2009 Final Easter Bowl Wrap-Up - (04/24/2009)
April 19, 2009,
The pair had very little time to spend together during the recent 42nd annual Easter Bowl Junior Spring National Championships. That’s because they were too busy winning matches as both King and McHale captured ITF 18s titles at Seena Hamilton’s venerable event played at Rancho Las Palmas in
The Michigan-bound King, the No. 4 seed who is a
“He’ll be back,” said King of his good friend Sandrgen, the No. 2 seed from
The final lacked the drama that was expected between two of
“Just too much tennis,” said Sandgren, who also did well in doubles during the week with a semifinal showing. “The heat didn’t bother me. Evan played very well. I’m going to take a break—a week off.”
The 16-year-old McHale of Englewood Cliffs, N.J., dominated throughout the week and served noticed that she should be considered a future pro prospect with her 6-0, 6-3 win over top-seeded Lauren Embree or Marco Island, Fla.
McHale was playing in her first junior tournament since winning the Australian Open Junior doubles in January. She reeled off nine straight games for a 6-0, 3-0 lead before Embree finally got on the board. McHale was playing in her fifth Easter Bowl and said it was important to finally take home the title. “I always look forward to this tournament,” she said. “This was a little unexpected but definitely one of my biggest wins.”
Caroline Price, the No. 5 seed from
Price is the daughter of former NBA star Mark Price who was not able to attend the tournament because he is currently the shooting coach for the Atlanta Hawks who are involved in the NBA Playoffs. “He gets to see me play a lot,” Price said. “Unfortunately he had to work this weekend.”
The lefthanded Price is 5-foot-10 and a half, just a half-inch shorter than her father, who played with four NBA teams during his 12-year career. Price recently had a three-set win over Kay in the semifinals (7-5 in the third) at a USTA Southern Section designated tournament.
In the boys’ 16s final, top-seeded Shane Visant of
Playing in his first super national final, Giron said he wasn’t nervous. “I have a couple of thirds,” he said. “I thought I was just went for too many shots I don’t normally go for.
He kept the ball deep. He just played better than me.”
Before the McHale-Embree final, Mackenzie McDonald put on a show on the center court as he dominated as much as McHale, taking out doubles partner Nikko Madregallejo in the boys’ 14s final, 6-4, 6-2.
“As I grow older the ability to play a good friend gets easier,” McDonald said after the match. The pair were the top-seeded team in the doubles final and came out on top over No. 9 seeded Roy Lederman and Ryan Smith, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 for more hardware to add to the trophy case.
McDonald assured the Easter Bowl crowd this wasn’t the last you would hear from him. “My goal is to be the best tennis player who ever played the game,” he said confidently.
Two Easter Bowl first-timers battled it out for the girls’ 14s final with No. 2 seeded Brooke Austin coming back to beat No. 1 Julia Elbaba, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. “I actually relaxed when the third set started,” said
Elbaba, who said she plans to play the 18s at her next national event, was awarded the American Airlines Award scholarship. She will receive a free airline ticket to anywhere American Airlines flies.
Embree teamed with Mallory Burdette to take the 18s doubles title by default over Kristie Ahn and Monica Puig.