Day 6 Wrap-Up at the 2011 Easter Bowl - (04/16/2011)
Two 2010 Easter Bowl champions will square off against one another Saturday for another Easter Bowl title after advancing to the finals of the ITF girls’ 18s division on Friday at the 44th annual Easter Bowl USTA Junior Spring National Championships taking place at Rancho Las Palmas Resort.
The two 18s finalists did it in convincing, straight-set fashion as Kyle McPhillips, the No. 13 seed, defeated Allie Kiick 6-2, 6-2, while No. 9 Gabrielle Andrews upset No. 1 seed Grace Min 6-3, 6-4.
McPhillips won the girls’ 16s title last year while Andrews claimed the girls’ 14s championship. The two play at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.
McPhillips is excited for the challenge of facing Andrews, who has beaten her in three consecutive matches.
“I’m glad she won because I’ve wanted to play her,” McPhillips said. “She’s a tough player and I think if I play well I’ll have a chance.”
Andrews, who finished 2010 as the No. 1 18s player in the USTA rankings, spoke highly of McPhillips’ recent progression in her game and is excited for another rematch.
“I accept the challenge,” Andrews said. “Kyle (McPhillips) has improved a lot in the last year and she’s been hitting every shot when I’ve been watching her. I anticipate a tough match.”
McPhillips is excited to reach her second consecutive Easter Bowl final.
“It means a lot to be in the finals here and be in the history books with all the great former American players like John McEnroe and Tracy Austin,” McPhillips said.
However, McPhillips knows she has a tough task in front of her.
“Mentally I have to stay focused against Gabrielle (Andrews),” McPhillips said. “In the past I was all over the place and wasn’t focused so I really have to concentrate the whole match.”
Also on the girls side, No. 1 seed Jamie Loeb advanced to the semifinals in the girls’ 16s with a hard-fought come-from-behind 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(2) victory over Louisa Chirico.
Loeb credited Chirico’s aggressiveness in the first set but stayed positive and battled back.
“I told myself to not give up and hung in there the whole match,” Loeb said. “I gave it all I got in the tiebreak and took it to the next level and was able to pull through.”
On the boys’ side, No. 1 seed Bjorn Fratangelo moved on to the semifinals in the ITF boys’ 18s with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory over No. 8 seed Emmett Egger, a former Easter Bowl 14s singles champ. Fratangelo is eager to defend his boys’ 18s title, something that hasn’t been done at the Easter Bowl since Grey King won twice in 1971-72.
“I’ve actually never had to defend a title so that would be really cool,” Fratangelo said. The
“In the juniors you tend to focus on building points,” Fratangelo said. “In the pros it’s a different story. They have to defend titles and in order to do that they have to play consistent on a daily basis so that’s what I’m trying to do.”
Fratangelo will face Marcos Giron on Saturday in the semifinals. It will be a rematch of the
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Boys’ 18s Singles Quarterfinals
Mac Styslinger (7)
Marcos Giron Thousand Oaks, CA def. Dennis Novikov (4)
Shane Vinsant (3)
Bjorn Fratangelo (1)
Girs’ 18s Singles Semifinals
Kyle McPhillips (13)
Gabrielle Andrews (9)
Boys’ 16s Singles Quarterfinals
JC Aragone (17)
Ronnie Schneider (2)
Gregory Garcia (4)
Gage Brymer (8)
Girls’ 16s Singles Quarterfinals
Kimberly Yee (4) Las Vegas, NV def. Olivia Sneed (17)
Jamie Loeb (1)
Caroline Doyle (17)
Spencer Liang (2)
Boys’ 14s Singles Semifinals
Henrik Wiersholm (1)
Ernesto Escobedo (7)
Girls’ 14 Singles Semifinals
Katerina Stewart (8)
Maria Shishkina (5)
Boys’ 18s Doubles Quarterfinals
Casey Kay / Hunter Reese def. Connor Farren / Dennis Novikov (3) 6-2, 6-1
Bjorn Fratangelo / Alexios Halebian (1) def. Nicholas Naumann / Mitchell Polnet (7) 6-4, 2-6, 1-0(1)
Emmett Egger / Mac Styslinger (4) def. Richard Del Nunzio / Trey Strobel (6) 6-2, 6-3
Mitchell Krueger / Shane Vinsant (2) def. Alexander Petrone / Michael Redlicki (8) 6-0, 6-4
Girls’ 18s Doubles Semifinals
Gabrielle Andrews / Taylor Townsend (8) def. Jennifer Brady / Kendal Woodard 7-5, 4-6, 1-0(4)
Kyle McPhillips / Chanelle Van Nguyen (4) def. Lauren Herring / Stephanie Nauta (1) 7-5, 6-3
Boys’ 16s Doubles Semifinals
Gregory Garcia / Jonathan Poon (9) def. Trey Daniel / Thomas Pura (2) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
Christopher Vrabel / Anton Zykov def. Justin Chan / Stefan Menichella (5) 6-3, 6-3
Girls’ 16s Doubles Quarterfinals
Spencer Liang / Jamie Loeb (1) def. Shannon Hudson / Dasha Ivanova (6) 6-2, 6-4
Mariana Gould / Gabrielle Smith (9) def. Aryn Greene / Adi Milstein 6-1, 7-5
Caroline Doyle / Katrine Steffensen (3) def. Sarah Gong / Maegan Manasse (9) 6-1, 6-3
Olivia Sneed / Madison Westby (9) def. Caroline Brinson / Megen Cochran 6-3, 7-6(3)
Boys’ 14s Doubles Semifinals
Tommy Paul / Henrik Wiersholm (2) def. Artemie Amari / Robert Levine (9) 7-5, 6-3
Ernesto Escobedo / Eduardo Nava (1) def. Augustus Ge / Robert Seby (4) 6-3, 6-3
Girls’ 14s Doubles Final
Lauren Goodman / Emma Stein (9) def. Emma Higuchi / Amber Park (9) 6-1, 6-3
Girls’ 14s Doubles Playoff
Gabrielle Rodriguez / Katerina Stewart (9) def. Ally Miller-Krasilnikov / Julia O'Loughlin (7) 7-6(8), 6-2
Boys' 14 Singles (Silver Draw, 4th Round losers) (Final Round)
David Mitchell Castle Rock, CO def. Tommy Paul Greenville, NC 7-6(8), 7-6(4)
Boys' 14 Singles (Gold Draw, Quarterfinal losers) (Semifinal Round)
Boys' 14 Singles (Gold Draw, Quarterfinal losers) (Final Round)
Girls' 14 Singles (Silver Draw, 4th Round losers) (Final Round)
Girls' 14 Singles (Gold Draw, Quarterfinal losers) (Semifinal Round)
Rebecca Weissmann Loveland, CO def.
Girls' 14 Singles (Gold Draw, Quarterfinal losers) (Final Round)