LUDLOW, MA — Wilmington High School junior Emily Hill will be competing at the World Team Tennis (WTT) Junior Nationals in San Diego, California, from July 23 to July 27.
Hill’s team — the Nashua 18U Advanced Junior Team Tennis team out of the Nashua Swim and Tennis Club in Nashua, New Hampshire — will be representing New England at the competition.
Hill was the WHS Girls Tennis team’s top player this past season, competing as its #1 single’s player. She led the Wildcats to a 11-7 record and a second consecutive state tournament bid. Hill was named a Middlesex League All-Star.
Hill’s Nashua team took the top spot in a three-team New England qualifier on June 9 at Ludlow Tennis Club played in WTT format. Teams played two matches (round robin style) in the unique format, which includes playing lets and allowing the option to substitute players during a match, among other rules.
“We were excited to get the invitation this year to WTT Junior Nationals. This is a great opportunity for some of our JTT players to compete in this unique format and represent New England on a national level against others with similar ability,” said Jon Kostek, USTA New England Youth Play Manager.
Nashua finished atop the standings, 12 games ahead of second-place finisher, Guilford Advanced, from Guilford, CT (89-77), while Suozzo Advanced, from New Hampshire, came in third at 41 games won. Nashua went 2-0 (12-4 sets) with a 41-33 win against Guilford and a 48-18 victory over Suozzo.
Nashua was coached by Jurgen Georgs and was comprised of his two sons, Kai and Jens, along with Hill, Claire Reynolds, Linda Kong and Jason Boucher. Boucher, Reynolds and Jens Georgs each went 2-0 in matches while the rest of the team each finished 1-1.
Nashua will be one of 16 teams competing at Nationals in July.
“Being one of the teams that gets to compete out in San Diego is just awesome. They will have an experience that they will always remember,” Coach Jurgen Georgs said. “Having a JTT team that comes from New Hampshire I think is well deserved since they have been championing Junior Team Tennis for years through the hard efforts of folks like Debra LaPress and Diane Phelps.”
(NOTE: Much of the above information is from a press release from USTA New Hampshire.)
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