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McCoy & Aney Win US Open Qualifier

June 19, 2014 02:20 PM
Shoreview's Wyatt McCoy wins the men's title in straight sets 6-2, 6-0.
Rochester's Jessie Aney wins the women's title at the 2014 US Open Northern Qualifier.
Zach Northey and Heather Nobler with their mixed doubles trophies.

Wyatt McCoy (Shoreview, Minn.) and Jessie Aney (Rochester, Minn.) won the men's and women's singles titles, respectively, at the 2014 US Open Northern Qualifying Championships at Baseline Tennis Center on the University of Minnesota campus. McCoy and Aney both advance to the US Open National Qualifying Championships in New Haven, Conn., in August. The winner of that tournament then receives a wild card into the 2014 US Open.

McCoy, who is going to be a senior at Notre Dame, had an easy time in winning his first title, defeating 18-year-old Jesse Ruder-Hook (Denver, Colo.) 6-2, 6-0. McCoy and Ruder-Hook were tied at 2-2 before McCoy rattled off 10 straight games for the title.

The 16-year-old Aney, who will play tennis at the University of North Carolina in the fall of 2015, defeated good friend and USTA Northern rival 15-year-old Alexis Nelson (St. Paul, Minn.) 6-3, 7-5. Aney was down 5-3 in the second set and fended off three set points for Nelson before finally closed out the match. This will be Aney's second trip to New Haven as she and partner Eric Frueh played in the 2012 mixed doubles tournament there. Aney was the tournament singles runner up in 2013 and Nelson finished second in 2012.

In mixed doubles, the team of Heather Nobler and Zach Northey (both of Lincoln, Neb.) will represent USTA Northern after defeating Ross Greenstein (San Diego, Calif.) and Mira Ruder-Hook (Denver, Colo.), Jesse's twin sister who will play collegiately at Michigan next year, 6-3, 6-2 in the finals.

For complete results, click here.

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Local players Wyatt McCoy, Ross Greenstein, Alexis Nelson and Jessie Aney all advanced to the finals of the 2014 US Open Northern Section Qualifying Tournament at Baseline Tennis Center on the University of Minnesota campus. The men's finals begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by the women's and mixed finals and admission is free to all spectators.

McCoy earned a spot in the finals after defeating Minnesota State Class A champion Charlie Adams of Wayzata, Minn., 6-3, 6-3. He will face Jesse Ruder-Hook of Denver, Colo., in the finals, who beat current University of Minnesota player Tucker Saxon (Dellwood, Minn.) 6-2, 6-1.

Nelson of St. Paul, Minn., who was ranked #1 in the nation for Girls 16s in January and is currently ranked fifth, will play good friend and 2013 finalist Aney of Rochester, Minn. Nelson defeated 2012 US Open Northern Qualifier winner Nyla Beenk (Le Claire, Iowa) 6-4, 6-0 in the semis, while Aney beat Minnesota state semifinalist Isabella Lambert (Excelsior, Minn.) 6-2, 6-1.

The mixed finals will pit former Blake High School and University of Florida player Greenstein and partner Mira Ruder-Hook (Denver, Colo.) against Heather Nobler (Lincoln, Neb.) and Zach Northey (Lincoln, Neb.). Greenstein and Ruder-Hook took out Adams and Zoe Lindbloom (Wayzata, Minn.) 6-0, 6-3, while Nobler/Northery defeated Aney and Nick Crossley (Rochester, Minn.) 6-7 (4), 6-2, 1-0 (6).

For complete results, click here.

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Many local players advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2014 US Open Northern Section Qualifying Tournament on Friday at Baseline Tennis Center. Play continues Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. at the Baseline Tennis Center and admission is free.

In the women's draw, St. Paul's Alexis Nelson moved on to the quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Eve Small of Iowa City, Iowa. Nelson, who was ranked No. 1 in the United States for Girls 16s in January, will face 2013 Minnesota Girls Class AA State Champion Caitlyn Merzbacher. Merzbacher won her second-round match 6-0, 6-0 over Pamela Hartley. Former US Open Northern Qualifier champion Nyla Beenk (Le Claire, Iowa) also advanced to the quarters with a three-set thriller against Mira Ruder-Hook 3-6, 6-3, 6-0. Beenk will play 2012 Minnesota state runner- up Sophia Reddy in quarters. Rochester's Jessie Aney, a women's singles finalist last year and the 2012 mixed doubles champion, is also in the quarters after receiving a walkover. She will play former University of Oklahoma player Heather Nobler. In the final quarter, Burtrum's Sierra Halverson faces Excelsior's Isabella Lambert.

