The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


July 14, 2014

A net gain

Junior tennis championships once again a magnet for a strong field

Through almost a quarter-century, the Ashtabula County Junior Tennis Championships have attracted the best young players across the area.

According to founder and organizer Phil Dubsky, the esteemed varsity boys tennis coach at his alma mater, Geneva, the 2014 Championships — concluded Sunday — were no exception.

“We have very good draws,” he said. “It went very well, actually. We had only one draw we could not get going (12-and-under girls), but for the most part, the fields were strong and, thankfully, the weather cooperated.”

In the boys 18-and-under championship match, Adam Laitinen of Conneaut defeated Louis Murphy of Geneva, 6-1, 6-4. In the consolation match, Mitch Felde of Geneva edged Mike Nelson of Jefferson, 8-6.

In the girls 18U division, Amy Varckette of Geneva bested Makala Fioritto of Jefferson, 6-1, 6-0. Deidre Yan of Geneva defeated Emily Forman of Geneva, 8-2.

Joey Ferrante of Harpersfield topped Spencer Selmon of Ashtabula in the boys 15U singles final in a thrilling match, 5-7, 6-2 (9-7). Ryan Laitinen of Conneaut got past David Daughters of Geneva in the third-place match, 8-6.

Paige Potter of Painesville captured the girls 15U singles crown, knocking off Amanda Schueren of Perry in the final, 6-2, 6-2. Ally Perry of Ashtabula claimed third via a win vs. Brenna McWreath in a match that was not contested.

In the boys 12U singles division, Ryan McClure of Lakeside took the measure of Chris Blauman of Geneva, 6-2, 6-2, to grab the gold. Isaac Riddell of Austinburg defeated Nicholas Nappi of Geneva in the consolation final, 6-1.

Finally, the Geneva duo of Brock Ebersole and Amy Varckette claimed victory in the mixed-doubles division, logging a 6-2, 6-2 triumph against Katie Allan of Ashtabula and Adam Laitinen of Conneaut, 6-2, 6-1. In the match for third place, Genevans Michael Keenan and Anna Forman topped fellow Genevans Mitch Felde and Veronica Ruggeri, 8-2.

All in all, Dubsky is pleased at how things went for the Championships.

“Our fields have been pretty consistent through the years and this year was no exception,” the former Geneva great said. “Our draws might have been a bit smaller this year, but I know there are a lot of things that affect how much time kids have in the summer, nowadays, so I guess that’s to be expected.

“It all went well, though. It was a good weekend of tennis.”

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