TUCSON -- The first national title of the tournament was won by Colorado’s Abraham Sanchez who defeated Josh Dechaine of Sherwood Park, Alberta, 21-11, 21-8 for the Boy’s 15-Under Big Ball crown.
Sanchez mixed up a perfect blend of passes and deep lobs to keep Dechaine on the defensive.
n other big ball singles action, Xavier Duval of Portland, Ore. proved to be too tough for his bracket in the 11-Under singles, but Colorado’s Eliseo Guetierrez certainly kept the outcome in doubt until the end. The two youngsters met in the final, which ended up being who could best return the other’s serve.
While Gutierrez found early success with his serves, Duval continuously attacked his opponent’s non-dominant hand on serves, scoring points in bunches by “keeping the serve deep to his left.”
The Duval Bros. certainly made a splash in their first Junior Nationals as younger brother Alexander captured the 11-Under B Title after his older brother’s match was complete.
<p">David Sanchez, playing up a division in the 19-Under dropped his quarterfinal Small Ball contest to Cian O’Driscoll 21-11, 21-8. The junior from Co. Cork, Ireland looks equally impressive in the next round stopping Tucson’s Jorge Pimentel, 21-2, 21-3.
Sanchez didn’t let his disappointing loss linger. Despite a slow start, he stormed back to stop San Jose’s Dominic Neri, 21-15, 21-12 for the Boy’s 19-Under Big Ball crown.
See today's results at the tournament's R2sports site HERE.