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Florida Tennis Briefs: Dunlop Orange Bowl Florida Winners; Yulee/Kraft Food Drive

December 13, 2010 03:48 PM
From left: champion Lauren Davis and runner-up Grace Min
(photo by Michael Baz)
Florida's Davis, Kiick, Keys Wins Dunlop Orange Bowl Titles

17-year-old Lauren Davis, the Ohio transfer who now lives in Boca Raton and trains at the Evert Academy, won the Dunlop Orange Bowl Girls' 18 title over the weekend, defeating Georgia's 16-year-old Grace Min in the final 6-3, 6-7(7), 6-1.

"It's been a long three weeks," Davis, the No. 8 seed, told zootennis.com after capturing her third ITF title in a three-week span. "It went by pretty fast, because I was enjoying myself winning. Now I get to take a two-day break and I have another tournament."

Davis will next compete in the USTA Australian Open Playoff tournament in an attempt to earn a main draw wildcard for a Melbourne trip in January 2011.

"I feel prepared, especially going into the tournament with all this confidence; it's good for me," Davis said.

Davis also beat Min in the semifinals of the Eddie Herr tournament the week prior.

"Even since Eddie Herr, I've felt my game has gone to another level," said Min, who also trains in Boca Raton, but at the USTA National Training Center. "I hope I can just build on that going into the new year."

Plantation's 15-year-old Allie Kiick won the Girls' 16 title, coming from a set down to defeat Catherine Harrison 5-7, 6-2, 6-0.

"I usually come back in the second [set] a lot," said Kiick, whose father is former Miami Dolphin running back Jim Kiick. "I like to give my Dad a heart attack."

Tennessee's Harrison won only two games over the last two sets against Kiick, apparently feeling the effects of a nearly-three-hour semifinal win the previous day over European 16s champion Silvia Garcia Jimenez of Spain.

"It was my legs on my serve," said Harrison of her spotty serving. "I couldn't really push up like I was doing yesterday. I had a lot more double faults today, and my serve definitely wasn't as strong."

Florida claimed another Orange Bowl title when Boca Raton's Madison Keys teamed with North Carolina's Lauren Herring to win the Girls' 18 doubles title. The first-time unseeded pairing defeated No. 5 seeds Margarita Gasparyan of Russia and Ganna Poznikhirenko of Ukraine 6-4, 0-6, 10-8.

It was the second Orange Bowl doubles title for Herring, who last year won the 16s with Min.

"I'm excited, because when Grace and I won the 16s, we won it by default, so to win it 10-8, that was fun," Herring said.

Community Outreach at Kraft Tennis Club Supports Food Pantry

From left: Michele Maharaj and fellow food drive organizers and players Frances Blancett, Jerry Gardner, Ben Mirshacel, Evan Mirschel, John Mirschel
The Kraft Tennis Club in Amelia Island and the Yulee Tennis Foundation teamed on Dec. 12, 2010, to raise funds and food items to restock a local food pantry, hosting a Men's and Women's Doubles Round Robin.

Despite cold winds and sporadic rainfall, tennis enthusiasts came out to play and support the event, which had an entry fee of five non-perishable food items per person. 

"I am very happy with the turnout and the amount of food received," said the Yulee Tennis Foundation's Michele Maharaj. "We were able to fill-up the bed of our truck and the back seat with groceries that will definitely help out our locals who might be having a bit of a struggle these days. We are so appreciative to Kraft Tennis Club for donating the use of their facilities for this event as part of their Community Outreach program." 
The Yulee Tennis Foundation is an official USTA Florida Community Association (CTA).

Ben Mirschel and Jerry Gardner placed first in the men's doubles event, with Evan and Jhon Mirschel placing second. In the "Sleigh Belles" division, Sandy Eldrige and Kathly Finley topped Arlene Mirschel and Leslie Ritter. The "Mistletoe Maidens" division was won by Darlene Morris and Marylin Baggett, with Mary Doyle and Sue Ragan taking second place.





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