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Camden Country Club netters bring home a USTA state championship

Posted: July 23, 2015 11:59 a.m.
Updated: July 24, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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THE CAMDEN COUNTRY CLUB 10-and-under intermediate tennis team finished off a hot and grueling weekend on the courts in Florence by bringing home a state championship and a berth inthe USTA Southern tourney in Cayce next month. Pictured kneeling, from left are, David Pope and Taylor Kingsley. The middle row is made up of Sarah Anne Smoak, Caroline Cassidy and Will Grumbach. Pictured on the back row are head coach Kevin Jackson, Slade Funderburk, Brett Elliott, Winn McKittrick and coach Wendy Kingsley.

Using a one-point win over the Woodland Warriors in Sunday’s finals, the Camden Country Club 10-and-under intermediate tennis team finished off a perfect weekend in capturing the USTA South Carolina Junior Team Tennis State Championship.

The team, led by head coach Kevin Jackson and assisted by Wendy Kingsley, finished off a perfect 4-0 weekend in the event hosted at the Floyd Tennis Center in Florence.

By virtue of their 28-27 win over the team from Woodland Country Club, the local entry will be one of nine teams from the Palmetto State which will head to the Cayce Tennis Center in Lexington to compete in the USTA Southern Junior Team Tennis Sectional Championships to be contested on Aug. 21-23. Should the CCC squad win the Southern title, they will return to the Cayce Tennis Center for the USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships, scheduled for the Lexington County facility on Oct. 15-18 and Oct. 22-25.

“We’re excited that so many of our teams will have the opportunity to play at the next level,” said Rashawn Nelson, junior recreation manager at USTA South Carolina, the state office of the U.S. Tennis Association.

The state tournament opened with Camden making quick work of Waccamaw in the first round, 37-12. One day later, the locals advanced to the semifinals with a 31-23 victory over Greenville.

Once in the final four, Camden ousted tournament host Florence by a resounding 40-16 final count to set up a Sunday title pairing with Woodland with the Camden CC squad being able to pull out the 28-27 win on a sweltering afternoon on the asphalt courts.

The winning did not stop there as the Camden Country Club’s David Pope was awarded the tournament’s sportsmanship award at the conclusion of the tournament.

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