Grobben sixth in tournament |

Grobben sixth in tournament

Appeal News Service

Gabriel Grobben of Gardnerville cracked the top 10 at the recent Western Region Junior Tennis Championships held in San Diego, Calif.

Grobben played in the 11-year-old bracket and finished sixth in an event that attracted players from British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii at the 26-court George E. Barnes Tennis Center.

Grobben, who finished fifth last year, won five of his seven matches this time. His only losses came against the No. 2 seed and against the eventual third-place finisher.

His most memorable highlight during the high-calber tournament came during a match played on the stadium court against Northern Californian A.J. Arvin, a player who attained national recognition last year. Grobben rose to the challenge, blew out his opponent in the first set, 6-1, then toughed out a 6-4 win in the second set.

Grobben now intends to focus on an intensive training program to prepare for the Nor-Cal tournament circuit which gets under way in January.