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Georgia Champs at the Champions Club!

September 17, 2006 10:18 AM

The USTA Bullfrog Southern Team Championships came to a close Sunday as Team Georgia was crowned winners of the Gold Division. Every state brought the 'best of the best' to compete, but they were no match for Team Georgia who pulled off their 13th consecutive win!

Team Georgia

Players competed in singles, doubles and mixed doubles throughout the 3-day competition to claim their titles. Teams were made up of the top 14, 16 and 18 year-old players in the section with eighteen players represented from each of the 9 southern states. Awards were received for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in three divisions, gold, silver and bronze. Team’s North Carolina and Tennessee had a grudge match to determine 2nd and 3rd place in the gold division. In a huge final match North Carolina pulled out 6 doubles matches over Tennessee's 3 to capture 2nd place. The silver division teams were neck and neck until the final match on Sunday. Check out all the results below.

The weather was amazing for the entire weekend, temperatures stayed low and the sun was shining. All you need to do is walk around to notice that team spirit was everywhere you looked. The competition was tough and teams did everything they could to pump each other up and win. Sandy Hastings, Managing Director of Junior Competition for USTA Southern said, "It’s terrific for players to get a chance to compete together as a team, so often tennis is an individual sport. The USTA Southern Team Championships really gets the kids excited about playing and teaches valuable lessons about competition and sportsmanship."

DivisionTeam NameCoachesPlace
GoldGeorgiaSteve Pace and Derek Ameel1st
GoldNorth CarolinaJonathan Fralick and Duey Evans2nd
GoldTennesseeSue Bartlett and Rob Cameron3rd
SilverAlabamaJordan Fain and Khairy Wasfy1st
SilverSouth CarolinaJoey Eskridge and Rodney McAlister2nd
SilverKentuckyJoanne Moore and Sue Kline3rd
BronzeLouisianaRichard Verzaal and Mike Bryan1st
BronzeArkansasTeri Hennessy and Dominick Hinds2nd
BronzeMississippiScott Pennington and Neil Witherow3rd
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The USTA Bullfrog Southern Team Championships, formerly the Junior Davis/Fed Cup, was created to give juniors the opportunity to experience the thrill and camaraderie of tennis as a team sport. Hosted at the Champions Club in Chattanooga, TN, top players from each state in the Southern Section are invited to participate in this highly acclaimed event.

The 2006 tournament is presented by the USTA Southern Section in cooperation with strong local volunteer support. Chattem’s BullFrog Waterproof Sunblock is the presenting sponsor of the USTA Bullfrog Southern Team Championships. Dunlop is the official ball of the championships.




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