DODDS-Europe tennis championships: No. 1 Bolla gets shot at repeat, but others fall
WIESBADEN-NORDENTSADT, Germany — Only one of the top seeds — defending girls champion Ginevra Bolla — reached the final of the 2009 DODDS-Europe singles championships after a day of upsets Friday.
While Bolla, from Marymount International School of Rome, survived in three sets, second-seeded Carmen Fuccillo of the American Overseas School of Rome wasn’t as lucky. Neither were the boys’ top seeds, No. 1 Emir Isik of Bahrain and No. 2 Gabriele Boccaccini of AOSR.
Ramstein senior Lindsey Jones, who finished sixth last year, moved into today’s title match against Bolla with a 6-3, 6-4 semifinal victory over Fuccillo.
"I’ve worked hard on my game," the third-seeded Jones said after her victory. Earlier, she topped No. 6 Tamara Casteels of International School of Brussels 7-6 (7-5), 7-5.
No. 4 James Chase of Heidelberg and No. 3 Nikolay Gospodinov of SHAPE moved into Saturday’s boys championship match with straight-set victories Friday. Chase eliminated Isik 6-4, 6-2 by applying spin to his shots. Gospodinov turned back Patch junior Jon Lightner, the No. 7 seed, by the same score.
It was an abrupt end to Lightner’s upset streak. Lightner, with his service game leading the way, ousted No. 2 Boccaccini 7-5, 4-6, 6-0 earlier Friday.
"I wasn’t at all nervous," Lightner said about facing Boccaccini to open the day. "I was on our doubles team here last year and learned to get over my jitters then."
Chase had Isik hammering return after return into the net in his semifinal victory.
"I hit a heavy ball," Chase said after chasing Isik out of the title picture in straight sets. "Lots of spin."
The ball rotation induced Isik to make 32 unforced errors. Chase, on the other hand, surrendered just 16 points on mis-hits.
"Everything was really consistent today," Chase said. "My backhand was working."
Chase, who came to Heidelberg after being a ranked junior player in North Carolina, said he’d put today’s match against Gospodinov out of his mind on Friday night.
"I’m going to get some rest," he said, "and try not to think about it."
Jones said she’d spend Friday night "trying not to get nervous" about facing Bolla, who advanced to her title-defense match Thursday with a 6-3, 6-7 (tiebreaker score unavailable), 6-1 conquest of No. 4 Andrea Wheatcroft of Heidelberg.
"I’ll be telling myself, ‘Why not?’ " she said.
Play at the Tenniszentrum Vitis begins at 8 a.m. with fifth-place matches in singles and doubles. They’ll be followed by the third-place events, with the championships to follow. There is no admission charge.
DODDS-Europe championshipsWIESBADEN-NORDENSTADT, Germany — Late first-day results Thursday and early second-day results Friday in the three-day 2009 DODDS-Europe high school tennis championships, which end Saturday on the indoor courts of the Tenniszentrum Vitis. Championship-bracket matches are best-of-3 sets; consolations are single 8-game pro sets. Seeds, schools, tiebreaker scores in parentheses:
Thursday’s late resultsBoys singles
Robert Lee (Aviano) def Conor Skelton (Naples) 8-2; Evin Alarilla (Wiesbaden) def Mitch Wegman (Sigonella) 8-3; Stefan Jovanovic (Milan) def Gianni De Giusseppe (Marymount International School of Riome) 8-6; Ryan Bottesini (Brussels) def Robert Valek (Vicenza) 8-1; Josh Lightner (Patch) def Nate Eaddie (Incirlik) 8-0; Daniel Burroughs (Lakenheath) def Jonathan Guzik (Black Forest Academy) 8-3; Gerard Salvador (International School of Brussels) def Peter Rydzynski (Alconbuty) 8-5; Darren Eldredge (Vilseck) def Erik Langholz (Kaiserslauterrn) 8-1
