Battle-tested JTCC players fare well in Mid-Atlantic tournaments

Justin Boulais

Down a game early, Justin Boulais of JTCC rallied to advance to the third round in the Battle Beltway tournament

An early hold by his opponent did not throw Justin Boulais off his game in his second round match in Battle Beltway yesterday.

Despite losing the first game of the match, Boulais, a Junior Tennis Champions Center player, battled back and reeled off six straight to capture the first set.

Boulais’ Nadal-like loopy top-spin forehands continuously drove the No. 8 seed William Clark to the back of the fence and afforded Boulais a window to attack.  With his opponent off-balance, Boulais utilized picture-perfect volleys and merciless backhands to keep Clark on the run and out of prime court position.

In dominant fashion, he defeated Clark (6-1, 6-1) to advance to the third round.  Boulais will play fellow JTCC player and No. 10 seed Benjamin Kittay this morning at 8 AM with a spot in the quarterfinals at stake.

JTCC student-athletes are participating in two tournaments this week:  Battle Beltway (12 and under) and Battle in the Burg (14, 16 and 18 age divisions).  Below are partial results involving JTCC players:

Battle of Beltway (Tennis Center at College Park)

Boys’ 12 Results

-Justin Boulais (JTCC) d. Alexander Yeh (6-0, 6-2) (1st Rd.); d. No. 8 seed William Clark (6-1, 6-1) (2nd Rd.)
-No. 14 seed Brandon Riddle (JTCC) d. Niza Simunyola (6-0, 6-0) (1st Rd.); d. Justin Song (6-3, 6-0) (2nd Rd.)
-No. 13 seed William Pak (JTCC) d. Michael Kimack (Default) (1st Rd.); d. Trey Stinchcomb (6-4, 6-7, 7-6(4)) (2nd Rd.)
-No. 5 seed Shawn Berdia (JTCC) d. Peter Karanski (6-2, 6-3) (1st Rd.); d. Trinity Grear (JTCC) (6-1, 3-6, 6-0) (2nd Rd.).  Will face William Pak today in next round.
-No. 10 seed Benjamin Kittay (JTCC) d. Boris Palmade (Default) (1st Rd.); d. Origen Grear (JTCC) (6-1, 6-4) (2nd Rd.)

Girls’ 12 Results

-No. 1 seed Hailey Baptiste (JTCC) d. Angel You (6-0, 6-0) (2nd Rd.)

Battle in the Burg (University of Mary Washington)

Boys’ 14 Results

-No. 8 seed William Woodall (JTCC) d. Andrew Roberts (6-1, 6-3) (2nd Rd.)
-Joseph Brailovsky (JTCC) d. Neehar Chadeva (6-0, 6-2) (1st Rd.); d. No. 4 seed Joshua Keitelman (JTCC) (6-7, 7-6(7), 6-4) (2nd Rd.)
-Matthew Fenty (JTCC) d. No. 15 seed Ian Sturgill (6-1, 6-3) (1st Rd.); d. Soctt Sculley (6-3, 7-5) (2nd Rd.).  Will play Joseph Brailovsky in next round.
-No. 7 seed Matthew Fenty (JTCC) d. Richard Bell (6-2, 6-0) (2nd Rd.)

Boys’ 16 Results

-No. 1 seed Kyrylo Tsygura (JTCC) advanced to the semifinals and will face No. 3 seed Sebastian Mermersky today.

Girls’ 14 Results

-Isabelle Boulais (JTCC) d. Maya Donkor (6-0, 6-0) (2nd Rd.)
-No. 5 seed Valerie Ho (JTCC) d. Reilly Tran (7-6(4), 6-1) (2nd Rd.)
-Lizzie Baker (JTCC) d. Alissa Rosen (6-1, 2-6, 6-2) (2nd Rd.)

Girls 18 Results

-No. 7 seed Sydney Rider (JTCC) d. Rachel Halinski (6-1, 6-2) (2nd Rd.)
-Ines Vias (JTCC) d. Nadia Gizdova (JTCC) (6-1, 6-4) (2nd Rd.).  Will face Sydney Rider in next round today.
-No. 3 seed Amanda Atannson (JTCC) d. Laura Ramthon (6-1, 6-1) (2nd Rd.)
-Raveena Kingsley (JTCC) d. Gabrielle Centenari (6-1, 6-2) (1st Rd.); d. Alexandra Baer (6-1, 6-1) (2nd Rd.)

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