Greater Tulsa Reporter
TULSA TEAM: From left, Blake Sprouse, Christian DeMaio, Grace Whitten, Jeremy Vaughn, Lauren McCorkle, Melody Holcomb, Rachel Maras, Rachel McCorkle and Zachary Vaughn.
Photo by Dave Dellinger
A team from Tulsa, representing the USTA Missouri Valley section, finished third at the 2015 USTA Junior Team Tennis 18 Under Intermediate National Championships, held at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center in Cayce, S.C., October 20-23.
The 2016 USTA Junior Team Tennis 18 Under National Championships brought together the top 32 teams from various USTA Sections throughout the country.
The Tulsa team defeated a team from Ithaca, N.Y., 56-27 in the Third Place match. Earlier in the day, they lost to a team from Columbia, Maryland, 46-38, in the semifinals.
The team is coached by Jennifer McCorkle and features Blake Sprouse (Broken Arrow), Christian DeMaio (Tulsa), Grace Whitten (Bixby), Jeremy Vaughn (Broken Arrow), Lauren McCorkle (Tulsa) and Zachary Vaughn (Broken Arrow).
The National Championships serves as the crown jewel of USTA Junior Team Tennis as the nation’s top teams compete for the title. Each year the USTA crowns a national champion in two age divisions (14U and 18U) in both the Intermediate and Advanced play divisions.
Established in 1991, USTA Junior Team Tennis provides youth with all of the health and social benefits of tennis in a co-ed, fun and competitive team environment, and allows participants to compete with and against individuals of similar skill and age levels. It promotes social skills and important values by fostering a spirit of cooperation and unity, as well as individual self-growth. USTA Junior Team Tennis is also a fun environment for kids to learn that succeeding is really more about how they play the game-win or lose.