Guam – The unseeded Father Duenas Memorial School sophomore Joshua Cepeda upset top seeds en route to the championship title in the 5.0 division of the ASC Family Tennis Classic, but he’s not done yet.
Cepeda still will compete in this weekend’s high school doubles event with partner Andrew Chung, the men’s 4.5 doubles with partner Anthony John and the men’s1 5.0 doubles with partner Brian Tuncap. He additionally has entered the junior division’s singles and doubles events of the tournament to earn USTA ranking points beginning May 3. In the tournament’s final weekend, Cepeda will play in the mixed doubles division.
“It has been a good, tough tournament so far,” Cepeda said. “All of my opponents played with heart and passion. I really would like to thank ASC Trust Corporation for sponsoring this tournament to help us move on to compete at even higher levels. I look forward to my upcoming matches.”
After defeating Tom Park 6-0, 4-6, 10-8 in the Round of 16, Cepeda moved on to upset division top seed Khay Sung 6-2, 6-4 to meet Victor Tuncap in the semifinals.
[Joshua Cepeda, winner of the 5.0 men’s singles division of the ASC Family Tennis Classic, returns a backhand to an opponent in a recent match at the Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort tennis courts.]
Cepeda cruised past Tuncap 6-2, 6-2 to set up a finals berth with No. 2 seeded Christopher Cajigan, the John F. Kennedy High School freshman recently selected as the IIAAG Tennis League MVP. Both Cepeda and Cajigan held serve for the first four games before exchanging service breaks. In the tiebreaker, Cepeda blanked Cajigan 7-0 to take the set. In the second set, Cepeda and Cajigan broke each other’s serve to tie the set at 2-2, but Cepeda went on cruise control from there, winning the next four games to take the match and the highest singles division title.
In other matches, Chung claimed the men’s 4.0 singles title after defeating Dale Kim 7-5, 6-0 in the final. Third-seeded Camden Camacho needed three sets to dispatch No. 4 Mason Caldwell in the men’s 3.0 division, 3-6, 6-3, 10-8. In the men’s 2.0 division, unseeded Arya Rahmani steamrolled over seeded players before losing his first set of the tournament in the final against No. 3 Shane Schnabel. Rahmani, however, rallied to win the title, 4-6, 7-6, 10-7. The final of the men’s 4.5 singles will be played Friday at 4 p.m. at the Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort tennis courts pitting brothers Victor and Brian Tuncap.
In the women’s singles division, Chloe Gadsden defeated Camdyn Nadler 6-1, 6- 1 for the 5.0 title. In the women’s 2.0 division, top seeded Ashley Roland defeated Noriko Aki 6-3, 6-2. Roland will play in another final Saturday at 5 p.m. at Sheraton, this time against Emmanuelle Haurillon in women’s 3.0 singles. In the 4.0 singles round robin, all three competitors, Alyssa Bristol, Pualani Lansing and Margaux San Nicolas each picked up wins.
In family doubles events, the Tuncap brothers won the men’s open family doubles title with two wins in the round robin format of the division. The Tuncap tandem first defeated Jose and Joshua Gallego 1-6, 6-3, 10-8 and later, David and Anthony John, 6-2, 6-2. In the women’s open family doubles division, No. 2 Kathy and Alyssa Bristol upset No. 1-ranked sisters Ashley and Camdyn Nadler 6-2, 6-4 in the final. No. 1 seeded Tom and Camden Camacho will take on No. 2 David and Gabriel Tan in the final of the men’s challenger family doubles division 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Sheraton for the title.
In the mixed open family doubles event, unseeded siblings Chloe and Sidney Gadsden won the title in a 6-4, 6-4 final against No. 1 Jeff and Alyssa Bristol, a father-daughter team. In the mixed challenger family doubles event, No. 3 David and Teresa John took the title with 4-6, 6-3, 10-7 win over unseeded Dan and Ashley Roland, both husband and wife teams.
The ASC Family Tennis Classic continues this weekend with the high school doubles event, as well as skilled men’s and women’s doubles. The schedule is available for download at www.tennisacademyguam.com
The deadline to register for junior singles, age singles and age doubles is Friday at 5 p.m. Forms may be submitted at Sheraton or directly to Joe Cepeda, tournament director, through E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration forms are available at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa tennis courts, Sheraton, the Rick Ninete Tennis Center, Goody’s Sporting Goods or online at www.tennisacademyguam.com