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Eleven SC Teams Set For Southern JTT Championships

August 18, 2015 04:33 PM

By Jonathon Braden
USTA South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C.  Eleven teams from South Carolina will compete at the USTA Southern Junior Team Tennis Section Championships this weekend in Lexington County.

Altogether, more than 500 players from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee will compete at the championships, which will host play in four age divisions: 10 and under, 12 and under, 14 and under and 18 and under.

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Murraywood's 14 and under intermediate team is one of 10 teams playing at the USTA Southern Junior Team Tennis Section Championships this weekend. (USTA SC photo)

 

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Eric Wammock's 18 and under intermediate team will try to return to the USTA JTT National Championships this weekend. (USTA SC photo)


The champions in the 14 and under and 18 and under levels will have the opportunity to advance to the USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships, which will take place in Lexington County in October.

Eric Wammock's 18 and under Hilton Head Island team and Eric Jackson's 18 and under Lexington team both will be looking to return to the USTA National Championships this weekend.

Jackson's team is comprised of high school tennis players from across the state. "A lot of the players are from rival high schools and play each other in tournaments often. But having them on the same team, nobody could tell these kids are usually 'enemies,'" Jackson told USTA Southern. "They're great kids who really get along well together. Such a fun group to coach."

The Southern event starts Friday evening and will be hosted at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center, 1120 Fort Congaree Trail, and the Lexington County Tennis Complex, 425 Oak Drive.

This weekend’s championships are free to attend. Matches conclude Sunday.

For more information about Junior Team Tennis opportunities in the Midlands, email Rashawn Nelson at nelson@sctennis.com. For more information about the Southern championships, click here.

The 11 South Carolina teams competing at the championships:

Division Representing Captain
10 & Under Advanced Pawleys Island Wendy Mercado
10 & Under Intermediate Camden Wendy Kingsley
12 & Under Intermediate Greenville Christopher Cleveland
12 & Under Intermediate  Hilton Head Island Reggie Sanderson
12 & Under Advanced Greenville DeLinda Bittner
14 & Under Intermediate Columbia Robby Aull
14 & Under Advanced Greenville Heike Kamieniecki
18 & Under Intermedate Hilton Head Island Eric Wammock
18 & Under Intermediate Summerville Melissa Naval
18 & Under Advanced Lexington Eric Jackson
18 & Under Advanced Rock Hill Tiago Ruffoni
 

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