The Hawaii Pacific Intermediate tennis team from Lahaina is headed to South Carolina to compete in the 2014 United States Tennis Association Jr. Team Tennis 14U National Championships. The championship event will be held Oct. 17-19 at the Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center in Cayce, South Carolina.
The tournament will feature more than 250 participants representing the top 32 teams from across the U.S. Lahaina’s team is made up of Kiana Bell, Kaihulali Casco, Nikki Fernando, Zack Fernando, Jessica Griffiths, Kaelyn Kato, Kyle Killett and Aiilana Suehiro.
“The National Championships are the culmination of the Jr. Team Tennis season and bring together the best teams from the 17 sections,” said Craig Jones, Director, USTA Junior Play and Competition, in an Oct. 13 USTA news release. “Not only is the level of competition incredible, but the kids are treated like royalty throughout the event with free meals, player parties and that famous Southern Hospitality.”
The National Championships feature teams that have advanced from the Section level to compete for the title. Each year, the USTA crowns a national champion in two age divisions (14U and 18U) in both Intermediate and Advanced play divisions.
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