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Elliot MasonTennis


Last week: Ran his Okinawa Activities Council season singles record to 4-0, and, teaming with two-time defending Far East Tournament singles champion Kyle Sprow, improved his doubles mark to 4-0 as Kadena’s boys beat Kubasaki 7-0 on Sept. 23 for the fourth time this season. Sprow and Mason won the Far East doubles last year. Mason, a senior, blanked Kris Wood 8-0 in his singles match. He and Sprow then teamed to shut out Cody Everett and Wood 6-0, 6-0 in the doubles match. In OAC regular-season play, Mason has won all 56 of his games, 32 singles games and 24 doubles. Mason and Sprow “have kind of fed off each other these four years,” coach Robert Bliss said. “They push each other. They’ve benefitted from each other’s practice, work ethic and high level of play.”

Erika YoungdahlTennis


Last week: Swept three singles matches last weekend to remain unbeaten (7-0) in the DODEA Japan and Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools regular season. Youngdahl, a 14-year-old freshman, began the weekend last Thursday by beating Emma Vance 6-1, 6-0, as Yokota beat E.J. King 4-0. The next day, Youngdahl beat LaShea Redick of Matthew C. Perry 6-2, 6-0 and the Panthers beat the Samurai 3-0. On Saturday, Yokota emerged victorious again 4-0 over Robert D. Edgren, with Youngdahl beating Jen Brent 6-1, 6-0. “She’s one of those shooting stars which every once in awhile you’re lucky enough to view,” coach Tommy Palmer said of Youngdahl, who’s only been playing competitive tennis since she was 12, but “plays like a well-seasoned player,” Palmer said. “That she’s only been playing two years to me is amazing. She has enormous potential.”

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