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Singles State Championships Recap

November 20, 2013 09:21 AM

The USTA South Carolina Singles State Championships, which were held in Isle of Palms, SC from November 16-18, came to an end on Monday after rain threatened to delay the ending of the tournament.

Upper Piedmont Tennis Association had the strongest showing out of all leagues with a total of five champions and a finalist. Pee Dee Tennis League and Foothills Tennis Association also had a good showing, each finishing with two champions.

Here is the complete list of the champions and finalists:

Division

Champions

Finalists

3.0 Men 18 & Over

Pee Dee Tennis League

Captain: Kelly Russell

Columbia Tennis League

Captain: Andy Eckstorm

3.5 Men 18 & Over

Upper Piedmont Tennis Association

Captain: Scott Mouzon

Spartanburg Area Tennis League

Captain: Jason Bradley Smith

4.0 Men 18 & Over

Columbia Tennis Association

Captain: Russell Price

Mid-Carolina Tennis League

Captain: Chris Doyle Mullis

4.5 Men 18 & Over

Lowcountry Tennis Association

Captain: Cadill Maharaj

Coastal Carolina Tennis Association

Captain: Todd Matthewstone

3.0 Men 40 & Over

Upper Piedmont Tennis Association

Captain: Don Karns

Spartanburg Area Tennis League

Captain: Ronslow Fenner

3.5 Men 40 & Over

Upper Piedmont Tennis Association

Captain: Brad Meredith

Aiken Area Tennis League

Captain: Augusto Donatelli

4.0 Men 40 & Over

Spartanburg Area Tennis League

Captain: Bryan Nutt

Aiken Area Tennis League

Captain: Eddie Estochen

2.5 Women 18 & Over

Pee Dee Tennis League

Captain: Melinda Hodges

Grand Strand Tennis League

Captain: Melody Tanner

3.0 Women 18 & Over

Foothills Tennis Association

Captain: Martha Van Dam

Spartanburg Area Tennis League

Captain: Crystal Smith

3.5 Women 18 & Over

Foothills Tennis Association

Captain: Lauren Barnes

Aiken Area Tennis League

Captain: Mary Amini

4.0 Women 18 & Over

Grand Strand Tennis League

Captain: Caitlin Negethon

Hilton Head Tennis Association

Captain: Tracy Castricone

4.5 Women 18 & Over

Lowcountry Tennis Association

Captain: Andrea Hines

Coastal Carolina Tennis Association

Captain: Zalayha Maharaj

3.0 Women 40 & Over

Upper Piedmont Tennis Association

Captain: Rebecca Beeby

Aiken Area Tennis League

Captain: Jane Stafford

3.5 Women 40 & Over

Lexington Area Tennis Association

Captain: Teresa Tracy

Upper Piedmont Tennis Association

Captain: Vickie Allen

4.0 Women 40 & Over

Upper Piedmont Tennis Association

Captain: Pamela Jo Marthinson

Hilton Head Tennis Association

Captain: Liz Purcell

 

Saturday was smooth sailing for players and USTA volunteers. The weather was cooperative and play was kept on schedule. On Sunday, however, afternoon rains delayed play and players were forced to return at night to finish their matches.

In order to stay on schedule, matches were played until the late hours of the night, allowing for organizers to only have championship matches on Monday. As champions and finalists were being handed their prizes, tournament organizer Sam Hicks joked, “Congratulations for winning the tournament that never ends!” This comes after last year’s tournament was also delayed by rain.

Even though the weather did not cooperate, the tournament was a success. Players were understanding of the difficulties the rain would create and volunteers worked hard to accommodate everyone at the scheduled times.

Pictures of the champions and finalists can be found here.

 

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