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GA & NC Dominate 2016 Southern JTT Championships

August 14, 2016 02:44 PM

TOURNAMENT PLAYED AT NEW ROME TENNIS CENTER AT BERRY COLLEGE

Click here for photos of champs and finalists/second place teams.

ATLANTA – In an extraordinary display of dominance, Georgia and North Carolina won all of the championships at 2016 USTA Southern Junior Team Section Championships.

Although all nine states of the USTA Southern Section sent teams, Georgia and North Carolina advanced to nine of the 10 slots in the finals. In the two levels that had round robins, Georgia won both and had three of the four best teams. Among the section’s other seven states, only South Carolina also advanced. The final tally was Georgia: four champions, two finalists, one second-place; North Carolina: three champions, two finalists, one second-place and South Carolina: one finalist.

USTA Atlanta, the largest local USTA community tennis association in the country, had two champions, a finalist and a second-place team.

Matches were played Aug. 12-14 at the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College in Rome, Ga. The 60-court facility was officially opened last month. The tournament is scheduled to return next August.

USTA’s Junior Team Tennis program supports coed and single-gender teams in four age levels. The teams, which represented various clubs, parks, recreational departments and organizations, finished at the top of their local leagues played in 10 and under, 12 and under, 14 and under, and 18 and under levels. Within each age level, teams also played in two different skill levels -- intermediate and advanced. However, in these championships, 10 and under teams only competed in intermediate. All teams at the championships were coed.

Champions and finalists/second-place teams were:

Level

Champion
(with captain/coach)

Finalist/
Second-Place Team

(with captain/coach)

Score in final
or
*champion’s score
in round robin

10 & Under
Intermediate

Cary, North Carolina
Reid Kinlaw

Camden, South Carolina
Wendy Kingsley

28-25

12 & Under
Advanced

Greensboro, North Carolina
Dipesh Rao

Macon, Georgia
Gretchen Suk

34-24

12 & Under
Intermediate

Athens, Georgia
Amy Byrnes

Wilmington, North Carolina
Alan Donald

37-20

14 & Under
Advanced

Atlanta, Georgia
Mark Dubin

Charlotte, North Carolina
David Marquina

155-42*

14 & Under
Intermediate

Raleigh, North Carolina
Daniel Ebert

Atlanta, Georgia
Carol Edwards

36-20

18 & Under
Advanced

Atlanta, Georgia
Kerri Magee

Atlanta, Georgia (wild card)
Ellen Young

189-59*

18 & Under
Intermediate

Woodstock, Georgia
Stacey Tuchmann

Huntersville, North Carolina
Judy Perry

31-27

This year’s event drew the top coed 57 teams and about 450 players from throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. A team match consists of boys’ and girls’ singles, boys’ and girls’ doubles, and mixed doubles.

Champions in 14 and under and 18 and under levels will have the opportunity to advance to the USTA

Junior Team Tennis Championships to be played at the Lexington County Tennis Complex and the Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center in Lexington County, S.C. The 14s championships are Oct. 13-16 with 18s championships following on Oct. 20-23. There are no national championships for the 10s and 12s.

 

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