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USTA Southern Jr. Team Tennis Winners Advance to National Championships

August 19, 2007 04:49 AM

Six teams were named USTA Southern Section Jr. Team Tennis Champions today at the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala. The Section Champions in the 14 and under Intermediate and Advanced division will travel to Tuscon, AZ, October 11-14, 2007 to compete in the National Championships. The National Championships for the 18 under Intermediate and Advanced divisions will be held in Tuscon, AZ, October 26-28, 2007.




12 and under

Canton, GA
captain: Elaine Eternod

Knoxville, TN
captain: Jim Frederick

12 and under

Lilburn, GA
captain: Ann Crist

Shreveport, LA
captain: Donna Bryan

14 and under

Alpharetta, GA
captain: Jill Connor

Lexington, SC
captain: Ginger Pickens

14 and under

Matthews, NC
captain: Robby Edge

Greenville, SC
captain: Mark Pearce

18 and under

Columbia, SC
captain: Gary Kocher

Charlotte, NC
captain: Robby Edge

18 and under

Columbia, SC
captain: Douglas Snyder

Atlanta, GA
captain: Michelle Ruby

Click here for champions and finalist pictures.

This year's event drew the top teams from throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The teams, which represent various clubs, parks, recreational departments and organizations, have finished at the top of their local leagues and are now vying for a chance to represent the USTA Southern Section at the USTA Jr. Team Tennis National Championships.

Matches were played at the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, AL which was the official headquarters for the USTA Southern Section Jr. Team Championships. Team rosters consisted of at least 3 girls and 3 boys who competed in Boy's and Girl's Singles, Boy's and Girl's Doubles, and Mixed Doubles.

USTA Jr. Team Tennis is a multi-week program of team practice and match play for boys and girls, ages 6 to 18, who want to play tennis on teams. Teams are comprised of players of similar age and skill, and they compete against other teams from the same geographic region in one of four league divisions: 10 & under, 12 & under, 14 & under or 18 & under. Parents serve as organizers, team coaches and captains and are vital to the success of the program.

In non-elimination round robin draws, two groups of five teams competed in round robin play with the winner of each group advancing to the finals based on total games won.

USTA Jr. Team Tennis is team tennis concept that emphasizes fun, fitness, and friends. Competitions are held for intermediate and advanced players in three age divisions: 12 and under, 14 and under and 18 and under. Players in all three divisions have opportunity to advance to section competition and players in the 14 and under division and 18 and under may qualify for the National Championships.

The Championships introduce young players to competition in which competitive stress is minimized and competitive learning opportunities are maximized. The Championship Events are also designed to: (1) provide a competitive opportunity for maximizing each player's physical and emotional development, (2) promote the spirit of competition and camaraderie which will enhance and strengthen a player's self-esteem (3) provide a national competition climate that focuses more on personal development and less on competitive outcomes.

Founded in 1881, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in this country. In addition to owning the US Open and selecting members of the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic teams, the USTA administers a variety of programs nationwide for players of all ages and ability levels. A not-for-profit organization, the association is divided into 17 sections, of which the USTA Southern Section is the largest. The 165,000 USTA members living in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee make up the USTA Southern Section, and account for approximately 25% of the total USTA membership. A professional staff housed in Norcross, GA carries out the USTA Southern Sections daily operations, but policy is formed and much of the organizations work is executed via a Board and committee structure of over 200 volunteers. For more information about the types of programs and services offered by the USTA Southern Section visit www.southerntennis.com.




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