Nine locals claim titles at SC Junior Open at Van der Meer

sports@islandpacket.comDecember 3, 2013 

Nine area players were among those who won finals on Sunday at the USTA S.C. Junior State Open Championship at Van Der Meer.

In an all-area final in the Girls 18 Singles, Hilton Head Island's Jacqueline Pelletier beat third-seeded Valerie Droop of Hilton Head Island, 6-0, 6-0, for the title.

In another all-local final, Bluffton's Natalie Bassett defeated Hilton Head's Emily Ruckno, 4-1, 4-0, in the Girls' 10 Singles.

Ruckno did win a title, teaming with Hilton Head Island's Madeleine Pollitzer as the top seed to defeat the Hilton Head duo of Anna Armistead and Catherine Stubbs, 6-1, to win the Girls' 10 Doubles.

The Hilton Head Island duo of Saera Kanda and Masako Makiba teamed to upset the top-seeded Georgia team of Isabel Balsavage and Elizabeth Slaughter, 8-3, in the Girls' 18 Doubles final.

In Boys' 14 Singles, Hilton Head's Scott Sculley, the top seed, defeated second-seeded Coy Simon of Hanahan, 6-4, 6-0.

The top-seeded duo of Bluffton's Moritz Geis and Daniel Island's Austin Heinz downed Marco Gobbato of Hilton Head and James Todd, 8-1, in the Boys' 18 Doubles final.

In the Girls' 16 Singles final, Elle Christensen of Hilton Head defeated Katie Loudermilk of Anderson, 7-5, 6-3.

Among Monday's matches are finals in the Boys' 16 Singles (Murphy McCullough vs. Beau Pelletier, 9:30 a.m.), the Boys 18' Singles (Raymond Donovan vs. Bluffton's Moritz Geis, 9:30 a.m.) and Girls' 14 Singles (Makayla Mills vs. Kristina Zieglar, 9 a.m.). The matches are at Van der Meer Shipyard Resort.

USTA S.C. Junior State Open Championships at Van Der Meer

Sunday's finals

Boys' 10 Singles

Peacock, William (4) (Trent Woods, N.C.) def. Jacobson, Maxwell (Charlotte, N.C.) 5-3, 4-2

Boys' 12 Doubles

Clementi, Nicholas (Charlotte, N.C.) / Sharma, Daiven (2) (Charlotte, N.C.) def. Kirk, Matthew (Mount Pleasant) / Rittel, Harry (Daniel Island) 9-8(1)

Boys' 12 Singles

Deames, Mitchell (Daniel Island) def. Dacuba, Zachary (3) (Mt Pleasant) 6-4, 6-2

Boys' 14 Doubles

Sculley, Scott (Hilton Head Island) / Simon, Coy (1) (Hanahan) def. Dacuba, Lleyton (Mt Pleasant) / Healey, Brendan (2) (Charleston) 8-4

Boys' 14 Singles

Sculley, Scott (1) (Hilton Head Island) def. Simon, Coy (2) (Hanahan) 6-4, 6-0

Boys' 16 Doubles

Crawford, John (Norcross, Ga.) / McCullough, Murphy (1) (Johns Creek, Ga.) def. Hutchison, Moses (Lynchburg, Va.) / Rutkowski, John (Mc Kees Rocks, Pa.) 8-6

Boys' 18 Doubles

Geis, Moritz (Bluffton) / Heinz, Austin (1) (Daniel Island) def. Gobbato, Marco (Hilton Head Island) / Todd, James (Florence, Ala.) 8-1

Girls' 10 Doubles

Pollitzer, Madeleine (Hilton Head Island) / Ruckno, Emily (1) (Hilton Head) def. Armistead, Anna (Hilton Head) / Stubbs, Catherine (Hilton Head) 6-1

Girls' 10 Singles

Bassett, Natalie (Bluffton) def. Ruckno, Emily (Hilton Head) 4-1, 4-0

Girls' 12 Doubles

Abrams, Julia (Mooresville, N.C.) / Pate, Whitley (1) (Winston Salem, N.C.) def. Gruber, Brooke (Raleigh, N.C.) / Riley, Rachel (Bluffton) 8-4

Girls' 12 Singles

Gruber, Brooke (4) (Raleigh, N.C.) def. Pate, Whitley (1) (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 6-4, 6-1

Girls' 14 Doubles

Cox, Anna (Myrtle Beach) / Truluck, Elizabeth (Myrtle Beach) def. Zieglar, Kristina (Daytona Beach, Fla.) / Zieglar, Lindsey (Daytona Beach, Fla.) 8-5

Girls' 16 Doubles

Collins, Mckenzie (Savannah, Ga.) / Putman, Sara (1) (Savannah, Ga.) def. Berkey, Rachel (Myrtle Beach) / Springs, Emma (2) (Myrtle Beach) 8-2

Girls' 16 Singles

Christensen, Elle (Hilton Head Island) def. Loudermilk, Katie (4) (Anderson) 7-5, 6-3

Girls' 18 Doubles

Kanda, Saera (Hilton Head Island) / Makiba, Masako (Hilton Head Island) def. Balsavage, Isabel (Suwanee, Ga.) / Slaughter, Elizabeth (1) (Lawrenceville, Ga.) 8-3

Girls' 18 Singles

Pelletier, Jacqueline (Hilton Head Island) def. Droop, Valerie (3) (Hilton Head Island) 6-0, 6-0

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