Gervacio sisters cheer up home fans in Ozamiz

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014


AS THE 2004 Cebuana Lhuillier Age-Group tennis tournament swings off today at the Nazareth Lawn Tennis Club in Cagayan de Oro, at least the Gervacio sisters defended turf in the Ozamiz leg of the Dunlop Sports-backed summer spectacle concluded last Thursday.

In fact, Immaville Gervacio competes in the tough Cagayan de Oro leg, leaving a mark as the winningest player in the Ozamiz leg that attracted a total of 124 participants at the Ozamiz City Tennis Club.

Gervacio emerged double-title taker at the expense of local compatriots Lorraine Grace Barola and Mary Angelica Balatero whom she conquered in final scores of 6-3,6-3 and 6-3, 6-4 for the girls’ 16-under and 18-under titles.

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“We expect Immaville (Gervacio) and the rest of the Ozamiz leg winners to see action in the star-studded Cagayan de Oro leg where a stiff challenge awaits them. It’s a long-drawn tradition for the age-group tourney in the City of Golden Friendship as almost always the most exciting one in Northern Mindanao,” event organizer Mario Inguito Craiz, who is also an ITF officiating official, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro.

Gervacio’s younger sister Carmeville worked hard to outlast fellow Ozamiz bet Jan Marie Anghag, 3-6, 6-4, 10-8 for the 14-under girls crown.

The Gervacios’ feats were almost duplicated by the Balatero siblings when Jeff trounced Mark Ivan Malinis of Maramag, Bukidnon, 6-4,6-4 for the 16-under boys plum and Ashley subdued younger sister Ulliez Abby to capture the 12-under girls plum.

This, as Lanao Norte sensation Brent Signmond Cortes sustained his unisex 10-under dominance in Iligan, Marawi and Tubod by edging Ashton Benne Villanueva of Ozamiz, 4-5 (7), 5-4 (7), 4-1 in the well-attended Ozamiz leg.

Richard Bautista of Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte, Duma Hakim Boloto of MSU, Marawi and Francis Dominic Lanzado of Tangub also kept on winning in their respective brackets.

Bautista got the better of fellow Lanao hopeful Jed Lander Las Pinas, 6-3, 6-2 in the 12-under boys finals. Boloto proved too superior over Prince Cris Magadan of Tudela, Misamis Oriental, 6-2, 6-2 in their fight for the 14-under boys title. While the Cebuana Lhuillier tourney’s ace campaigner Lanzado essayed a 6-2,6-2 conquest of Jeff Balatero for the premier 18-under boys diadem.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on April 22, 2014.

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