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Day 3 - USTA Boys’ & Girls’ 12 Spring National Championships

April 11, 2007 08:31 AM


Delray Beach, FL (April 10, 2007)
— Between noon and 3pm on Tuesday in the Sea Island Resorts USTA Boys’ & Girls’ 12 Spring National Championships hosted by the City of Delray Beach (April 8-14, 2007), the rain clouds’ permanence was about as ambiguous as junior high school’s “Surprise Meatloaf.” Unbeknownst to our very own meteorologist (ironically also entitled “tournament director”) were the times when afternoon matches would be pushed back to as well as when matches already-in-progress would be allowed to progress. By midday, 12:30 PM, the heavens cleansed the earth with a much needed rain and went on to hydrate the clay throughout the entire day. Perhaps the foliage appreciated the bath, but for our directors, volunteers, sponsors, officials, trainers, coaches, parents and competitors, they would have liked the earth to annul its hygiene for just a little longer.

Sachia Vickery #1 seed (Miramar, FL) is flying through her draw, dropping only 5 games in just 3 matches. Additionally, Jacqueline Crawford (9) from Michigan  is clawing through her draw like a vicious wolverine should, dropping just 8 matches in 3 games and is up to challenge top seed Vickery Wednesday in the quarterfinals in the main draw. Ayaka Okuno (15) from Texas had a tough match against Sherry Li (29) from New Jersey in the round of 16, but came out as victor at, 6-2; 6-4. Day 1 Player of the Day, Breaunna Addison (4) from Texas scored a field goal against Alexandra Kiick (19) from sunny Plantation, FL this morning, 6-3; 6-2 and will play #13 seed New Yorker, Julia Elbaba Wednesday.

Chalena Scholl (Pompano Beach, FL) could have easily stormed out of the tournament and been home in 15 minutes, showered, eaten, and been able to watch Desperate Housewives by 9 PM. Rather than bowing out and giving up, Chalena Scholl was determined to fight back from a first round defeat to Texan, Claire Williams (6-2; 6-1) and get herself back on course in the back draw of our compass draw. She will vie Wednesday morning in order to advance to the semis of the back draw against Jersey’s Karen Chis. Today, however, Scholl was up against southern belle, Hannah King (Dunwoody, GA) in a royal battle which ended with Scholl removing King from power. Scholl dropped the first set in a nail-biting 4-6, then doggedly took the second set 6-2, and was not ready to leave the tournament just yet—finally capturing the 3rd set tiebreak (11-9)—clearly Scholl wanted her support team’s blood pressure to topple the charts. And it is with that effort Chalena, which we’d like to award you (along with your devoted cheering crowd) with the distinct privilege of being the “Delray Beach Player of the Day.”

Hotdog Hoosier from the state of Indiana, Ronnie Schneider (17) upset Noah Rubin (8) from Merrick, NY, 6-2; 2-6; 6-1. This triset during the round of 16 was a fight beset for the mentally tough and physically able. Familiar with the heat, rain, and surface (clay), Schneider kept his mind focused on the ultimate goal in our own ‘April Madness’ — being a member of the ‘Final 8’ in the Boys’ 12’s National Spring Championships. Adding relish to your dogged win today, we’d like to proclaim you, Ronnie R. Schneider, as the “Delray Beach Player of the Day.”

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