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Harrington Leads Southern Team to Overpowering Intersectionals Victory

July 17, 2009 04:17 PM

Hunter Harrington, of Spartanburg was one of eight players chosen to represent the Southern Section at the USTA Boys/Girls 16 Intersectional Championships, which began in Shreveport, LA on July 12.  Hunter is ranked #3 in the South Carolina Boy’s 16s division and #2 in the Southern Boy’s 16s division.

The USTA Intersectional Championships are one of the two highest levels of junior team competition within the USTA.  Each of the USTA’s sections chooses their top juniors to compete against teams from other sections.  The play is top-notch and it is a great honor to be selected for the team. 

The Southern Section team was comprised of Hunter Harrington, Robbie Mudge, Vikram Hundal, and Casey Kay for the boys and Whitney Kay, Caitlyn Williams, Catherine Harrison, and Megan Kurey for the girls.  The matches are played with three girls singles courts, three boys singles courts, a boys doubles court, a girls doubles court and a mixed doubles court, for a total of nine individual matches for the team match.
The Southern team was selected out of the hat into the only group with five teams, forcing them to play an extra match. The Southern team went through the round robin portion of the event (playing four matches in three days) winning three matches 9-0 and one 8-1. The team then had to play Eastern in the semifinals. Southern handily won the match 9-0.

In the other semifinals Midwest defeated So Cal 6-3, alerting the Southern team to a tough match ahead in the finals. Shane Wells, the Southern team coach, specifically stated that the Midwest boy's doubles team was by far the best doubles team in the event. The results for the finals were as follows:
Hunter Harrington  6-1, 6-3
Robbie Mudge  6-1, 3-6, 6-3
Casey Kay  6-1, 6-3
Whitney  Kay 6-1, 6-1
Caitlyn Williams  6-4, 6-3
Catherine Harrison 6-1, 7-6
Harrington/Hundal  6-0, 7-6
W. Kay/Williams  6-1, 4-6  10-2
C. Kay/Kurey  6-2, 6-1
The scores above reflect the winning player’s scores, and as the discerning reader may notice that they are all Southern players.  The Southern team did, in fact, sweep the finals 9-0! 

Southern won the Intersectionals for the third year in a row. To show how dominant the team was, just remember, the Southern team played six matches, nine matches per team match. Southern lost a total of one individual match for the entire event! The single match that was lost was played by Vikram Hundal who was exhausted.  Partway through the match he started cramping and was actually rushed to the hospital shortly after because of extreme cramping and received a couple units of fluids.

The Southern team did a phenomenal job and South Carolina is proud to have had a representative on such a stellar team.  To see full results from the Intersectional competition you can simply click here.