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2022 USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships conclude in Orlando

October 12, 2022


A junior tennis team representing USTA Northern California and a team representing USTA Missouri Valley won the 18U and 14U titles, respectively, at the 2022 USTA Junior Team Tennis Intermediate National Championships held last week at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla. 

 

The National Championships bring together the nation’s top teams that have qualified through local, regional and sectional play. Each year, the USTA crowns a national champion in two age divisions for players ages 18-and-under and 14-and-under in both intermediate and advanced play divisions. Last week’s Advanced National Championships were canceled due to Hurricane Ian. 

The National Championship format consists of one girls’ and one boys’ singles match, one girls’ and one boys’ doubles match, and one mixed doubles match. The team that wins the most games is determined the winner.

 

In the 18U division, the Northern California team, which hails from the Laguna Creek Sports Club in Elk Grove, Calif., defeated a team from USTA Southern in a tightly contested final, 47-44. The Southern team represented the Cedar Bluff Racquet Club in Knoxville, Tenn. 

 

In the 14U division, the USTA Missouri Valley team, which hails from the BCC Tennis Academy in Oklahoma City, defeated a team from USTA Southern California, 46-37. The Southern California team is made up of players from the greater Los Angeles area. 

Additionally, one boy and one girl from each age division were honored for embodying good sportsmanship on and off the court. The 18U winners were Matthew Porreca (Middle States – AC Aces) and Skye Yonehara (Hawaii Pacific – Pearlridge Tigers), while the 14U winners were Ethan Chun (Hawaii Pacific – Pearlridge Tigers) and Grace Kim (Southwest Team NAZ). USTA Florida’s Miami Chihuahuaz won the Team Spirit award in the 18U division and the 14U honor went to the Dallas Tennis and Education Academy team from USTA Texas.

 

Each year, nearly 100,000 players participate in USTA Junior Team Tennis nationwide. Established in 1991, USTA JTT provides youth with all of the health and social benefits of tennis in a coed, fun and competitive team environment – all while allowing participants to compete with and against individuals of similar ages and skill levels. 

 

Complete results from the National Championships can be found here.

 

All photos by Manuela Davies/USTA.

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