Thursday, March 6, 2014

2014 Girls Tournament Pairings Released

The schedule and pairings have been released for the 2014 Girls DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships presented by Subway. The 2014 tournament will feature 12 teams from 7 different states including five defending team State Champions. The twelve teams have been split into four groups for opening round pool play on Friday. Based on results in pool play teams will be split into one of three brackets on Saturday.

Group A features defending Georgia Class 6A State Champion Walton (Marietta, GA) with four of Georgia's top juniors including Jessica Cramer, Johanna Keeline, Bella Kuse, and Suzanne Zenoni. The Raiders will be making their first tournament appearance along with Sayre (Lexington, KY). Sayre features Kentucky's top ranked junior and 2013 Kentucky Girls Singles State Champion Madeline Rolph and Army commit and state quarterfinalist Julian Mok. Highlands (Fort Thomas, KY) will be making their third tournament appearance and are led by the state's second ranked junior Meredith Laskey and return four of their top 5 five players from last season's regional championship. 

Group B features three-time defending tournament champion and Tennessee Division II Class AA State Champion Baylor (Chattanooga, TN). The Red Raiders have won a tournament record 11 straight matches behind Chattanooga commit and three-time Tournament MVP Samantha Caswell. Defending champion Baylor also includes former All-Tournament team selections Harper Caswell and McCall Morgan. This group also features back-to-back Florida Class 3A State Champion Barron Collier (Naples, FL) led by sophomore Kaeli Smashey, but the Cougars return just two players from last season's state championship in Hannah Etten & Emily Wyman. Arizona Division II semi-finalist Notre Dame Prep (Scottsdale, AZ) rounds out the group behind seniors Sarah Eversman and Caitlin Railson, Arizona Division II Doubles 3rd Place finisher. 

Group C features Florida Class 2A 3rd Place finisher Pine Crest (Fort Lauderdale, FL) returns freshman Stephanie Taylor, state semi-finalist at #1 singles, and #3 singles State Champion Ines de Bracamonte. Virginia signee, Cassie Mercer, will lead West Virginia Class AAA State Champion Huntington (Huntington, WV) along with fellow Doubles All-Tournament team selection Kate Huck. Assumption (Louisville, KY), the last Kentucky team to win the tournament championship in 2009, returns to the event for a tournament record tying 5th time. The Rockets are led by sisters Carolyn Morris and Kelly Morris and junior Hallie Pennington. 

Group D features two-time tournament runner-up Girls Preparatory School (Chattanooga, TN) in their first appearance since 2012. GPS is led by Washington & Lee commit Michelle Fleenor. This group also features Florida Class A Runner-Up Ransom Everglades (Miami, FL) and a trio of Division I commits including Allegra Hanlon (Cornell), Claudia Mackenzie (Navy), and Lindsey Mendelson (Columbia). Defending Oklahoma Class 5A State Champion Duncan (Duncan, OK) rounds out Group D behind No. 2 singles state finalist Alex Bowers and Doubles State Champions Sydney Henricks and Carly Kirkland.

The champions of each division will meet in the tournament semi-finals with Group A meeting Group B and Group C taking on Group D. The tournament championship will take place on Saturday, March 22nd at 3:00pm at Top Gun Academy. 

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