UPDATE: Saturday, August 4
The 2012 USTA Jr. Team Tennis Middle States Section Championships came to a close Friday afternoon at Mercer County Park, with the finals of the 14U Intermediate and 12U Intermediate flights. The Nassau Dare Doubles (14U Intermediate) defeated the Garnet Valley Smash in the decisive match, and earned the right to advance to the JTT National Championships in South Carolina.
Hershey Heat won the 12U Intermediate flight, and although 12s don’t advance to a National Championship, it was a fun experience for all of the players. Tennis Addiction came in second.
For information on JTT National Championships, click here.
Thursday and Friday’s Winners: Pennsbury (18 Intermediate); Nassau Dare Doubles (14 Intermediate); Hershey Heat (12 Intermediate)
Wednesday, August 1:
Jared Morris pumped his fists and smiled, staring across the court at teammate Sarah Candeloro. He and the Delaware Nightmare Jr. Team Tennis squad had just pulled off one of the most improbable comebacks imaginable at Mercer County Park’s Tennis Facility, storming back from six games down during the first day of Middle States’ Jr. Team Tennis Section Championships on Wednesday.
Trailing while headed into the final action of the day, Delaware needed a 6-0 decision in mixed doubles to force a tie with the Pittsburgh Polar Bears. And as unpredictable as it seemed at the time, the Nightmare pulled it off, winning the final court in a dominating 6-0 decision to force a tie-break. From there, Morris and Candeloro took home the win.
Just like that, the first stretch of Jr. Team Tennis Section Championships came to a close after a long day of action in the 18 Advanced and 14 Advanced divisions. Champions from each Middle States district made the trip to compete in the Section Championships, where they played for a chance to play for the JTT National Championship in South Carolina.
Competition continues Thursday and Friday, when winners from each division will earn spots to the next level.
For action photos from the week, continue to check the Middle States Facebook page.
Wednesday’s Winners: Delaware Nightmare (18 Advanced); Pittsburgh (14 Advanced)