This past weekend, the top juniors from eighteen states traveled to Philadelphia to compete across all age groups—U19, U17, U15, U13, and U11—in the Senator Arlen Specter Junior Championship Tournament.
JCT events are designed to draw the best junior players from across the country and play a central role in national team selection. The five JCTs held each year feature the highest level of junior competition as draws are limited to the top thirty-two ranked entrants.
This year’s GU19 draw was particularly strong as it included four U.S. National Team members, Sabrina Sobhy, Reeham Sedky, Kayley Leonard, and Olivia Fiechter. Top seed Sabrina Sobhy won the GU19 title, defeating two of her national teammates on the way. She knocked Leonard out in a three game semifinal, 11-2, 11-7, 11-9, then topped Connecticut JCT winner Sedky in a tight five-game final, 10-12, 11-7, 11-6, 1-11, 14-12. The national team members swept the top GU19 finishing positions with Sobhy taking first, Sedky second, and Fiechter and Leonard taking third and fourth, respectively.
BU19 top seed Shahjahan Khan completed a perfect weekend as he beat two seed Pierson Broadwater in a three-game final, 11-7, 11-6, 12-10.
Two seed Casey Wong took home the GU17 title as she defeated Haley Scott in three games, 11-3, 11-7, 11-7. Scott upset top seed Morgan Steelman in a hard-fought four-game quarterfinal, 11-9, 11-8, 14-16, 11-8.
Top seed, and winner of the Connecticut JCT, Sean Hughes, beat David Yacobucci in a tight three-game final, 11-9, 13-11, 11-8. Yacobucci knocked two seed Carson Spahr out of the semifinal in five games, 3-11, 11-3, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6.
Elle Ruggiero won her second JCT of the season defeating Cameron Munn in a four-game GU15 final, 13-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-8. Munn upset two seed Laila Sedky in a five-game semifinal, 11-5, 11-6, 7-11, 11-13, 11-7.
Tyler Carney topped the BU15 division beating Charles Culhane in a three-game final, 11-4, 11-3, 11-2. On their way to the final, Carney upset two seed Cole Becker and Culhane topped one seed Ryan Murray in the semifinal.
One seed, and finalist at the Connecticut JCT, Caroline Spahr defeated India Stephenson in a three-game final to win the GU13 Division, 11-9, 11-8, 11-3, topping off an undefeated weekend for Spahr.
BU13 champion and two seed Mateo Giraldo also completed the weekend without dropping a game as he bested Yassin Amir in a three-game final, 11-6, 11-6, 11-8. Amir came back from a one game deficit to upset top seed Tyler Mackesy in a five-game final, 5-11, 7-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-9.
The GU11 finals were a family affair as twin sisters Jessica and Sydney Saviano faced off. One seed Jessica beat her two seed twin, Sydney, in a tight five-games to win the division title, 10-12, 11-6, 8-11, 11-9, 11-6.
Top seed Rohan Iyer defeated two seed, and Connecticut JCT finalist, Charles Braff in a three-game final to take the BU11 division, 11-5, 11-9, 11-8.
To view full tournament results, click here.
The third JCT of the season will be the Frank Millet Massachusetts Junior Championships hosted at Harvard University’s Murr Center, November 9-11. For tournament registration and information, click here.
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