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Florida Sweeps At The USA Team Tennis (y) Southeast Regionals

October 19, 2004 08:26 AM
Who would have known that when the Harbor Ridge Hurricanes from Stuart and the Space Coast Survivors from Cocoa Beach chose their team names for their local Youth Team Tennis league, that their names would be “oh” so appropriate!  Each team’s communities were hit quite hard from two hurricanes within a three-week time span.  Most families experienced evacuations, loss of power, school closings, massive clean up and an overall lack of communication with each other, which affected team practice time.  Despite all this, the Harbor Ridge Hurricanes won the 14u and the Space Coast Survivors won the 18u divisions of the Southeast Regional Tournament, October 1-3 at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach. This National event consists of teams representing Florida, Texas, and the Southern Section of the USTA.   Each team qualified by placing first or second in their respective Section Championship Tournament in the 14u and 18u Intermediate Divisions.

Sunday’s awards ceremony highlighted a perfect end to a fun-filled Team Tennis event.  While the players and coaches enjoyed pizza and cookies, beautifully engraved photo frames were handed out to the winners and finalist in each division.  In addition, a USA Team Tennis banner that stated the event and position they placed was presented to the coach to hang at their facility.   Congratulations to the following teams:

photos by Adrienne DiMenna

18u Division
Champion: Space Coast SurvivorsCocoa Beach, FLCapt. Cheryl Puleo
Finalist:Burst Of SilenceCharlotte, NCCapt. John Trimp

18u Champions: Space Coast Survivors

18u Finalists: Burst of Silence - Charlotte, NC

14u Division
Champion: Harbor Ridge HurricanesStuart, FLCapt. Suzanne Beers
Finalist:Thousand Oaks UntouchablesSan Antonio, TXCapt. Fernando Avila

14u Champions: Harbour Ridge Hurricanes - Stuart, FL

14u Finalists: Thousand Oaks Untouchables - San Antonio, TX

An important philosophy of USA Team Tennis (y) is sportsmanship and teamwork.  At the conclusion of each match, coaches vote for one player from the opposing team for the Sportsmanship Award.  Votes are counted and Jodi Manning, Tournament Director for the Southeast Regionals, is pleased to announce the following winners:

18u Division
Boy:Bryson Bell  Big WhiffasAmarillo, TX
Girl:LeeAnn NawrockiSpace Coast SurvivorsCocoa Beach, FL

18u Division Sportsmanship Award winners: LeeAnn Nawrocki and Bryson Bell

18u Division
Boy:Ryan Duprey Terminators Deland, FL
Girl:Hayley Hotchkiss Matchpoints Macon, GA

Hayley Hotchkiss
Ryan Duprey





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