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USTA Southern Takes Five Out of Six Places at the Girls' 14 National Championships

March 20, 2008 01:39 PM

USTA Southern players took second through sixth place at the 37th annual Maureen Connolly Brinker Girls' 14 National Championships at T-Bar-M Racquet Club in Dallas, Texas. Ellie Yates from Ridgeland, Mississippi 7-6(4), 6-0 was defeated by Blair Shankle (#1 seed) from Comfort, Texas in the finals. The event was held from Friday, March 14 through Sunday, March 16.

Shankle is the only young player to have won the “Little Mo” Nationals for four consecutive years as an 8,9,10, and 11 year old. She is currently ranked #19 in the United States in Girl’s 14.

Kirsten Lewis (Odenville, AL) defeated Mary Meyers (Shreveport, LA) for Third Place and Fourth Place 6-2, 6-2. Frances Altick (Monroe, LA) defeated Samantha Light (Cramerton, NC) for Fifth and Sixth Place 6-3, 6-2. In the Consolation Final, Nicole Robinson (W. Palm Beach, FL) defeated Makenzie Craft (Frisco, TX) 6-0, 6-1. The Sportsmanship Award was presented to Samantha Light (Cramerton, NC).

Invitations were sent to the top players who are 14 & under from each section of the USTA. This singles-only event is sanctioned by the USTA and is on the National Junior Tennis Schedule.

Carol Weyman, Executive Vice-President of the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation presented the trophies.

This is one of the many events the MCB Tennis Foundation organizes to promote junior tennis development. Maureen Connolly was the first woman to win the Grand Slam at 18 years of age in 1953. She is still the youngest and only American woman to win the Grand Slam.




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