By Josh Brown
TROY — Philip Brumbaugh and Ashley Wallace both won singles titles and were part of the champion doubles teams.
Ian Stutz lost to his doubles partners in singles for the second straight year, only to win the doubles crown again.
In the end, all of the champions were crowned at the Thomas Frydell Memorial Junior Tennis Tournament during a jam-packed day of tennis Friday at Troy Community Park, with one backdraw match still slated for today.
Philip Brumbaugh — one of three Brumbaughs still playing on Friday — defeated Andrew Correll 6-2, 6-3 in the boys 18u singles final, then he teamed up with Ian Stutz in the 18u doubles bracket and won that title, too, defeating Nathan Kleptz and Nick Brumbaugh 6-0, 6-1.
“I feel pretty good,” Philip Brumbaugh said. “It was good competition, played some good tennis. It (playing in summer tournaments) is what keeps you going, how you get experience in match play.”
Philip Brumbaugh, who played his first season for Milton-Union High School in the spring, had already beaten Troy High School’s Stutz in the singles bracket coming into Friday’s play. But the duo teamed up in doubles play and won that title, too. Last year, Stutz lost to doubles teammate Matt Alexander in the singles finals, but they paired up to win the doubles championship.
“I’m good at doubles,” Stutz said with a chuckle. “I’m a doubles player.”
With a lack of doubles teams in the tournament, though, all of the 14u and 18u teams ended up in the same bracket. Stutz and Philip Brumbaugh ended up facing a significantly younger team in Kleptz and Nick Brumbaugh — Philip’s younger brother. But while the younger duo was outmatched and outgunned, they still kept their spirits high.
“It was kind of scary,” Nick Brumbaugh said of having to face his older brother. “I was pretty nervous.”
“Coming in, we both pretty much thought we were going to lose,” Kleptz said. “So we just came out looking to have fun. I’ve know both of them for a long time, so it was fun to play them.”
And after the veteran team won the first set 6-0, Kleptz and Nick Brumbaugh put together a solid game early in the second set and won a game — and even pushed the next one to deuce before Philip Brumbaugh and Stutz took control. Either way, both teams left the court feeling like winners.
“I think that (winning a game) counted as a win for us,” Kleptz said.
Kleptz had a busy day, defeating Nathan Brumbaugh in a tough three-set boys 14u semifinal singles match 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. After playing the doubles match, he took on doubles teammate Nick Brumbaugh in the 14u final — and won that match 7-5, 6-3 to take the title.
The boys 18u singles backdraw featured the longest match of the tournament, as Craig Manges outlasted Noah Haupt for a 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-4 victory that took two hours and 32 minutes to put into the books.
In the boys 14u singles backdraw, Jackson Goodall defeated Kellen Glover in a semifinal match, winning 6-1, 6-2. But in the consolation final, Jamey Boezi defeated Goodall 6-3, 6-3.
In the boys 18u doubles consolation match, Manges and Haupt teamed up to defeat Boezi and Anoop Patel 6-1, 6-0.
On the girls’ side of the tournament, Kenton Ridge’s Ashley Wallace pulled the same double that Philip Brumbaugh did on the boys’ side. Wallace defeated Ashley Wombold — who had won the 14u singles title last year — 6-0, 6-1 in the girls 18u singles final. She then teamed up with Carlie Castiaux in the girls 18u doubles bracket, and the duo won that championship 6-0, 6-0 over Jordan Jones and Sophia McDowell.
McDowell still picked up a championship of her own, though, winning the girls 14u singles title with a 6-0, 7-5 victory over Emma Kazmaier.
In the girls 14u backdraw, Shelby Mathes defeated Molly Pawlaczyk 6-0, 6-1. And in an 18u doubles round-robin match, Allison Sigler and Hannah Frasco defeated Ashley Bruns and Sierra Verstraten 6-4, 7-6 (2).
One match remains to be played today, the girls 18u backdraw final. Verstraten and Sigler will face off at 10 a.m. today.
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