Friday, June 25, 2010

Hunter Reese and Catherine Harrison Capture the Southern Junior Closed Tennis Championships at Burns Park

Hunter Reese of Georgia and Catherine Harrison (pictured left) of Tennessee won the Southern Junior Closed Boy's 18s and Girl's 18s Tennis Championships at Burns Park Tennis Center in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Hunter Reese defeated an injured Garrett Brasseaux of Louisiana 6-4, 6-0 in the Boy's 18s finals. The most interesting match was in the Girl's 18s in which Catherine Harrison defeated Whitney Kay of Georgia 6-2, 7-6. Harrison played an aggressive backcourt game by ripping two-handed forehand winners from all over the court. Kay was forced to play defensive tennis most of the match and rely on Harrison to commit unforced errors in order to win points. It was a very fun match to watch with the two contrasting styles of play. The finalists were blue-chip college tennis recruits receiving attention from top college programs across the nation.

A list of Arkansas juniors that performed well in the tournament included Ryan Hudelson, Mario Martinez, Grant Adams, Kaitlin Ray, Lindsey Liles, and Darby Brandon. Other Arkansans participating in the event included Amy Andersen, Bishop Bass, Caleb Fackler, Forrest Hickey, Robert Hodous, McKenna Kraus, Seth Laster, and Caleb McReynolds.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Lindsey Liles and Ryan Hudelson Win Arkansas State Junior Qualifying Tennis Championship

Lindsey Liles of Little Rock defeated Darby Brandon of Little Rock 6-3, 6-2 to capture the Girl's 18s in the Arkansas Junior Qualifying Tennis Championship. Ryan Hudelson (pictured right) of Little Rock won the Boy's 18s title with a 7-6, 7-6 victory over Grant Adams of Texarkana, TX. Other divisional winners include
Boy's 16s- S.R. Colton of Little Rock,
Girl's 16s- Mary Wright of Hot Springs,
Boy's 14s- Taylor Cramer of Texarkana, Tx,
Girl's 14s- Tiffany Tang of Rogers,
Boy's 12s- Max Mendelsohn of Little Rock,
Girl's 12s- Tatum Rice of Hot Springs,
Boy's 10s- Zachary Humphries of Maumelle,
Girl's 10s- Thea Rice of Hot Springs

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