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Awards & Achievements, December 2009

November 5, 2009 12:01 PM

Southern players and organizations are constantly making their mark in the world of tennis. Here's a list of recent awards, achievements and news in December 2009.

Newspaper names Britton Sportsman of the Year
Devin Britton, who became the first freshman to win the NCAA Division I singles title, was named The Clarion-Ledger's 2009 Sports Person of the Year. The Jackson, Miss. newspaper selected Britton, who played for Ole Miss and lives in Brandon, Miss.

Sports writer Kareem Copeland wrote: "He won a national title, cracked jokes with one of America's most popular comedians, broke the serve of the world's top player and now has his own line of shoes. 2009 was not a bad time for Devin Britton."

Click for the complete story.

Paul Scarpa (on right).

Smith, Scarpa named to South Carolina athletic hall
Stan Smith, winner at Wimbledon and the US Open, and longtime Furman tennis coach Paul Scarpa will be inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.

Stan Smith, winner at Wimbledon and the US Open, and longtime Furman tennis coach Paul Scarpa will be inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.

Smith, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., won the 1971 Open singles and '72 Wimbledon singles, as well as 54 doubles championships, including five Grand Slams, with partner Bob Lutz. Smith play  Davis Cup 10 times and was a three-time All-American at Southern California. Smith became Sea Pines Racquet Club touring pro early the the resort's sports development and currently has the Smith Stearns Academy there. He has served in various USTA National coaching capacities where he continues active. 

Scarpa is the winningest active Division-I head coach in the United States with 835 wins. He has coached at Furman for 43 years and won 14 Southern Conference titles. Smith and Scarpa are members of the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame, being inducted in 1985 and 1986, respectively.

Southern juniors shine at Orange Bowl
Led by Hunter Harrington's win in boys 16 doubles with Mitchell Kreuger from Texas, juniors from the south had a great showing at the Dunlop Orange Bowl in Key Biscayne, Fla. Harrington hails from Spartanburg, S.C. Caitlyn Williams from Tennessee reached the finals of girls 16 doubles with partner Breanna Addison, of Florida.

Other results were:
Catherine Harrison, Tennessee: semis of Girls' 16 singles
Harrison Richmond, South Carolina: semis of Boys' 16 singles
Molly O'Koniewski, South Carolina:  quarters of Girls'16 singles    
Hunter Harrington, South Carolina:  quarters of Boys' 16 singles
Vicky Duval, Georgia:  quarters of Girls' 16 singles
Terrell Celestine, Georgia:  rd of 16 Boys' 16 singles
Caitlyn Williams, Tennessee:  rd of 16 Girls' 16 singles
Mia King, North Carolina and Taylor Girls' , Georgia:  semis of Girls' 16 doubles
Vicky Duval, Georgia and Catherine Harrison, Tennessee:  quarters of Girls' 16 doubles

Quigley among three Southern college players who won international collegiate competition in France

 Infinite Energy Atlanta Challenge December 2009
Irini Falconi waves at an exhibition in Atlanta, Ga.
Irini Falconi of Georgia Tech led the United States to a 4-3 victory over France to win the 2009 Master'U BNP Paribas, international collegiate competition in Poitiers, France, that ended Dec. 13. The University of Kentucky’s Eric Quigley, of Peewee Valley, Ky., and Tennessee's Caitlin Whoriskey also won matches in the final.

Click here Falconi’s blog from France. A photo gallery is available here.

Here are the results in the last two days of competition.

Day 3 Results: Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009
USA 4, France 3

Women’s Singles
#1 Irina Falconi def. Nathalie Piquion 6-2, 6-2
#2 Manon Garcia def. Caitlin Whoriskey 7-6, 6-4

Men’s Singles
#1 Dorian Descloix def. Steve Johnson 6-2, 6-7, 7-6
#2 Maxime Quinqueneau def. Austin Krajicek 7-6, 6-3

Women’s Doubles
Falconi/Whoriskey def. Garcia/Fanny Fracassi 6-3, 6-2

Men’s Doubles
Johnson/Krajicek def. Descloiz/Elie Rousset 6-4, 6-4

Mixed Doubles
Kristy Frilling/Eric Quigley def. Piquion/Quinqueneau 6-4, 6-2

For complete results, click here.

The event will featured eight teams composed of college and university players from around the world. The U.S. competed for the second consecutive year against a talented field that includes teams from Belgium, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland and Mexico. The teams will compete in a best-of-seven format consisting of two men’s and two women’s singles matches, one men’s and one women’s doubles match, and one mixed doubles match.

Harrington wins Eddie Herr Boyrs' 16s
Spartanburg, S.C.’s Hunter Harrington outplayed countryman and training partner Alexios Halebian 6-2, 6-4 to win the B16s singles championship at the Eddie Herr International tournament in Bradenton, Fla. Harrington was seeded no. 7.

“This is the biggest win I’ve ever had. It’s an honor to win this tournament,” Harrington said. Both players train together at the USTA Training Center and play each other regularly.

Two Southerners reached the finals. Brit Luke Bambridge has claimed the 14U title after a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Thai Kwiatkowski, of Charlotte, N.C. Sacha Vickery, seeded No. 1, regrouped after losing the first set to emerge victorious over the fifth-seed Caitlyn Williams, of Knoxville, Tenn., 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 to earn the G16s singles crown.




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