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2012 USTA Regional Tournament

 
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DAY 3 [October 29, 2012]
Cooper Bridge and Annika Ringblom are the Boys’ and Girls singles champions, respectively, of the 2012 USTA October Regional Tournament at the Patsy T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park Tennis Facility, October 27 - 29. 

Cooper Bridge of Irvine, California beat Tanner Smith of Long Beach, California, 6-1, 6-1 in the Boys’ Singles Final.

"It feels fantastic [to win]," said Bridge, 17, holds a current USTA Boys 18 National Singles rank of 649 and was a qualifier in the Boys’ 18 USTA International Spring Championships in Carson, California last April.  "I just wanted to move around a lot make sure I got to a lot of balls, keep them deep.  I wanted to make him hit more every time and dictate when I had my opportunities."

"He played too good," said Smith, 17, who holds a current USTA Boys 18 National Singles rank of 1242.  He upset the No. 1 seed, Brendon Kempin in the quarterfinals and this was his best performance at a USTA Regional Boys’ 18, Level 3 event.  "I played a good tournament here and it just started to click.  Wish it could have ended better but Cooper played too good and knew my game a little too well. 

"We are really competitive in practice so I knew it was going to be a good match," said Bridge who trains with Smith at the Southern California Tennis Academy.  "[I knew] I would have to play really well to beat him.  I just wanted to play a good match, that was my goal."

Annika Ringngblom of Palos Verdes Estates, California upset No.1 Sarah Dvorak of Kurtistown, Hawaii Island, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5, for the Girls’ Singles title. 

"I just want to give my 100% all the time," said Ringblom, 16, who currently holds a USTA Girls 18 National Singles rank of 277 and is the 16 & under Champion of last year’s 110th  Annual Southern California Junior Sectional Championships.  "It just came out that my 100% was better than her 100% today."

"Her aggressive game is just really good and she has a lot of experience playing," said Dvorak who currently holds a USTA Girls 18 National Singles rank of 244.

"[In the] first set I wasn’t playing very well but Sarah wasn’t warmed up yet so I was just lucky to get it," said Ringblom about overtaking Dvorak’s 4-3 first set lead.

"Every time she hit a hard ball at me, I’d try to hit it hard back.  I did that the whole first set and it just wasn’t working," said Dvorak about losing the first set.  "[In the ] the second set, I tried hitting a high heavy ball to her backhand, stay consistent and pick on her backhand more.  That worked." 

Dvorak took a 5-3 lead in the third set with that strategy.

"When I was down I wanted more games and wanted to be out here longer," said Ringblom.  "If I know when I am capable of beating someone and I have a chance, I will just keep grinding on the court."

"At 5-3 [Annika] stepped it up really well; everything she hit was flawless," said Dvorak.  "I was trying to dictate points and bring it to 6-6 but she took those crucial points." 
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 "I played my game in the third set and it worked," said Ringblom who took the next four games for the win.  "We are both in shape and have all the shots but in the end, it was all mental and I was just lucky to keep my head together." 

This is the second time Dvorak was a finalist at the Junior Regional.  Last year she fell to Hadley Berg of Greenbrae, California, who was the No. 2 seed in this tournament. 

"I’ve played a lot more national tournaments and college girls over the summer," said Dvorak who is a junior at Waiakea High School, 2011 Hawaii State Singles Tennis Finalist, holds a USTA Girls 18 National Singles rank of 68.  "I learned how to play more patient and play more of a neutral ball.  Before I would try to put everything away, but I worked a lot on that and feel like I got better." 

Dvorak was also the No.1 doubles seed with partner Kareen Manji of Simi Valley, California.  They took third place by beating the No. 2 team of Lani Rae Green and Scout Shutter, 8-4. 

The No.3 team of Ashley Ishimura and Alyssa Tobita beat Berg and partner De Chatellus of Tiburon, California, 8-5 for the Girl’s Doubles Championship title. 

"It’s exciting and I look forward to playing with [Alyssa], whether it’s the first round or the final, we treat each match the same," said Ishimura,.  "So we just played our game."

Ishimura, 15, is the 2012 High School State Tennis Doubles Champion.  She and Tobita have played doubles together for over three years and recently beat two college teams in a local women’s night doubles tournament. 

Tobita, 16, from Mililani, was the No.3 singles seed and beat Ishimura in a tight three set quarterfinal match.  Today, Tobita took third place in the Girls’ Singles by beating Manji 6-4, 7-5. 

"[Manji] played well and it was a pretty even match.  I think our styles were a little similar," said Tobita.  "I was just able to attack a little more, get aggressive shots in and use my slice effectively.  I think that’s where I was able to edge her out a little bit." 

