Hayes, Cirrincione cap careers with DODDS-Europe tennis titles
WIESBADEN-NORDENSTADT, Germany — Seniors Devin Hayes of Hanau and Flavia Cirrincione of Marymount capped their high school careers by winning DODDS-Europe tennis titles Saturday.
Hayes defeated Jun Koide of the International School of Brussels 6-3, 6-3 to win the boys’ title, while Cirrincione defeated Lakenheath’s Jackie Esguerra 6-3, 6-1 to claim the girls’ crown.
After placing third in last year’s tournament, Hayes was thrilled with his first-place finish this year.
“This is awesome! I can’t even describe it,” he said after defeating the top-seeded Koide. “I knew I’d do well, but I had no idea how well. He was by far my toughest opponent.”
Hayes, who finished the season undefeated, credited his coach, Mark Gillett.
“He’s been a great friend that I can talk to,” said Hayes, who plans to continue his tennis career when he enrolls at college in Florida in the fall.
Cirrincione put an end to a surprising run by Esguerra, a freshman playing in her first DODDS tournament.
“She is a really good player,” Cirrincione. “It was a good match.”
Students from Italy and Turkey play their high school tennis in the spring, but Cirrincione was able to compete in this year’s Europeans because she placed first in last year’s Mediterranean championship.
Both doubles team champions hail from ISB.
Nikolas Serpanos and Ken Koide downed Ramstein’s Matt Omdal and Matt Luthman 7-5, 5-7, 6-5 for the boys’ title.
Paula Glover and Izumi Takeuchi defeated Heidelberg’s Paulina Ryan and Christina Staik 6-0, 6-2 in the girls’ final.
Singles championship: Devin Hayes (Hanau) def. Jun Koide (International School of Brussels) 6-3, 6-3.
Doubles championship: Nikolas Serpanos and Ken Koide (International School of Brussels) def. Matt Omdal and Matt Luthman (Ramstein) 7-5, 5-7, 6-4.
Singles championship: Flavia Cirrinchione (Marymount) def. Jackie Esguerra (Lakenheath) 6-3, 6-1.
Doubles championship: Paula Glover and Izumi Tageuchi (International School of Brussels) def. Paulina Ryan and Christian Staik (Heidelberg) 6-0, 6-2.