USTA Missouri Teams Post Strong Results in Section Championships
It’s been a banner year for USTA Missouri in postseason action, headlined by a 40 & Over 7.0 mixed team captained by Hee-Sun Kim that won its Section Championship to advance to USTA Nationals. Several additional teams made strong runs at the USTA Missouri Valley League Section Championships, which have occurred at various Midwest locations from July to September.
At the 18 & Over level, Lori Hunt’s 3.0 women’s team progressed through districts but didn’t make it to the knockout stages of sectionals in early August in St. Louis. Katie Clouse’s 3.5 women’s team got to the quarterfinals on August 19-21 in Oklahoma City. And Lucy Stein’s 4.0 women’s squad made a strong push to the semifinals on August 5-7 in St. Louis.
In 18 & Over mixed action, a 7.0 team captained by Kim as well as a 7.0 wild-card team helmed by Juan Cabrera both reached the semifinals before bowing out on September 9-11 in Topeka. An 8.0 mixed team led by Kim didn’t get out of pool play that same weekend in Topeka.
In 40 & Over play, USTA Missouri had representation at the 3.5 men’s division for the first time ever. A team captained by Cabrera didn’t progress beyond pool play on August 26-28 in Topeka. A 3.5 women’s squad led by Clouse made a run to the semifinals that same weekend in Topeka.
A 40 & Over 4.0 women’s group captained by Huong Doan came up one win short of USTA Nationals, as the team got to the championship the weekend of August 26-28 in Tulsa. A 40+ 8.0 mixed team led by Kim survived pool play before falling in quarterfinal action September 23-25 in Omaha.
At the 55 & Over level, Lori Young’s 7.0 women’s squad got to the quarterfinals on August 5-7 in St. Louis. Two 8.0 women’s teams from the USTA Missouri district advanced to the section championships August 19-21 in Oklahoma City. Tracy Nicholas’s team and Cheryl Daucher’s wild-card squad made it to the semifinals of that event.
And in 65 & Over action, Ann Vogel’s 7.0 women’s group got to the semifinals of the USTA Missouri Valley Section Invitational July 15-17 in Overland Park, Kansas. Nicholas’s 8.0 women’s team qualified for the championship match that same weekend in Overland Park before coming up just short in a third-set tiebreaker situation.
“The USTA Missouri district had an amazing showing at sectionals this year,” said Leslie Echols, USTA Missouri executive director. “Not only did we send strong teams but we also sent wild-card teams, which is the first time in a while we’ve done that. And those wild-card teams have done extremely well at sectionals.
“It’s just really impressive. The players have made so many comments about how proud they are of each other and our district, knowing we are competitive at the section championship level. That means a lot to the district and to our players.”
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