Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Press Release -- Louisville to Host Prestigious Girls DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships

Contact: Brandon Feusner
Tel: 502-819-7784

Sixteen of the Nation's Top Girls High School Tennis Teams to Compete in 7th Annual Event

March 12, 2013 – Louisville, KY – Sixteen of the nation's top girls high school tennis teams will travel to Louisville, Kentucky this weekend to compete in the prestigious DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships. The seventh annual national invitational tournament will take place on March 15th and 16th and feature six defending state champions and five state finalists. The tournament will host teams from Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennesee and West Virginia.

The championships will be hosted in Louisville, KY. The event will feature 16 teams and nearly 200 players competing in 144 matches in two days. The championships will begin with first and quarterfinal rounds of play on Friday at E.P. Sawyer State Park, Top Gun Academy, Saint Xavier High School and Central Park. The tournament will resume of Saturday with semi-final and championship round matches at E.P. Sawyer State Park and Top Gun Academy.

Defending Tennessee Division II Class AA State Champion Baylor School (Chattanooga, TN) is seeking their third straight tournament championships in 2013 and returns two-time tournament MVP Samantha Caswell. The Red Raiders will have plenty of strong competition from participants including 2012 Tennessee Division I Class AAA State Champion Ravenwood (Brentwood, TN), defending Tennessee Division II Class A State Champion Webb School of Knoxville (Knoxville, TN), 2012 West Virginia Class AAA State Champion Huntington (Huntington, WV), Oklahoma Class 6A state finalist Jenks (Jenks, OK) and defending Florida Class AA State Runner-Up Gulliver Preparatory (Pinecrest, FL). The tournament will also feature plenty of talent from the Bluegrass State including defending State Champion Lone Oak (Paducah, KY), defending state finalist Notre Da­me (Covington, KY) and state semi-finalist Sacred Heart (Louisville, KY).

The tournament features some of the most talented players from throughout the country including Baylor's Caswell, the defending Tennessee Division II Class AA Singles State Champion. The tournament will also feature five-star recruits Olivia Thaler (Gulliver Prep) and Cassie Mercer (Huntington) who are ranked 28th and 31st in the nation in the junior class. Other top players include Julieta Dalmau (Gulliver Prep), Emma Alsup (Harpeth Hall), Anna Catharine Feaster (Webb School of Knoxville), Michelle McKamey (Lone Oak), Cassie Mercer (Huntington), Josie Rogers (Dobyns Bennett), Sophie St. Amant (Ocean Springs) and Caroline Walter (Sacred Heart), Joulia Likhanskaia (Winter Park), Iris Hao (Ravenwood), McKinleigh Lair (Jenks) and Piper Huey (Jenks).

Baylor (Chattanooga, TN) vs. Cookeville (Cookeville, TN)
Harpeth Hall (Nashville, TN) vs. Dobyns-Bennett (Kingsport, TN)
DuPont Manual (Louisville, KY) vs. Webb School of Knoxville (Knoxville, TN)
Ravenwood (Brentwood, TN) vs. Notre Dame (Covington, KY)
Jenks (Jenks, OK) vs. Siegel (Murfreesboro, TN)
Lone Oak (Paducah, KY) vs. Winter Park (Winter Park, FL)
Sacred Heart (Louisville, KY) vs. Huntington (Huntington, WV)
Ocean Spring (Ocean Springs, MS) vs. Gulliver Prep (Pinecrest, FL)

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 hstennischampionships@gmail.com or 502- 819-7784.

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