Tyler Poppenwimer and Nathaniel Tall (Lakenhath) def Vanozzieo Philips and Victor Silva (Baumholder) 8-0; Rami Hanbali and Shane Tucker (Bahtrain) def Sam Nevinger and Scott O’Donnell (Mannheim) 8-6; San Kilkis and Pablo Marin (Ankara) def Jordan LeBouef and Dominic Lonowski (Vilseck) 8-0; Joshua Campfield and Carter Hoffman (Aviano) def Stephen Schafer and Andrew Mulvihill (Hohenfiels) 8-0; Niccolo Lais and Daniel Roman-Cohen (AOSR) def Tristan Fitch and Yuri Stanton (Brussels) 8-3; Chris Jastrab and Patrick Tremaglio (Kaiserslautern) def Ronald Dowdy and Kyle Stadler (Ansbach) 8-1; Tim Liebig and John McCrea (7, Bitburg) def Nicolai Dybvad and Westin McKinney (AFNORTH) 8-2
Dilobar Bakhrieva (Aviano) def Mikala Pelton (Black Forest Academy) 8-2; Leah Beilhart (Vilseck) def Elie Katzenson (AFNORTH) 8-6; Holly Martin (Patch) def Samantha Johnson (Ansbach) 8-0; Meghan Bateman (Lakenheath) def Alexandra McVicker (Brussels) 8-4; Elena Churilova (Milan) def Reem Yousif (Bahrain) 8-2; Kendra Cameron (Baumholder) def Kendra Coates (Sigonella) 8-4; Jaqueline LaMarche (Vicenza) def Mehgan Eaker (Kaiserslautern) 8-2; Mandy Hand (Alconbury) def Adriana Thompson (Incirlik) 8-0
Round 1—Sara Reynolds and Donna Smales (1, Patch) bye; Sara Carriker and Tekeha Turner (Vilseck) def Rebecca Lee and Rachel Money (Baumholder) 7-6 (8-6), 6-4; Rebecca Borner and Sarah Kempner-Strehlow (Wiesbaden) def Maggie Howe and Naomi Traylor (Ansbach) 6-0, 6-0; Regan Thompson and Zoe Whitney (Bitburg) def Nikka Malakooti and Christian Ybarra (Naples) 7-5, 6-3; Meghan Augsburger and Olivia Rockwell (Ramstein) def Ashley Hand and Taylor Malcolm (Alconbury) 6-0, 6-2; Panna Balla and Ellen Campany (SHAPE) def Gopika Nambiar and Margia Micovich (Marymount International School of Riome) 6-2, 6-4; Lauren Sink and Charlotte Woods (Bamberg) def Jennifer Alonso and Lauren Finley (Brussels) 6-4, 7-5; Gabryela Gargis and Ciara Ryan (Lakenheath) bye; Alessandra Lochen and Ana Torrijos (International School of Brusses) bye; Meghan Abbott and Mekinna Rahn (Kaiserslautern) def Rianna Jones and Morgan Royer (Incirlik) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4; Nina Lintz and Alexandra Sibilla (Vicenza) def Aya Hamdan and Tess Macias (Bahrain) 7-5, 6-1; Katie Snell and Rachel Smith (Ramstein) def Elizabeth Adams and Tianna Klaput (Sigonella) 6-0, 6-0; Rachael Nevinger and Amber Veranen (Mannheim) def Brooke Brandley and Gabriela Colon (Aviano) 6-1, 6-2; Krista Bye-Nagel and Emily Hall (Heidelberg) def Arianna Freschi and Elisse Hooley (Milan) 6-2, 7-6; Ginevra DeCagno and Elena DeGiovanni (American Overseas School of Rome) def Caroline Bourgeois and Katarina Harp (Hohenfels) 6-2, 6-0; Taylor BonenClark and Stephanie Seitz (AFNORTH) bye
Round 2—Reynolds and Smales def Carriker and Turner, score unavailable; Borner and Kempner-Strehlow def Thompson and Whitney 6-2, 6-2; Augsburger and Rockwell def Ballan and Campany 6-0, 6-2; Gargis and Ryan def Sink and Woods 6-1, 6-2; Lochen and Torrijos def Abbott and Rahn 6-1, 6-0; Snell and Smith def Lintz and Sibilla 6-0, 6-1; Nevinger and Veranen def Bye-Nagel and Hall 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-2; BonenClark and Seitz def DeCagno and DeGiovanni (AOSR) 7-5, 6-4
First round—Lee and Money, bye; Howe and Traylor def Malakooti and Ybarra 8-4; Hand and Malcolm def Nambiar and Micovich 8-2; Alonso and Finley, bye; Jones and Royer bye; Hamdan and Macias def Adams and Klaput 8-2; Freschi and Hooley def Brandley and Colon 8-6; Bourgeois and Harp bye
Second round—DeCagno and DeGiovanni def Lee and Money 8-4; Bye-Nagel and Hall def Maggie Howe and Naomi Traylor 8-1; Hand and Malcolm def Lintz and Sibilla 8-1; Alonso and Finley def Abbott and Rahn 8-2; Sink and Woods def Jones and Royer 8-1; Balla and Campany def Hamdan and Macias 8-1
