Top Seeds Pass First Test in 16s Singles at Nats
Brennan Boyajian and Ryan Thacher, the top two seeds in the 16s division, sailed through their first matches at Stowe Stadium Sunday in front of a noontime audience of appreciative fans.
In a battle of 2006 Easter Bowl champions, Boyajian, the 16s winner in Palm Springs, took out 14s titleist Evan King 6-0, 6-1. When Chicagoan King, still only 14, finally managed to win a game, he mocked himself by striking a triumphant pose, playing to the crowd on Stowe Stadium\'s court 3.
Boyajian displayed some theatrics of his own during that game, when on one point he hit two \"tweeners,\" the first one successful, the second one well long.
\"I came out trying to play my best,\" said the 16-year-old from Weston Fla., who has now won 15 consecutive National-level matches in straight sets. \"He\'s one in the country in the 14s, so I knew it wasn\'t going to be easy. But he didn\'t play so good, I don\'t think.\"
Not to be outdone, second seeded Ryan Thacher made short work of Jason Zafiros 6-1, 6-0, and after the match admitted that his experience last year at Kalamazoo made a difference.
\"I played on the front courts last year,\" said the lefthander from Studio City, Calif. \"I like it actually. I was a little nervous, but I think that\'s normal. I do like the chance to play in front of a crowd.\"
Although third seed Brad Klahn and fourth seed Jarmere Jenkins struggled a bit, both advanced, and in fact, only two of the 32 seeds failed to make Monday\'s third round. Jason Lin of Irvine Calif. came from behind to upset 18th seed Marc Powers of Stamford Conn. 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and No. 32 seed Andy Magee of Rolling Hills Estates Calif. could not sustain his quick start and fell to Geoffrey Lewis of Durango Colo. 1-6, 7-6 (3), 6-0.
One of the most dramatic matches of the day at Stowe saw Mac McAnulty of Chicago Ill., survive cramps and vomiting to defeat James Crystal of Waccabuc Ny 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. Late in the third set McAnulty\'s distress caused a significant delay while the court was cleaned up, but it didn\'t keep him from retaking the court and claiming his victory on Court Two.
The 18s division had no main draw singles play on Sunday, but the third round of doubles was played at Western Michigan University. All 12 of the seeded teams remaining advanced to the round of 16, but two of the top four seeds dropped the first set before pulling through. The second seeded team of Jamie Hunt and Nate Schnugg defeated Andrew Crone and Kevin Galloway 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 and the fourth seeded team of Ryan Lipman and Rhyne Williams fought back to put away Denny Fafek and Jay Wong 5-7, 6-1, 6-2. Top seeds Alex Clayton and Donald Young struggled but prevailed 7-5, 7-6 (3) over Reid Carleton and Jonathan Wolff. Third seeds Kellen Damico and Dennis Lajola had an easier time, defeating Scott Burtzlaff and David Nguyen 6-3, 6-1.
On Monday, Stowe will feature third round singles in both division, while the 16s doubles third round and consolation matches will occupy the courts at WMU.
Source: Colette Lewis (Tournament Office)