Thursday, April 24, 2014

Barron Collier & Wiregrass Ranch Split Florida Class 3A State Championship




DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships participants Barron Collier & Wiregrass Ranch finished in a two-way tie to be named Co-Champions of Florida's Class 3A State Championships.

The championships gave Barron Collier, 3rd place at the 2014 DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships, their fifth straight State Championship and ninth overall. The Cougars claimed the No. 3 & No. 5 Singles divisions with wins over co-champion Wiregrass Ranch by Paul Johnson and Michael Raymond. The doubles duo of Alan Sweet & Paul Johnson clinched the No. 1 Doubles division and teammates Michael Raymond and Doug Small claimed the No. 2 Doubles division. Cougars' Sweet & Johnson went on to claim the Florida Class 3A Doubles State Championship. 

Wiregrass Ranch finished 14th place at the DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships without their top two singles players Agustin Morena and Pedro Fernandez del Valle. The Bulls got key wins from the pair as they won the No. 1 and No. 2 Singles divisions and Alejandro Feliciano claimed the title at No. 4 singles. The duo of Alejandro Feliciano and Foresight Okungbowa had a chance to give Wiregrass Ranch the title outright but fell 7-6 (6-2), 3-6, 10-5 to Barron Collier at No. 2 Doubles. Wiregrass Ranch's Morena also went on to win the Florida Class 3A Singles State Championship. The team championship marked the first in school history for Wiregrass Ranch.

Barron Collier loses four seniors off their squad including SIU-Edwardsville commit Michael Raymond, Doug Small, Paul Johnson and Alejandro Vargas. Wiregrass Ranch Dave Wilson was excited about the future of his program saying ""We're getting better and better, and the good thing is there are no seniors."

Ransom Everglades Wins Florida Class A State Championship


The 2014 DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships Girls A Division Champion Ransom Everglades added another accomplishment as they cruised to the Florida Class A State Championship. The championship was the Raiders second in the last three seasons. Ransom Everglades didn't achieve perfection at the state tournament, but they weren't far from it. The Raiders captured four of five singles divisions with wins by Allegra Hanlon, Claudia Mackenzie, Daniela Lopez and Heather Boehm. The pair of Hanlon & Lopez also went on to claim the No. 1 Doubles division.

“We came out extremely focused,” coach Peter Lehmann said. “We knew what the number was to clinch this thing, and the girls didn’t waste any time. They got it done in a hurry.”

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Ransom Everglades finished with a total of 19 points, just two points from a perfect 21 point sweep of the state tournament. The next closest opponent was American Heritage in a distant second place with 10 points. 

The Raiders will now send their three seniors Allegra Hanlon (Cornell), Claudia Mackenzie (Navy) and Lindsey Mendelson (Columbia) and off to play NCAA Division I tennis. Coach Lehman said "I can tell you that this is the best girls’ team I’ve ever coached."

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Photos Now Available -- Boys DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships

Photos from the 2014 Boys DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships presented by Subway are now available from Louisville Sharp Photography. 



The photos include a variety of shots from throughout both days of tournament play with a variety of shots from the A & B Divisions. The galleries are split into Day 1 and Day 2. Prints are available for purchase online with prices starting at just $3.00. For more information please contact Max Sharp at louisvillesharpphotography@gmail.com



Sunday, April 6, 2014

HINSDALE CENTRAL DOMINATES TO WIN SECOND STRAIGHT TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP



With one of the strongest fields in DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships history the Hinsdale Central Red Devils clinched their second straight Boys A Division Championship in dominant fashion. The two-time tournament champion outscored their opponents 33-3 in 2014 proving to be even more dominant than their 31-5 record in route to their first tournament title last year. 

After a rain delay pushed the start of the tournament back 3 hours of Friday the tournament produced one of the most competitive opening rounds of play in recent memory. The first round had only two shutouts with eventual Champion Hinsdale Central shutting out Jenks and Spartanburg blanked Edwardsville. The 2011 & 2013 tournament champion New Trier had to win four of their six singles matches to narrowly advance past RJ Reynolds in the most competitive first round match up. Barron Collier, MICDS Rockhurst and Winter Park also to the quarterfinals with opening round wins. 

The quarterfinals produced a pair of phenomenal matches as Saint Xavier defeated New Trier 5-4, in a battle of two of the tournaments past three team champions, and Winter Park slipped past Spartanburg 5-4 to advance to the semi-finals. Hindale Central and Barron Collier rolled past their opponents to set up a rematch of the 2013 tournament championship.

In the semi-finals Saint Xavier and Winter Park were knotted at 3-3 after splitting the six singles matches. Saint Xavier took control of the match quickly winning all three doubles points to advance to the championship for the first time since their title in 2010. Hinsdale Central clinched their spot in the finals with a dominant 8-1 victory of back-to-back tournament finalist Barron Collier. 

