CHAMPIONS & FINALISTS
Ron Cioffi | August 13, 2018
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With six champions, Georgia finished as the top state in the 2018 USTA Southern Junior Team Tennis (JTT) Section Championships.
Atlanta, the largest USTA community tennis association in the country, had four champions. Among the eight levels played, Georgia teams registered nine top teams, adding three finalists to its count of six winners. Alabama had a champion and a finalist, with both teams coming from Birmingham. South Carolina also had a champion and a finalist, while Mississippi had two finalists.
Four extremely close competitions highlighted this year’s action. Over three days of play, Macon, Ga. squeaked by Jackson, Miss., 145-144. Two other round robins and a final were decided by only two games.
This year’s event drew the top 55 teams and about 470 players from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. ADVERTISEMENT More than 650 persons were expected to stay in Rome and Floyd County, including parents, coaches and siblings of the competitors.
Matches were played Aug. 11-13 at the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College in Rome, Ga. The Rome Floyd Tennis Center was the site of some matches on Friday.
Here are the 2018 champions and finalists:
Level, Champion & captain/co-captain, Finalist & captain/co-captain, Score in final or *champion’s & finalist’s scores in round robin
10 & Under Intermediate
Augusta, Ga, Andrea Thomas,
Athens, Ga. (wild card), Kathleen Converse
12 & Under Intermediate
Atlanta, Karla Azuara
Camden, S.C., Jenny Greenway
12 & Under Advanced
Anderson, S.C.Therese Woorons/Sophie Woorons
Knoxville, Tenn., Dana Forsyth
14 & Under Intermediate
Atlanta, Amy Morrison
Albany, Ga. (wild card). Brandi Singleton
14 & Under Advanced
Atlanta, Cindy Pietkiewicz
Ocean Springs, Miss., Lance St. Amant
18 & Under Intermediate
Birmingham, Ala., Ryen Valentine
Milton, Ga., Kristin Haak
18 & Under Advanced-Low
Macon, Ga., Todd Smith
Jackson, Miss., Chandy Lee
18 & Under Advanced
Atlanta, Pam Williams
Birmingham, Ala., Kristijan Mitrovski