 7-5, 6-3 win over 6th ranked George Goldhoff of Irvine, California. In the doubles he teamed with 23rd ranked Josh Levine of Syosett, NY and posted a 2-2 record. They beat Marcel Chan and Tahilan. They also beat Mackenzie McDonald and Farren. They lost to Andrew Korinek and Harrison Adams of Texas and they lost to Bellamy and Craig of California. Twin brother Ian played in a National Open where he was unable to win a round. Ian withdrew from his consolation round match with an injury but had a tough 9-8 loss in doubles with partner Matthew Barry.
Okay,so you heard all about my team at zonals, time to talk about the Ronan and Max show in the 12’s. Starting off with Ronan Jachuck, from Slingerlands, ranked 133rd in the 12’s nationally. Ronan – playing in the #2 singles spot -started off zonals with a 7-5, 7-5 loss to Justin Chong (1296th from East Windsor, NJ) and then he never looked back. A 6-3, 6-1 win over Holden Koons of York, Pennsylvania (170th) was followed by a 6-0, 6-2 win over Grant Smith of Dayton Ohio (343rd) and a win over Derek Shen of East Lyme, Connecticut (533rd) by the identical score. Lastly, there was a 6-4, 6-4 win over Eric Han (284th) of Westford, Massachusetts. In doubles, Ronan had 2 wins and 1 loss. At National Clay courts Ronan drew 5th ranked Keenan Mayo of Roseville, California and lost 6-3, 6-2. In to the backdraw rounds where Ronan put together an impressive run. There were wins over Saud Alhogbani (7-5, 6-2); Niroop Vallabhaneni (6-2,6-2); and Drew Baird (7-5, 3-6, 1-0). He finally lost to Steven Sun (Glen Cove, New York) 6-1, 6-7, 1-0 in the quarter final round. Steven was the #1 player on Ronan’s Zonals team and he is ranked 45th in the country. Alhogbani (Alexandria, Virginia) is ranked 46th; Vallabhanemi (Scottsdale, Arizona) is ranked 165th and Baird (Raleigh, North carolina) is ranked 72nd). Ronan also played a Regional Tournament in Pittsford, New York where he beat Lex Decker (207th) of Flemington, New Jersey 6-0, 6-1. In the second round he lost to 41st ranked James Ignatowich of Darian, Connecticut 6-4, 6-3. That was followed by wins over Patrick O’Brien (603rd) and Patrick Sebastian (227th), The scores were 6-0, 6-2 in both matches. Both players are from the Rochester area. He finished his run with a 6-2, 6-0 loss to Cannon Kingsley of Northport, New York. In doubles, Ronan partnered with Max and they went 1-1. Ronan also played a National Open this summer. His wins were 7-6(5), 6-1 over 117th ranked Michael Benevides; 6-3, 6-0 over 320th Thomas Henry; 7-5, 7-5 over 298th ranked Reed Collier and 6-4, 6-2 over Artur Zigman. Benevides is from San Antonio, Texas; Henry is from Corpus Christi, Texas; Collier is from Seabrook, Texas and Zigman is from Houston, Texas. His losses were to #67 Max Motlagh of Richardson, Texas (7-5, 6-0) in the second round and #56 Nevin Arimilli of Austin, Texas (6-3, 6-4) in the backdraw.
Watch for Part 2 of this article tomorrow or Thursday.
Congratulations to all of the ranked Northern Regional junior tennis players. This article will focus on players in the top 100 in their age group (10 and Unders / 12 and Unders).
Let’s start with the Girls. In the Girls 12’s, Christina Lau is ranked 75th, with 288 points.
In the Girls 10’s, Elise Wagle is currently ranked 20th. That might change when the rankings come out again with her win in today’s Level 2 Tournament at Capital Region. Julia Laurilliard is ranked 51st in the 10’s. Rounding out the top 100 for local players are: Elizabeth Siebeneck (74), Christine Lee (82) and Anika Govindarajan.