Despite rainy condititions that pushed all final round matches indoors most matches produced some very competitive results. Cardinal Gibbons finished the tournament 2-2 after a 7-2 victory over Wiregrass Ranch for 13th Place. Webb School of Knoxville clinched an 11th place finish, their best finished in tournament history, after Edwardsville defaulted their final match. RJ Reynolds finished the tournament in 9th Place as the Consolation Winner after defeating Baylor by a narrow margin of 5-4. Spartanburg claimed 7th Place over MICDS with a 6-1 victory. New Trier needed only 5 singles matches to finish to clinch a 5th Place finish over Rockhurst. In a battle of Florida schools Barron Collier won all three doubles points and claimed 3rd Place with a 7-2 victory over Winter Park.

The tournament championship started off in favor of defending champion Hinsdale Central with Michael Lorenzini & Martin Joyce and Eddie Grabill & Chase Hamilton claiming wins at the top two doubles positions. Saint Xavier got their lone point of the match from Matt Graft & Nick Waldeck at No. 3 Doubles. Hinsdale Central went on to win all six singles positions and claim their second straight championship. The Red Devils top two players Martin Joyce and Michael Lorenzini were named Co-Most Valuable Players after their undefeated record in tournament play.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

2014 Boys A Division All-Tournament Team

The following players were selected to the 2014 DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships Boys A Division All-Tournament Team for their outstanding performance during tournament play.

CO-MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS
MARTIN JOYCE & MICHAEL LORENZINI
JUNIORS • HINSDALE CENTRAL

SINGLES

CHAMBERS EASTERLING
FRESHMAN • SPARTANBURG

ALEX GOLOUSTIAN
SENIOR • NEW TRIER

ROBERT KELLY
SENIOR • CARDINAL GIBBONS

BRANDON LANCASTER
JUNIOR • SAINT XAVIER

LORENZO ROLLHAUSER
JUNIOR • WEBB SCHOOL OF KNOXVILLE

ALAN SWEET
JUNIOR • BARRON COLLIER

ARTHUR VIALLANEIX
SENIOR • WINTER PARK

DOUBLES

MARTIN JOYCE & MICHAEL LORENZINI
JUNIORS • HINSDALE CENTRAL

BRANDON LANCASTER & DREW SINGERMAN
JUNIOR & FRESHMAN • SAINT XAVIER

PAUL JOHNSON & ALAN SWEET
SENIOR & JUNIOR • BARRON COLLIER

BENNETT CRANE & JACK RIAZZI
SOPHOMORE & SENIOR • RJ REYNOLDS

PRESENTED BY

2014 Boys B Division All-Tournament Team

The following players were selected to the 2014 DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships Boys B Division All-Tournament Team for their outstanding performance during tournament play.

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
RYAN MASSINOPLE
SENIOR • GEORGE WASHINGTON

SINGLES
GUS BENSON
SENIOR • MODEL LAB

CHASE BRILL
SOPHOMORE • EDMOND MEMORIAL

HUNTER TUBERT
JUNIOR • HUNTINGTON


JORDAN PITTS
SOPHOMORE • SOUTH OLDHAM

DOUBLES
ZACK KOENIG & RYAN MASSINOPLE
SENIORS • GEORGE WASHINGTON

MUSTAFA GARDEZI & WES TOLSDORF
JUNIOR & SENIOR • TRINITY


PRESENTED BY

GEORGE WASHINGTON CLAIMS BOYS B DIVISION TITLE IN FIRST APPEARENCE


In their first appearence in tournament history the George Washington High School Patriots made a big impact. The defending West Virginia Class AAA State Champion added another accomplishment to their recent run of success claiming their first DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championship in the Boys B Division. A slow start and rainy conditions throughout the weekend certainly didn't dampen the spirit of the Charleston natives as they fought through adverse conditions to defeat opponents from three different states.

An overnight shower on Thursday night delayed the start of the 2014 DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships presented by Subway. The rain may have slowed eventual champion George Washington in their opener but the top 4 teams all rolled easily with no opening round match was closer than 6-3. George Washington battled Ensworth to an eventual 7-2 victory, their closest result of the tournament. 

In other first round action Trinity High School, in their fifth tournament appearance, guaranteed themselves of their best finish in tournament history with a 6-3 victory of Model. Baltimore's Mount Saint Joseph defeated South Oldham 6-3 and Edmond North defeated West Virginia Class AAA state runner-up Huntington 6-3. 

In the semi-finals George Washington made quick work of Trinity defeating the Shamrocks 8-1 with the only loss a 9-8 defeat at No. 2 Singles. Edmond Memorial used strength at the bottom of the lineup to cruise past Mount Saint Joseph in their semi-final with wins at No. 3-6 Singles and No. 2 & 3 Doubles.

George Washington put on their most impressive performance of the event in the Championship as Tournament Most Valuable Player Ryan Massinople won his third straight singles and doubles matches to lead the Patriots to an 8-1 win to clinch the first tournament championship for a West Virginia team. The lone win for Edmond North came at No. 4 Singles behind Singles All-Tournament Team Selection Chase Brill.

In other tournament action Mount Saint Joseph defeated Trinity in a 5-4 nail biter to claim 3rd Place in the event. Huntington's Hunter Tubert picked up his sixth win of the event but that wasn't enough for his Highlanders to overcome Model who won 5th Place with a 6-2 victory. South Oldham got big wins at the top of the lineup by Jordan Pitts and Cameron Mount to push the Dragons to a 5-4 victory and 7th Place finish.