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U.S. Claims Bonne Bell Cup

April 5, 2006 10:53 AM

The United States held off host Australia, 15-12, to capture the 20th annual Bonne Bell MCB Cup contested at the Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club in Melbourne, Australia. The Americans have claimed 17 of the 20 Bonne Bell Cup championships.

The event alternates countries each year and it is officially sanctioned by both nations.

This event is one of the many tournaments presented by the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation to further junior tennis development in the United States and around the world. The Bonne Bell MCB Cup match features the top six girls, aged 14-and-under, from the United States and Australia. Twenty-seven matches were played over three days.

Members of the victorious United States squad include: Ariel Caldwell (Stone Mountain, Georgia), Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Florida), Beatrice Capra (Ellicott City, Maryland), Nicole Gibbs (Shaker Heights, Ohio), Lauren Herring (Greenville, North Carolina), Erin Stephens (Santa Rosa Beach, Florida) and team captain Jean Desdunes (Key Biscayne, Florida).

Mia Vriens, Sabrina Xu, Elizabeth Searl, Rima Hamze, Cody Jai Morris, Isabella Louisa Holland and captain Kerry-Anne Guse-Abbott formed the Australian team.

The United States Tennis Association selects the USA team (along with the MCB Tennis Foundation) and Tennis Australia selects its team according to International Tennis Federation regulations.




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