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BAYLOR MAKES HISTORY CLAIMING THIRD STRAIGHT
DECOTURF HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
March 16, 2013 – Louisville, KY – Sixteen of the nation's top girls high school tennis teams traveled to Louisville, Kentucky on March 15-16 to compete in the prestigious DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships. The seventh annual national invitational tournament featured six defending state champions and five state finalists. The tournament hosted teams from Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and West Virginia.
On Saturday evening as one of the most competitive championships matches in tournament history drew to a close the Baylor Red Raiders of Chattanooga, Tennessee made history. With the tournament championship hanging the in balance two-time defending champion Baylor trailed Jenks (Jenks, OK) 3-4. The Red Raiders needed victories from McCall Morgan at No. 4 singles and Samantha Caswell at No. 1 singles to win the tournament championship for a third straight year. A third set victory by Morgan put the match on the racket of Caswell who had a one set lead.
With temperatures falling and darkness looming tournament participants from numerous teams gathered around the final court of play to watch two-time tournament MVP Samantha Caswell pulled out a 6-3, 6-4 straight set win to clinch the match and give Baylor a record third straight title. The junior four-star recruit pushed her tournament winning streak to 19 straight wins by outscoring her 2013 opponents 50-19 in singles to claim MVP honors. Teammates Harper Caswell also claimed all-tournament team honors in singles and partnered with McCall Morgan to claim all-tournament team honors in doubles.
Tournament finalist Jenks just fell short of their championship hopes despite some outstanding play throughout the tournament. The Trojans were led by Oklahoma's top ranked sophomore Mckinleigh Lair who finished tournament play undefeated at No. 2 singles and fellow sophomore Jenny Bond who was unbeaten at No. 5 singles. Jenks senior Mariah Burke finished 1-3 in tournament play but all three loses came at the hands of all-tournament team members.
Gulliver Prep (Pinecrest, FL) posted a dominant 8-1 win over Ravenwood (Brentwood, TN) to finish 3-1 in tournament play and claim third place in the tournament. The Raiders were led by singles all-tournament team selection Olivia Thaler and the doubles all-tournament team duo of Estefania Navarro and Thaler. Ravenwood was led by singles all-tournament team member Katie Fitt and the all-tournament team doubles duo of Fitt and Iris Hao.
The fifth place matchup saw Nashville's Harpeth Hall sweep all three doubles matches and the top three singles matches to claim the 6-3 victory over Sacred Heart (Louisville, KY). The Honeybears were led by senior Liza Southwick who finished the tournament 2-2 at No. 1 singles with losses to all-tournament team member Josie Rogers and Samantha Caswell. Harpeth Hall was most dominant in doubles winning 9 of 12 doubles matches in tournament play.
Lone Oak (Paducah, KY) who lost a tough 5-4 match to Winter Park (Winter Park, FL) in the first round finished the tournament with three straight wins to claim 9th place and win the consolation finals over Kentucky rival Notre Dame (Covington, KY). The Purple Flash were led by 8th grader Michelle McKamey who finished 2-2 in tournament play at No. 1 singles with her only losses coming to all-tournament team selections Cassie Mercer and Joulia Likhanskaia.
For complete tournament results including match-by-match results, all-tournament team selections and final standings visit the tournament website at www.hstennischampionships.com.
The DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships is an national high school invitational held annually in Louisville, KY. The tournament in its 7th year has hosted more than 250 high school teams and more than 2,500 student-athletes. The tournament has hosted 38 team State Champions, 34 individual State Champions,14 National High School All Americans and 68 NCAA Division I signees. For more information on the tournament visit www.hstennischampionships.com.
If you would like more information or to schedule an interview with Tournament Director Brandon Feusner, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 502- 819-7784.