2007 COPPER BOWL
at the Hilton El Conquistador
Tucson, Arizona - January 2-7, 2007
Thursday, January 4, 2007-Day Three
Once again the top seed finished before I got there. The good news is that means he's still in the tournament and I will get to see him another time. (F.Y.I. I tend to feature the players who didn't make it through in the photos on each day's columns because the others will be there tomorrow.) I still did get to see a number of matches.
Everyone was talking about Aba Omodele-Lucien, including a few college coaches who were watching. He had made a name for himself in the few nationals he played and today it was Samuel Keeton he took out 6-4,6-2. I was a bit surprised how much baseline there was in that match when the Boys 18s have become such a serve and volley game. A good example of that was Isomu Tachibana, the seventh seed who quickly eliminated Richard Doverspike, using control and aces.
Joe Young and Reese Milner had a good match with a variety of shots the small crowd enjoyed (Reese won it 6-4,6-2). There were lots of long points with Bojan Temanovic and Neil Clausen, with Neil the 6-3,6-0 winner. Two seed battled it out as No. 14 Austin Klores and No. 2 Erik Hannah played a 6-0 first set before heading to a tiebreaker in the second which gave the higher seed the match.
I ended the day watching an all Eastern doubles match that was fun as well as skilled. In the end James Crystal & Adam Donaldson were victorious over Coleman Crutchfield & Rajeev Deb-Sen, 8-6.
There was a major upset today as second-seeded Sekou Coker Bangoura fell to Christopher Freeman in the Boys 16s, 7-6(6),6-4. I wasn't there, but I'm hoping to catch up with Sekou in the consolations. On Friday I'm happy to say the sites condense and I will spend the day at the Hilton El Conquistador and the El Conquistador Country Club catching up with players I've missed.
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Sekou Coker Bangoura
Donald Van Velzer
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