North Area Report Sam Hicks

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North Area Report

Sam Hicks

MCTL just finished their first time Super Senior Combo league with 26 men and 23 women. All matches were played at Sun City /Carolina Lakes on clay courts. They be sending one 6.5 Super Senior men’s team and 1 Super Senior women’s team to State in Nov. They have just begun their Mixed Doubles season with 19 adult teams (220 people) and 10 senior teams( 116 people), which gives us a 24% growth. Their goal was a 10% growth. They are especially excited about adding their 9.0 teams and their growth in the senior teams.

Rock Hill Tennis Center: They will have Summer Junior USTA tournaments. There are USTA Mixed Doubles Teams playing out of the tennis center this summer.  They are currently resurfacing all of our courts to the US Open Decoturf blue. This will be the first year that we send a group of juniors to the Belton State USTA Junior Tournament.  They have over 15 juniors going to Belton this year from the tennis center.  They will be hosting a 4th of July USTA Adult Round Robin Doubles tournament to include a barbecue for all of the participants. They are hosting a free tennis clinic to all juniors on June 7th to help promote Junior Team Tennis for the summer season.

The USC Upstate women’s tennis team finished their season 17-3 overall and with a perfect 11-0 slate in Atlantic Sun Conference play, winning the school’s first A-Sun league championships along with softball. Anna Novo was the A-Sun Player of the Year as she set a school-record with 29 singles wins. Senior Diana Martinez finished her career as the school's all-time leader in singles wins (73), doubles wins (64) and combined wins (137). She also earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors for her work in the classroom, which includes a perfect 4.0 GPA.


The USC Upstate men’s tennis team finished its first season 15-6 overall and 8-2 in the A-Sun, marking the fourth time in the last six years the program reached 15 wins. The Spartans finished third in the A-Sun led by All-A-Sun First Team selection Sandy Franz. Franz, who went 19-12 during the season, was also a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection. The team also got a huge lift from All-A-Sun Second Team selection Renzo Airaldi, who went 26-7 in singles play and 18-13 overall in doubles play. The Peruvian sophomore was just one singles win shy of a 16-year old school record of 27 wins set by James Homan in 1991-92.

CCS has a very busy summer starting with its Belton Camp where thirty of the state's top junior's will prepare for the Southern qualifier held annually in Belton, South Carolina. CCS will have twenty juniors competing in this event. Cornelius Jordan, Director of Tennis, will again be a Southern Coach for South Carolina. He will be going to Macon, Georgia to coach the Boys & Girls 14s. CCS will be hosting its July Junior Tournament from the 18th-21st. CCS will be offering Advanced, Intermediate and Beginner Junior clinics throughout the summer. The CCs Pro Invitational was a huge success with Taylor Dent, Pat Cash, Justin Gimmelstob and Jan Michael Gambell as competitors.

SATA helped sponsor the recent, very successful, men's pro invitational at CCS. They donated 3 umpire chairs that have plaques attached that recognize SATA's contribution.

They finalized an agreement for a trial partnership with USCU to establish a community tennis center on their campus. Their tax-exempt status has been applied for and is pending. They have established committees, including, youth/junior tennis and Diversity that are beginning to work. They have an ad-hoc committee currently rewriting the SATA bylaws.

The West Side Club is undergoing a face-lift.  Each clay court is getting two tons of new clay, all the canopies are being replaced and the benches have just received a make over. We're getting a number of new 2.0-2.5 women players playing in the beginner clinics and we'll soon begin to see some competitive action. The summer clinic and camp schedule begins the week of June 9th.  See our website for more information. Plans are under way to host a FREE Junior tennis clinic this fall.  The Westside Club will be a host and District 1 schools have also agreed to use their new courts at Landrum High School.  Dates and times will be announced shortly.

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