18s Top Seeds Stroll on Saturday
Saturday is the first day seeded players in the 18s take the court, and there were a few upsets, with Reid Carleton (14), Ryan Lipman (24) and Tyler Hochwalt (28) heading to the back draw, all in matches played at the Western Michigan courts. Carleton lost to Oscar Fabian Matthews 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, Lipman fell to Zach Nichols 6-3, 6-4 and Ryan Harrison outlasted Tyler Hochwalt 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.
The top eight seeds played under increasingly overcast skies, with no wind or heat marring the ideal tennis conditions. All eight won in straights sets and there was little drama or suspense among those victories. Top seed Michael McClune looked sharp in a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Jonathan Wolff, No. 2 seed Kellen Damico lost only one game against an overmatched Denis Bogatov, and No. 3 Ryan Thacher defeated fellow left-hander David Holland 6-2, 6-3.
Our first look at the seeds in 16s singles is on Sunday, but two rounds of doubles were played Saturday. The only seeded teams failing to advance were the 14th seeded team of Brian Fang and Michael Lin, and No. 15 seeds Christopher Freeman and Mousheg Hovahannisyan.
The last Kalamazoo area player in the 18s draw, Isaac Stein of Portage, fell in three sets to Daniel Gliner in second round action.
Source: Colette Lewis (Tournament Office)