Petersburg Racquet Club will be well-represented at the United States Tennis Asociation Southern Jr. Team Tennis Sectional Championship.
The club took eight teams to the state competition in Macon, Ga. July 26, coming away with three first-place finishes and a second-place finish. Two of the four teams will compete next in the sectional round in Auburn, Ala. from Friday, August 16 to Sunday, August 18.
“This is definitely the first year that we’ve had the most teams out of this club that have attended at the state championships,” said tennis director Vu Nguyen. “With as many teams as we had, we definitely had success having three teams win the finals and one team come out as a finalist.”
The 10U intermediate silver and 14U intermediate squads won their state divisions, and that was their final stopping point. The 14U advanced team won and moved on to the sectionals while the 12U advanced team came in second but advanced to the sectional as a wildcard.
Nguyen coached the 14U advanced team
“For my team specifically, it’s definitely a huge success because they’ve done it in the past in the 12 and under level and now that they’re at the 14 and under advanced level to get the opportunity to go to Auburn and compete against the other states, it’s definitely going to be a new experience for these kids,” he said. ”I’m definitely looking forward to it.”
Kylie Duckworth played doubles for the 14U advanced team.
“It was really fun and I’m really excited to go to Auburn because if we end up winning Auburn then we go to nationals which will be really fun because we didn’t get to go when we won sectionals in 2011, because they didn’t have it for our age group,” Duckworth said.
The 14 intermediate coach, Yolanda Leahy, was proud of her team.
“We played 25 individual matches and we won all 25,” she said. “We kicked butt.”