No. 3 team of Sterling Galli of San Deigo and Brendon Kempin of Sandy, Utah beat the No. 4 local team of Kawika Lam and Jeffrey Liang, 8-2 for the Boys’ Doubles Championship title.  Lam, 15, of Honolulu, is the 2012 High School State Tennis Doubles Champion.  He also advanced to the semifinals of the Boys’ Singles consolation.

No. 1 seed, Marcel Chan of Kailua made it to the final round of the Boys' Consolation draw.  Chan, 16 is the 2012 High School State Boys’ Singles and 2011 Doubles Tennis Champion.  He holds a USTA Boys’ 18 National Singles rank of 112. 

 
 
 
 
DAY 2 [October 28, 2012]
Hawaii’s Sarah Dvorak advanced two rounds for her spot in the singles finals of the 2012 USTA October Regional Tournament at the Patsy T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park Tennis Facility, October 29 - 31. 

"It feels great to be in the finals," said Dvorak, 16 from Kurtistown, Hawaii Island.  She is a junior at Waiakea High School, 2011 Hawaii State Singles Tennis Finalist, holds a USTA Girls 18 National Singles rank of 68 and spent the summer competing in various USTA National and ITA tournaments in California this summer. 

No. 1 Dvorak defeated No. 5 Katie Kim, 6-2, 4-6, 6-0 in the quarterfinals. 

"This is the closest it been between us," said Dvorak who has had a 4-0 win/loss record against Kim in the Girls’ 18s division and was up in the first two sets.  "Katie has gotten a lot better and has been practicing a lot."

"In the second set I was hitting to her strengths a lot more – which is her backhand," said Dvorak about her second set loss.  "I hit hard down the middle to cut off the angles and I kept a positive attitude to win in the third."

Dvorak went on to play her doubles partner, Kareena Manji of Simi Valley, California in the semifinals. 

"We had long rallies because she is really consistent and gets everything back," said Dvorak who was able to pull off a first set win after taking turns breaking serves. 

"I couldn’t get anything in," said Dvorak about being down 1-4 in the second set.  Her momentum soon changed and Dvorak won five games in a row for a 7-5, 6-4 victory.  "I started to play aggressive and wait for the short ball to move in."

Dvorak will take on Annnika Ringblom of Palos Verdes, California in tomorrow’s singles final. 

Ringblom upset two seeds for her berth in tomorrow’s singles final.  She beat No.1 seed Hadley Berg in quarterfinals, 6-1, 6-3 and No. 3 Alyssa Tobita, 6-4, 6-1 in the semifinals

"I went out there and played my game.  I was just being very aggressive," said Ringblom, 16, who currently holds a USTA Girls 16 National Singles rank of 35 and is the 16 & under Champion of last year’s 110th annual Southern California Junior Sectional Championships.  "I just wanted to do my best and then I came out with two wins.  I was happy about that." 

Tobita, 16 of Mililani, is the 2012 High School State Girls’ Singles Tennis Champion.  Earlier, she battled her doubles partner, Ashley Ishimura in a tight, three-set quarterfinal match to win 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-4. 

"I felt like I was playing pretty good and Ashley had her winners too so I felt like it was kinda even," said Tobita about the match.  "We were both playing really well and there were some long points."

"I was just trying to go out there and stay in the point - that’s my strength," said Tobita who was up in the second, "but [Ishimura] fought off a lot of match points and so she took the second set."

"I was very frustrated at myself when I got off the court.  I was not playing bad; she was playing well and hitting good shots," said Tobita about Ishimura who is the 2012 High School State Tennis Doubles Champion with Katie Kim. 

"We were both pretty tired," said Tobita about the third set.  "[In the end] it was just who ever was getting more shots in and who could claim those crucial points."

Later in the day, Tobita and Ishimura, seeded No.3 in the doubles, upset the No.1 team of Dvorak and Manji.  Tobita and Ishimura won, 9-8 (4) and will take on Berg and Daphne De Chatellus in tomorrow’s doubles final.  Berg and De Chatellus upset the No. 2 team of Lani Rae Green and Scout Shutter, 8-4. 

Earlier in the day, No. 4 Green from Kekaha, Kauai, defeated No.5 Shutter of Kailua, 6-1, 6-1 to advance to the quarterfinals of the singles consolation. 

Tanner Smith will take on Cooper Bridge for the Boys’ Singles title.  Each took out the remaining seeds en route to tomorrow’s final.

Smith upset No.1 Brendon Kempin of Sandy, Utah, 6-0, 7-5 in the quarterfinals. 

"I played the best set of my life," said Smith, 17, from Long Beach, California.  "He was hurting a little bit but I just didn’t miss." 

Kempin holds a current USTA Boys 18 National Singles rank of 106 and is the reigning Utah 3A state champion.  He reached the third round of the 2011 USTA Boys 16s National Championship.

