Early Success for the Mendoza Sisters
In honor of Hispanic Heritage month USTA Oklahoma is taking the opportunity to spotlight two outstanding Junior players, Alma and Andrea Mendoza. The Mendoza sisters attend Dove Charter School in Oklahoma City and play tennis at the Britton Christian Church Tennis Academy (BCCTA).
Andrea, 13-years-old, and Alma, 11-years-old, participated this past summer in 14 & Under Junior Team Tennis (JTT) and won the USTA Oklahoma JTT District Championships to advance to the Missouri Valley Section Championships. It was a special moment for the sisters, who are also the recipients of a scholarship to the Nike Tennis Camp at Oklahoma State University.
“This past Fall, something clicked – and now the two Mendoza girls are playing four-to-five times a week”, says their coach and mentor, Brad Lund. “They are training with BCCTA’s High Performance drill groups, are members of the academy’s Junior Team Tennis squads and compete in USTA tournaments throughout Oklahoma.”
Lund also praises the positive attitude shown by Alma and Andrea, adding “these are sweet, sweet girls that have become almost like daughters to me.”
Accomplishments for Alma during 2020 and 2021 Junior Team Tennis (JTT) competitions include a pair of singles titles and three runner-up finishes. She is an honor student at Dove Science Academy and in 2020 BCC Tennis Academy recognized her as “The Ultimate Teammate.”
Andrea, meanwhile, has won her first 26 matches in JTT and USTA competition, securing victories in all four of the 10 & Under Orange Ball tournaments this past year. She’s been named the BCC Tennis Academy’s “Most improved Player” for 2020.
The Mendoza sisters began playing in 2018 as part of the inaugural Los Gatos Class at the Britton Christian Church Tennis Academy. A weekly after school program, Los Gatos encourages students from nearby Britton Elementary School in Oklahoma City to learn tennis and improve their reading skills.
Please join us in congratulating these talented and well accomplished players on all their success. We look forward to seeing them continue to grow and enjoy the game of tennis.
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