USTA Regional Championships (Level 3)
Copper Bowl Junior Opens
Jan. 21-23, 2012 – Tucson, Ariz.
12s and 14s Events | 16s & 18s Events
Several of the Section’s best young players were in Tucson, Jan. 21-23, competing in USTA Regional Tournament Cooper Bowl Junior Opens taking place at the Reffkin Tennis Center, Tucson Racquet Club and Hilton El Conquistador.
These Level 3 national events concentrated some of not only the Southwest’s best talent, but scattered players from across the nation, with Southwest players faring quite well at these 32-draw events.
The Section performed best in the younger aged divisions, with Yash Parikh (Boys 14 singles), Carlos Hassey (Boys 12 singles), Delaney Nothaft (Girls 14 singles) and Josie Frazier (Girls 12 singles) all claiming titles. The Section swept all eight of the titles in the 12s and 14s divisions.
Parikh downed fellow Tucsonan Michael Lee in the final of the Boys’ 14s singles in a tight 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 contest. Parikh then teamed with Stefan Koester (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) to claim the doubles event, defeating unseeded pair of Wyatt Demulling (Burien, Wash.)/Joseph Rotheram (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) 8-1 in the Boys’ 14s doubles final.
Hassey (Surprise, Ariz.), the sixth seed in the Boys’ 12 singles, took out top-seeded Brandon Stringfellow (Phoenix) in a tough three-setter en route to the title. Hassey then finished the event with a 6-3, 6-3 final-round win over fourth–seeded John Carroll (Hinsdale, Ill.).
Hassey and Stringfellow did pair up to take the Boys’ 12 doubles title as well.
Delaney Nothaft (Tempe, Ariz.) also pulled the tournament two-for, claiming both the singles and doubles titles in the Girls’ 14 division. Nothaft, the top seed rolled through five matches, including a 6-4, 4-0 (ret., injury) win in the finals over second-seeded Summer Garrison (Half Moon Bay, Calif.).
Nothaft and Haakenstad beat Reagan Posorske (Cave Creek, Ariz.) and Sarianna Kuuttila (Albuquerque, N.M.) in the doubles final, 8-1. (All four girls pictured above)
In Girls’ 12s singles, Josie Frazier (Phoenix) downed Ivana Corley in one of the weekend’s tightest matches, besting the Albuquerquean 2-6, 6-4, 10-8 in the final. Frazier also teamed with Grace Koester (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) to win the Girls’ 12s doubles.
Over at Hilton El Conquistador in the older 16s and 18s age groups, Southwest junior players also performed quite well with finalists in six of the eight divisions, winning four crowns.
In Boys’ 18s singles, Jason Jaruvang (Phoenix) reached the finals before falling to Stephan Menichella (Irvine, Calif.) 6-4, 7-6.
In Girls’ 18s, Tucson’s Rachana Bhat picked up the title in her hometown, downing eighth-seeded Katya Salas 6-2, 7-6 in the final.
Bhat also made the doubles final with Surprise’s Mariely Hassey. The Bhat-Hassey pair fell in the finals 8-5 to top-seeded Marika Cusick/Adesuwa Osabuchien, both of Illinois.
In Boys’ 16 singles, Robert Seby took both the singles and doubles titles. The top-seeded Seby downed Cody Rakela (Scotts Valley in the final, then paired with Scottsdale’s James Ponwith to take the doubles crown 8-3 over Everett Maltby (Sunnyvale, Calif.) and Edward Ang (Cupertino, Calif.).
In Girls’ 16s, Phoenix’s Madison Clarke captured the title, with a straight-set 6-1, 6-1 victory over fellow Phoenician Scarlet Rush. (Clarke, left, and Rush, pictured above)
Clarke also reached the doubles final with Tucson’s Maddie Pothoff.
Augie Ge (Phoenix, Ariz. - pictured, right) was also named the Boys' 18s Sportsmanship Award Winner.