"He started playing really good in the second set but, against all odds, I just served well and got really lucky," said Smith who went on to beat Nicolas Chua of San Carlos, California, 6-3, 6-4 in the semifinals.  "[I have] good momentum and hopefully I can do some damage tomorrow."

Bridge battled Corey Pang of Redwood City, California, 7-5, 1-6, 6-4 in the quarterfinals and upset No. 5 Matthew Bishop of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. 

Bishop holds a current USTA Boys 18 National Singles rank of 383 and reached the second round of the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section Boys 18s Championship this summer. 

Bridge holds a current USTA Boys 18 National Singles rank of 649 and was a qualifier in the Boys’ 18 USTA International Spring Championships, Carson last April.

This is the first USTA National final for both Smith and Bridge. 

The competition for all of the local Hawaii boys moved to the consolation draw. 

No.2 Marcel Chan advanced two rounds by beating Grant Zukeran of Kaneohe, 6-3, 6-4 and Harrison Ladera of Aiea, 6-3, 6-0.  Chan, 16 is the 2012 High School State Boys’ Singles and 2011 Doubles Tennis Champion and holds a USTA Boys’ 18 National Singles rank of 112. 

No. 5 Greg Zukeran of Kaneohe bested two Hawaii seeds to advance in the draw.  Zukeran, the younger of the two brothers at 15, beat No.5 Karl Reis of Kailua, 6-2, 6-4 and then upset No.4 Daisuke Nakayama of Honolulu, 4-6, 6-1, 10-7. 

Kawika Lam also advanced two rounds in the Boys’ Singles consolation draw.  He beat Rosen Ilchez of Portland, Oregon 6-2, 6-1 and Cameron Hicks of Irvine, California, 6-2, 1-0 (ret).  Lam is the 2012 High School State Boys’ Doubles Tennis Champion with Zander Kim.

 
 
 
DAY 2 [October 27, 2012]
Hawaii’s Sarah Dvorak, Alyssa Tobita, Katie Kim and Sage Leaman, advanced two rounds in the 2011 USTA October Regional Tournament at the Patsy T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park Tennis Facility, October 29 - 31. 

No. 1 Dvorak defeated Skyla Alcon of Kapolei, 7-6 (0), 6-1 and Tristen Bryant-Otake of Kailua, 6-0, 6-0, respectively for her spot in tomorrow’s quarterfinals

"I wasn’t hitting my shots too much in the beginning," said Dvorak about her tight first set with Alcon, "but I got a little more comfortable and started playing a little better. Skyla is really good and she hits the ball really well." 

Dvorak, 16 from Kurtistown, Hawaii Island is a junior at Waiakea High School, 2011 Hawaii State Singles Tennis Finalist, holds a USTA Girls 18 National Singles rank of 68 and spent the summer competing in various USTA National and ITA tournaments in California this summer. 

Dvorak will take on No. 5 Katie Kim of Honolulu in the singles quarterfinals.  Kim, 16, the 2012 High School State Girls’ Doubles Tennis Champion advanced two rounds by defeating Isabel Balsavage from Suwanee, Georgia, 6-0, 6-2 and Kylie Kam, 6-4, 6-3, respectively. 

No.3 Alyssa Tobita is the second highest-ranked local junior to advance.  She defeated Sarah Ikioka of Wailuku, 6-1, 6-1 and Aimee Tarun of Winnetka, Illinois, 6-3, 6-2, respectively.  Tobita, 16, the 2012 High School State Girls’ Singles Tennis Champion will take on her doubles partner, Ashley Ishimura in the quarterfinals. 

Ishimura, 15, the 2012 High School State Tennis Doubles Champion, upset No. 5 Catherine Hueffner, 6-3, 6-1 and Krystal Lai of Irvine, California, 6-3, 6-2, respectively.  Tobita and Ishimura won the Oahu Club Women’s Night Doubles yesterday. 

Five of the Girls’ seeds and six of Boys’ seeds are from Hawaii. 

On the Boys’ side, Sage Leaman of Mililani is the only local player remaining in the singles main draw.  He advanced by defeating Brandan Bersola of Wahiawa, 6-1, 6-0 and upsetting No. 4 seed, Daisuke Nakayama of Honolulu, 6-3, 6-2, respectively. 

Hawaii’s top seed, No. 2 Marcel Chan of Kailua won his first round match against Cameron Hicks of Irvine California, 2-6, 7-5, 6-0. 

"I was having trouble getting everything back," said Chan about being down 2-6, 5-2 with Hicks serving for the match.  "He just choked, he should have won.  He got really nervous and tight.  I just started attacking more, got more balls back and I ended up pulling it out."

