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David Fink was aiming for his second ValeU Group 1-Wall Small Ball pro singles title of the summer (RFC 11/July), while Leo Canales, Jr. was shooting for an indoor/outdoor Tucson slam.
Fink cruised to the final in the upper bracket, knocking out Juarez’ Victor Sanchez and Drft Fernandez.
Ruiz appeared to be on his way to forcing a tiebreaker, leading 14-12 and in control. Canales earned a side out and much like game one, took his game to another level, making acrobatic retrieves, off-balance kills, and scoop re kills to win in overtime.
Canales started well in the final, taking a 5-0 lead on Fink. Fink surged, hitting a short-angled power serve to the left and sneaking serves to the right and following up the serve with hard angle kills. Fink scored 30 of the last 32 points of the match, overwhelming Canales and keeping his ValeU Group unbeaten streak intact.
“I’m going for the ValeU Group slam in Vegas later this month, also known as the ValeU Triple Crown,” stated a confident Fink.
Canales, Jr. def Ruiz 15-11, 16-14
Final: Fink def Canales, Jr. 15-7, 15-2
Fink and Ruiz represented Tucson, while Canales, Jr. and Fernandez represented Juarez in a 1-Wall Small Ball Manning Cap. Team Tucson dominated their Southwest rivals, at one point leading 19-4 in the one-game match to 21. “It’s hard to win playing three on one,” lamented Canales, Jr. Team Tucson took the Manning Cup decisively, 21-9.
Thank you to the ValeU Group , the WPH, and Khalsa School for an outstanding 1-Wall Small Ball singles.
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