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Columbus Team Finishes Second at Junior Team Tennis National Championships

November 25, 2014 09:32 AM

A team from Columbus, Ohio, representing the Midwest USTA Section, finished second at the 2014 USTA Junior Team Tennis 18-and-Under Intermediate National Championships, held at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center in Cayce, S.C. this weekend. 

INT_--_FINALISTS_--_MIDWESTIn the championship match, the Columbus team fell to the USTA Middle States Section team from Yardley, Pa., 49-43.  In the semifinals on Saturday, Columbus beat the Missouri Valley Section team from Kansas City, Mo., 49-47, to advance to the championship. The 2014 USTA Jr. Team Tennis 18-and-Under National Championships brought together the top 32 teams from various USTA Sections throughout the country.

The team is coached by Seth Thompson and the team captain is Aaron Stoessel.  The team is made up of Brianna Brdicka, Nicole Holman, Alex Hulka, Shuo Liu, Arjun Venkataraman and Ashley Weeks. 

“It was an honor to be here and we were really surprised to even get to the finals,” Thompson said.  “Our club has been to this event six or seven times and this is the best we have ever done.  We were missing a couple people on our team, so I am proud of everyone that stepped up.”  

Sunday’s Intermediate Final Scores
CHAMPIONSHIP: Middle States (Yardley, Pa.) def. Midwest (Columbus, Ohio), 49-43
3rd-4th: Missouri Valley (Kansas City, Mo.) def. Mid-Atlantic (Washington, D.C.), 46-40
5th-6th: Southwest (Las Cruces, N.M.) def. Southern (Hilton Head, S.C.), 45-43
7th-8th: Southern* (Buford, Ga.) def. New England (Marion, Mass.), 51-48
9th-10th: Northern (Minneapolis, Minn.) def. Northern* (Eau Claire, Wis.), 55-35
11th-12th: Eastern (Tenafly, N.J.) def. NorCal (Modesto, Calif.), 52-47
13th-14th: Caribbean (San Juan, P.R.) def. Southern California (Temecula, Calif.), 54-39
15th-16th: Texas (Houston, Texas), def. Hawaii Pacific (Honolulu, Hawaii), 60-16
*-Denotes wild card team

ADVANCED_--_Best_Banner_Award_--_MidwestThe National Championships serves as the crown jewel of USTA Junior Team Tennis as the nation’s top teams compete for the title. Each year the USTA crowns a national champion in two age divisions (14U and 18U) in both the Intermediate and Advanced play divisions. This year, there are 32 teams from across the United States who have advanced to the National Championships totaling 250 participants. 

Established in 1991, USTA Junior Team Tennis provides youth with all of the health and social benefits of tennis in a co-ed, fun and competitive team environment, and allows participants to compete with and against individuals of similar skill and age levels. It promotes social skills and important values by fostering a spirit of cooperation and unity, as well as individual self-growth. USTA Junior Team Tennis is also a fun environment for kids to learn that succeeding is really more about how they play the game—win or lose.




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