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Four remain for New Hampshire Open net crown

Sunday News Correspondent

July 20. 2014 12:39AM
Rising Dartmouth Junior Brendon Tannenbaum and Ethan Wilcox, an incoming freshman at Florida Southern College, squared off Saturday in one of the quarterfinal matches at the 33rd New Hampshire Open at Waterville Valley Tennis Center. Tannenbaum defeated Wilcox 6-0, 6-1 and faces Matt Kuhar, of Smithfield, RI, in one of this morning's semis. (John Koziol)

WATERVILLE VALLEY - Youth is being served, volleyed and occasionally lobbed at the 33rd New Hampshire Open, which continues todayat the Waterville Valley Tennis Center with a pair of semifinals featuring a young pro at the start of his career and three collegians, including one from Dartmouth.

The semis, which start at 9 a.m., feature top-seed Drew Van Ordelain, of East Hampton, Mass. playing No. 4 seed Matt Kuhar of Smithfield, R.I., and Brendon Tannenbaum, the fifth seed and a junior on the Dartmouth College team, against Sam Swank, the No. 2 seed from Bedford, N.Y., who plays tennis at the University of South Carolina.

Tannenbaum, who cruised past Ethan Wilcox of Skaneateles, N.Y., in one quarterfinal Saturday, 6-0, 6-1, said he likes his chances in the semifinals and to also win the overall singles and doubles titles.

Last season at Dartmouth, Tannenbaum, who calls Indianapolis home, said he was thrilled with how well he played at his first NH Open.

"This summer, I changed my toss around a little bit," said Tannenbaum, adding that, "for me, the serve sets up a lot of things."

While Tannenbaum and Wilcox are first-timers, this is Van Ordelain's third visit to the NH Open and he'd like to win a title.

Van Ordelain is from Easthampton, Mass. and at age 20, he is the only professional in today's semis, having just begun play on the tour where he is currently ranked No. 350 in the U.S.The tournament's No. 1 seed, Van Ordelain beat Ryan Bunis, of Groton, Mass., 6-2, 6-2 in a quarterfinal.

NH Open tournament director Tom Gross Jr. said conditions have been outstanding, although what was expected to be a field of 32 in the singles draw dropped to 29 after three players withdrew with injuries. Four teams entered the doubles competition, the finals of which will also be held today.

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