Raymundo Frasquillo File Photo/Gila Herald: Jacob Kauffman returns the ball during a recent match. The Willcox sophomore No. 4 seed ended as the state runner-up, going 4-1 and adding to a 15-0 regular seeding mark.
Bierman – Beals bow out in doubles semifinals
By Raymundo Frasquillo
GLENDALE – Three of 13 Division III – Section I student-athletes reached the semifinals and one was within the grasp of an individual state title. The matches were held on the Glendale Paseo Racquet Center courts on May 2.
Boys Singles Championship
The No. 2 seeded Arizona College Prep sophomore Andrew Young defeated No. 4 Willcox sophomore Jacob Kauffman 6-2 and 7-6 for the title on May 2.
Young advanced to the championship match with wins over Tucson Palo Verde Magnet senior Alex Peterson (6-0 twice) in the first round, Saint David senior Kaden Watts (6-0 twice) in the second round, Scottsdale Prep sophomore Seth Puhale (6-0 twice) in the quarterfinals, No. 3 Gilbert Classical junior Uday Brathwaite (6-0, 6-1) in the semifinals.
Kauffman reached the final by defeating Tucson Pusch Ridge sophomore Daniel Jung (6-0 twice) in the first round, Gilbert Classical sophomore Maurico Rubio (6-0 twice) in the second round, No. 5 Saint David junior Lorenzo Padoan (6-2, 6-0) in the quarterfinals, and Tucson Tanque Verde sophomore Joel Hetland (6-2 twice) in the semifinals.
Thatcher sophomore Gene Huish defeated Gilbert Christian junior Nolan Engel (6-2 twice) in the first round and fell 7-10 (6-2, 3-6) in a tie-breaker to No. 6 Tucson’s The Gregory School junior Luke Weather during the second round.
Willcox senior Ryan McClaine fell 6-7 and 4-6 to Luke Weather in the first round.
Boys Doubles Championship
The No. 2 Scottsdale Prep junior Surya Surandran – sophomore Connor Swenson duo defeated the No. 1 Phoenix Country Day School senior Tyler Tam – Jacques Serrain duo 10-4 (1-6, 6-4) in a tie-breaker for the title on May 2.
Surandran – Swenson reached the finale via wins over Thatcher juniors Hunter Sellers – Austin Haynie (6-3, 6-0) in the first round, Tucson Sabino senior Lance Markowski – sophomore J.P. Markowski (6-2 twice) in the second round, Tucson Pusch Ridge Christian senior Luke Sheridan – sophomore Collin Thompson (6-1 twice) in the quarterfinals, and No. 6 Arizona College Prep freshman Hayden Truong – junior Aidan Deogracias (6-2, 6-1) in the semifinals.
Tam – Serrain advanced to the championship via wins over Scottsdale Rancho Solana Prep seniors Luke Hammond – Enrique Serna (6-0 twice) in the first round, Phoenix Basis sophomore Aleksa Jaksic – senior Yash Soni (6-0 twice) in the second round, Arizona College Prep junior Svar Ajwani – sophomore Ani Yellaprag (6-0 twice) in the quarterfinals, and Thatcher seniors Derrick Bierman – Carson Beals (6-0, 6-1) in the semifinals.
Bierman – Beals
Thatcher seniors Derrick Bierman – Carson Beals topped Gilbert Classical juniors Zhibo Zhang – Wyatt Hagemeist (6-0, 6-1) in the first round, Miami senior Joseph Dominguez – junior Dylan Mancha (6-0, 6-2) in the second round, and No. 4 Anthem Prep senior John Rodriguez – junior Ryan Anderson (6-3, 6-4) in the quarterfinals, before falling to Tam – Sevrain the semifinals.
Doubles Round One
First-round exits were made by No. 8 seeded Safford freshman Camden Montierth – sophomore Kody Gluyas, falling 8-10 (3-6, 6-1) in a tie-breaker to Arizona College Prep sophomores Ajwani – Yellaprag; Pima junior Leland Thompson – senior Owen Lunt, falling 1-6 twice to No. 3 Phoenix Veritas Prep juniors Ian Townsend – Jack Victor, Willcox seniors Hunter Childers – Spencer Allred, falling in two sets to Tucson Sabino senior Lance Markowski – sophomore J.P. Markowski, and Thatcher juniors Hunter Sellers – Austin Haynie, falling 3-6 and 0-6 to Scottsdale Prep juniors Surandran – Swenson.
Boys Team Tourney
Quarterfinal pairings are No. 9 Phoenix Basis (8-4 seeding, 6.9584 rating) versus No. 1 Phoenix Country Day School (11-0, 19.1031) at Phoenix Tennis Center, No. 5 Anthem Prep (9-2, 10.5167) at No. 4 Thatcher (11-3, 12.0488), No. 11 Tucson Tanque Verde (8-4, 5.8551) vs. No. 3 Scottsdale Prep (10-2, 13.6578) at Phoenix Indian School Park, and No. 10 Saint David (12-2, 6.6711) at No. 2 Chandler Arizona College Prep (13-2, 15.9306) on May 4.
The semifinals (May 6) and final (May 7) are at the Glendale Paseo Racquet Center, 6268 West Thunderbird Road.
Girls Singles Championship
Top seed Scottsdale Prep sophomore Nandini Patel defeated No. 2 Phoenix Country Day School junior Milan Sewell 6-2 and 6-4 for the title on May 2.
Girls Doubles Championship
The No. 2 Chandler Prep junior Gaby Chu – sophomore Sonali Bhalia duo defeated the No. 1 Phoenix Country Day School senior Daniela Castro-Martinez and junior Julia Black duo 7-5 and 6-4 for the title on May 2.