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Southern 16s Intersectionals Team Wins 53 of 54 Matches For Title

July 13, 2009 02:32 PM

In an overwhelming performance, USTA Southern won 53 of its 54 matches to wins the Boys’/Girls’ 16s Intersectionals for the third year in a row.

The boys were Hunter Harrington, Spartanburg, S.C. who is ranked No. 5, nationally; Vikram Hundal, Alpharetta, Ga.; Casey Kay, Alpharetta, Ga., and Robbie Mudge, Winston-Salem, N.C.

The girls were Catherine Harrison, Germantown, Tenn.; Megan Kurey, Alpharetta, Ga.; Whitney Kay, Alpharetta, Ga., and Caitlyn Williams, Knoxville, Tenn.

The coach was Shane Wells, director of tennis for the North Hills Club in Raleigh, N.C.

Here is the on-site report from Shreveport, written by USTA Southern Director of Community Development/Grants Sandy Hastings:

We had a couple of last minute changes with the team and were not quite sure what to expect. Just to remind you there are three girls singles, three boys singles, boys doubles, girls doubles and mixed doubles every match, for a total of nine individual matches for the team match.

Casey Kay and Megan Kurey helped pave the way the first couple of days with each winning three singles and two doubles matches. Hunter and Whitney pretty much had their way with matches. Robbie would enjoy completely controlling the first set only to struggle in the second before walking away with the third. Catherine and Caitlyn had some tougher matches but were never out of control. Vikram, other than the match he struggled physically, was untested.

What a group of players!! Our host families felt overall that this group became much closer as one total team that they had seen. They were fine young men and women both on and off the court with many Pierremont Oaks families cheering them on and many fans and players very much in awe. Please pass along a tremendous congratulations to your players. They were super.

Last year I reported every evening on the day's results from. As you know, I have not done that this year, but I now have quite a report for you on our Section players and results. We ended up coming to Shreveport with Hunter Harrington, Robbie Mudge, Vikram Hundal, and Casey Kay for the boys and Whitney Kay, Caitlyn Williams, Catherine Harrison, and Megan Kurey for the girls.

Our team was selected out of the hat into the only group with five teams, forcing us to play an extra match. We went thru the round robin portion of the event (playing four matches in three days) winning three matches 9-0 and one 8-1.

USTA Southern played six matches, nine matches per team match. Southern lost one individual match for the entire event!!! In that match Vikram just had no life in his legs and he started cramping towards the end. He was actually rushed to the hospital shortly after because of extreme cramping and received a couple units of fluids

We had to play Eastern in the semifinals, which upset Texas 5-4. Our score in the semifinals was 9-0. In the other semifinals, Midwest defeated Southern California 6-3, alerting our kids of a tough match ahead in the finals.

Our coach, Shane Wells, specifically stated that the Midwest boy's doubles team was by far the best doubles team in the event. Shane mentioned that to our kids when they walked on court and they proceeded to take the first set in a matter minutes. Midwest picked it up a bit and Hunter and Vikram came back from a break taking it into the tiebreak before winning.

The final results for the finals were as follows:

Hunter Harrington 6-1, 6-3
Robbie Mudge 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
Casey Kay 6-1, 6-3

Whitney Kay 6-1, 6-1
Caitlyn Williams 6-4, 6-3
Catherine Harrison 6-1, 7-6

Harrington/Hundal 6-0, 7-6
W. Kay/Williams 6-1, 4-6 10-2
C. Kay/Kurey 6-2, 6-1

Yes, you read it correct. Southern won 9-0....in the finals!!!!

Almost forgot. Our own John Liles once again was a major player in the organization of the event as well as being the referee. Pierremont Oaks staff and volunteers hosted a fantastic tournament. This was a special week!

USTA Southern has named its team for the USTA Boys’/Girls’ 16s Intersectional Championships in Shreveport, La. beginning this week. Half of the eight players are from the same hometown: Alpharetta, Ga.

The boys are Hunter Harrington, Spartanburg, S.C. who is ranked No. 5, nationally; Vikram Hundal, Alpharetta, Ga.; Casey Kay, Alpharetta, Ga., and Robbie Mudge, Winston-Salem, N.C.

The girls are Catherine Harrison, Germantown, Tenn.; Megan Kurey, Alpharetta, Ga.; Whitney Kay, Alpharetta, Ga., and Caitlyn Williams, Knoxville, Tenn.

The section is the two-time defending champion. The coach is Shane Wells, director of tennis for the North Hills Club in Raleigh, N.C.

 

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