YMCA Men's Singles
Bklyn NY 4/13/03
by Ben Brettner
One familiar and one new face were the stories of the 2003 YMCA Menís Singles. Cesar Sala bested Robert Sostre 25-21, but Jonathan Lee stole the show when he knocked out the number one seed, Joe Kaplan. Kaplan had moved into a new house on the previous day. While he felt fine before the match, his body started showing the effects once the match began. Lee impressed the
crowd with his serve and kill shots. The spectators made a mental note to remember the young man's
name, despite his 25-8 quarterfinal loss to Willie Polanco.
Cesar Sala survived a comeback by Kendell Lewis, who had tied the score
at 17 all, to earn a 25-17
victory and then handled a tired Polanco in the semifinals, 25-4. Meanwhile
Robert Sostre defeated the
multi-talented Albert Apuzzi 25-8. Apuzzi, coming off a successful indoor
season where he and Polanco
captured the HES & YMCA doubles back-to-back, wasn't looking sharp
for singles play yet. 2002
National Champion PeeWee Castro beat Francisco Carbuccia by a respectable
The win matched Castro against Sostre in the semifinal. Sala said he
expected to face Castro in the finals and was preparing himself mentally for Castro’s tough serve. Sostre started out gaining a 10-point
cushion, but Castro closed the gap to 14-16. At this point Sostre regained
the momentum and ended the match 25-17.
Two well-matched athletes with a friendly rivalry and similar styles
were now slated to square off in the finals. Capitalizing on his opponent’s early season mistakes and
making quality serves resulted in a hard
fought 25-21 win for Sala over an obviously fatigued Sostre.
Sala was jubilant after capturing his first singles tournament in a
year, and said that he is dedicating
himself to recapturing the National title. His latest performance shows
that he is the man to beat in 2003.
Cash awards were split between the top four places. Thanks to Artie
Fuchs for serving as the site
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