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Southern Sweeps Jr. Team Tennis National 14s

October 26, 2009 11:22 AM

 2009 Jr. Team Tennis 14-under advanced national champions
Front Row: Ellie Halbauer, Zac Dye, Meagan Evans
and Kristen Farmer. Back Row: Coach James Elliget,
Bailey Kirkland, Drew Halbauer, Thomas Spratt,
Adam Elliget, Sarah McDonald and Coach Don Dye.

Both USTA Southern teams won titles at the Jr. Team Tennis 2009 USTA Jr. Team Tennis 14 and Under National Championships and two other Southern teams were among the top four in the 18 and under competition.

Lowcountry Gators go high
The Lowcountry Gators from Summerville, SC, representing the USTA Southern section, today captured the National Championship title at the 2009 USTA Jr. Team Tennis 14 and Under Advanced National Championships, held at the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile Ala., October 23 to October 25.

The 2009 USTA Jr. Team Tennis 14 and Under Advanced National Championships brought together the top 16 teams at the Advanced level from various USTA Sections throughout the country.

The Summerville team defeated a team from Jacksonville, FL and the USTA Florida section, 53 games to 30 (4-1 in matches) in the championship match. Jr. Team Tennis matches are scored by total games won to encourage players to compete hard in every game

The Gators, who went undefeated (3-0) in Flight 3 play, advanced to the championship round by defeating the Flight 2 leaders, the NJ Jaguars of Princeton, NJ and the USTA Eastern section, on Saturday afternoon. The Gators downed NJ, 51 games to 37 (3-2 in matches).

The Lowcountry Gators are coached by James Elliget and Dan Dye, and the roster includes Zac Dye, Adam Elliget. Meagan Evans, Kristen Farmer, Drew Halbauer, Ellie Halbauer, Bailey Kirckland and Thomas Spratt.

“Go Gators!” said an excited James Elliget following the team’s win. “It has been three years watching these kids grow up together and compete, and seeing them win was absolutely phenomenal.”

 2009 Jr. Team Tennis 14-under intermediate national champions
Front Row: Coach Laurel Howanitz, Cecilia Bryant,
James Howanitz, Isabelle Wessel and Coach Jim Frederick.
Back Row: Sierra Rimmer, Sam Greeley, Logan Brown
and Tanner Debord.

Knoxville knocks off Wisconsin team
The Knoxville (TN) Racquet Club Dream Team, representing the USTA Southern section, today captured the National Championship title at the 2009 USTA Jr. Team Tennis 14 and Under Intermediate National Championships, held at the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, AL from Thursday, October 23 to Snday, October 25.

The Knoxville (TN) Racquet Club Dream Team, representing the USTA Southern section, today captured the National Championship title at the 2009 USTA Jr. Team Tennis 14 and Under Intermediate National Championships, held at the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, AL from Thursday, October 23 to Snday, October 25.

The 2009 USTA Jr. Team Tennis 14 and Under Intermediate National Championships brought together the top 16 teams at the Intermediate level from various USTA Sections throughout the country.

Knoxville Racquet Club defeated the WFDL Challengers of Fond Du Lac, WI and the USTA Midwest section, 47 games to 40 (3-2 in matches), to capture the championship. Jr. Team Tennis matches are scored by total games won in order to encourage players to compete hard in every game.

Knoxville went unbeaten throughout national championship play. The team went undefeated (3-0) in Flight 3 play on Friday and Saturday morning, defeating Flight 2 leaders Edmonds, WA of the USTA Pacific Northwest section on Saturday afternoon, 53 games to 39 (3-2 in matches) to advance to the championship match.

The Knoxville Racquet Club Dream Team is coached by Jim Frederick and assisted by Laurel Howantz, and their roster includes Logan Brown, Cecelia Bryant, Tanner Deboard, Sam Greeley, James Howantz, Sierra Rimmer and Isabelle Wessel.

“Of all the teams I’ve coached in the last 15 years, this team is the closest group of players on and off the court I’ve ever had,” said Frederick. “That’s what makes this so special. It’s been a really great team experience, and they got here by just focusing on each game one at a time.”

2009 Jr. Team Tennis 18i second Nationals
 Front Row: Summer Bowlin and Jennifer Ott.
Back Row: Leslie Roberge, Karissa King, Curt Dunkin,
Kevin Curtin, Jonathan Allen and Coach David Wilson.
Knoxville has another top team
The Cedar Bluff Racquet Club of Knoxville, TN, representing the USTA Southern section, finished second overall today at the 2009 USTA Jr. Team Tennis 18 and Under Intermediate National Championships, held at the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, AL from Thursday, October 30 through Sunday, November 1.

Cedar Bluff Racquet Club was narrowly edged in the national championship match by the PTC Aces of Plainfield, NJ and the USTA Eastern section, 45 games to 44 (4-8 in sets) in a final match that was ultimately determined by a 10-point, mixed doubles super-tiebreaker worth one point. Jr. Team Tennis matches are scored by total games won to encourage players to compete hard in every game.

Cedar Bluff had gone undefeated (3-0) in Flight 4 play on Friday and Saturday morning to advance to the semifinal round, where it McIntire Tennis Camps of Springfield, MA and the USTA New England section, 50-22 (10-0 in sets) to advance to the national finals.

“I am very proud of this team,” said Cedar Bluff coach David Wilson. “They not only played well, but behaved well. We came as close as you possibly can to a national championship, but just fell one point short.” 

The Cedar Bluff Racquet Club roster includes Jonathan Allen, Summer Bowlin, Kevin Curtin, Karissa King, Jennifer Ott, Leslie Roberge and John Taylor.

 2009 Jr. Team Tennis 18a fourth Nationals
Danielle McGee, Mckayla Zupan, William Kent, A. J. Stilwell,
William Vesser, Miller Hales and Coach Kristen Mears.
18U team from Wilmington, N.C. comes in fourth
Team Landfall of Wilmington, NC, representing the USTA Southern section, today finished fourth overall at the 2009 USTA Jr. Team Tennis 18 and Under Advanced National Championships, held at the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, AL from Thursday, October 23 to Sunday, November 1.

The 2009 USTA Jr. Team Tennis 18 and Under Advanced National Championships brought together the top 16 teams at the Advanced level from various USTA Sections throughout the country.

The Wilmington team lost today to the Miami (FL) Dream Team of the USTA Florida Section, 47 games to 37 (4-1 in matches) in the third place match. Jr. Team Tennis matches are scored by total games won to encourage players to compete hard in every game

“All of our players have been together as a team since they were 5 or 6 years old,” said Landfall coach Kristin Mears. “They help push each other, and they had a blast all season long.  I am very proud of their accomplishment.”

Landfall had gone undefeated (3-0) in Flight 3 play on Friday and Saturday mornings to advance to the national semifinals, where it fell to the Port Huron Rebels of Fort Gratiot, MI and the USTA Midwest section.

The Landfall roster includes Maggie Dickens; Alex Gaines; Miller Hales; Tom Hicks; William Kent; Danielle McGee; Jan Reintjes; A.J. Stillwell; William Visser and Mckayla Zupan.

 

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