LEXINGTON — The News Journal’s 89th Junior Tennis Tournament wrapped up Tuesday night at the Lakewood Racquet Club with possibly the best final of any age group this year.
The Boys 16-U final between Lexington High School teammates Karl Etzel and Dylan Catanese was a climactic battle from the jump, as Etzel just edged Catanese 6-2, 3-6, 11- 9 in the decisive third set in a match. where gatherings of 10 to 20 shots were common. Both displayed solid groundstrokes, solid court positioning, effective forehands, solid net play and overall pushed each other to the last point.
“We’ve been playing against each other for a while,” Etzel said of the competition between him and Catanese. “We played last year in the News Journal final and I won in a third set tie-break. I didn’t really have a game plan today. I know it’s a good player. I had to fight to win all the points I could.”
“We have a good rivalry,” Catanese said. “We are both quite strong players. Obviously we train a lot against each other in the same team. He is really talented. It was a good challenge for me. It was a good game. I want to continue to improve myself.”
In the boys 18 and under final – played right next to the boys 16 and under final – Ethan Remy beat Ryan Mecurio in straight sets 6-0, 6-2. His play was clear and precise in Tuesday’s final.
“I think I played very well today,” said Remy. “My field shots worked really well and my groundstrokes were good. My serve can be better, especially my first serve.”
Another final throughout the tournament that was also well contested was in the boys 14 and under, where Philip Etzel beat Tony Palmer last Thursday 6-4, 7-6.
“I was just hitting the ball really hard and driving it in,” Etzel said. “My serve was really good and I got a lot of my first serves today.”
“My first serve went well,” Palmer said. “I was just trying to get the ball in as much as possible. My second serve has to be better.”
Other winners in the junior age groups were:
- Girls 18 & Under Champion: Jade Adkins
- Girls 16 & Under Champion: Evie Hostetler
- Girls 14 and Under Champion: Noel Cline
- Boys 12 & Under Champion: Dean Galbraith
- Girls 12 & Under Champion: Brooklyn Parks
- Girls 10 & Under Champion: Kaitlyn Parks
- Boys 10 & Under Champion: Dean Galbraith
- Boys 8 and Under Champion: Miles Galbraith