2008 USTA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS-BOYS' 18s & 16s
Kalamazoo College - Kalamazoo, Michigan - August 1-10, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008-Day Three
I arrived at Stowe Stadium in time for the second sets of three side-by-side incredible matches. It was hard enough to focus on two, so I did not see much of Ridley Seguso's 6-4,5-7,7-5 win over Alexander Steinroeder, but I certainly heard the applause while I had a great seat for Spencer Newman (20) vs. Mesa Mei and Jeremey Efferding vs. Jack Sock.
Mesa Mei had won the first set 6-3 and it was tied at 4-4 in the second. Everyone around me seemed to confirm that Spencer was having a bit of a problem getting started, however, he was in top form when I got there -- as was Mesa. The points were good, but after Spencer took the second 6-4 on a questionable call (a ball came on the court and it was decided not to be called a let based on the fact that the point was perceived over), he was primed for the match and fought off the great balls Mesa gave him for a 6-1 third.
There didn't ever seem to be a time when the match between Jeremy Efferding and third-seeded Jack Sock slowed down. After Jack took the first in a tiebreaker, it remained on serve in the second until the end when Jeremy got the break and the 6-4 set. The first game appeared to go on forever, but it wasn't long before the seed was up 4-2 and had the opportunity at 5-3 to serve for it. At that point Jeremy appeared to get a second wind, taking back the break and then bringing the score even at 5-5. The next game was Jack's. Four deuces and two match points later so was the match.
Fourth-seeded Sekou Coker Bangoura also survived a scare Sunday as he had a slow start and Dennis Mkrtchian took full advantage with a 6-3 first set win. It wasn't an easy win, but Sekou did come back for the next two, 6-1,6-1. Jordan Cox (7) also had to fight off a challenge from Ryan Richmond, before winning 6-2,6-4
The only seeds that did not make it through today were Augie Bloom (30), Wyatt McCoy (31), Dennis Novikov (29) and Gonzales Austin (27), but there's probably going to be more tomorrow as both the 16s and 18s head into the fourth round.
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Sekou Coker Bangoura
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