Jr. players set semis date with coaches


Junior players Robbie Schorr and Moris Villanueva will have tough dates on Valentine’s Day as they collide with the two tennis coaches on the island in the semifinals of the 2015 Coconut Tennis Classic.

Schorr is paired against top-ranked Luke Beling of Saipan Tennis Academy and they will duel for the first finals berth of the men’s singles at 8am this Saturday at the American Memorial Park tennis courts.

The 13-year-old Schorr made it to the Final Four after outlasting Luther Lizama, 7-6 (retired). Beling, on the other hand, swept Dong Min Lee, 6-0, 6-0, to book a semis ticket in the upper half of the bracket.

In the lower half, Villanueva will challenge long-time CNMI national coach Jeff Race for the other finals berth at 9:30am tomorrow.

Race marched into the semifinals after downing junior player Michael Ren, 6-2, 6-1, while Villanueva took the long route to the Final Four after surviving fellow junior player Colin Ramsey. Villanueva dropped the opening set, 4-6, before sweeping the last two, 6-4, 6-3, to arrange a semis duel against Race.

In other results, three players bagged semis spots in the boys U12 singles.

Ji Min Woo notched the first slot, following his 6-2, 6-3 victory over Chris Kim last Sunday at the Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan tennis courts. The two other semi-finalist earned their semis tickets at the AMP tennis courts with Eubin Park edging Sean Lee, 7-5, 7-5, and Rintaro Miyawaki slipping past Eugene Park, 3-6, 6-4, 19-17.

Jamin Elliot and Brian Kim will square off tomorrow for the fourth and last semis seat and the right to face Woo in the Final Four.

The semis matches of other divisions will also be played this weekend.

Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter
Roselyn Monroyo is the sports reporter of Saipan Tribune. She has been covering sports competitions for more than two decades. She is a basketball fan and learned to write baseball and football stories when she came to Saipan in 2005.

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