Carol Lee kept her perfect record in the 2013 ITF Pacific Oceania Junior Championships en route to ruling the girls U12 singles division of the annual tournament last Friday in Fiji.
Lee clinched the singles championship in her age group after sweeping Tahiti’s Naia Guitton in the finals, 6-1, 6-1. The CNMI bet never dropped a set in the tournament, winning all her five games in pool play and the two playoff matches.
Joining Lee and Guitton in the Top 3 was the latter’s compatriot Lea Lamorelle, who defeated the CNMI’s Tania Tan in the consolation game, 6-4, 6-2.
Lee’s victory in the U12 division gave the Commonwealth its lone gold medal in the singles division, as finalists Michael Ren and Christian Cajigan fell short in their respective championship games.
Ren, who was unbeaten in pool play, was pitted against Tahiti’s Gillian Osmont in the boys U12 finals, and lost, 2-6, 2-6, to settle for the runner-up honors. Ren’s teammate, Robbie Schorr, also bowed in his consolation match versus another Tahiti bet, Joshua Manate, 4-6, 4-6.
In the boys U15 finale, Tahiti also foiled the CNMI’s championship bid, as Christopher Shan swept Cajigan, 6-2, 6-1.
Moris Villanueva was the Commonwealth’s other entry to the boys U15 singles and he won his consolation match over Kiribati’s Lataisi Mwea, 6-1, 6-1, to finish ninth in the 16-player field.
In the girls U15, Tammy Ackerman prevailed in her bronze medal match against Fiji’s Mulan Kamoe. Ackerman won the opening set, 6-3, but missed a straight set victory when Kamoe recovered in the second set, 6-1. The CNMI netter then survived the tough third set, 7-6 (5) to complete the Top 3. Negahr Rastguiy also joined the girls U15 singles and finished seventh after defeating Fiji’s Ruby Coffin, 6-4, 6-0,
In the U18 division, Thea Minor triumphed in the all-CNMI third place battle after sweeping Mikayla Lopez, 6-0, 7-6 (5), while Jake Lee rounded out at the No. 5 spot in the boys category after a 6-2, 6-2 win over the Cook Island’s Roland Neururer. Amami Sakano and Tommy Choi were ranked fifth and eighth after the former won their consolation game via walkover.