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Staggs, Nelson win Winter Nationals

January 3, 2014 05:31 PM
2013 Orange Bowl girls' 16s runner-up Alexis Nelson upset top seed Chloe Ouellet-Pizer to win the Winter Nationals girls' 18s title.

By E.J. Crawford, USTA.com

A pair of deserving champions now have a chance to take their games from the junior ranks to the pros thanks to upsets in the finals of the USTA Winter National Championships.

Fifth seed Logan Staggs (17, Tracy, Calif.) upset second-seeded Thomas Fawcett (18, Winnetka, Ill.), 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, in the boys’ 18s final, while 12th-seeded Alexis Nelson (15, St. Paul, Minn.) upended top seed Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (16, Chapel Hill, N.C.), the reigning USTA National Clay Court champion, 6-3, 6-4, in the girls’ 18s final.

With the victories, Staggs, a Top 10 recruit and Northwestern University signee, and Nelson, the Orange Bowl girls’ 16s singles runner-up, earned wild cards into 2014 USTA Pro Circuit events.

The Winter National Championships were held on outdoor hard courts and played in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Tucson, Ariz.

Kayla Day (Santa Barbara, Calif.), the 2013 USTA Girls’ 14s national champion, won the girls’ 16s singles title, beating Alexandra Sanford (Westerville, Ohio), 2-6, 6-3, 6-3. Johnathan Small (Midland, Mich.) defeated Zeke Clark (Tulsa, Okla.), 6-2, 7-5, to claim the boys’ 16s singles title.
 
The Winter National Championships for 14s and 12s were held in Tucson, Ariz., with U.S. World Junior Tennis Team member Patrick Kypson (Greenville, N.C.) and Riley McQuaid (Tustin, Calif.) winning the boys’ and girls’ 14s singles titles, respectively.
 
Thomas Yu (Bellevue, Wash.) and Caty McNally (Cincinnati) won the boys’ and girls’ 12s titles.
 
Complete results of the USTA Winter National Championships can be found below.

The complete draws for the 18s and 16s events can be found by clicking here, while the complete draws for the 14s and 12s events can be found by clicking here.
 
Results

USTA Boys’ 18s Winter National Championships

Scottsdale, Ariz., Dec. 27 – Jan. 2
Singles: (5) Logan Staggs (Tracy, Calif.) d. (2) Thomas Fawcett (Winnetka, Ill.), 1-6, 6-4, 6-1
Doubles: (14) Felix Corwin (Elm Grove, Wisc.) / Aron Hiltzik (Wilmette, Ill.) d. (1) Thomas Fawcett (Winnetka, Ill.) / Mitch Stewart (Federal Way, Wash.), 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-3
 
USTA Girls’ 18s Winter National Championships
Scottsdale, Ariz., Dec. 27 – Jan. 2
Singles: (12) Alexis Nelson (St. Paul, Minn.) d. (1) Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (Chapel Hill, N.C.), 6-3, 6-4
Doubles: (7) Alexis Pereira (San Gabriel, Calif.) / Ena Shibahara (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) d. (5) Alexis Nelson (St. Paul, Minn.) / Lauren Goodman (Fort Wayne, Ind.), 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(4)
 
USTA Boys’ 16s Winter National Championships
Scottsdale, Ariz., Dec. 27 – Jan. 2
Singles: (15) Johnathan Small (Midland, Mich.) d. (2) Zeke Clark (Tulsa, Okla.), 6-2, 7-5
Doubles: (2) Grayson Broadus (Carrollton, Texas) / Victor Pham (Saratoga, Calif.) d. (5) Jacob Hansen (Austin, Texas) / Eric Rutledge (Fort Worth, Texas), 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-3
 
USTA Girls’ 16s Winter National Championships
Scottsdale, Ariz., Dec. 27 – Jan. 2
Singles: (11) Kayla Day (Santa Barbara, Calif.) d. (8) Alexandra Sanford (Westerville, Ohio), 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
Doubles: (2) Risa Nakagawa (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) / Savannah Slaysman (Phoenix) d. (4) Kenadi Hance (Torrance, Calif.) / Rebecca Weissmann (Loveland, Colo.), 6-1, 6-2
 
USTA Boys’ 14s Winter National Championships
Tucson, Ariz., Dec. 27 – Jan 1.
Singles: (1) Patrick Kypson (Greenville, N.C.) d. (2) Trent Bryde (Suwanee, Ga.), 7-5, 6-2
Doubles: (3) Trent Bryde (Suwanee, Ga.) / Danny Thomas (Pickerington, Ohio) d. (9) Randy Cory (Salinas, Calif.) / Andrew Ton (Milpitas, Calif.), 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
 
USTA Girls’ 14s Winter National Championships
Tucson, Ariz., Dec. 27 – Jan 1.
Singles: (3) Riley McQuaid (Tustin, Calif.) d. (5) Anna Brylin (Short Hills, N.J.), 6-0, 3-6, 6-4
Doubles: (1) Elysia Bolton (Lake Forest, Ill.) / Daneille Quevedo (Tyler, Texas) d. (5) Somer Henry (Franklin, Tenn.) / Katie LaFrance (Little Rock, Ark.), 6-2, 6-1
 
USTA Boys’ 12s Winter National Championships
Tucson, Ariz., Dec. 27 – Jan 1.
Singles: (1) Thomas Yu (Bellevue, Wash.) d. (9) Blaise Bicknell (Miami), 7-6(3), 6-0
Doubles: (1) Thomas Yu (Bellevue, Wash.) / James Yu (Bellevue, Wash.) d. (2) Cannon Kingsley (Northport, N.Y.) / Ronan Jachuck (Slingerlands, N.Y.), 6-0, 5-7, 6-3
 
USTA Girls’ 12s Winter National Championships
Tucson, Ariz., Dec. 27 – Jan 1.
Singles: (1) Caty McNally (Cincinnati, Ohio) d. (4) Ashley Yeah (Los Gatos, Calif.), 6-2, 6-1
Doubles: (1) Gianna Pielet (El Paso, Texas) / Caty McNally (Cincinnati, Ohio) d. Isabella Harvison (Cardiff, Calif.) / Katie Volynets (Walnut Creek, Calif.), 6-0, 6-3

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