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Singles Team Championship Results

Hundreds of players will be taking to the courts on the Isle of Palms from November 18-20 to compete for one of 9 divisional titles in the USTA South Carolina Singles League State Championships.  This event is the culmination of weeks of play on a local level and gathers the best players at the Wild Dunes Tennis Center, and surrounding tennis facilities. 

Teams from nearly all of South Carolina’s thirteen local leagues will be competing in the championships.  The draws for the event, and other information for both players and spectators, can be found by clicking on the Singles League link at www.sctennis.com/leaguechamps. 

Singles Leagues are one of six USTA Leagues in South Carolina.  Singles Leagues are one of the fastest growing leagues in the state.  The program is overseen by State League Coordinator Sam Hicks, and is designed to allow players who enjoy one on one competition more singles play. 

Friday's Play

Late entries did very well in the first day of play.  After one round both UPTA 2, in the 4.0 women's division, and LCTA 2, in the 3.0 women's division, were tied for first.  Both teams were added to the championships after other teams dropped out, so their success is even more exciting since they weren't even expecting to play.

Grand Strand and UPTA teams dominated early play with five Grand Strand teams leading their groups, and three UPTA teams leading theirs.  Midlands teams were holding their own with two Columbia teams and one Lexington team leading their groups.  Spartanburg and Mid-Carolina teams were leading one group each.  

Saturday Update

With two days of play in the books and only Sunday and the last few rounds to play the cream rose to the top of the Singles League Championships.  The competition was close, but the strongest teams were starting to make their presence known.  With great weather players were pleasantly surprised that matches were going on as soon as they were ready, with several even going on ahead of time. The leaders of each division are below. Check out pictures on Facebook.

Women
2.5- SATL (undefeated)
3.0- MCTL, FTA, GSTL (all undefeated)
3.5- HHI (undefeated), LCTA (undefeated), and CTL (one loss)
4.0- UPTA and LCTA (both undefeated)
4.5 PD (undefeated)

Men
3.0- UPTA and CTL  (both undefeated)
3.5- LCTA and UPTA (both undefeated)
4.0- GSTL and UPTA (both undefeated)
4.5- LCTA (undefeated)
 
Sunday Wrap Up
The tired, but determined, players gathered for the final day of play at the Singles League Championships on Sunday.  After two solid days of play there were many creaky knees and sore feet, but the players didn't let that slow them down and played some fantastic matches.  
 
In the 3.5 Women's division, CTL had a marathon semi-final match lasting nearly four hours.  Virginia Kuhn battled it out, despite suffering from a respiratory ailment, and her victory clinched a spot in the finals for her team.  Unfortunately for CTL, the Lowcountry team proved too strong and clinched the championship.  
 
The 3.5 men also featured some heated matches as well.  Drew Bellamy and Tom Berning faced off on center court in a back and forth match that had the crowd very into the match.  Crowd favorite Berning gave it a great shot and took Bellamy to a third set match tiebreak, but in the end couldn't quite pull it out.
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Division

Champions

Finalists

2.5 Women SATL, Capt. Kelly Cheek CTL1, Capt. Pam Campbell
3.0 Women MCTL, Capt. Renee Martin FTA, Capt. Lauren Barnes
3.5 Women LCTA, Capt. Marrie Ferigno CTL, Capt. Kim Dofour
4.0 Women HHI, Capt. Liz Purcell LCTA, Capt. Joann Nicodemus
4.5 Women PD, Capt. Margaret Williams CCTA, Capt. Michelle Hrabanek
     
3.0 Men SATL, Capt. Ronald Ingram UPTA, Capt. Joshua Stone
3.5 Men UPTA, Capt. Brad Meredith LCTA, Capt. Bruni Koch
4.0 Men GSTL2, Capt. Kirk Nobles LCTA, Capt. Neal Webb
4.5 Men LCTA, Capt. Art Welling GATA, Capt. Paul Hamilton
 

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