In the Boys 12’s Ronan Jachuck is #19 and Max Benson is #30. Ronan bounced back from a first round loss to #11 Cannon Kingsley in the March Sectional Closed at Lynnbrook to post wins in the backdraw over #42 Daniel Weitz and #22 Patrick Mahoney before losing to #14 Steven Sun. Max plays the Finals of the Boys 16’s at Capital Region tomorrow but that will not affect his rankings. Only the 6 best results count towards rankings and the Level 2 does not carry enough points to be one of Max’s 6 best. At the Lynnbrook tournament Max drew 3rd seeded Gary Fishkin in the first round – a match which he lost. In the backdraw he beat a qualifier – Michael Tyutyunik before losing to 28th ranked Michael Medvedev. Ronan has a recent win over Medvedev at the Albany Sectional. Max also beat Ronan in the Albany Level 1 last month. These two players go back and forth. Both players have lost to Fishkin recently. Next on the top 100 list is Jon-Robert Corasanti of New Hartford, NY at #78. Conners O’Brien is close at #108.
Lastly, we have the Boy’s 10’s Ronan is #1 by a longshot in the 10 and Unders. I should point out that results in the 12’s count towards the players 10’s rankings. That said Ronan has 1454 points in the 10’s and Elliot Spizzirri has 778 at #2. A lot of Ronan’s points have come by playing 12 and Under tournaments. Ronan is eligible to play the 10 and Unders until the end of September. Evan Wagle is ranked 41st in the 10 and Unders. He is playing the 12 and Unders in this weekends Level 2 at Capital Region and will certainly move up if he wins tomorrow’s final against Edwin Yang. If he losses, he will still gain points.
It’s been a while since we did an update on Northern Region Junior tennis tournament players – November 26th to be precise. We are going to do separate updates by age group. It’s a good place to start, since we have done year end rankings reports on these two age groups. In the next week or two we will look at year end rankings in the other age groups and updated tournament results.
Ronan Jachuck has been busy playing mostly 12 and Under Tournaments. Ronan is the #1 player in the 10 and Unders but his ranking there is pretty secure, so he is working on his ranking in the older age group. His first post Thanksgiving tournament was at Mountain Lakes in New Jersey (12’s) where he got to the quarter finals of a Level 1 tourament before losing to Michael Medvedev in the tiebreaker third set 10-6 (Ronan would beat Michael next time they meet – see below). In the first two rounds he beat Damien Ruparel 6-3, 6-2 and Arnold Jia 6-0, 6-1. The next tournament was at the Hardscrabble Club in Brewster, NY on the same indoor clay courts where Ronan sometimes trains. He had wins over John T. Warner 6-0, 6-0; Ben Powis 4-6, 6-2, 10-2; and Hayden Cassone 6-3, 6-2. In the finals Ronan lost to Ronald Hohmann 6-0, 7-5. Ronan and Ronald partnered in doubles for the Deer Park Sectional Chamoionships in the beginning of January. They won a round against Nicholas Demaria and Oliver Jevtovic 8-3 then lost 8-2 to Luke Smith and Patrick Maloney. Ronan made the Main Draw at that tournament and started out with a first round loss to #95 Daniel Pellerito 6-2, 6-2. He then went on to win backdraw matches against Max Prohorov (6-0, 6-2) and Michael Medvedev (6-4, 6-2) before losing to Steven Sun 4-6, 6-2, 10-6.
The other 12 and Under player who competes regularly in tournaments out of the area is Max Benson. Max also played the Hardscrabble Club tournament and he also lost to Hohmann 2-6, 7-6(4), 10-7. That was in the quarter finals. In the previous rounds he beat Jack Barker 6-1, 7-6(1) and Spencer Lowitz 6-3, 6-2. In the Tri City Christmas Tournament Max played doubles with Alex Fedorov in the 16’s. They beat Nick Lau and Russell Santos in the finals 6-2, 6-1. He played 14’s in the singles and beat Anthony O’Connell in the finals (7-5, 4-6, 6-4). At the Deer Park, Max beat Steven Nazaroff – the 11th ranked player in the Eastern Section – in the first round (6-2, 7-5). In the second round, he beat Daniel Meister (6-0, 6-0). Then a win over 19th ranked Billy Suarez 6-4, 6-1 before falling to his doubles partner, Satish Kumar 6-4, 6-4. In the backdraw he lost to James Wei 6-4, 6-0. Wei is ranked #2 in the Eastern Section. Benson and Kumar beat Aleksa Pljakic and Joseph Wilkanowski 8-2. In the finals they lost to Jeffrey Gorilovsky and Gary Fishkin 8-4.
