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Kershaw County players shine in Camden junior tennis event

Posted: May 20, 2016 9:22 a.m.
Updated: May 20, 2016 9:17 a.m.

CAMDEN’S TAYLOR KINGSLEY (far left) and playing partner Sidney Mitchell (third from left) of Greenville defeated the Camden pairing of Caroline Cassidy and Sarah Anne Smoak in the girls’ 10 doubles finals at last month’s Camden “Classically Carolina” Junior Tennis Championships sponsored by Kershaw Health and the City of Camden.

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While young tennis players from throughout the state converged on Camden for The Camden “Classically Carolina” Junior Tennis Championships sponsored by Kershaw Health and the City of Camden, it was a large group of tennis players from Kershaw County who left the three-day event with trophies.

The tournament was staged at various venues in Camden on April 22-24 with Camden Country Club head tennis professional and director of aquatics Kevin Jackson overseeing the event as tournament director.

Camden’s David Pope won the boys’ 10 singles title as he defeated Sean Cooper of Florence in the finals, 4-1, 5-3.

In the boys’ 10 doubles, Elgin’s George Oliver teamed with Walker Mikkelson of Bluffton to stop Camden’s Slade Funderburk and playing partner Sean Cooper of Florence, 7-5, in the championship match. Advancing into the semifinals before being edged, 6-4, by the winning duo were Camden’s Hank Greenway and Walter Long.

In the boys’ 12 doubles finales, Elgin’s Erwann Monnet and Hampton Cope of Lexington downed Irmo’s Ryan Lubaczewski and Will Taylor, 8-2. Monnett fell in the semifinals of the singles portion of the event to Cope, 6-2, 6-3.

It was an all-Camden finale in the boys’ 12 singles green ball event with James Elliott topping James Burns, 6-1, 6-3.

Camden’s Taylor Kingsley won the girls’ 10 championship as she downed fellow Camdenite Avery Younghans in the finals by identical 4-1 scores.

Kingsley teamed with Sidney Mitchell of Greenville to win the girls’ 12 doubles title as they stopped the Camden team of Caroline Cassidy and Sarah Anne Smoak in the finals by a 6-0 count. Making their way into the quarterfinals in girls’ 10 doubles were Camden’s Meg Grumbach and Margaret Moore, Camden’s Anne Hutto and Avery Younghans, Camden’s Louise Moore and Josey Sweat along with the twosome of Camden’s Kaitlyn Clyburn and Peyton Sanders.

In the girls’ 12 singles green ball championship, Elgin’s Ella Fallaw came up short against Isabella Woods of Mount Pleasant in being tripped up, 6-3, 6-1.



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