2019 Sweet 16
June 24, 2019
Eight junior tennis players from around the United States Tennis Association Missouri Valley five state area captured singles championships at the USTA Missouri Valley Sweet 16 Championship, which draws the top 16 boys and girls players in each age division throughout the USTA Missouri Valley. The tournament was held June 19-23 at the CooperTennis Complex in Springfield, Mo.
Stiff competition in each of the age brackets made for an exciting week of tennis. The singles champions in each age division earn a spot into the USTA National Hard Court Championships in August.
The results of the singles championships are as follows:
Boys 18s: Graydon Lair d. Eli Brewer 6-4, 6-2
Girls 18s: Emma Staker d. Macey Miller 5-7, 7-6, 6-3
Boys 16s: Alex Han d. Case Fagan 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
Girls 16s: Tanya Fan d. Adella Castaner 7-5, 7-6ADVERTISEMENT
Boys 14s: Humza Noor d. Thomas Griese 7-5, 6-2
Girls 14s: Eleanor Coleman d. Sarena Biria 6-0, 6-1
Boys 12s: Nicholas Patrick d. Seth Smigel 6-1, 6-0
Girls 12s: Atra Biria d. Emerey Gross 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
Boys 18s: Jackson Atherton/Eli Brewer
Girls 18s: Kelsey Mize/Emma Staker
Boys 16s: Evan Erb/Akash Rajan
Girls 16s: Zoe Hammond/Brooke Thompson
Boys 14s: Thomas Griese/Danny Radke
Girls 14s: Zoie Epps/Amber Yin
Boys 12s: Aditya Paravasthuramesh/Nicholas Patrick
Girls 12s: Atra Biria/Aliya Rector
The players who competed in the tournament represented the top-level junior tennis players in the USTA Missouri Valley. Each year, there are more than 6,000 players that compete in USTA Missouri Valley Junior Tournaments. Players compete in levels of competition through earned advancement in the 12s, 14s, 16s, and 18s age divisions.
USTA Junior Tournaments help kids take their game as far as they want — high school, college or pros — or just to have fun competing, all while advancing as players.
The tournament also awarded sportsmanship awards to the following players:
Boys 18s: Brett Seaton
Girls 18s: Macey Miller
Boys 16s: Will Ecklund
Girls 16s: Elizabeth Barlow
Boys 14s: Cooper Woestendick
Girls 14s: Lera Alexin
Boys 12s: Shaan Patel
Girls 12s: Emerey Gross