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2013 Preview of the ASICS Easter Bowl - (07/10/2013)

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (April 6, 2013) – The nation’s top junior tennis player Noah Rubin will be one of more than 60 players representing Laurel Springs next week in the prestigious 46th annual ASICS Easter Bowl being played for the first time at the Sunrise Country Club.

Rubin, of Rockville Centre, N.Y., is expected to be the top-seeded player in the Boys’ 18s division. He is currently ranked No. 20 in the International Tennis Federation world junior rankings.

Laurel Springs School has once again signed on as a major sponsor of the event and will be on-site all week during the tournament. Laurel Springs is an accredited, online private school with 94 percent of graduates entering the college of their choice, including many on tennis scholarships. Past Easter Bowl winners and Laurel Springs graduates include current professionals Alexa Glatch, Gail Brodsky and Christina McHale.

On Monday night, Laurel Springs will host an informational gathering and Coaches Seminar as Laurel Springs School founder Marilyn Mosley Gordanier will be on hand to answer questions and share information about Laurel Springs. The event begins at 5 p.m. at the Sunrise Country Club. Coaching legends Larry Stefanki (John McEnroe, Marcelo Rios and Andy Roddick) and USC men’s coach Peter Smith will entertain questions.

“Laurel Springs Online School is thrilled to support the Easter Bowl,” Mosley Gordanier said. “Once again our school dominates the tournament with over 60 players.  I look forward to meeting with our students and new families. I am also excited to introduce Laurel Springs NCAA counseling expert Ashley Squire. She is here to counsel families and ensure they are eligible to attend the college or university of their choice.  Laurel Springs School represents the best in personalized online education. We look forward to supporting the needs of all student athletes.”

The ASICS Easter Bowl is a USTA National Spring Championships in boys’ and girls’ 14s and 16s and an International Tennis Federation Grade 1 level tournament in the 18s.  UCLA recruit Mackenzie McDonald will attempt to become the first boys’ 18s back-to-back winner since Grey King in 1971-72. 

McDonald is also attempting to become a three-time winner of the event, having previously won the boys’ 14s in 2009. In recent years, Donald Young did the same, winning the 14s and then the boys’ 18s twice in 2004 and 2006. In 2005, US Davis Cup player Sam Querrey took home the 18s title.

In last year’s 18s final, McDonald defeated Alexios Halebian in straight sets. On the girls’ side, ITF world No. 1 junior Taylor Townsend took home the singles title in the 18s.

Once again this year, the winner of the boys’ and girls’ 18s this year will receive a wild card into the main draw at the US Open Juniors and a USTA Pro Circuit Futures event.

Here are the top three seeded players in each division:

Boys’ 18s: Noah Rubin (Rockville Centre, N.Y.); Stefan Kozlov (Pembroke Pines, Fla.); Mackenzie McDonald (Piedmont, Calif.)

Girls’ 18s: Jamie Loeb (Ossing, N.Y.); Louisa Chirico (Westchester, N.Y.), Marika Akkerman (Toronto, Canada)

Boys’ 16s: Sameer Kumar (Carmel, Ind.); Kyle Seelig (Hatfield, Pa.); Taylor Fritz (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.)

Girls’ 16s: Francesca Dilorenzo (New Albany, Ohio); Ena Shibahara (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.); Meredith Xepoleas (Huntington Beach, Calif.)

Boys’ 14s: John McNally (Cincinnati); Connor Hance (Torrance, Calif.); Zeke Clark (Tulsa, Okla.)

Girls’ 14s: Claire Lui (Thousand Oaks, Calif.); Kelly Chen (Cerritos, Calif.); Jaeda Daniel (Port Charlotte, Fla.).

Another significant change at this year’s ASICS Easter Bowl is that Lornie Kuhle has taken over as tournament chairman, seeking to continue a tradition started in 1968 by New Yorker and tournament founder Seena Hamilton.

First played in 1968, the ASICS Easter Bowl has been noted not only for the hospitality given to players and parents, but for its far-reaching media exposure and for keeping all the game’s important issues in public view.

Sponsors include ASICS, Laurel Springs School, Advantage Tennis Academy and the Southern California Tennis Association.

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