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Southern Section Juniors Shine at Easter Bowl

April 25, 2007 03:17 PM

The Southern Section had a talented showing of junior tennis last week in Rancho Mirage, CA at the Easter Bowl, the USTA National Spring Championships. Several members won titles in singles and doubles action of the girls and boys divisions.

In the Girls 14s, Lauren Herring of Greenville, NC walked away with both a singles and doubles championship. Herring defeated Lauren Davis of Ohio, 6-4, 6-0, and after pairing with fellow Southern member Grace Min of Atlanta, grabbed the doubles title by the same score. They defeated the duo of Noel Scott of Baltimore, MD and Erin Stephen of Rosa Beach, FL.

Herring, unseeded in singles and the third seed with Min, had taken an 11 month break from tournament action due to injury before returning about four months ago. “I definitely didn’t expect to get this far, but I’ll definitely take it,” Herring said of her titles. Her coach, Mark Trail, added, “Lauren is an amazing athlete and she proved it by winning her sixth gold ball at the Easter Bowl. It's so gratifying to me to see her turn her career around after her serious knee injury. It is unbelievable she would win both singles and doubles at the Easter Bowl in just four months after not being able to walk.”

Also grabbing an Easter Bowl doubles title was Mallory Cecil from Spartanberg, SC. She teamed up with Kristy Frilling of Sidney, Ohio to make the fourth seeded duo of the Girls 18s. They took the championship after a 7-6, 6-3 victory over the tandem of Kansas native Chloe Jones and Asia Muhammad of Nevada.

In Boys 18s, fifth seeded Rhyne Williams of Knoxville, TN upset the third seed, Johnny Hamui of Wesley Chapel, FL, 6-4, 6-2 to win the singles title. In doubles, Devin Britton of Jackson, MS and Duluth, GA native Bradley Cox (8) teamed together and upset the 2006 US Open doubles finalists and third seeded duo of Georgian Jarmere Jenkins and Austin Krajicek of Florida in three sets, 2-6, 6-3,7-6(3).

Bo Seal from Chattanooga, TN was the finalist of the Boys 16s singles and doubles with partner Ryan Noble of Fayetteville, NC. In singles, top-seeded Seal faced off against unseeded Lawrence Formentra who was on an incredible run, defeating the second and third seeds going in to the final. Heading into the match, Seal expected a challenge as he stated, “We’ve played three or four times, but he’s been playing up in the 18s. I’ll have to play great tennis to beat him.” Great tennis is exactly what spectators got as Formentra and Seal traded points from the baseline before Formentra pulled away in the third set tiebreak for the 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (4) victory.




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