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Old 09-23-2012, 04:13 PM   #326
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Cal Perfect, USTA Juniors Hold Their Own at Audi Napa Valley Classic



USTA Team (l to r) Coach Brian Wilson, TJ Pura, Gage Brymer, Robbie Bellamy, Joe DiGiulio, Konrad Zieba, Deiton Baughman, Jack Murray, Coach Nick Fustar (not pictured: Henry Craig) photo courtesy Steve Pratt

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JUNIORS TAKE FIVE OF EIGHT MATCHES OVER
COLLEGE PLAYERS ON DAY 2 OF AUDI NAPA VALLEY CLASSIC
By Steve Pratt

ST. HELENA, Calif. , (Sept. 22, 2012) – It wasn’t that long ago that T.J. Pura wondered how he would ever be able to win a match against a college player.

Fast forward to Saturday, and that’s exactly what Pura did, beating Georgia’s Eric Diaz in three sets in one of five wins for the USTA Juniors against three defeats at the 12th Annual Audi Napa Valley Classic being played at the Meadowood Resort.

“It’s really cool being here,” said Pura, 17, of Pacific Palisades, Calif., who started and finished strong, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. “For a while when I would watch college guys I was like, ‘Oh, my God’ how can I compete at that level? It’s a different level but it’s one that I realize is attainable right now to compete with these guys, which is really cool. Because there was a time not long ago when I thought I’d never reach that level.”

Pura, who has committed to Duke and has recently been coached by former Texas A&M star Lester Cook, said energy was the key factor in pulling him through. “I was down an early break in the third set 2-0 but got one back and that just fired me up,” he said......
DAY 2: Saturday’s Singles Scores

Konrad Zieba (USTA) def. Daniel Ho (Stanford), 6-2, 6-0
Joseph DiGiulio (USTA) def. Sudawa Sitaram ( Texas ), 6-4, 6-3
John Morrissey (Stanford) def. Gage Brymer (USTA), 7-5, 1-6, 7-5
Ben Wagland ( Georgia ) def. Robbie Bellamy (USTA), 6-2, 6-4
T.J. Pura (USTA) def. Eric Diaz ( Georgia ), 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
Matt Kandath (Stanford) def. Henry Craig (USTA), 6-4, 6-1
Jack Murray (USTA), def. Casey MacMaster (Harvard), 6-3, 6-0
Deiton Baughman (USTA) def. Soren Hess Olesen ( Texas ), 6-1, 6-3
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