Sunday May 19, 2013

Pittsfield native Scott Grunin has reached the national final in his division at the USA Racquetball Ektelon Nationals in Fullerton, Calif.

Grunin, who lives in Harwich, has won two matches in the Men's Age Singles 40+ A Division, and was scheduled to play in the championship match Saturday night. That match, against David Tedeschi of Santa Ana, Calif., had not ended as of press time Saturday. Grunin is the top seed in the division, with Tedeschi holding the No. 2 seed.

Grunin earned two straight-set victories in that division. In the quarterfinals, he defeated Chris Lawson 15-7, 15-5; in the semifinals, Grunin topped Loupe Chavez 15-12, 15-13.

In Grunin's other singles competition, he reached the quarterfinals of the Singles A Division before being eliminated. Grunin earned straight set wins in the rounds of 32 and 16 before losing 15-10, 10-15, 11-9 to Zachary Patterson of Tempe, Ariz.

Grunin is currently ranked No. 175 nationally in singles by USA Racquetball, according to the USAR website, and is the seventh-highest-ranked singles player in Massachusetts.