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Nevolo and Ahn Take Gold at USTA 18s Spring Nationals
by Colette Lewis
, 20 March 2008
For 18-year-old Dennis Nevolo, the third time in Mobile was the charm, while for 15-year-old Kristie Ahn, her first trip to the Spring 18s resulted in a national championship.
The second-seeded Nevolo, a 6-4, 6-3 winner over top seed Bradley Klahn
in last week's USTA Spring 18s Championship boys' final
, lost in the first round when he first took to the hard courts of the Mobile Tennis Center in 2006. Last year, he returned home to Gurnee, Ill., with a gold ball in doubles
(with Klahn) and a silver ball in singles.
When Ahn arrived in Mobile for the first time, the sixth seed wasn't even the top-ranked player from her home state of New Jersey - that honor belonged to top seed Christina McHale - but in the final, Ahn battled past No. 2 seed and 2007 finalist Lauren Embree 6-4, 6-3 to claim the singles title at the National Level 1 event.
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