On the spot: tennis

Carter gets spot in FCC qualifying

Special to The StateFebruary 27, 2013 

HAYLEY CARTER has earned a spot in the Family Circle Cup’s qualifying draw.

She won the Girls’ 18s singles at the Dunlop Junior Tennis Championships in Charleston.

In other junior tennis news, Midlands players made a strong showing at two recent prestigious tournaments. At the S.C. Junior State Open Championships, held at Rock Hill Tennis Center, Mandalina Man won the Girls’ 14s singles, Erica Zippel won the Girls’ 12s singles, and Connor Burke and Adam Elliget won the Boys’ 18s doubles.

In Junior Team Tennis events, the Midlands JTT crowned winners in two different divisions. Local winners can advance to the Junior Team Tennis State Championships in Florence at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center July 19-21. State winners have the chance to advance to the USTA National Junior Team Tennis Championships.

Midlands winter season winners were: 18 & Under Intermediate: Cutters — Coached by Christopher Clifton & Willie Ashford; 14 & Under Intermediate: Winner Storm — Coached by Benny & Michelle Campanella.

Adult tennis news: The Friends of Scouting Tennis Classic will be welcomed at a new home at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center for this year’s event, which will be held March 20-24. The Palmetto Tennis Center in Sumter welcomes a new sponsor for its adult spring tournament as the Hamptons restaurant takes title sponsorship of the event, which will be held March 15-17.

The Club at Rawls Creek has had explosive growth in its tournaments and had nearly 250 participants in its tournament this past weekend. There were so many entrants, the tournament had to expand by a day.

Upcoming: The USC tennis teams have some fun events coming up in the next several weeks as they hit the heart of their seasons. Members of the Garnet Aces Fan Club can enjoy free pizza at the men’s match against Clemson on Sunday and free barbecue at the women’s match against Tennessee on March 15.

Membership into the Garnet Aces is $29 for individuals and $44 for families. This gets you a T-shirt, entry into Garnet Aces clinics, team schedule cards, media guides, refreshments at selected home matches and entry to the year-end banquet. Later in the season, the women’s team will be hosting ladies’ league nights. Pros will be able to bring their junior teams for a hit-around on the courts.

For more information on USC tennis promotion, contact Kevin Epley at epleyk@mailbox.sc.edu.

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