Sunday, December 20, 2015

Midwest Designated Level 2

Congratulations to Arya Dudipala and Robert Cash for reaching the semifinals of the Midwest Designated last Weekend.
Robert got 3rd place in the Boys 16s Level 2 in Dayton, defeating the 7 and 3 seeds.
Arya got 4th place at the Girls 12s Level 2 in Okemos, Mi, defeating the 7 and 3 seeds.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Midwest Level 4

Congratulations to Trevor Ball who won the Boys 14s Midwest Level 4 Championships and won the Sportsmanship award last weekend in Cincinnati.  He defeated the 5 seeds and 2 seeds and didn't drop a set throughout the tournament.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

14s Adv Team Tennis Nationals

The 14s Advanced RCC team competed at the Junior Team Tennis National Championships last weekend in Columbia, South Carolina.  The team coached by Ken Berlin received a wildcard and included Arya Dudipala, Neha Dudipala, Erin Zhao, Alex Heiden Kai Britz and Osuke Fujita.  The team was in the toughest flight of the tournament with Eastern finishing 2nd, and Texas and Mid-Atlantic both winning their playoff flights.

RCC fell to Eastern in the 1st match.  Osuke Fujita and Alex Heiden won in Boys Doubles against a very strong team.  In the 2nd match against perennial power Austin Tennis Academy, Arya Dudipala and Neha Dudipala won in Girls Doubles.  Mixed doubles went to a match breaker with Alex Heiden and Erin Zhao.  RCC lost their 3rd match to Mid-Atlantic, but won 3 of the 5 courts sweeping the doubles.  Osuke and Alex won in boys doubles.  Girls Doubles (Dudipala Sisters) and Mixed Doubles  (Erin Zhao / Alex Heiden) won in 3rd sets.  

RCC finished strong by winning both their playoff matches for a 13th place finish.  They defeated Middle States by sweeping the doubles again with Heiden / Britz, Dudipala / Dudipala, and Heiden Zhao.  Erin Zhao also won at Girls Singles.

In their final playoff match, RCC defeated another Midwest team.  They defeated Catching Fire 50-35.  At the Midwest championships RCC only defeated this team 36-28.  Arya and Neha won their 3rd doubles match.  Fujita and Heiden won at boys doubles and Zhao and Heiden won in Mixed Doubles.  

Rcc finished the tournament with very strong doubles play, and was 5-1 in 3rd set tiebreaks.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

14s Int 3rd Place Team Tennis Nationals

The 14s Int RCC team competed at the Junior Team Tennis National Championships last weekend in Columbia, South Carolina, and finished 3rd place.  The team included Angela Li, Evelyn Holman, Rosie Gliatis, Adam Sorrels, Dev Vasani, Nathan Yu and Nicholas Gruss and was coached by Gabe Higgs.  Also competing at the event was the 14s advanced team coached by Ken Berlin.

After dropping only 2 courts in the 1st 2 matches against Texas and NorCal, RCC entered its match with Southwest trailing by 5 games.  Nathan Yu and Evelyn Holman won close singles matches, and Boys and Girls doubles dropped close matches.  Dev Vasani and Evelyn went into mixed doubles with the team trailing by 7 games.  They won the 1st set 6-1, and were up 4-1 in the 2nd.  The match came down to the last point, as RCC won on at 5-4 deuce on a volley winner.  This meant they tied in total games, but won the match head to head, so they advanced.  

RCC lost by 11 games in the semis to the champions Middle States.  Nick Gruss and Adam Sorrels had a great comeback win in 3 sets.  RCC won 4 of the 5 courts in the 3rd place match with Eastern.  Nathan Yu lost a long 3 setter.  Angela Li and Rosie Gliatis had a huge 6-1 6-0 win to give the team a big lead, and Evelyn Holman defeated a tough opponent in 3 sets.  Nick Gruss and Adam Sorrels won both their playoff matches, and improved every match, only dropping one match in the tournament in 3 sets.  Dev Vasani played great mixed doubles and only dropped one match at the tournament.  Evelyn Holman went 7-1 at the tournament, and was 3-0 in 3rd set tiebreakers.  Angela Li and Rosie Gliatis played great doubles, and secured 3rd place by winning 6-1 6-0 in the last match.  Nathan Yu played close matches throughout the tournament, and picked up at least 4 games in every set he played, often playing the opposing team's best player.  

Evelyn Holman won the Girls 14s Sportsmanship Award.  This is the 1st time a player from RCC has won this at JTT Nationals.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Boys 14s National Selection Tournament

Congratulations to Robert Cash for winning the Boys 14s National Selection Tournament last weekend in Dayton.  He did not drop a set the whole tournament.  He defeated the 1 seed in the semifinals and won the final 6-2 6-3 .

Girls 12s National Selection Tournament

Congratulations to Maddie Atway for winning the consolation at the Girls 12s National Selection Tournament in Maumee, OH last weekend.   She won 6 matches and only lost to the tournament champion.
Congratulations also to Arya Dudipala.  Her and Maddie got hardware in the doubles.  Maddie and Hannah Kassaie reached the finals where they lost to the one seeds.  Arya and Danielle Schoenly defeated the 4 seeds and the 5 seeds and reached the semifinals.