Joel Mast, a Fairfield seventh-grader, recently placed in the top eight in the USTA Midwest Level 3 tennis tournament at Grand Rapids, Mich.
Competing in the ages 12-and-under division, the ninth-seeded Mast had a first-round bye, then won each of his first three matches in straight sets, before falling 6-2, 6-3 in the quarterfinals to No. 5 seed Anish Middash of Midland, Mich.
To reach the quarters, Mast took out fourth-seeded Saketh Kamaraju of Freeport, Mich., 6-4, 6-4. He later added a consolation win over the 13th seed.
Mast is the younger brother of Fairfield High tennis standout Emily Mast.