by Julie Wrege
Saturday, July 24, 2004
After long 3-set singles matches the two previous days, Treat Huey brought his game and focus to the court on Saturday. The local Virginian completely dominated Marek Czerwinski of Birmingham, MI 6-1,6-1. On Sunday at 12:30pm Huey will meet Florida's extremely talented Daniel Yoo. This final should be very entertaining as both players understand clay court play.
In today's semifinal, Yoo played another Floridian Jean Yves Aubone. Daniel and Jean had a classic clay court confrontation in the first two sets with extended rallies, and Aubone took the first set 7-5. Aubone kept Yoo pinned deep with his deep groundstrokes -- especially his Federer-like backhand. But Yoo came back to even the match with a 6-4 second set victory, and as play began in the 3rd set Yoo seemed to raise the level of his game and take command. Yoo was playing at or inside the baseline and Aubone was often pushed deep in the court. Yoo closed out the match with a 6-0 final set.
Southern California's Sam Querrey ended the great run of unseeded Mateusz Kecki of Sacramento in the Boys' 16 Singles by the score 7-5, 6-1. Kecki jumped out to a 3-0 start in the 1st set, but Querrey quickly righted himself and only dropped three more games in the match. In tomorrow's Boys' 16 Singles final at 10:30am Sam will take on his doubles' partner and 2nd seed Spencer Vegosen from Chicago.
Spencer today had all he could handle with 5th seeded Cory Parr of New York. The match was extremely close from beginning to end, with both players making great shots. Vegosen finally prevailed 6-7(3),7-5,7-5. Both of the 3/4 playoff matches will be played at 9am on Sunday.
The Boys' 18 consolation finals will pit Andrew Orban (NC) against Timothy Smyczek (WI) at 9am. The 16 consolation final will not be played until 11:30am as Davey Sandgren (TN) must await the winner of a semifinal between two Floridians at 8am -- Bradley Mixson and Wil Spencer.