Our LNTA athletes covered a lot of ground in the winter and early spring, playing in every level tournament from state L5’s to nationals! At all levels, they expanded their games, learned how to win and lose, and gained some great life experiences. Some stayed local, competing in school and USTA matches. Others traveled throughout the state and south, competing in Raleigh, Louisville, Knoxville, Baton Rouge, Rome (GA), Charleston, Augusta, Winston-Salem, and more! Everyone came back with stories, and we know you have pictures. If you’d like to share them, please send them to us. We’d love to share the stories and pictures. The picture above was taken on day two of the Winter Southern Closed Championships, December 2012. Olivia and Hannah were leaving to warm-up for early matches, hoping to cross paths with Ryan in prep for the tough competition ahead. Although the matches were indoor, a snowstorm swept through Louisville for the second year in a row during this tournament, causing issues with road conditions and concerns about match-time delays. In the end, it all worked out, and the players enjoyed the first big snowday of the year!
ADVANCE, NC — Several Lake Norman Tennis Academy (LNTA) athletes competed well at this year’s NC Level 1 Championships near Winston-Salem as they prepared for the Tar Heel Qualifier in May. This included six players who made it deep into the singles tournament and five who played in a doubles quarterfinal or better. Of particular note, Ryan was a finalist in 12 doubles, Courtney was a finalist in the main draw of 16 singles, and Courtney won the Sportsmanship award (pictured right). Anderson made it to the semifinals of the main draw in 10 singles. Olivia played in the finals of 14 singles consolation. Hannah (16 singles), Morgan (12 singles), and Ryan (12 singles) made it to the quarterfinals of their consolation draws.
Congratulations to all of our Academy players who competed in the NC State Qualifier — the biggest state tournament of the year. We had 11 players participating, lots of good match play, many wins, and a couple of trophies brought home! This was a great experience for all. Special congratulations to Olivia who won Girls’ 12 Doubles and came in 7th in Singles. Click on the video below to see some highlights from her doubles finals.
Several of our players qualified for the NC Junior Spring State Closed Championships in Winston-Salem this weekend. The weather was as tough as the competition, but our players managed to make it through the weekend with more experience and the thrill of competing at the highest level state tournament. Shown right: Olivia at main site with her 3rd place trophy.