USTA Missouri Valley
Three Teams Capture
Junior Team Tennis Titles
USTA Missouri Valley | July 28, 2017
The 11 teams which participated in the USTA Missouri Valley Junior Team Tennis Section Championship this past week at Kossover Tennis Center in Topeka, Kansas certainly stuck to the "Super Heroes" theme both in their outfits each day, as well as their "heroic" effort during the tournament.
Players, coaches and spectators dodged plenty of raindrops on Wednesday, but the tournament remained on track despite the showers.
Three teams earned championships and berths to the USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championship to be held later this year at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona, Fla.
Quail Creek of USTA Oklahoma won the 18U Advanced division, followed by McPherson (Kansas), and MAC (St. Louis).
In the 18U Intermediate division, RH 91 of Tulsa, Oklahoma took the title, followed by Creve Couer Racquet Club and Sunset Tennis, both of St. ADVERTISEMENT Louis.
Finally, in the 14U Intermediate, RH 91 won the championship by just one game over Quail Creek, also of Oklahoma.
At the completion of each team match, each coach nominated 1 boy and 1 girl from the opposing team as their sportsmanship selection, below are the boys and girls that received the most nominations from coaches.
18U Advanced Girl: Brooke Thompson-Quail Creek (OK)
18U Advanced Boy: Isaac Howes-Tennis West (HOA)
18U Intermediate Girl: Brock Hannagan-RH-91 (OK)
18U Intermediate Boy: Lauren Michalcik- RH-91 (OK)
14U Intermediate Girl: Ainsley Akin-Quail Creek (OK) and Peyton McCuan- The Greens (OK)
14U Intermediate Boy: Owen Fellrath- Quail Creek (OK)
With the Super Hero theme during the tournament, teams were encouraged to show off their best chant as well as costumes.
Quail Creek was the winner for best chant, while Tennis West of USTA Heart of America (18U) and RH 91 (14U) were awarded for their creative costumes.
USTA Junior Team Tennis, designed for players ages 6 to 18, gives players a way to participate in an individual sport and experience the excitement of team play. The program emphasizes fun and fitness, and groups players by age-group and skill level, leading to more competitive matches.