Led by hall of fame inductee Eric Voges, Chattanooga tennis was well represented at the USTA Tennessee Awards Luncheon Saturday in Nashville.
Voges, the current McCallie Director of Tennis Operations, joined former U. of Tennessee great Chris Woodruff as Tennessee Tennis Hall of Fame inductees, while Baylor seventh grader Paige Gilbert received a Sportsmanship Award and the Chattanooga Tennis Association was recognized for hosting the state adult mixed championship which was selected as the Adult Tournament of the Year.
Eric Voges – Coach Voges started playing tennis at the age of four and was ranked in the top three in the state in each age group (12s, 14s, 16s 18s) and top 10 in the South. He won two TSSAA state doubles titles at McCallie, was a two-time team captain at Tennessee and won an SEC Indoor title at No.6 singles.
As McCallie coach for 29 years, he led the Blue Tornado to six state team titles. He is the third McCallie coach to be elected to the Tennessee Tennis Hall of Fame joining John Strang and Turner Howard.
As a coach, Voges has received various awards including USPTA High School Coach of the Year, Tennis Association Pro of the Year and Southern Tennis Association Educational Merit Award.
Paige Gilbert – A Signal Mountain resident, Gilbert received the Junior Sportsmanship Award. She played No.2 singles for the Baylor Middle School team last fall and also received a sportsmanship award at the state 12s and 14s qualifying tournament last summer.
CTA – The Chattanooga Tennis Association president Roger Ross accepted the Adult Tournament of the Year Award for Team Chattanooga as the Scenic City hosted the Adult Mixed State Championship in 2016.
Southern Tennis Hall of Fame - Manker Patten and Baylor School tennis director Ned Caswell was inducted into the Southern Tennis Association Hall of Fame January 21 in Atlanta. Caswell was a two-time All-American at Furman and has won world titles in singles 35s (1999) and doubles (1999 and 2001).
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