The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


July 13, 2014

Championship play set up at county junior tennis tourney

GENEVA — A long, competitive day of high-level tennis Saturday at Geneva High School set the stage for the decisive matches at the annual Ashtabula County Junior Championships.

Here’s a look at today’s matches:

Boys 18 singles

Top-seeded Adam Laitinen and second-seeded Louis Murphy upheld their seeds and will play in the championship match today at 1 p.m.

Laitinen defeated Mike Keenan in the semifinal round, 6-2, 6-1, while Murphy knocked off Clark Heath, 6-1, 6-2.

Girls 18 singles

As was the case with the boys in this age group, the top-seeded players both reached today’s title match.

No. 1 seed Amy Varckette defeated  Emily Forman in the semifinals, 6-1, 6-0, while Makala Fioritto topped Sydney Van Hoy, 6-0, 6-2.

Boys 15 singles

The top-seeded players advancing to the gold-medal match continued in this division.

Top-seeded Joey Ferrante knocked off Nathan Palinkas at the semifinal level, 6-3, 6-3, while second-seeded Spencer Selmon bested Isaac Palinkas in their semifinal clash, 7-3, 2-6 (7-3).

Girls 15 singles

The trend with the top seeds winning held true to form here, too, as No. 1-seeded Paige Potter knocked off Katie Keenan in one semifinal, 3-6, 6-4 (7-5), while second-seeded Amanda Schueren defeated Jessa Karran in the other semifinal, 6-3, 6-3.

Boys 12 singles

Nothing changed in regarding to the seeds verifying their honor as top-seeded Ryan McClure defeated Tyler Perkins at the semifinal level, 6-1, while second-seeded Chris Blauman defeated third-seeded Ayden Richmond in the other semifinal, 6-2.

Mixed doubles

The tandem of Brock Ebersole and Amy Varckette upheld their No. 1 seed by defeating the second-seeded pair of Adam Laitinen and Katie Allen in the gold-medal match, 6-2, 6-1.

Consolation play

A full slate of competition in singles play will be contested today in addition to the championship matches in singles play, with competition kicking off at 1 p.m.

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