VENICE BEACH, Calif. -- A new 19-Under Champion was crowned on Saturday at the 2019 USHA National Junior 3-Wall Championships as Jon Gutierrez defeated Luis Mendez, 18-21, 21-13, 11-7. Gutierrez won his first trip to a National Junior 3-Wall Singles final in his last year of junior eligibility.
Mendez open the championship final with a strong serve and shoot game, but Gutierrez kept cool and kept pace even though he relinquished the first game. In the second game, Gutierrez turned up his serve and managed to keep Mendez in the deep court and away from kill opportunities. In the tiebreaker, Mendez tried to steal back the momentum with a high z-serve that produced a few crucial points. Gutierrez responded with an array of passes down the walls, the final shot being a deep drive to the left corner that Mendez couldn't return. A happy and relieved Gutierrez pointed upwards before shaking hands with his doubles partner.
The tough early morning singles final didn't sap the energy for Mendez and Gutierrez. They paired to win the doubles final with a two-game win over the newly formed team of David Sanchez III and Osby Perez, 21-12, 21-6. Their win in the doubles final helped Gutierrez complete the slam.
The Boys 17-Under singles will be determined on Sunday morning, but the 17-Under Doubles wrapped up on Saturday afternoon with four of Southern California's best players. George Mitchell and Anthony Sanchez edged their teammates Yong-Lik Tang and Fermin Victoria, 21-12, 17-21, 11-10.
Bryan Trejo defeated Anthony Sanchez in the Boys 15-Under championship final, 21-19, 21-13.
Xavier Flores looked impressive defeating Ayden Brule, 21-17, 21-4 for the Boys 13-Under crown. Flores is playing in the 13-Under Big Ball Singles and Doubles final on Sunday.
In the tournament's youngest division, Ethan Noriega out of Whittier, CA took down Marco Barrera in two games, 21-4, 21-5
See Saturday's draws and results HERE.