Vanozzieo Phillips and Victor Silva (Baumholder), bye; Sam Nevinger and Scott O’Donnell (Mannheim) def Jeffrey Fulson and Vehab Rajaei (Naples) 8-5; Jordan LeBouef and Dominic Lonowski (Vilseck) def James Inaldo and Kamp Moore (Incirlik) 8-5; Matthew Schafer and Andy Mulvihill (Hohenfels), bye; Tristan Fitch and Yuri Stanton (Brussels), bye; Chris Jastrab and Patrick Tremaglio (Kaiserslautern) def John Camuso and Carret Summerlin (Vicenza) 8-5; Tim Liebig and John McCrea (7, Bitburg) def Ian Armour and Ronnie Behr (Alc) 8-2; Josh Ellis and Christopher Lockwood (Black Forest Academy), bye
Friday’s early resultsBoys singles
Quarterfinals—Emir Isik (1, Bahrain) def Andy Kim (Bamberg) 6-4, 6-4; James Chase (4, Heidelberg) def Tyler Jakobs (5, Bitburg) 6-2, 6-4; Nikolay Gospodinov (3, SHAPE) def Clay Marquardt (6, Ramstein) 7-5, 6-4; Jon Lightner (7, Patch) def Gabriele Boccaccini (2, AOSR) 7-5, 4-6, 6-0
Semifinals—Chase def. Isik 6-4, 6-2; Gospodinov def. Jon Lightner 6-4, 6-2
Evin Alarilla (Wiesbaden) def Robert Lee (Aviano) 8-1; Ryan Bottesini (Brussels) def Stefan Jovanovic (Milan) 8-4; Daniel Burroughs (Lakenheath) def Josh Lightner (Patch) 8-2; Gerard Salvador (ISB) def Darren Eldredge (Vilseck) 8-1
Quarterfinals—Brady Covington and Shota Shindo (ISB) def Ian Connors and Jack Kolodziejski (Heidelberg) 6-4, 6-1; Cameron Meeker and Darrien Ward (Heidelberg) def Arman Alarilla and Jeff Holt (Wiesbaden) 6-0, 6-2; Daniel Langholz and Seth Marquardt (Ramstein) def Francesco Agosti and Giovanni Scuri (Mil) 6-3, 7-6 (9-7); Juan De La Torre and Andrei Mavris (SHA) def Justin McManus and Charlie Schoonover (Pat) 7-6 (7-3), 6-4
Tyler Poppenwimer and Nathaniel Tall (Lakenheath) def Rami Hanbali and Shane Tucker (Bah) 8-6; San Kilkis and Pablo Marin (Ankara) def Joshua Campfield and Carter Hoffman (Aviano) 8-6; Niccolo Lais and Daniel Roman-Cohen (AOSR) def Chris Jastrab and Patrick Tremaglio (Kais) 8-1
Quarterfinals— Ginevra Bolla (1, Marymount International School of Rome) def Patricia Whitlock (Naples) 6-1, 6-0; Andrea Wheatcroft (4, Heidelberg) def Kaitlyn Miller (5, Bitburg) 6-2, 6-4; Lindsey Jones (3, Ramstein) def Tamara Casteels (6, ISB) 7-6 (7-5), 7-5; Carmen Fuccillo (2, AOSR) def Svenja Jansen (6, SHAPE) 6-3, 6-2
Semifinals—Jones def. Fuccillo 6-3, 6-4; Bolla def. Wheatcroft 6-3, 6-7 (tiebreaker score unavailable) 6-1
Leah Beilhart (Vilseck) def Dilobar Bakhrieva (Aviano) 8-5; Holly Martin (Patch) def Meghan Bateman (Lak) 8-1; Elena Churilova (Milan ) def Kendra Cameron (Baumholder) 8-0; Mandy Hand (Alc) def Jaqueline La Marche (Vic) 8-6
Quarterfinals—Sara Reynolds and Donna Smales (Patch) def Rebecca Borner and Sarah Kempner-Strehlow (Wies) 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-1); Meghan Augsburger and Olivia Rockwell (Ramstein) def Gabryela Gargis and Ciara Ryan (Lakenheath) 6-1, 6-1; Katie Snell and Rachel Smith (Ramstein) def Alessandra Lochen and Ana Torrijos (ISB) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2; Taylor BonenClark and Stephanie Seitz (AFNORTH) def Rachael Nevinger and Amber Veranen (Mannheim) 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-2)
Krista Bye-Nagel and Emily Hall (Heid) def Ginevra DeCagno and Elena DeGiovanni (AOSR) 9-7; Jennifer Alonso and Lauren Finley (Bru) def Ashley Hand and Taylor Malcolm (Alc) 9-8 (7-5); Panna Balla and Ellen Campany (SHA) def Lauren Sink and Charlotte Woods (Bam) 8-5; Arianna Freschi and Elisse Hooley (Mil) def Sara Carriker and Tekeha Turner (Vil) 8-0; Gabryela Gargis and Ciara Ryan (Lak) def Krista Bye-Nagel and Emily Hall (Heid) 8-4; Rebecca Borner and Sarah Kempner-Strehlow (Wies) def Jennifer Alonso and Lauren Finley (Bru) 8-3; Rachael Nevinger and Amber Veranen (Mann) def Panna Balla and Ellen Campany (SHA) 8-0; Alessandra Lochen and Ana Torrijos (ISB) def Arianna Freschi and Elisse Hooley (Mil) 9-8 (7-3)