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Jr. Team Tennis State Championships Wrap Up

July 22, 2009 07:37 PM

On a pleasantly warm Saturday morning in Sumter, South Carolina, players and coaches arrived at the Palmetto Tennis Center in hopes of capturing the title of Jr. Team Tennis State Champion. While 26 teams were present, only one from each division could claim the title at the end of the championship weekend.
Competition was fierce and the difference between the first place and runner-up often came down to just a few games. In the end, five teams will have the opportunity to represent South Carolina at Sectionals in Mobile, AL. In the 12’s Intermediate, the Future Federers II from Aiken took the title in the championship round over Murraywood from Lexington. The Terminetors, also from Aiken, beat Hilton Head in a tight match-up in the 14’s Intermediate division. In the 14’s Advanced, the Lowcountry Gators from Charleston came out on top over the FCC from Florence. The Lowcountry Crushers from Charleston, took the 18’s Intermediate title and Quail Hollow from Lexington claimed the 18’s Advanced title.
Participants let loose while enjoying a cookout style player party held Saturday night. This year’s JTT championship hosted a wide variety of events including the speed serve court where players could test their serve against the competition. The fastest serve clocked in at a smoking 109 mph by Patrick Hensley from Florence. The dunk booth also made a big splash at the party as the willing/coerced coaches took the hot seat to represent their teams. Players also enjoyed a prize court, sno-cones and a Nintendo Wii set up in the air conditioned pro-shop to help them cool down between matches.
Team spirit was rampant with many teams decorating cars, hanging posters and singing team cheers. The camaraderie was great among all teams, but the Lobsters from Columbia were an especially tight-knit group and their friendship and enthusiasm helped them take home the 2009 Team Spirit Award.
This year’s Boy and Girl Sportsmanship Awards were given to two very deserving players, Wesley Turbeville of the Stingers 18s from Irmo, and Anna Grace Skipper of the OCC 18s from Florence, who were nominated by an opposing team’s coach or parent for their great character under pressure and superior on-court conduct during championship matches. Congratulations to them!
Special thanks should be given to the Palmetto Tennis Center staff and volunteers of the championship who worked hard all weekend to keep matches running smoothly, Chick Fil A for providing lunch Saturday, and Quiznos for some great sandwiches on Sunday. To see pictures of the champs and candid shots from throughout the weekend, just click here and visit the USTA SC JTT Championships site.
2009 JTT Sportsmanship Award Winner

JTT Girls Sportsmanship