Local Tennis Teams Win State Titles

USTA Jr. State Team Tennis

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

Three Chattanooga tennis teams claimed state championships Sunday in the USTA State Junior Team Tennis Championships at The Champions Club in Rivermont.

Five hundred players from across the state competed in various age divisions.

Local team winners were Chattanooga Blue Aces (12U beginner), Chattanooga Lightening (14U)  and Chattanooga Heat Strokes (18U Intermediate)

Chattanooga Lightening (14U Intermediate)

This is the second time in three years in which coach Raul Fernandez has led his Chattanooga Lightening to the 14U state title.  This squad will compete in the Southern Sectionals Aug. 15-17 in South Carolina.

Roster: Sydney Dattilo (East Hamilton), Avalon Langley (East Hamilton), Rachel Hruby (Baylor), Mary Elizabeth Wakim (Signal Mountain), Sarah Kate Bailey (Signal Mountain), Gabe Williams (Signal Mountain), Nicholas Webber (Hixson), Thomas Thelen (Signal Mountain), Grant Williams (Signal Mountain), Logan Lintine (McCallie). coach Raul Fernandez

Chattanooga Heat Strokes (18U Intermediate)

Roster: Connor O 'Brien, Blake Savard, Barrett Schock, Kyle Molhusen, Ryan Tyson, Chloe Mitchell, Katie Delay, Rachel Faulkner, Kacey Stephens, Alison Anderson.

State Finals

8U Intermediate:

Champion - Whittington Creek 8U Grizzles

Runner-up - Windyke Red

10U Intermediate:

Champion - Greeneville Flying Aces

Runner-up - Collierville

10U Advanced:

Champion - Nashville String Poppers (advance to Sectionals)

Runner-up - KRC Smashers 10U

12U Beginner:

Champion - Chattanooga Blue Aces

2nd place: Chattanooga Manker Minions

12U Intermediate:

Champion - Knoxville Fox Den (advance to Southern Sectional

Runner-up - CBRC 12B Red

12U Advanced:

Champion - KRC Aces 12A (advance to Southern Sectionals)

2nd place: CBRC 12A Blue (advance to Southern Sectional - wildcard)

14U Intermediate:

Champion - Chattanooga Lightning (advance to Southern Sectional)

Runner-up - CBRC 14 Green

14U Advanced:

Champion - CBRC 14A Blue (advance to Southern Sectionals)

18U Intermediate:

Champion - Chattanooga Heat Strokes

Runner-up - CBRC 18 Green

18U Advanced:

Champion - CBRC Red (advance to Southern Sectionals)

Runner-up -  CBRC Blue

contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@comcast.net


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