2021 USTA FL Level 6 USTA National Campus Spring Jamboree
Singles Champions Highlight Sunday
March 29, 2021
Sunday was the second and final day of the USTA Florida Level 6 USTA National Campus Spring Jamboree, where the crowning of the divisional singles champions highlighted the action.
It was a surprising matchup in the final of the boys’ 12s Blue Draw, as unseeded competitors Matvey Winfrey (Deland) and Alexander Berenblit (Ormond Beach) were across the net from each other. Neither had dropped a set along the way, which included Winfrey toppling the No. 1 seed and Berenblit downing the second seed, but it would be Berenblit claiming the victory 6-1, 6-2 in the championship contest. Red Draw No. 2 David Bender (Indian Harbour Beach) capped off an impressive weekend, giving away a mere 11 games in his three matches; Bender defeated unseeded Bekzod Jalilov (Kissimmee) 6-2, 6-0 to claim the title. Additionally, the Green Draw was claimed by unseeded Timothy Mrcela (Wesley Chapel) after he ousted top seed Eston Akins (Orlando) 6-1, 6-3 in the semifinals and fellow unseeded player Rishik Yellu (Sebring) 6-1, 6-2 with the trophy on the line.
Mark Mrcela (Wesley Chapel) also had the opportunity to take home the boys’ 14s Blue Draw as the No. 1 seed; however, he ran into unseeded Lerato Brickhouse (Ruskin) in the final, who came through for the win 6-3, 6-2. In his four matches overall, Brickhouse did not play a set closer than 6-3. Red Draw No. 2 seed Adam Stochel Polubiec (Palm Coast) saved his best match on the weekend for last, breezing past unseeded Logan Speyer (Orlando) 6-1, 6-0 in the divisional final.
Timothy Pleasant survived a pair of extended matchups on the day in the boys’ 16s Blue Draw, beginning with his 6-4, 3-6, 10-4 effort against Imani Beharry (Saint Cloud). That victory moved him into the championship contest, where he needed to rally from a set down to defeat No. 2 Caleb Domkowski (Indian Harbour Beach) 2-6 6-4, 10-6. It was a different story for the second seed in the Red Draw, as Anthony Gomez (Orlando) collected a trio of victories in straight sets, highlighted by his 7-5, 6-3 result against unseeded Valentino Laurato (Tampa) in the final.
The boys’ 18s division saw the two seeded entrants advance to the championship. No. 1 Kahaka’ioikamalie Companion (Saint Cloud) eased his way through the draw, losing only four games combined in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds. For No. 2 James Kober (Davenport), he narrowly avoided defeat versus unseeded Nick Styliades (Moorestown, N.J.) in a 4-6, 6-2, 10-8 affair. Companion lived up to his top billing in the final, resulting in a 6-2, 6-0 score line.
Natalie Augustyn (Palm Beach Gardens), the girls’ 12s top seed, got stronger as the tournament progressed. After consecutive wins by a 6-4, 6-1 margin on the opening day of the event, she bested unseeded Kaylee Munson (Jacksonville Beach) 6-3, 6-0 to take home the divisional title Sunday.
In the two girls’ 14s draws, the No. 1 seeds prevailed, but they did not go unchallenged. Campbell Bundza (Port Orange) found herself down by a set before fighting back to defeat Sofia Quagliata (Orlando) 4-6, 6-2, 10-4 at the semifinal stage of the Red Draw; Bundza beat second seed Mia Muniz (Orlando) 6-1, 6-4 in the championship. For Orlando resident Holland Harris, she needed to come through in not one but two match tiebreaks on Sunday to earn the Blue Draw title. Across the net from Aulani Novak (Orlando) in the semifinals, Harris managed to come back for a 4-6, 6-4, 10-4 triumph. She was even closer to defeat in the final versus Willa Polen (Orlando), where a back-and-forth contest eventually went Harris’ way 6-0, 1-6, 12-10.
While not the projected matchup in the championship round of the girls’ 16s Blue Draw, it was fitting that Maria Layrisse (Tampa) and Asadah Maat (Orlando) squared off after toppling the two seeds. Layrisse sent No. 1 Ayden Kujawa (Clarksville, Tenn.) to the consolation draw on Saturday while Maat ousted No. 2 Venus Pereda 3-6, 6-1, 10-6 on Sunday. Their clash would come down to just a handful of points, as Maat was victorious 6-1, 0-6, 12-10. The same scenario played out in the Red Draw after Christine Wu (Winter Garden) took down top seed Martine Sundsten (Orlando) 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the final and Ana Varas (Orlando) scored a 6-3, 6-2 result against second seed Deiya Pandya (Jacksonville) on her path to the play for the title. In the end, Wu secured the crown over Varas 6-4, 6-4.
Alyssa Rodriguez (Tampa) had her work cut out for her in the girls’ 18s division. Not only did she have to claw her way past No. 2 Noelle DAngelillo (Orlando) 6-4, 4-6, 10-7 in the semifinals Saturday afternoon, but she then had to come back Sunday to take on top seed Madison Molock (Ocala). However, she answered the call, winning 6-3, 6-3 over Molock.
For complete results from the USTA Florida Level 6 USTA National Campus Spring Jamboree, click here.