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Tuesday, March 28 FILA Easter Bowl Recap: Southern California Natives Thrive In Indian Wells

Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - Players in action on Day 3 of the the 2023 Easter Bowl at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California. (Jonathan Moore/Desert Champions)

FILA Easter Bowl action continued Tuesday with second round play for the Boys & Girls 16’s and 18’s division as well as quarterfinals for the 14’s and 12’s. Keep reading for key results from Tuesday’s matches.

Boys’ and Girls’ 18U Singles
University of South Carolina commitment Gabe Avram impressed once again Tuesday on the courts of Indian Wells, etching a spot in the Boys’ 18U Round of 16. Avram’s FILA Easter Bowl debut is turning into one to remember as the North Carolina native topped Creed Skinner in straight sets just one day after Avram knocked out the No. 1 seed James Lian in his first round match.

For the Girls’ 18U division, Washington’s Valerize Glozman remained firm in her quest for back-to-back Easter Bowl titles as the reigning 16U champion prevailed in straight sets to book her Round of 16 spot. Next up for Glozman on Wednesday is a showdown against Northern California’s Kristina Penickova. No. 2 seed Tianmei Wang of San Marino, California also took care of business in her R32 match, battling back from a first set deficit to stay alive as the top-ranked player in the bottom of the draw.

Boys’ and Girls’ 16U Singles
A pair of Southern California locals were two of the first boys to secure their spot in the 16U Round Of 16 on Tuesday. Torrance’s Keaton Hance and Chatsworth’s Gray Kelley are into the next round of play with dreams on capturing Easter Bowl glory in their home state. Kelley will be looking to add some singles’ silverware to his Easter Bowl name after taking home the 14U Doubles’ title last spring.

More Southern California natives found success in the Girls 16U draw as well, with locals including Nicole Weng (South Pasadena), Julieta Pareja (Carlsbad) and Kenzie Nguyen (Irvine) all moving onto the Round Of 16. Top seeds Claire Hill and Leena Friedman also advanced.

Boys’ and Girls’ 14U Singles
All 14’s quarterfinals matches took place on Tuesday, and the Boys’ and Girls’ semifinal stages are now set. Florida’s Anita Tu will meet San Jose’s Aishi Bisht in one semifinal, while the unseeded Paige Wygodzski of New York will look to continue her dream upset run against No. 2 seed Nancy Lee.

Two Southern California natives have made it to the Boys’ 14U final four. Roshan Santhosh of Thousand Oaks and Izyan Ahmad of New Jersey will compete in the first Boys’ 14U semifinal, while No. 3 seed Ryan Cozad of Georgia will square off against Long Beach’s Liam Alvarez, the No. 2 seed.

All 14U semifinal matches will commence at 11:00am on Wednesday.

Boys’ and Girls’ 12U Singles
The semifinals are also set for the youngest age division of the tournament. Georgia’s Jason Eigbedion knocked out No. 1 seed Zesen Wang in three set to earn his quarterfinal spot, and will face Luca Quieroz in the final round. The other semifinal will be contested between Carter Jauffret and Advay Singh.

The Girls 12U competition has also reached the semifinal stage. Southern California’s Alena Koltosva will square off against Virginia’s Aarini Bhattacharya while No. 4 seed Raya Kotseva of Las Vegas meets No. 2 seed Caroline Shao with championship spots on the line.

All 12U semifinal matches will commence at 9:00am on Wednesday.