99 Teams Graced the APTA Junior Nationals

2014-APTA-Junior-Nationals-Logo-200February 25, 2014
Philadelphia, PA

Sunny and warm describes both the boys and girls participating and the weather at the 2014 APTA Junior Nationals. The players were poised, gracious, funny, focused, and up for anything. And the spring-like weather couldn’t have been more welcome. The region had recently been hit with record snowfall and icy temperatures, and tree carnage was still noticeable on every street. The event had to be postponed due to a prolonged power outage (six days for some residents and clubs)! Finally, two weeks later, the kids were up and running…and driving, volleying, lobbing, and playing hard!

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and detailed results below!

The green hooded sweatshirt favor was a big hit, and was seen in great number as the day cooled off. The kids, young and old, were full of energy—starting with the lunch buffet at Waynesborough Country Club and ending with all the finals at the WCC—throughout seven hours of round robin and draw play. The championship rounds at the host club were nothing short of impressive. The winners and finalists were all presented with a Viking racquet, courtesy of the APTA. The Boys and Girls 18 & Under winners were invited to the Men’s and Women’s Nationals, with the APTA sponsoring their entry fees.

A great big thank you to Tournament Director Laurie Hissey, who took on the role just two weeks ago, and ruled with great humor and steadfastness. An equal size thank you for Tournament Director Ann O’Shea, who created the event and put in all the hard work that goes with it (only to find that the new date coincided with a much-needed vacation). Abundant gratitude goes to Junior Tour Chairman Steve Caccam, who ramped up the energy after the initial postponement. Kathy Cramer, Junior Tour Coordinator, deserves a round of applause for all her effort toward the tournament (and for being a champion’s mother!) Our hut commanders were top-notch; much thanks for your time and volunteerism. To all the parents who supported the young players, excellent effort! APTA Executive Director Ann Sheedy and APTA President Rob Coster pulled double duty, manning the Merion Cricket Club hut and representing the organization. As always, we thank Viking for their support and the steady supply of balls.

Our young roving reporter, Mary Emma Guldi, may have worked the hardest of anyone there. Look for her story and photos soon!

Division Champions Finalists Score
Boys 18 & Under Gardner Tregellas (New Canaan, CT)
Will Burger (New Canaan, CT)
Austin Holmes (New Canaan, CT)
Reed Schultz (New Canaan, CT)
6-1, 6-1
Girls 18 & Under Meghan Foster (White plains, NY)
Hannah Kratky (Greenwich, CT)
Meredith Hughes (Malvern, PA)
Bella Echevarria (Kennett Square, PA)
6-2, 7-5
Boys 15 & Under William Cannon (Fairfield, CT)
Henry Fishman (Fairfield, CT)
Will Graham (Greenwich, CT)
Henry DeCoster (Greenwich, CT)
7-5, 7-5
Girls 15 & Under Callie Burkhart (Wayne, PA)
Catie Burkhart (Wayne, PA)
Alexandra Shay (Wilton, CT)
Emily Dardis (Stamford, CT)
6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Boys 12 & Under Aidan Donoho (Wilmington, DE)
Ty Brinker (Wilmington, DE)
Marty Alexander (Franklin Lakes, NJ)
Harrison Kulick (Franklin Lakes, NJ)
6-1, 6-7, 6-3
Girls 12 & Under Ava Ignatowich (Darien, CT)
Taylor Dean (Fairfield, CT)
Leah Walter (Morristown, NJ)
Phoebe Brinker (Wilmington, DE)
6-4, 6-3
Boys 10 & Under Charles Brossy (New Canaan, CT)
Griffin Cramer (Darien, CT)
James Lorenzetti (Stamford, CT)
Trevor Ramirez (Redding, CT)
6-3, 6-1

2014 APTA Junior Nationals Slide Show

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