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SC to send 10 JTT teams to Southerns

July 19, 2015 09:59 PM

FLORENCE, S.C. – The competition was so strong Sunday at the USTA South Carolina Junior Team Tennis State Championships, one state championship match was decided by a special match tiebreaker, the first time that’s happened in at least eight years at the state championships.

In the 12 and under intermediate final, team “Sportsclub Minions of Fun” from Greenville defeated “Van Der Meer” from Hilton Head Island 12-10 in the match tiebreaker that was played by each team’s mixed doubles pair.

“That was a match for a lifetime,” said Christopher Cleveland, coach and captain of the Sportsclub team.

The match between Sportsclub and Van Der Meer was so memorable, both captains wanted to take a joint team photo. (USTA SC photo)

His team now will head to the USTA Southern Junior Team Tennis Sectional Championships, August 21-23 in Lexington County. They’ll be joined by nine other teams from South Carolina that either won a JTT state championship or received a wild card and can advance to the sectional championships.

“We’re excited that so many of our teams will have the opportunity to play at the next level,” said Rashawn Nelson, junior recreation manager at USTA South Carolina, the state office of the U.S. Tennis Association.

Teams from all over the state will head to Lexington County next month after achieving success this weekend in Florence. But the Greenville Junior Team Tennis league, with four state champions, will have the most JTT teams advancing out of all the leagues in the state.

Making it to the state championships and playing well there remains a goal for many Greenville JTT teams, said Ashlyn Cousins of the Greenville JTT league. She was in Florence this weekend coaching an 18 and under intermediate team.

Cousins also was impressed by how well Florence organizers hosted the 250 competitors, their coaches and their parents. “Doing a good job as always,” she said.

The teams that win championships at the USTA Southern event can advance to the USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships, scheduled for Oct. 15-18 and Oct. 22-25 in Lexington County as well.

But Sunday evening, players and families weren’t thinking about that; they were enjoying their state championships and another weekend of memories at the Florence Tennis Center.




10 and Under

Camden Country Club^
Captain Kevin Jackson

Woodlands Warriors, Columbia
Captain Christian Fallaw

10 and Under

40 Love, Pawleys Island^
Captain Wendy Mercado


12 and Under

Sportsclub Minions of Fun, Greenville^
Captain Christopher Cleveland

Van Der Meer, Hilton Head Island
Captain Miki Shimada

12 and Under

Raging Racquets, Greenville^
Captain DeLinda Bittner


14 and Under

Murraywood Court Sharks, Irmo^
Captain Robby Aull

Kroc Krazies, Greenville
Captain Crimora Carter

14 and Under

Serves You Right, Greenville^
Captain Heike Kamieniecki


18 and Under

Brookstone Pure Insanity, Anderson^
Captain Lonny Thompson

Baseline Bandits, Summerville^
Captain Melissa Naval

18 and Under

Lexington Legends^
Captain Eric Jackson

Nuckleheads, Rock Hill^
Captain Thiago Ruffoni

^Can advance to the USTA Southern Junior Team Tennis Sectional Championships