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Southern Teams Fare Well at USA Team Tennis Regional Championships

October 7, 2003 04:16 PM

Da-Murf, a 14 & under Stripes (3.5 and above) team from Murfreesboro, TN, overcame a final round loss to win the USA Team Tennis Southeast Regional Championships at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach, FL on Sunday.

“This has to be one of the wildest finishes in the history of this event,” said Hunter Hines, USA Team Tennis Manager from the USTA Southern Section. “The scoring is set up so that even if you lose a match, you are never out of the running, and that really proved to be true today.”

Da-Murf, led by team captain Julie Wishing and coached by Joey Hall, plays out of the Racquet Club of Murfreesboro. Team members include Kyle Wishing, Chris Hale, Casey Edwards, David Melvin, Kelly Gray, Hayley Edwards, Currant Scruggs, and Caroline Denton.

The team was making their first appearance at the USA Team Tennis Southeast Regional Championships. Entering the final round of round-robin play, Da-Murf led The Stunnas, of Charlotte, NC, by three points. The two teams went head to head in the final round, and although The Stunnas came away with a 27-25 victory, it was not enough to take home the Championship. Da-Murf still led the overall point standings by one point, finishing with 163 points to The Stunnas 162, thanks to a match tiebreak victory by Edwards and Denton in the girls’ doubles.

Da-Murf faced The Stunnas in August at the Southern Sectional Championships at the Champions Club in Chattanooga, finishing second by a total of three games. The top two teams from that event qualified for the Regional Championships.

“The kids did great. This is a great team event, and they played really hard,” said Da-Murf Coach Joey Hall. “They were eager to play the Charlotte team again, especially since they had beaten us last year and again earlier this year. I’m really happy for them.”

Southern teams fared well in the Stars Division (3.0 and below) too, claiming two of the top three spots in the final standings. The Oconee Aces, from Athens, GA took second, while the Summit Chase SWATS, from Snellville, GA, took third place. It was a three horse race between the two Georgia teams and the Texas Stars heading into the final round. The SWATS and Aces played each other in the final round, with the Aces emerging victorious 27-25. It was not enough, however, as the Texas Stars took the title by two points.

The event featured the top four teams from each of the Texas and Florida Sections of the USTA, as well as the nine-state USTA Southern Section. Each team match consisted of boys’ and girls’ singles, boys’ and girls’ doubles, and a mixed doubles match. Teams received one point per game won, and final standings were based on the point totals from all matches played.




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