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Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties Represented for First Time at Jr. Team Tennis State Championships


Players from Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties will represent their areas for the first time at the USTA South Carolina Jr. Team Tennis State Championships, which will take place July 18-20 in Florence. Tyrone Dantzler, the coach of the 18 and under team, is excited to be taking players to the state championships.

“I believe in our abilities to compete and think we have the same opportunity as any other team,” Dantzler said.

He and his players will represent the Community Inter-Generational Enrichment Organization, a USTA community tennis association in the area.

His players are thrilled for the chance to compete against new people and make friends. “It’s unexplainable,” Dantzler said. “They are overwhelmed by the opportunity for this experience, mainly being able to see a different level of competition outside of our community and local area.”

He credits St. George and Walterboro JTT coordinators for helping make sure his team’s JTT experiences were successful. The local JTT coordinators advised Dantzler on how to set up home matches, connect with the community, and understand how JTT works. The partnership also gave players the opportunity to compete against players outside their town.

Dantzler’s team saw adversity throughout their season but the team was able to overcome it. “The players have some resilience. Our children experienced difficulty but were able to conquer it,” Dantzler said. “We were able to stick together and believe in ourselves even at some of the most challenging moments.”

Dantzler said it was the players’ motivation of wanting to participate in a state event that led to their success.

The USTA SC Jr. Team Tennis State Championships will give Dantzler the opportunity to identify the skill levels of the team’s players against those in other areas of the state.

“I’m looking forward to getting them out of the community and to be at an event that could possibly make them want to come back next year or to tell someone else in the community about the experience,” he said.

Dantzler would love to have the Orangeburg and Calhoun county communities come support the team at the championships, which will be held July 18-20 at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Tennis Center in Florence.