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Qualifying complete

[1] Cameron Seth (CAN) bt [L] Lawrence Kuhn (RSA) 10-12, 7-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-7 (79m) – plays Leonel Cardenas (MEX)
Mario Yanez (MEX) bt Jacob Bassil (LIB) 11-6, 11-5, 11-6 (35m) – plays Ashley Davies (ENG)
[L] Tomotaka Endo (USA) bt [L] Ricardo Lopez (MEX) 11-8, 10-12, 12-10, 11-7 (54m) – plays Faraz Khan (USA)
[2] Hugo Varela (ESP) bt [7] Brock Janzer (CAN) 11-0, 11-1, 11-4 (27m) – plays Bernat Jaume (ESP)

Match report by “Warm Buns”
The action of the Rochester ProAm qualifiers would continue at Genesee Valley Club in Rochester, New York. The second round of the qualifiers had four great matches with the winners advancing to the main draw.
The first match of the day saw University of Rochester’s number three player, Lawrence Kuhn, pitted up against Canadian, Cameron Seth. Kuhn would apply high pressure using his fundamentals in the first two games, winning both games 10-12 and 7-11. However, Seth would weather the storm in the latter half of the match, and turned the match on its head. Seth would
eventually take the match in five games: 10-12, 7-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-7. The second contest on Court Two was between the University of Rochester’s assistant coach, Mario Yanez, against an emerging player, Jacob Bassil. Throughout the match, Yanez would use a variety of shots to work the young player into all four corners. Yanez’s working shots would
prove too much for Bassil. Yanez would advance to the main draw in three games with a score of 11-6, 11-5, and 11-6.
The third match came on after the Yanez-Bassil match, and was a contest between Spaniard, Hugo Varela, and Canadian, Brock Janzer. Janzer would put up a fight against the second seed of the qualifiers; however, Varela remained unfazed throughout the whole match. Varela would then proceed to dispatch his Canadian opponent in three games: 11-0, 11-1, 11-4.

The final match of the day was between two University of Rochester squash teammates- the number two from Japan, Tomotaka Endo, and the number three from Mexico, Ricardo Lopez. The match was played in front of a relatively packed crowd comprising of University of Rochester teammates and Genesee Valley Club members. Endo would win the first game 11-8, but the workhorse in Lopez would use his grit and grind out the second game 10-12. However, Endo would ramp up the pace of the game to move ahead of his teammate in four games: 11-8,
10-12, 12-10, 11-7.

Meanwhile visiting pros Bernat Jaume and Alejandro Reyes gave the local juniors and adults/sponsors alike quite a show at a series of lessons as well as an exhibition match at Midtown Athletic Club as part of the tournament’s proceedings.
(Photos by Bill Lampeter)

Posted in 2018
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