Monday, July 24, 2017

Volynets, Jackson win USTA junior clay titles

   San Francisco Bay Area residents Katie Volynets and Ryder Jackson won titles on Sunday in the USTA Junior Clay Court Championships.
   Volynets, 15, of Walnut Creek, beat Abigail Forbes of Raleigh, N.C., 6-2, 6-2 for the girls 18 crown in Memphis. Tenn. Forbes was seeded second and Volynets third.
   Jackson, 16, of Nicasio, and Robert Cash of New Albany, Ohio, took the boys 16 doubles title. Seeded sixth, they downed second-seeded Jeffrey Fradkin of New York and Phillip Jordan of Spartanburg, S.C., 6-2, 6-4 in Delray Beach, Fla.
   In December, Volynets became the first girl to win the 16s in the Eddie Herr International Championships and Orange Bowl in the same year. The tournaments were held in consecutive weeks in Bradenton, Fla., on hardcourts and Plantation, Fla., on clay, respectively.
   Jackson won his second gold ball. He claimed the 14-and-under singles title in the 2015 USTA Winter Nationals in Tucson, Ariz.

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