Revenge-seeking Tortal, Casiño lead winning cast

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Friday, April 25, 2014


IT SEEMS the Nazareth Lawn Tennis Club is destined a place to carve a perfect plot for revenge.

Seeded bets Rupert Ohrelle Tortal of Surigao City and Clyde Marie Casiño II of Cagayan de Oro, who never had the chance to shine in the previous four legs, were finally vindicated in the Cagayan de Oro leg of the 2014 Cebuana Lhuillier Age-Group Tennis Tournament concluded on Thursday at the Nazareth Lawn Tennis Club.

Playing with improved timing this time around, Tortal dominated Prince Najeeb Langitao of MSU, Marawi in the semifinals, 4-1, 4-0 then went to super tiebreak to put an end to the title-streak of Brent Signmond Cortes of Tubod, Lanao del Norte, 4-2, 1-4, 4-1 in the unisex 10-under class.

Tortal, who was finally reunited here with his coach Alein “Bebot” Sanchez, yielded both to Cortes and Langitao in the Northern Mindanao series’ first four legs in Iligan, Marawi, Tubod and Ozamiz all won by Cortes in convincing manner.

“Wala man gud si coach B (Sanchez) kami-kami lang dadto and he appeared meek and very friendly to his tennis rivals. Mao nga dire (Oro leg), gina-encourage nako siya to play with seriousness kay gasto layo baya kaayo ang Surigao,” Rupert’s mom Ann Tortal told this writer.

Tortal easily took the first set, 4-2, but lowered his guard in the next set to his tennis mentor’s bewilderment.

“After winning 4-2, it’s hard to figure out nga makulata siya at 4-1 in the next set. That’s the time when I stepped up and offered him (Tortal) positive tips. Motivation raman gyod ang kulang sa iya,” Sanchez told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro.

Home pride Casiño was also the whipping boy of his new-found friend Duma Hakim Boloto from MSU, Marawi in four-straight legs until his impressive win here (6-4, 6-1) in the 14-under boys finals.

“My hats off to Clyde who was the better player here. Of course, he had the homecourt advantage and nice gyod iyang play sa among match,” acknowledged Boloto, who wants to enrol in first year high school this coming June at Corpus Christi.

Reigning Cebuana Lhuillier netfest MVP Francis Dominic Lanzado of Tangub City was in his usual element, showing strong points in almost all facets of his play to take the starch out of Allen Gerry Manlangit of Iligan, 6-2, 6-0 in the premier 18-under boys finals.

“Daghan mag wonder why he becomes a good tennis player kay didto sa Tangub walay iyang ka level nga madula-dula n’ya permi,” event organizer Mario Inguito Craiz said of the multi-titled Lanzado, who just graduated in high school and is deemed to join the UST (University of Santo Tomas) Growling Tigers senior varsity team this year for the UAAP Games.

Manlangit, however, held his grown in the 16-under boys finals winning by rout over Auden Paduganan, 6-2, 6-2. While Richard Bautista of Kapatagan repeated over Lanao Norte compatriot Cortes in semifinals, 6-2, 6-4 and continued his own title streak in 12-under boys division after a 6-0, 6-3 conquest of Harvey Madridano.

Homegrown favorite Janelle Carmela Llavore, who is only 14, emerged as the winningest Oro leg campaigner, snaring both the 16-under girls crown (6-2, 6-3 over fellow Oro bet Gennifer Lysandra Pagente) and 18-under girls jewel (6-0, 6-0 against Blessy Martinez).

“We still have time to join the next leg in Camiguin before `mi moapas sa Palaro in Laguna province. Mao na kining age-group tourney sa Cebuana Lhuillier iyang tune-up games for this year’s Palarong Pambansa,” said JC’s father and coach Jonelle Llavore.

Ozamiz hopeful Carmeville Gervacio needed just two sets to defeat Jan Marie Anghag, 6-2, 7-5 for the 14-under girls plum.

The 12-under girls title went to Nicole Pabillore Gatchalian, grand daughter of Cagayan de Oro’s basketball icon Mario Pabillore.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on April 26, 2014.

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