Powerade challenge 2014 seeded bets advance

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Sunday, August 31, 2014


HONGKONG ITF Juniors champion Dave Sebastian Mosqueda and fellow seeded bets hold ground in the Powerade Tennis Challenge 2014 which comes to a close here today at the Nazareth Lawn Tennis Club in Barangay Nazareth.

With intermittent rain disrupting the scheduled matches, less than half the number of the solid picks have reached the semifinals with Immaville Gervacio being the lone finalist so far in 18-under girls division, as of 4 p.m. Sunday.

The Ozamiz City pride Gervacio, who earlier yielded to Mary Aubrey Calma in their 16-under quarterfinals tiff, made it to the finals after a crushing victory over Dannie Mae Suraniog, 6-4,6-0.

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Gervacio expects a tough challenge either from Dave’s younger sister Anjelica Devi Mosqueda or the top-seeded Janelle Carmela Llavore.

“Instead Sunday lang taman, ugma (Monday) pa gyod `ni mahuman kay danlog ang korte sa tuhik-tuhik nga ulan,” tournament organizer Mario Inguito Craiz told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro.

The older Mosqueda of Cagayan de Oro, who is studying now at Pro Integrated School (ProIS) in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental, bested Sohaimen Mama of Marawi City, 6-3, 6-3 to become the hands-down favorite to rule in the premier 18-under boys bracket.

This, as Xavier University High School standout Audan Aaron Paduganan of Tagoloan hardly broke a sweat in disposing of Jenkin Paolo Montejo, 6-2, 6-1 in 16-under boys quarterfinals.

For the umpteenth time, Duma Hakim Boloto of Marawi and Clyde Mari Casiño of Cagayan de Oro are deemed to dispute anew the 14-under boys title, even as Oroquieta hopeful Jude Russel Abelo moved to the 12-under boys semifinals after a convincing 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Axel Apat of Molave, Zamboanga del Sur.

“Pero kining unisex 10-under category gyod ang kulbahinam kay alive pa ang upat ka banggiitan nga posible aduna pay mo-challenge sa ila sa 12-under boys crown,” said the Nazareth Lawn Tennis Club’s conditioning coach Marlon “Pinggoy” Castro, referring to the foursome of Rupert Ohrelle Tortal of Surigao, Prince Najeeb Langitao of Marawi and Lanao Norte compatriots Brent Signmond Cortes and Aston Benne Villanueva.
Tortal was the first to advance, however, after a 6-1, 6-0 rout of Kurt Bandolis from Tubod, Lanao del Norte.

In the distaff side, homecourt darling Gennifer Lysandra Pagente of Corpus Christi School whitewashed Jessa Mae Tuba, 6-3, 6-3 to face the equally-strong Calma in the semifinals.

Calma won over Jan Marie Anghag, as well as Merkisslyn Ubay-Ubay against Andrea Nicole Gatchalian, 6-3, 6-1 in the other half of the quarterfinal matches.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 01, 2014.

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