Look for the articles on the year end rankings for the 14’s, 16’s and 18’s as well as articles updating those player’s tournament records since Thanksgiving.
We will be doing a series of articles on year end rankings. Although the final year end rankings have not yet come out I think we have enough information to do the 10’s. Ronan Jachuck of Slingerlands is #1 in the Boys 10’s and is virtually assured of being there when the final rankings come out. Ronan has 1450 points Eliot Spizzirri of Greenwich, CT has 958 points. Derek Raskopf of New York City is third with 878 points. Northpoint, New York’s Cannon Kingsley is fourth with 787 points. Rounding out the top 5 is Spencer Brachman of Commack, NY. As you can see, Ronan is comfortably out in front. Ronan still has over a year of eligibility in the 10 and Unders but he is pretty much playing 12 and Unders now. His last 10 and Under tournament was November 18 – a Level 1+ in Rochester, which he won. Since then he has played two 12 and under tournaments which he has had two quarter final losses and a loss in the finals. He and partner Ethan Leon also have a tournament win in the 12’s. Ronan compiled a tournament record in 2011 of 64-26. That figure includes his singles results and doubles results.
Other Northern Regional players with 10 and Under rankings are:
Aidan O’Brien – 36th
Evan Wagle – 82nd
Eli Poritzky – 123rd
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Now on to the Girls 10 and Unders. Andrea Cerdan of Bloomfield,New Jersey tops the list. Andrea’s brother Elijah has played sectionals in our area in the past. Her record in 2011 was 70-25. She has a comfortable lead over 2nd place Lea Ma of Dix Hills. Andrea has 1344 points and Lea has 1184. Francesca Karman of Port Washington, New York is the third ranked 10 and Under girl in the section. Brigitte Wu of Jersey City, NJ and Christina Huynh of Astoria, NY are 4th and 5th on the Girls 10 and Under list.
Northern Regional Players with 10 and Under rankings are:
Julia Laurilliard – 46th
Elise Wagle – 51st
Elizabeth Siebeneck -73rd
Christina Lee – 79th
Anika Govindarajan – 98th
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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.
UPDATE 10/17 – Max lost his 3/4 playoff match to Dylan Breslaw 6-2, 6-3
Max Benson started out his final year of competing in the Little Mo Tournament with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Tyler Anson of Dripping Springs,Ttexas. Tyler plays out of the Austin Tennis Academy so he had a home court advantage but Max was just too much for him. Next up was #3 seed Sam Gibson of Chico, California. Sam is a 3 star recruit, ranked #316 on the National Recruiting List for 6th graders. Max won 7-5, 3-6, 6-0. Max finally met his match against Rafael Grovas of San German, Puerto Rico. Rafael is ranked 129 in the country on the National Recruiting List and is 160th in the country in the 12 and unders. The score was 6-3, 6-4. Max plays Dylan Breslaw of Port St. Lucie, Florida in the 3/4 playoff match tomorrow. Dylan is ranked 467 nationally in the 12’s, Max is ranked 492. On the National Recruiting List Dylan is 35th in the country for 5th graders, Max is 216 in the country for 6th graders. It looks to be a good matchup. Check back here for results.
Ronan Jachuck also made the Little Mo Nationals – playing in the and the #2 seeded Jachuck came and unders. The #2 seeded Jachuck came out smoking with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Cameron Slack of Fort Pierce, Florida. Cameron is ranked 178th on the National Recruiting List for 5th graders, Ronan is ranked 9th on the list for 4th graders. In the next round, Andrei Volgin, of Fremont, California beat Ronan 7-6 (3), 6-4. Although both players are still in the 10 and unders, they both have national 12 and under rankings. Ronan is 1002 and Andrei is 862 (he is 61 on the National Recruiting List for 5th graders). Ronan beat Zachary Smith of New Orleans. Louisiana – the 73rd rated 5th grader – by a score of 6-1, 6-1 in the consolation round. He lost to Harrison Gold – the 3rd seed in the next round of consolation 6-3, 7-5. Harrison (Aventura, Florida) was the #3 seed and is 1359 on the National 12 and Under list (he is rated 30th on the National Recruiting List for 5th graders and #5 in Florida). Congratulations to both Max and Ronan on making the Nationals of this prestigious event.