In the men's draw, current Notre Dame player Wyatt McCoy won two matches Friday and will play in the quarters against Daniel Lempa of Forest Park, Ill. McCoy defeated Jesse Sprinkel (Minneapolis) 6-1, 6-2 in the first round and followed that with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Forest Olivier. Current Minnesota Class A State Champion Charlie Adams (Wayzata, Minn.) also won two matches and will face Minnesota Class AA runner-up Toby Boyer (Ham Lake, Minn.) in the round of eight. Adams won a three-set marathon against Jeff Adolf in the first round and followed that with a straight-set win over Gregory Wischer. Boyer, who received a first-round walkover, defeated Michael Tebon (Excelsior, Minn.) 6-4, 6-3. The other quarterfinals pit current University of Minnesota player Tucker Saxon (Dellwood, Minn.) against David Hagberg (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and Jesse Ruder-Hook against Robert Turlington (Rochester, Minn.)

The mixed quarters saw Ross Greenstein and Ruder-Hook defeat the father/daughter pair of Chuck and Caitlyn Merzbacher 6-2, 6-3, while Nobler and Zach Northey beat Adolf and Kelsey Frechette (Rochester, Minn.) 7-5, 7-5. The other semifinalists include Aney and Nick Crossley (Rocheste, Minn.) and the team of Adams and Zoe Lindbloom (Wayzata, Minn.)

For complete results, click here.

Notes: Ecuador Davis Cup player Andres Osorio (St. Paul, Minn.) had to withdraw due to a shoulder injury, while Ingrid Neel of Rochester, Minn., also withdrew because of other tennis commitments.

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Local tennis superstars, Davis Cup players and junior national champions highlight the 2014 US Open Northern Section Qualifying Tournament June 20-22 at Baseline Tennis Center on the University of Minnesota campus. Admission is free to all spectators.

In the women’s draw, youth will reign as the Minnesota trio of 16-year-old superstars will all be playing at Baseline Tennis Center. St. Paul’s Alexis Nelson, who was ranked No. 1 in the United States for Girls 16s in January, will lead the way. Nelson won the Girls 18s USTA Winter Nationals in January after earning finalists honors at the International Orange Bowl in December. Nelson was then invited to train on the Junior Fed Cup Team in Cleveland in February and won her first professional circuit event teaming with 14-year old CiCi Belles to win the doubles title at the City of Orlando 10K in March. Nelson received a bye in the first round and will play Eve Small (Iowa City, Iowa) at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

Rochester’s Ingrid Neel made headlines by playing on the boys tennis team as a seventh grader and leading Rochester Mayo to a state championship in 2011 is also entered. She now trains at Nick Bollettieri’s IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. She will face Rochester’s Jessie Aney, who won the 2012 US Open Northern Qualifier Mixed Doubles title with partner Eric Frueh and was named the 2010 Sports Illustrated Sports Kid of the Year, in a second-round match Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Nyla Beenk (Le Claire, Iowa), who won the US Open Northern qualifying event in 2012, 2013 Minnesota state champion Caitlyn Merzbacher (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and former Oklahoma All-American Heather Nobler (Lincoln, Neb.) are also strong contenders.

In the men’s draw, former Gopher player and current Ecuador Davis Cup player Andres Osorio (St. Paul, Minn.) leads a strong field. Osorio opens the tournament against Minnesota State Tournament Class A runner-up Toby Boyer (Ham Lake, Minn.) at 9 a.m. Other notable players participating starting Friday at 9 a.m. include current Notre Dame junior Wyatt McCoy (Shoreview, Minn.), current Gopher women’s coach Chuck Merzbacher (Eden Prairie, Minn.), former Gopher great Reven Stephens (St. Louis Park, Minn.), 2014 Minnesota state champion Charlie Adams (Wayzata, Minn.), 2013 North Dakota state champion Greg Wischer (Grand Forks, N.D.), 2014 National Clay Courts doubles and mixed doubles champion Zach Northey  (Lincoln, Neb.) and current Gopher Tucker Saxon (Dellwood, Minn.).

The mixed doubles division features Aney and partner Nick Crossley of Rochester, Minn. The duo advanced to the semifinals last year. Aney and Crossley would face another strong team in the semifinals in Nobler and Northey.

For complete draws and updated results, click here.
 

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