Elsie Abarquez and Sal Andrei Lago pulled off a pair of victories each to dominate their respective sides in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Bohol leg regional age-group tennis tournament at the Sto. Niño Tennis Club yesterday.
But while the top seeded Abarquez lived up to her billing and cruised to victories in the girls’ 16- and 18-and-under divisions, the fourth-ranked Lago upended No. 3 Andrei Estember, 6-1, 6-2, to pocket the boys’ 12-U crown.
The Sogod, Leyte rising star then worked his way up as an unranked bet in the 14-U side, stunning No. 3 Mykk Lungay, 6-0, 6-4, in the quarterfinal round, repulsing Jericho Otico, 4-6, 6-2, 10-6, in the semis before whipping Mike Dee, 6-0, 6-1, to clinch the crown.
Abarquez, from Carcar, Cebu, rapped Alexa Milliam, 6-1, 6-2, to bag the 16-U title then dominated Kiana de Asis, 6-2, 6-2, in the 18-U finals to likewise share the MVP honors with Lago in the Group 2 tournament hosted by Ubay, Bohol Mayor Costan Reyes and sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop headed by president/CEO Bobby Castro.
Milliam also came away with two victories as the La Carlota, Negros ace toppled Jufe-Ann Cocoy, 6-1, 6-0, in the 12-U finals then beat Mia Gemida, 6-0, 6-2, to capture the 14-U diadem in the event presented by Slazenger which also served as part of the PPS-PEPP summer tour backed by Asiatraders Corp. and the new Unified tennis group, led by PPS-PEPP, Cebuana Lhuillier, Wilson, Toby’s and B-Meg.
Other winners in the singles events were Malaybalay, Bukidnon’s Al Rasheed Lucman (10-unisex), Venz Alforque of Naga, Cebu (boys’ 18-U) and Jagna, Bohol’s Randy Labor (boys’ 16-U), while Abarquez and Ashley Jumamoy (girls’ 18-U), Troy Llamas and Tudtud (boys’ 18-U), Gazo and Milliam (girls’ 14-U) and Lungay and Jericho Otico (boys’ 14-U) led the doubles winners.
Meanwhile, age-group action shifts to Manila Southwoods on May 21-25 while the MCTA (Macs Crankit Tennis Academy of Australia) Community Coaches Conference will be held in Legazpi City on May 31-June 3. For details, call Bobby Mangunay, the PPS-PEPP sports program development director at 0915-4046464.