Saturday, December 17, 2016

NorCal's Leustian, McDaniel fall in Jr. Orange Bowl

   Northern Californians Stefan Leustian and Marcus McDaniel lost by identical scores today in the boys 14 round of 16 in the Junior Orange Bowl in Key Biscayne, Fla.
   The No. 9-seeded Leustian, from Mather in the Sacramento region, fell to No. 1 Bu Yunchaokete of China 6-4, 6-4. No. 17 McDaniel, from Vacaville, succumbed to No. 9 Spencer Brachman of Commack, N.Y.
   Leustian faced Yunchaokete for the second time this month. Yunchaokete won 6-1, 6-2 in the boys 14 quarterfinals of the Eddie Herr International Championships on Dec. 1 in Bradenton, Fla.
   McDaniel, the runner-up in the NorCal Sectional 14s in Sacramento in June, is ranked sixth nationally in the 14s. Leustian, who won the prestigious Les Petits As (Small Champions) title in Tarbes, France, in January, is eighth.
   McDaniel, 14, was playing in his first Junior Orange Bowl. 

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