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2006 Junior Team Tennis Tournament

July 25, 2006 02:26 PM

Junior Team Tennis players from across the state came together for the 2006 South Carolina Junior Team Tennis State Championships in Sumter. The USTA sponsored event was held at the Palmetto Tennis Center in Sumter July 22nd and 23rd. The tournament drew 175 players, with teams attending from Greenville, Charleston, Sumter, Columbia, Hilton Head and many other locations throughout the state. The tournament’s winners will go on to Mobile, AL to play in the Southern Section tournament, and can even proceed on to the national tournaments in Tucson AZ, and San Diego CA. There were six divisions of play divided by age group and skill level. In the 12’s advanced group the Wildewood Patriots took the title. The 12’s intermediate crown was won by the Hornets with the Big Shots coming in second. The 14’s advanced group was won by Pine Forrest with the Big Dawgs coming in next. Topsping Kings Queens Aces took the 14’s intermediate title, with the Hawks claiming the second spot. For the 18’s advanced group, Team Columbia won the day followed by LCTC. In the 18’s intermediate Crush came out on top with Blue PTC Gamecocks taking the second spot.
The event was a great success for all involved. Jonathan Polson, Junior Team Tennis Coordinator for USTA South Carolina, said “the staff was great, the courts were clean, Chik-fil-A provided an excellent lunch, and the event was fun all around.” The players had opportunities to win prizes both as a team and individually. The winning teams received backpacks and CD cases with the USTA Junior Team Tennis logo, while second place teams received CD cases. Players also had the opportunity to win prizes individually on the Prize Court where they could compete in such events as the skill shot, king of the court, and rally games.
Two players who exhibited exceptional sportsmanship were awarded Sportsmanship Awards. Chandler Miller took the girls award for showing an upbeat energetic spirit with no complaints, and using her spirit to pick her team up. Brannon Desseyn took the boys award for his perseverance through adversity and his cheering and dedication to his team. Desseyn played with a broken wrist, using his opposite, normally non-playing, hand throughout the match. Jonathan Polson said “he did great. Not only did he play with his opposite hand, but he had no complaints and he was always cheering for his team.” The two Sportsmanship Award winners received silver engraved balls to enshrine their accomplishments.

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2006 Junior Team Tournament Topspin Titans

2006 Junior Team Tournament Patriots

2006 Junior Team Tennis Tournament Club Crashers

2006 Junior Team Tournament Team Columbia

2006 Junior Team Tournament Pine Forrest

2006 Junior Team Tournament King Queen Aces

2006 Junior Team Tournament Blue

2006 Junior Team Tournament Hornets

2006 Junior Team Tournament Big Shots

2006 Junior Team Tournament Big Dawgs