SW Girls Fare Well
at Winter Nats
January 3, 2017
December 27, 2016 - January 2, 2017
Boys/Girls 12s & 14 - Tucson, Ariz.
Boys/Girls 16s & 18s - Phoenix, Ariz. USTA Winter National Championships
USTA Southwest girls Ivana Corley (Albuquerque, NM), Matilyn Wang (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Nikita Vishwashe (Phoenix, Ariz.) had solid runs this past week at the USTA Winter National Championships, held Dec. 27-January 2, 2017 in Phoenix and Tucson.
Phoenix hosted the older 16s and 18s age groups, and there it was Corley, picking up her first-ever gold ball at a USTA National Championship event.
Corley, who recently was named the USTA Southwest Junior Sportsmanship Award winner, proved she's more than just a solid demeanor and fair competitor, winning the Girls' 18s doubles title with partner Carolyn Campana (Hillsborough, Calif.).
The third-seeded Corley-Campana (pictured Corley - left, Campana, right) pair took out six competitors, all but one in straight sets, including a 6-3, 6-2 win over Jessica Aragon (Plano, Tx) and Emilee Duong (Placentia, Calif). ADVERTISEMENT Corley and Campana took out three seeded teams en route to the title.
In Tucson, it was Scottsdale's Wang who led the way, going an astounding 12-2 in combined singles and doubles matches on the week, finishing second in Girls' 12s singles and third in doubles with partner Vishwase.
Wang, the second seed in singles, fell to top-seeded Vivian Ovrootsky (San Jose, Calif.) 6-1, 6-2 in the championship match, after having disposed of four seeded players on her way to the finals.
Vishwashe, the 10th seed in singles, won five matches in the singles draw before falling in the semfinals, also to Ovrootsky.
The Wang-Vishwase pairing (pictured, right) reached the semfinals in doubles, before losing, but did pick up third place with a 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (2) victory over Jo-Yee Chan (Sugar Hill, Ga.) and Sophie Williams (Charleston, S.C.).
Gianna Pielet (El Paso, Texas) got to the quarterfinals in both singles and doubles.
In Phoenix in Girls' 18s, Mesa's Taylor Bridges reached the semfinals in doubles and picked up third place with Tatum Rice of Hot Springs, Ark.
In boys' action in Tucson, Phoenix's Thomas Faurel and Albuquerque's Nicholas Scheller reached the Boys' 12s doubles semifinals, Scottsdale's Cole Stelse reached the quarterfinals in both Boys' 12s singles and doubles. Scottsdale's Filipe Costa reached the quarterfinals of the Boys' 14s singles.
Congrats to all of our top USTA Southwest competitors on their results last week in Tucson and Phoenix.