Pinewood team claims state junior tennis title
The Topspin Tornados won the 10U division at the Junior Team Tennis South Carolina Championships held in Florence July 19-21.
The Pinewood Preparatory School team accumulated 142 points during the tournament to claim the state championship over second place Cobblestone Tennis Club, which finished with 132 points. The Tornados only lost two matches during the weekend while winning 17.
Team members are Victoria Vietri, Jessica Osborne, Reagan Walker, Mackenzie Penton, Rahi Gajjar, Spicer Pagan, Ethan Warner and Edward Naval. The team is coached by Bryant McKee and John Penton.
Reagan Walker was named the Sportsmanship winner for the Tornados, which won the Summerville JTT league to advance to the State Tournament. The team will now play in the Southern Sectional tournament in Auburn, Ala. on Aug. 16-18 against teams from nine other Southern States.
Summerville also sent two teams to compete in the 12 and Under state tournament, the Orange Crush and Topspin Tsunamis. Both teams also play out of Pinewood.
The Woodlands' Terminetters from Columbia won the 12U division with 172 points while the Orange Crush finished second with 142 points.
Team members for the Crush are Arianna Brim, Natalie Blatner, Lizzie Naval, Ben Diffley, Grayson Mann and McGregor Mann. The team is coached by Jun Naval and Melissa Naval. Grayson Mann was the Sportsmanship Winner for the Orange Crush.
The Topspin Tsunamis were the youngest team in the 12U division as most of the team’s players still qualify to play in the 10U division but chose to play up. The Tsunamis placed fourth with 133 points and won 3 of 5 matches.
Team members are Ellie Rodgers, Hannah Jeffrey, Annelise Pagan, Hannah McKee, Patrick Sott, Canon McConnell, Ethan Baly and Jay Diffley. The team is coached by Bryant McKee and Jun Naval. The Tsunamis won the State Tournament Spirit Award and both McConnell and Hannah McKee won a Sportsmanship Award.
"It was a great weekend for Summerville's Tennis Teams,” Pinewood Tennis Director Bryant McKee said, “I am so proud of everyone who participated. All of the children played some of the best tennis I have seen them play and they all had a great weekend. I am looking forward to more State titles in the future and I am so excited for the 10U team. Thank you to all the parents for all their support."