VENICE BEACH, Calif. -- The first title of the 2019 USHA National Junior 3-Wall Championships was decided on Friday afternoon. JJ Arellano and Freddy Reyes, Jr. met in the Boy's 13-Under A final as the sun began to set over the Pacific Ocean. Arellano started strong with a 21-16 win, but Reyes quickly turned the match's momentum, scoring in bunches with a three-wall z-serve. Down 20-15 and looking at a possible tiebreaker, Arellano chipped away at the lead, eventually scoring match point with a deep shot to the left corner.
In Boy's 19-Under action, Jonathan Gutierrez scored the first big upset, upending defending champion Jesus Mendez in the semifinals, 21-8, 21-13. Gutierrez made a point to keep his shots along with wall, driving his opponent back and off the court when making any returns.
Mendez acknowledged, "Playing small ball, [Gutierrez] had way more experience than me."
Gutierrez meets doubles partner Luis Mendez in tomorrow's 19-Under final. Mendez stopped David Sanchez in two games, 21-17, 21-8.
Once again, the Southern California Handball Association made sure every junior player had an abundance of hospitality on the second day. See Friday's draws and results HERE.