SPRING IS A ways off, but the spring tennis season is already here for adult and junior leagues.
USTA Adult and Junior Team Tennis Leagues are accepting registration. There might be extra incentive to play this year.
Adult Leagues have a new age structure that will give players more chances to play, but which has also provided some challenges in scheduling and creating teams.
There’s excitement in the air as the 2.5, 3.5, 4.5 18 and Over Southern Sectional Championships will be held in Lexington in July, meaning that state qualifiers will have a home advantage.
In Junior Team news, the divisions remain the same, but once again the National Junior Team Tennis Championships will at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center this fall. Junior Team Tennis players who are 10 years old and under can also take advantage of modified equipment.
The Columbia Tennis League has concluded its fall/winter Junior Team Tennis season, with local winners being crowned in four divisions. Local winners will have the opportunity to play in the Junior Team Tennis State Championships at the Florence Tennis Center July 1921.
State winners have the chance to advance to the Nationals.
Winners for Columbia Tennis League fall season were:
10 & Under Intermediate: Kings Grant (Coached by Lisa Echols); 12 & Under Intermediate: Woodlands (Kevin Lee); 12 & Under Advanced: Kings Grant (Echols); 14 & Under Intermediate: Kings Grant (Echols).
Columbia also had several 8 and Under teams who wrapped up recently. For the 2013 Jr. Team Tennis State Championships, all eligible 8 and Under QuickStart teams will be invited to Florence for the Junior Team Tennis Fun Day.
Columbia Tennis League’s 8 and Under teams were:
Woodlands C, B, D, A (each coach by Wayne Thierrien)
Lexington’s fall/winter season and their winners were:
18U Intermediate: Quail Hollow (coached by Ken Scheller); 14U Intermediate: Harbison (Stan Seabrook); 12U Intermediate: LCTC (Mark DiMaggio); 10U Intermediate: LCTC (Richard Spangler, Stan Stanton),
Yearend rankings. For tournament players the big news is that the final yearend rankings are out. Players who finished in the top three were:
Junior Divisions: Elizabeth Crawford No. 3 Girls 10 and Under; Brent Lett No. 2 Boy’s 18s; Lauren Joch No. 2 Girl’s 14s
Adult/NTRP Singles Divisions: Will McWhirter No. 1 Men’s 3.0 Singles; Irma Brooks No. 1 Women’s 2.5 Singles; Felicia Williams No. 2 Women’s 2.5 Singles; Quandolyn Frierson No. 3 Women’s 2.5 Singles; Cynthia Walters No. 1 Women’s 3.0 Singles; Shelby Provencher No. 3 Women’s 3.0 Singles; Kaylin Haack No. 2 Women’s 4.0 Singles; Debra Werdunn No. 2 Women’s 4.5 Singles; Bill Besley No. 2 Men’s 40 Singles; Jim Hinson No. 1 Men’s 55 Singles; Donna Saleeby No. 1 Women’s 50 Singles; Betsy McColl No. 3 Women’s 65 Singles; Betsy McColl No. 1 Women’s 70 Singles; Neil Vroegop No. 3 Men’s 75 Singles
Adult/NTRP Doubles Divisions: Jeff Delong and Rob Szwec Men’s 3.0 Doubles; Joe Mozingo and Glenn Mainwaring No. 2 Men’s 3.5 Doubles; William Royce and Daniel Wilson No. 3 Men’s 3.5 Doubles; Quandolyn Frierson and Eboni Nelson No. 1 Women’s 2.5 Doubles; Kim Robins and Billie Nickas No. 3 Women’s 2.5 Doubles; Dora Vargas and Diana Sarto No. 1 Women’s 3.0 Doubles; Teri Grote and Angie Farrar No. 2 Women’s 3.0 Doubles; Carin Rikard and Victoria Treacy No. 3 Women’s 3.0 Doubles; Paula Amick and Tammy Mainwaring No. 2 Women’s 3.5 Doubles; Tammy Mainwaring and Tina Saxon No. 3 Women’s 3.5 Doubles; Jeffrey Anderson and Amy Barnes No. 3 Mixed 6.0 Doubles; Joe Mozingo and Tammy Mainwaring No. 1 Mixed 7.0 Doubles; Lisa Dahlquist and Royce Williams No. 2 Mixed 7.0 Doubles; Gerald Simpson and Tracee Crocker No. 3 Mixed 7.0 Doubles; Jonathan Hoffman and Brittany Hoffman No. 3 Mixed 8.0 Doubles; Barry Keith and Brian Glassman No. 2 Men’s 45 Doubles; Jim Hinson and Bill Besley No. 3 Men’s 45 Doubles; Tony Gossett and Lanny Finley No. 2 Men’s 60 Doubles; Doyle Loftis and Bud Goodrich No. 1 Men’s 65 Doubles; Suzanne Gray and Julia White No. 3 Women’s 50 Doubles; Neil Vroegop and Robert Koenig No. 2 Men’s 75 Doubles