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Lakewood YMCA hosts Merrill Lynch Tournament

Submitted photo Paul Stark and Eric Nickeson, right, defeated Thinus Marais and Tyler Griffin to win the Men’s Open Doubles Division during the Merrill Lynch Tennis Tournament held recently at the Lakewood YMCA.

LAKEWOOD, N.Y. — The Lakewood YMCA recently hosted the Merrill Lynch Tennis Tournament.

Thursday afternoon’s action started with the Rising Stars Junior Singles Division featuring 10-11-year-olds.

The top seeds out of the round-robin play were Jared Kang, Jeffrey Lin, Andy Dollard and Felix Mangeot.

In the semifinals, Kang defeated Mangeot 3-0 and Lin bested Dollard 3-0.

Lin claimed the championship by edging Kang 4-1.

Submitted photo Iris Kiehl beat Rylee Farrugello in the finals of the High School Girls Singles Division.

Thursday afternoon’s action concluded with the Rising Stars Junior Singles Division featuring 12-14-year-olds.

The top seeds out of the round-robin play were Owen Graham, James Lin, Tyler Hatfield and Vivian Watson.

In the semifinals, Graham defeated Watson 3-0 and Lin bested Hatfield 3-0.

Graham claimed the championship by edging Lin 4-0.

In the High School Girls Singles prequarterfinals, Grace Kutschke defeated Maddie McDunn 6-0, 6-0; Grace Carr defeated Eliana Curcio 6-0, 6-1; Elise Riedesel defeated Anna Courson 7-6 (3), 6-3; Lucy Harrison defeated Alanah Garza 6-2, 6-2; and Izzy Heacox defeated Natasha Ferry 6-4, 6-2.

Submitted photo Alex Watkins beat Jack Sherry in the finals of the High School Boys Singles Division.

In the quarterfinals, Iris Kiehl topped Kutschke 6-0, 6-0; Carr topped Riedesel 6-2, 6-4; Harrison topped Mary Gerace 4-6, 6-3, 10-3; and Rylee Farrugello topped Heacox 2-6, 6-4, 10-8.

In the semifinals, Kiehl beat Carr 6-0, 6-1; and Harrison topped Farrugello 6-1, 6-1.

Kiehl won the title with a 7-5, 6-1 defeat of Farrugello.

In the High School Boys Singles quarterfinals, Alex Watkins beat Tobiah Reinard 6-0, 6-0; and Chase Haaksma beat Daniel Idzik 6-3, 7-5.

In the semifinals, Jack Sherry topped Haaksma 6-3, 7-5; and Watkins beat Noah Hardesty 5-7, 6-4, 10-2.

Submitted photo Owen Graham beat James Lin in the finals of the Rising Stars Junior Singles 12-14-Year-Old Division.

Watkins won the title with a 6-4, 7-6 (1) defeat of Sherry.

In the Men’s Open Singles semifinals, Thinus Marais beat Paul Stark 6-2, 6-2; and Eric Nickeson beat Tyler Griffin 6-1, 6-0.

Nickeson topped Marais 6-2, 6-4 in the championship.

In the Men’s Open Doubles semifinals, Nickeson and Stark topped Noah Hardesty and Phil Hardesty 6-3, 6-4.

In the finals, Nickeson and Stark beat Marais and Griffin 6-1, 6-2.

Submitted photo Jeffrey Lin beat Jared Kang in the finals of the Rising Stars Junior Singles 10-11-Year-Old Division.

In the High School Girls Doubles quarterfinals, Harrison and Heacox beat Ferry and Garza 6-0, 6-4; and Erika Pickard and Kutschke beat Courson and Maddie McDunn 6-2, 6-0.

In the semifinals, Kiehl and Gerace beat Harrison and Heacox 6-4, 7-5; and Carr and Kelley Wood beat Pickard and Kutschke 6-4, 6-4.

Gerace and Kiehl won the title 6-2, 6-4 over Carr and Wood.

The tournament concluded with Open Mixed Doubles.

In the semifinals, Farrugeelo and Josh Erickson topped Daniel Idzik and Abby Idzik 4-1, while Carr and Elliott Striker beat Garza and Reinard 4-1.

Submitted photo Mary Gerace and Iris Kiehl beat Grace Carr and Kelley Wood in the finals of the High School Girls Doubles Division.

Carr and Striker won the title 4-1 over Farrugello and Erickson.

Submitted photo Grace Carr and Elliott Striker beat Rylee Farrugello and Josh Erickson in the finals of the Open Mixed Doubles Division.

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