Midwest Wins USTA Boys 18s National Team Championships; USA 14U Teams to Play for World Junior Tennis Semifinals Wednesday; Novo Nordisk Donnelly Scholarships Awarded
The USTA Boys 18s National Team Championships concluded today at the University of Illinois, with the Midwest section defeating the team from the Northern California section 5-2. Unseeded in the 16-team tournament, the Midwest defeated four seeded teams in succession to claim the title: Mid-Atlantic(5-8) in the first round, Texas(4) in the quarterfinals, Southern Cal(1) in the semifinals and Northern California(5-8) in the final. Below are the results from today's final. For complete results from the four-day tournament, see the TennisLink site.
The Midwest section has an opportunity to sweep the National Team 18s titles this year, with the girls meeting their counterparts from the Southern section in the final Wednesday in Claremont, California. Midwest defeated Southern Cal 4-3 and Southern beat Florida 6-1 in today's semifinals. Results can be found at the TennisLink site.
At the ITF's 14-and-under World Junior Tennis team championships in the Czech Republic, the United States teams both picked up wins today to go into Wednesday's final round robin matches with 2-0 records. The boys, seeded No. 6, defeated No. 2 seeds France 2-1, with Zane Khan and Stefan Leustian getting the deciding doubles victory 11-9 in the match tiebreaker. According to this ITF junior website article, the US pair saved a match point at 8-9 in the tiebreaker. The boys will play unseeded Uruguay next. With both teams 2-0, the winner of that match will win the group and advance to the semifinals.
The USA girls, seeded No. 2, blanked Latvia 3-0 today and will play No. 7 seed Korea on Wednesday. If the USA wins, they will advance to the semifinals. Korea lost to Slovakia today, so three teams could be 2-1 in the group if Korea beats the USA and Slovakia defeats Latvia, with a calculation based on percentage of sets or even games won determining who advances to the semifinals.
For all the results from today's round robin matches, see the tournament website.
I received the press release below today about this year's recipients of the Novo Nordisk Donnelly award scholarships for players with diabetes.
Diane Donnelly and Tracey Donnelly grew up in Kalamazoo, so the award established in their names in 1998 has a special meaning for me and others from this community, who have worked with their parents Bud and Carol, longtime volunteers at the Kalamazoo Nationals, for many years. Bud is in fact the person who called me about volunteering for the Nationals back in 2000, which started me on my path to ZooTennis.
Minnesota and Colorado teens named recipients of 2016 Novo Nordisk Donnelly Award Scholarships