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The USC Upstate tennis teams have started to make the transition to Division I in 2007-08 and, so far, that transition has been a smooth one under fourth-year head coach Alessandro De Marzo. Two-time DII All-American Anna Novo has started right where she left off last season, running up an impressive winning streak of 18 combined matches in singles and doubles play. She won both the singles and doubles titles at the USC Upstate Fall Tournament and the Residence Inn Wolfpack Invitational at N.C. State. She also went a combined 6-0 at the Wofford Fall Challenge. Also on the women’s side, Susana Hernandez reached 100 career wins, doing so at the Wofford Fall Challenge. She has 49 singles wins and 51 doubles wins during her three-plus years at Upstate. On the men’s side, junior Sandy Franz has made the biggest splash into the DI waters. The 6-6 German has started the season 11-1, winning A-1 singles titles at both the USC Upstate Fall Tournament and the Gamecock Fall Invitational. He has beaten two players ranked inside the ITA Preseason Top 125, including the top-seed at the Gamecock Fall Invitational, 62nd-ranked Roy Sichel of Charlotte. Sophomore Renzo Airaldi has had a similar start, winning singles titles at both the Upstate and Gamecock tournaments. He won five matches en route to the B-2 singles title at USC and has a 12-1 slate to start the 2007-08 season.

SATA is continuing to grow with a 6.4% growth rate in leagues. The newly found CTA is moving ahead.
Rock Hill Tennis Center; October 12th-14th we hosted the South of the Border Adult & Junior Tennis Tournament.  They had 258 entries and wanted to thank all participants & volunteers that made this the best tournament we have hosted so far and congratulations to all winners.  They have started our first Junior Team Tennis Program and have 92 juniors in our first season.  We plan to offer the JTT again in the spring.  November 1st we are starting the Tri-Level league for adults.  They had (23) participants at our first USTA In-Service Coaches workshop, in October.  Extending from this workshop, their new volunteer coaches have been helping us offer free tennis clinics to the public every (2) weeks at the tennis center.  October 26th we are having our first Monster Smash Adult Tennis Social, November 10th we are hosting a "Bring a Kid to court Social for Adults & Kids, & November 16th we are hosting the first Gobble-Gobble Social for adults as we give away a free Turkey to all winners of each division.  Congratulations to area juniors as we have (6) juniors now in the top 20 of their respected age divisions in our first (2) years of competition training.  They now have a total of 64 kids in our program with USTA State rankings.
SAC Tennis under the direction of Tennis Director, Freddy Azucey is proud to announce the increase in junior and adult members. We welcome Eligio Rodriguez to our club. As a former player in the Dominican Republic, Eligio comes with experience with juniors and adults. We are proud to announce the following juniors, Grant Robinson, Molly Leonard and Meagan Leonard for going the distance from becoming beginner players to tournament players. Way to go! We also offer tennis clinics, lessons, and leagues for beginners, intermediate and advanced players. On November 30, 2007, SAC Tennis will be hosting the 1st Annual Rudy Vargas Junior Tournament. This tournament is in honor of our past Tennis Director, Rudy Vargas, who was killed in an automobile accident. Half of proceeds will be a tennis scholarship at SAC for a junior girl. SAC Tennis currently has a scholarship for a junior boy.
CCS had its most ranked juniors in the past two decades with sixty juniors having a state ranking and thirty with a southern ranking. As well as having the number one boy in the state in the ten and under, CCS also had ten juniors ranked in the top ten of the age group. At the high school level five of the six starters on the boy’s high school are part of the CCS tennis program and four of the six on the girl’s tennis team. Anna Kate Anderson went undefeated at number one on Spartanburg Day School’s Varsity team and Annelise Weir lost only one match at number two.

Spencer Brown wins national tournament
AUSTIN, TEXAS (Oct. 22, 2007) - Spencer Brown, of Spartanburg, won the final of the "Little Mo" Junior National Tennis Championships, held Monday in Austin, Texas. Brown, the No. 2 seed, upset the tournament’s No. 1 seed, Noah Schachter of Stillcome, WA. 7-6, 3-6, 10-8. Brown blazed through the tournament draw, winning his two opening matches 6-0, 6-0. He won his semifinal 6-1, 6-2. Brown competed against 16 juniors from across the country in the tournament, which was held at the Austin Tennis Academy. He earned an invitation to this prestigious tournament after winning the "Little Mo" East Regional Championship. The "Little Mo" is named after Maureen Connolly Brinker, the first woman to win tennis' Grand Slam in 1953. Andy Roddick, who captured the tournament's title in 1992, is among the events most notable past winners. Brown, an 8-year-old student at Pine Street Elementary School, is the state's No. 1 ranked player in the 10-and-under division. He has won a string of regional and state tournaments over the past year, including the recent Southern Clay Court Championships. He plays out of the Country Club of Spartanburg and is coached by Cornelius Jordan. Brown’s parents, Steve and Sherri Brown, also are tennis players, although Steve says Spencer can now beat them.

The Carolina Country Club Tennis Director Anthony Stewart came in second in the doubles of the Men’s National 40’s grass court championship held at the Philadelphia cricket club.  Anthony lost in the quarterfinals of the singles. Anthony is currently ranked in the men’s 40’s: 1 in South Carolina, 5 in Southern, 20 in National Ranking, 6 in National Doubles ranking. Some juniors playing at the Carolina Country Club have played well this year. Cal Hilsman playing in the boy’s is ranked 127 in the nation, 8 in the southern section and 1 in South Carolina. Hunter Harrington is ranked 10 in South Carolina and 8 in the Southern section. They have just finished resurfacing the hard courts into a great blue and red combination. The fitness program and video analysis have proven to be great tools in advancing our players to the highest level of their ability.

Junior Pollivi Kumar, of the Westside Club, is playing number 1singles and doubles. For Dorman as is been a successful year, yesterday they there first match in the play off she won and also her team won too. The Westside Club will have 5 tournaments next year is being 2 years since the Westside club organize tournaments.

 

 
 
 
 
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