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SC has strong showing at Southern Closed Championships

June 29, 2015 08:54 AM

By Tyler Lewis
USTA South Carolina

Another year of the Southern Closed Championships is in the books, and for all of the participants, it was one step closer towards qualifying for Nationals. The Palmetto State had 151 players compete in this year’s Southern Closed Championships at all five tournament locations in the Southeast. Here’s a quick look back on how the Palmetto State fared at each of the five tournament locations.

Southern Closed Boys & Girls 10 East

The Southern Closed Championships got under way on the afternoon of June 12 at the Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center in Cayce, South Carolina. Twenty-seven players and coach Chris Waters represented the host state this past weekend. Even though the Palmetto State did not feature a winner in any of the finals of the main draw events, the state’s participants played well in their respective consolation rounds. In the singles consolation draws, Brandon Mercado of Pawley’s Island advanced to the semifinals for the boys and Ella Fallaw of Elgin made it to the Girl’s Singles consolation quarterfinals. For the boys doubles West compass draw, Otto Sewell of Mount Pleasant and his partner Jacobus Smit of Fort Mill won the finals by defeating Jackson Kirby and George Barkley. In the Northwest draw final, Trevor Novotny of Pawleys Island and Logan Tomovski of Murrells Inlet took home the title. Noah Johnston of Anderson and Bryton Waters of Mount Pleasant claimed the Boys Doubles Southeast compass draw.

Southern Closed Boys & Girls 12

Tournament play for Southern Closed would resume at the Cary Tennis Park in Cary, North Carolina. Lead by David Wilson as coach, South Carolina would feature 28 players for the 12s age group. The players representing the Palmetto State performed well in Cary, especially the Girl’s Singles in which Suzette Smit of Fort Mill took the North compass draw and Carri Hayes of Mount Pleasant advanced to the Northeast compass draw finals. Allie Gretkowski of Mount Pleasant advanced to the East draw finals. Brooke Bittner of Greer advanced to the semifinal of the West compass draw and in the Girl’s round of 16 & Quarterfinal Consolation, Mary Grace Armistead of Hilton Head claimed the title. The boys representing the Palmetto State also performed at a high level with Robbie Young out of Greenville winning the West draw, Mitchell Deames taking the Northwest draw, and Jackson Armistead claiming the Northeast draw. Other great performances from the boys included Brolin Dorsey advancing to the semifinals in the Northeast draw, and Matthew Rundle advancing to the quarterfinals of the Boys round of 16 & Quarterfinal Consolation.

Southern Closed Boys & Girls 14

Southern Closed would take to the Peach State for the 14s group to put their skills to the test. For South Carolina with 32 representatives, the top boys performer was Phillip Jordan, son of Coach Cornelius Jordan, who took the boys singles title!  Phillip also competed in the boys double final. Scott Sculley made it to the quarterfinals of the boys main draw. The girls also got a great performance from Maggie Cubitt of Spartanburg, who claimed the girls’ singles title!   Elise Mills of Prosperity and Sara McClure of Bluffton would both advance to the quarterfinals of the same event.  Mills and Cubitt also took home the girls’ doubles title!  Overall, S.C. had a great showing in Macon!

                                             ​        Southern Closed Boys & Girls 16                

For the sweet 16 age group, Little Rock, Arkansas would be the playing destination for the 31 South Carolina players who travelled across three states to prove that they should go to Nationals. The 16s head coach was Tom Ruth.  For the boys, Brant Fenno competed in the round of 16.  On the girls’ side Lindsay Zimmermann of Hilton Head and Emma Navarro of Charleston made it to the quarterfinals of the main draw.  Navarro ended up winning the consolation draw, while Zimmermann would advance to the semifinals.  Lauren Joch and Ali Despain competed in the consolation quarterfinals. 

Southern Closed Boys & Girls 18

The Southern Closed Championships 18s was held in Mobile, Alabama.  The head coach for the event was Davy Hairston. South Carolina would have 33 players vying for the chance to win and get one step closer to qualifying for the big stage. For the girls, Makenna Jones of Greenville would claim the Singles 18 title! Jacqueline Pelletier also had a good showing and advanced all the way to the semifinals. Oliver Crawford of Spartanburg advanced to the semifinals in the boys 18 singles.  Crawford and Chambers Easterling along with their partners from other states competed in the boys 18 doubles semifinals.

Congratulations to all of the players that represented South Carolina at the Southern Closed Championships!  Keep up the good work!  For more results from the event, please click the following links:

Southern Closed B&G 10s - 704102515

Southern Closed B&G 12s - 703929015

Southern Closed B&G 14s - 703410815

Southern Closed B&G 16s - 700014515

Southern Closed B&G 18s - 700005815