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Bahamians move closer to titles at JITIC tournament

  • Shannon Francis reaches for a backhand shot in this file photo. Francis is into the third round of the boys 16-and-under division at the COTECC JITIC tournament.

Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: Aug 08, 2013

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Two Bahamians moved on to the next round and one step closer to capturing one of the eight titles at the Central American & Caribbean Tennis Confederation (COTECC) JITIC tournament.

Playing in the consolation semi-finals of the girls 16-and-under division is Shay-Tonya Missick while Shannon Francis is into the third round of the boys 16-and-under division. Missick will now play Bertha Rodriguez in the semi-final after defeating Noah Peters and Debra Veldhuizen. The score with Peters was 4-0 and 4-0 and it was 5-3 and 4-1 over Veldhuizen. Francis will take to the court against Edgar Chicurel who defeated Bahamian Dylan Walker, 5-3, 1-4 and 5-4 (4).

Francis got a first-round bye, and met up with Cello Soumbo in the second round. He won that match 4-2 and 4-0. As for Bahamian Jason Fox, Taqel Lewis emerged victorious in their head-to-head match, winning 4-1 and 4-0.

Justin Thompson fell to Lony Berger in the consolation round for boys 16-and-under. Berger won 5-3 and 4-0. He will play Julio Fernandez in the third round. In the 16-and-under girls consolation round, Jade Bastian defeated Josephine Marshall, 1-4, 5-4 (2) and 4-0. She moved on to play Fatima Murphy who won 5-4 (6) and 4-0.

Fox and Thompson joined forces in the doubles and will play William Kirkman and Jose Olivares in the second round. The first win for the Bahamian duo was over Lewis and Ajari Thomas, 6-4 and 6-0. Bastian and Savannah Roberts will play in the under-16 girls doubles while Missick and Dominique Mortier will team up.

Bastian and Roberts were defeated by Josephine Marshall and Zena Riguard, 3-6, 6-3 and 10-6. Losing to a tune of 6-3 and 6-1 were Missick and Mortier. That duo fell to Kristel Altmann and Marjorie Jara.

No Bahamians were able to advance into the main draw of the 16-and-under division for boys. The flag bearers, on the girls’ end, were Roberts and Mortier. Roberts played and fell to Julia D’Auvergine, 6-1, 2-6 and 6-1, while Mortier was eliminated by Andrea Perez, 6-7 (3), 6-4 and 6-0.

In the under-14 girls division, Lauryn Daxon was eliminated in the first round, 6-4 and 6-1, to Anouk Ma Ajong. Afrika Smith and Sierra Donaldson also fell in the first round of the main draw. Smith played Tiffany Almonte and lost 6-2 and 6-0, while Donaldson opened up against Jennifer Gomez and lost, 6-1 and 6-1. Candace Mortier was stopped in the second round 4-1 and 4-1, by Emma-Rose Trestrail.

Smith and Donaldson teamed up for the doubles play. They were handed their exit ticket early by Andrea Chavarria and Adriana Munoz, 6-1 and 6-1. Gabriella Singer and Mandise Walle defeated Daxon and Candace Mortier 6-4 and 7-5.

Playing in the top half of the draw for the boys 14-and-under was O’Neal Mortier who was eliminated in the first round 2-6, 6-1 and 6-3. Donte Armbrister played Kevin Yazagaray and lost 4-0 and 4-2. Ahmad Thompson and Brandon De Palm took to the court in the second round.


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