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2012 All Star Camp Held in Cayce

Top Junior players from around South Carolina gathered at the Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center February 4-5 to celebrate the accomplishment of top year-end rankings and kick off 2012 with a weekend of high performance training during the 27th USTA South Carolina Van der Meer All-Star Camp.  Player Development Committee Chair and Camp Coordinator Brian Parkkonen assembled a curriculum based on USTA National Player Development High Performance program, which consisted of hand-feeding drills, match play, and team-format games.  Players and parents were treated to an informative presentation by Furman University’s Men’s’ Tennis Coach Kelly Jones on Saturday afternoon during lunch, which focused on player expectations and the importance of the player taking control of setting goals for his/her game.

Elite coaches from around the state were invited to conduct the on-court drills and provide coaching for match play.  The coaches were Brian Parkkonen from Florence, Carlos Lozano from Lexington, Bryan Minton from Charleston, Carlos Cobos from Murrells Inlet, Vince Bilotta from Hilton Head, Tom Ruth from Sumter, and Nicola Slater from Florence.

All Star Camp Attendees-  See all the pictures on our Facebook page!


B12 Sean Nguyen Columbia
B12 Omar Williams Spartanburg
B12 Simon Wilson Anderson
B14 Thomas Bryan Lexington
B14 Paul Hendrix Murrells Inlet
B14 Jerry Price West Columbia
B16 Liam Wiggins North Augusta
B18 Nicholas Bybel Hilton Head
B18 Ben Horst Columbia
B18 Joel Roberts Summerville
G12 Samantha Calais Prosperity
G12 Ali  DeSpain Murrells Inlet
G12 Corbin Dorsey Anderson
G12 Lauren Joch Irmo
G12 Elise Mills Prosperity
G14 Ellie Czura Bluffton
G16 Isabelle Cooper Columbia
G16 Courtney Geiss Charleston
G16 Christina Merchant Greenville
G18 Morgan Patterson Lexington
G18 Mareli Sanchez-Julia Irmo