Chan, 16 is the 2012 High School State Boys’ Singles and 2011 Doubles Tennis Champion.  He holds a USTA Boys’ 18 National Singles rank of 112.  He lost to Kyle Barnes of Argyle, Texas 1-6, 5-7 in the next round.  Chan will battle No. 5 Gregory Zukeran of Kaneohe in the consolation draw. 

Zukeran, 17, also advanced in the early round by defeating Sterling Galli of San Diego, California, 4-6, 7-5,
3-1 (retire).  He made the second round of the Boys' 14s singles draw at the 2011 Easter Bowl. Recently, he won the Boys' 18s title at the Kauai Fall Jr. Open. 

Overall, 37 of Hawaii’s top junior tennis players battled high-ranking junior players from across the country.  With a total of 64 boys and girls (32 singles) competing in their year’s tournament, approximately 15 boys and 12 girls represented Hawaii in the state’s only national-level competition. 

Boys’ & girls’ singles divisions have a feed-in consolation draw; in which several of the Hawaii players are now in.  This tournament includes boys’ and girls’ doubles draws.

Matches begin tomorrow at 8 a.m. at the Patsy T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park Tennis Complex, 94-801 Kamehameha Highway in Waipahu and continues to Monday, October 29.

DAY 1 [October 27, 2012]
Hawaii’s Sarah Dvorak, Alyssa Tobita, Katie Kim and Sage Leaman, advanced two rounds in the 2011 USTA October Regional Tournament at the Patsy T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park Tennis Facility, October 29 - 31. 

No. 1 Dvorak defeated Skyla Alcon of Kapolei, 7-6 (0), 6-1 and Tristen Bryant-Otake of Kailua, 6-0, 6-0, respectively for her spot in tomorrow’s quarterfinals

"I wasn’t hitting my shots too much in the beginning," said Dvorak about her tight first set with Alcon, "but I got a little more comfortable and started playing a little better. Skyla is really good and she hits the ball really well." 

Dvorak, 16 from Kurtistown, Hawaii Island is a junior at Waiakea High School, 2011 Hawaii State Singles Tennis Finalist, holds a USTA Girls 18 National Singles rank of 68 and spent the summer competing in various USTA National and ITA tournaments in California this summer. 

Dvorak will take on No. 5 Katie Kim of Honolulu in the singles quarterfinals.  Kim, 16, the 2012 High School State Girls’ Doubles Tennis Champion advanced two rounds by defeating Isabel Balsavage from Suwanee, Georgia, 6-0, 6-2 and Kylie Kam, 6-4, 6-3, respectively. 

No.3 Alyssa Tobita is the second highest-ranked local junior to advance.  She defeated Sarah Ikioka of Wailuku, 6-1, 6-1 and Aimee Tarun of Winnetka, Illinois, 6-3, 6-2, respectively.  Tobita, 16, the 2012 High School State Girls’ Singles Tennis Champion will take on her doubles partner, Ashley Ishimura in the quarterfinals. 

Ishimura, 15, the 2012 High School State Tennis Doubles Champion, upset No. 5 Catherine Hueffner, 6-3, 6-1 and Krystal Lai of Irvine, California, 6-3, 6-2, respectively.  Tobita and Ishimura won the Oahu Club Women’s Night Doubles yesterday. 

Five of the Girls’ seeds and six of Boys’ seeds are from Hawaii. 

On the Boys’ side, Sage Leaman of Mililani is the only local player remaining in the singles main draw.  He advanced by defeating Brandan Bersola of Wahiawa, 6-1, 6-0 and upsetting No. 4 seed, Daisuke Nakayama of Honolulu, 6-3, 6-2, respectively. 

Hawaii’s top seed, No. 2 Marcel Chan of Kailua won his first round match against Cameron Hicks of Irvine California, 2-6, 7-5, 6-0. 

"I was having trouble getting everything back," said Chan about being down 2-6, 5-2 with Hicks serving for the match.  "He just choked, he should have won.  He got really nervous and tight.  I just started attacking more, got more balls back and I ended up pulling it out."

Chan, 16 is the 2012 High School State Boys’ Singles and 2011 Doubles Tennis Champion.  He holds a USTA Boys’ 18 National Singles rank of 112.  He lost to Kyle Barnes of Argyle, Texas 1-6, 5-7 in the next round.  Chan will battle No. 5 Gregory Zukeran of Kaneohe in the consolation draw. 

Zukeran, 17, also advanced in the early round by defeating Sterling Galli of San Diego, California, 4-6, 7-5, 3-1 (retire). 
He made the second round of the Boys' 14s singles draw at the 2011 Easter Bowl. Recently, he won the Boys' 18s title at the Kauai Fall Jr. Open.
 

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