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Congratulations to Ronan Jachuck and Courtney Provan, winners of the Summer Circuit Challenge. The circuit consists of 6 tournaments played at Capital Region Tennis & Fitness, Colonie Golf and Country Club, Queensbury and Emma Willard. The winners are determined by the amount of points players earn in these tournaments. Points are based on the USTA Eastern point tables. Going into the final tournament of the season, Ronan and Courtney have leads that exceed the number of points up for grabs in the last tournament.
Ronan is the #1 ranked player in the Eastern Section in the 10 and under age group. In singles, he won the Queensbury Level 1 tournament in August, as well as the Memorial Day Weekend tournament at Capital Region. Ronan was runner up at the July Queensbury Level 1 and was also winner of the doubles in all three events. Ronan has had a busy summer. In July, he won the Eastern Sectional Little Mo event, in August he won the Northeastern Regional Little Mo event. In October he will compete in the Little Mo National event. In addition, Ronan has started to play 12 and unders (actually, he competed in 12 and under’s in all of our tournaments). His 12 and under ranking is 58th in the Eastern Section. His ranking will be better on the next ranking list due to his latest tournament results and is likely to continue to improve as he plays more 12 and under tournaments.
Courtney keeps coming back up here and winning. She is a fierce competitor. Courtney also showed she can come from behind in her last tournament. Her ranking of #26 in the Girls 14’s is somewhat deceptive. She actually aged up recently and she was ranked 4th in the 12’s. Nationally, Courtney was ranked 57th in the 12’s. Courtney is off to a good start in the 14’s. Look for continued success on the tennis court.
Ronan Jachuck & Lars Olson traveled to East Hampton this weekend for a Level 1 tournament and came away winners. Ronan won the Boys 10 and unders by beating Joshua Williams 6-0, 6-0, Ethan Yablon 6-1, 6-1 and #2 seed Derek Raskopf 6-2, 6-3. Ronan was the #1 seed in the Boys 10’s as Lars was the #1 seed in the 14’s. Lars had wins over James Konigsberg 6-01, 6-1; Del Schunk 6-0, 7-5; Ian Witmer – the #4 seed 3-6, 6-3, 10-2 and Louis Siegler 6-1, 6-0.J osh Jachuck was the #4 seed and he won his 1st round match against Alexander Pentilie 6-3, 6-1 before losing to Brian Slivonik 6-4, 6-3.
In Sedgewick Farms – Syracuse Sarah Corasanti won the Girls 12’s by taking the tiebreaker in lieu of a third set over Julie Andreach. Her brother, Jon Robert lost 6-1, 6-0 to Scottie Minnow, the #1 seed. Alex Fedorov was the #3 seed in the Boys 14’s. Alex took out Jason Piacelli in the first round by a score of 6-1, 6-1 and Josh Druger in the second round 6-4, 6-0. He then lost in the semi’s to the #2 seed, Brent Boleslav 6-1, 6-3. Julia Guignard played in the Girls 18’s and lost to Marie Black in the third set tiebreaker. Julia was the #2 seed.
Stefan Kuhar went to the Harlem Week Championships and started off with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Mikolaj Borak. He followed with a 7-5, 7-6(0) win over Brad Gaffin. Stefan lost in the Quarter Finals to Ryan Lugtu 6-1, 6-4.
Michael Haelen played in Nutley, NJ and won 6-4, 6-1 over Eshan Kanetkar in the first round by a score of 6-4, 6-1, before losing to Thomas Wright 6-2, 6-1.
Several area juniors played in the Colonie Country Club adult tournament. We will update those results soon.