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Kansas City, Missouri - - With temperatures rushing into the mid-90s during the weekend, 160 of the top junior tennis players in the USTA Missouri Valley took part in the 2010 Sweet 16 Tournament in Kansas City. And after a three-day battle against one another – as well as the elements – 20 new champions were crowned, 10 in singles and 10 in doubles.
The tournament played out from June 18-20 at three sites around the metro area, featuring the top 16 players in 10 age divisions – boys and girls 10s, 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s.
Six players managed to claim double-championships in singles and doubles. Jackson Withrow (Omaha, Nebraska), the top seed in the boys 18s, won the singles championship with a 6-3, 6-1 win against Logon Collins (Tulsa, Oklahoma) before teaming with John Warden (Tulsa, Oklahoma) to win the division’s doubles title over Ross Guignon (Prairie Village, Kansas) and Travis Neilson (Overland Park, Kansas) 7-5, 5-7, 12-10.
The boys 16 draw saw another double-champion as Trey Daniel (Leawood, Kansas) breezed to a singles title with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Will Little (Joplin, Missouri). Daniel then paired with Bradford Zitsch (Columbia, Missouri) to win the 16s doubles with a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Samuel Crawford (Kansas City, Missouri) and Will Welte (Kansas City, Missouri).
David Hager (Edmond, Oklahoma) and Zeke Clark (Tulsa, Oklahoma) were the two other boys to win a pair of championships. Hager won the singles draw in the Boys 14s before grabbing the doubles title with partner David Liu (Omaha, Nebraska). Clark emerged from the Boys 12 singles draw as champion with a 6-1, 6-1 win against William Genesen (Tulsa, Oklahoma) before pairing with Genesen to win the doubles title.
The girls 12 division followed a similar pattern as Victoria Flores (Fort Dodge, Iowa) bested Caitlin Calkins (Tulsa, Oklahoma) 1-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the singles championship before the duo teamed up to win the doubles championship together.
The final double-winner came in the girls 10 division as Taylor Leslie (Stillwell, Kansas) won the singles championship against Sarah Wilcox (Prairie Village, Kansas) 6-0, 6-3 before winning the doubles championship with her partner, Eren Sagun (Urbandale, Iowa).
A complete list of winners is listed below.
Boys 18: Jackson Withrow def. Logon Collins, 6-3; 6-1
Girls 18: Whitney Ritchie def. Noelle Malley, 6-1; 6-1
Boys 16: Trey Daniel def. William Little, 6-1; 6-1
Girls 16: Kate Vialle def. Adrienne Jensen, 6-1; 6-1
Boys 14: David Hager def. Lee-Shawn Stein, 3-0 Ret (inj)
Girls 14: Brooke Withrow def. Olivia Hauger, 1-6; 6-2; 6-3
Boys 12: Zeke Clark def. William Genesen, 6-1; 6-1
Girls 12: Victoria Flores def. Caitlin Calkins, 1-6; 6-1; 6-2
Boys 10: Carson Haskins def. Ritik Sundaram, 6-4; 6-3
Girls 10: Taylor Leslie def. Sarah Wilcox, 6-0; 6-3
Boys 18: John Warden/Jackson Withrow def. Ross Guignon/Travis Neilson, 7-5; 5-7; 12-10
Girls 18: Noelle Malley/Ashley Tiefel def. Mia Lancaster/Whitney Ritchie, 6-4; 7-5
Boys 16: Trey Daniel/Bradford Zitsch def. Samuel Crawford/Will Welte, 6-1; 6-0
Girls 16: Adrienne Jensen/Madison Westby def. Sydney Lehman/Olivia Sneed, 8-3
Boys 14: David Hager/David Liu def. Bryan Lilley/Bryson Mosley, 6-3; 6-0
Girls 14: Olivia Hauger/Marie Norris def. Madeline Hill/Morgan Steffes, 6-1; 6-3
Boys 12: Zeke Clark/William Genesen def. Tyler Raclin/Zale Shah, 6-2; 7-5
Girls 12: Caitlin Calkins/Victoria Flores def. Rehaana Butt/Sydney Harlow, 6-1; 6-0
Boys 10: Pierce Rollins/Rhett Rollins def. Carson Haskins/Ritik Sundaram, 6-1; 6-4
Girls 10: Taylor Leslie/Eren Sagun def. Jenna Noel/Sarah Reilly, 6-2; 6-1
Sweet 16 Sportsmanship Winners
Girls 18 Ashleigh Chiaf
Girls 16 Adrienne Jensen
Girls 14 Teresa Kaiser
Girls 12 Hayden Siegfried
Girls 10 Jenna Noel
Boys 18 John Warden
Boys 16 Will Welte
Boys 14 David Hager
Boys 12 Zeke Clark
Boys 10 Donovan Walsh