STOCKTON — Union Mine’s Spencer McClain won two matches at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III individual section singles tournament at Oak Park Racquet Club, defeating Derrick Witt (Southern League No. 1) 6-2, 6-1 and Mykaiah Clermont (Golden Empire League No. 1) 6-3, 7-5 on Thursday.
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In playing his most consistent tennis of the year to get to the semifinals, the Diamondback junior relied on his big first serve and his driving forehand to control those matches.
In the semifinal, McClain faced off against the tournament’s No. 2 seed, Andrew Carducci (Pioneer Valley League No. 1). He battled to win the first set 6-4 before Carducci adjusted tactics in the last two sets in going to a more conservative style of play to avoid McClain’s forehand. McClain played tough — losing three deuce games in the third set — but did not do enough to pull off the upset losing 1-6, 2-6.
McClainr was awarded third place when his next opponent defaulted the match due to health issues.
“Spencer played an outstanding section tournament to cap off a solid junior season. As successful as he was, he still has room for growth. I’m anxious to see his game after he has another off season to improve his play. I fully expect he will make a return trip to the tourney next year,” Union Mine coach Chris Schnaidt said.