Tough breaks at Intermountain Memorial Day Championship tournament


— It turned out to be one of those days for Jamey Swiggart.

He struggled with his serve.

Balls he normally would have smashed somehow found their way out.

And an opponent he easily beat in a sectional tournament last summer, found a way to beat Swiggart 6-1, 6-3, squashing any hopes Swiggart had of taking first place in the 2007 Intermountain 12 & Under Memorial Day Championship.

"I just need to get more points in," Swiggart said shortly after losing to Spencer Weinberg in the semifinals. "It's tough, but for the most part I'm pleased with the way I played."

After Swiggart beat John Nelson 6-2, 6-2, in the quarterfinals, it set up the match with the second-seeded Weinberg.

In the first set Weinberg jumped out to 3-0 lead before finally finishing Swiggart off 6-1.

"It's tough playing from behind," Swiggart said.

In the second set it looked like the match was headed for a three set classic as Swiggart took a 3-1 lead. Then in the fifth game Swiggart led 40-15 before Weinberg fought his way back and eventually won 6-3.

"The last time I played him I crushed him," Swiggart said. "The last time I took advantage. This time I guess I didn't."

Callum Richman, who was playing in his first tournament, lost both his games Sunday.

In his first match, he fell to David Mitchell 7-5, 6-0 and then to 6-0, 6-0 in his second match of the day.

"I thought I played pretty well," Richman said. "The wind was blowing and messing up the balls, and I had a few too many unforced errors."

Despite the two losses, Richman said he came away from his first tournament with only good experiences.

"It's really fun," he said. "I met a lot of people. I'd really like to play more tournaments."

It wasn't all bad news for Swiggart as he and his doubles partner - Hunter Lacoture - won the Boys Doubles Championships.

Swiggart plays at 9:30 a.m. today against Eli Winegardner of Boulder for third place. Richman and Kate Cooper play playoff matches at 11:00 a.m.


jwoodsoil 9 years, 10 months ago

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