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USTA Southern wins World TeamTennis Junior Nationals

August 21, 2007 03:55 PM

USTA Southern Super South won the 2007 World TeamTennis Junior Nationals presented by Advanta with a 38-29 win over the Jack Kramer Club Legends of Rolling Hills, Calif., this weekend at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, Calif. USTA Southern, with players from North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee, were undefeated during the three-day national junior invitational co-ed WTT event.

USTA Southern posted a 3-0 record in round robin action to advance to the semifinals where they topped USTA Southwest Sweetness, representing Arizona and New Mexico, 45-21. It was a battle of undefeated teams in the championship match as the Jack Kramer Club advanced with a perfect record after their 47-26 semifinal win over USTA Intermountain Maroon 6, featuring players from Colorado, Utah and Iowa.

USTA Southern Super South included Kelly Irving of Knoxville, Tenn.; Caroline Newman of Greensboro, N.C.; Shannon Betts of Newman, Ga.; Michael Browder of Newman, Ga.; Taylor Patrick of Knoxville, Tenn.; and John Harden of Atlanta, Ga. Scott Patrick, Director of Tennis at the Knoxville Racquet Club, served as the coach for Team Southern. Charla Patrick was the team chaperon.

The WTT Junior Nationals features 16 co-ed teams from throughout the United States. The teams use the WTT format during their three days of non-elimination draw competition. The participants also attended a player forum with event host and WTT co-founder Billie Jean King along with educational life skills seminars on personal fitness, financial management and college coaches.

The tournament matches follow the WTT non-elimination round-robin format. Each team is comprised of three boys, three girls and a coach. Team matches consist of eight events; with two sets each of boy's singles, girl's singles, one set of boy's and girl's doubles, and two sets of mixed doubles. The first team to reach six games wins each set. A nine-point tiebreaker is played if a set reaches five all. One point is awarded for each game won. If necessary, Overtime and a Supertiebreaker are played to determine the outright winner of the match.




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