The depth of tennis expertise in Lafayette County is already recognized with the success each highschool groups have, however a youthful group just lately confirmed how proficient they had been.
Oxford’s 10 & beneath Junior Workforce Tennis (JTT) crew took house the state championship final weekend in dominant style. The group went 4-0 within the event, which was held on the Ridgeland Tennis Heart, and 19-1 in matches.
The crew travels to Rome, Ga. in two weeks to compete within the Southern Sectionals.
Not like how the scoring is finished at the highschool stage the place it’s a better of seven format, the JTT format relies on what number of video games a crew has gained all through the complete event. The units are abbreviated with solely 4 video games after which a tiebreaker if essential.
“They only type of rolled via it. It was type of loopy,” mentioned Josh White, a guardian captain for the the group. “Going 19-1 and solely shedding one match, that’s fairly loopy to me. We blended it one as effectively. It wasn’t like we had one boy do singles the entire time. Blended doubles, it was totally different companions and stuff. It was a complete crew effort.”
The crew performed two matches final Friday after which two matches final Saturday in opposition to groups that had been from the coast, Hattiesburg and Winona.
Seeing the success Oxford Excessive College has had for over greater than a decade and the current success Lafayette Excessive College has discovered, together with profitable the Class 5A state championship in Might, has helped gas the youthful gamers need to win a championship themselves.
“It’s type of trickled down,” White mentioned. “They’ve been taking classes and stuff and so they’ve seen the banners on the (John Leslie Tennis Heart) and had been like, ‘Hey, can we get a banner with our title on it?’ This was earlier than we had even performed (a match). They had been motivated. They wished to be part of one thing and I feel that makes a distinction.”
Amanda Urbanek took over as the world coordinator for JTT in Might and rapidly put collectively a ten & beneath group because the summer season season began in June. With the success of this crew, Urbanek is seeking to develop JTT again up in Oxford.
The ten & Below crew that gained the state championship is made up of children who play via the Oxford Park Fee. Urbanek is eager to get groups began up at Goose Creek and over on the Nation Membership of Oxford to assist construct up the pool of expertise and groups for the autumn season and past.
“It comes down to oldsters, too,” Urbanek mentioned. “If the mother and father aren’t educated about it then they don’t know to signal their youngsters up. It does take guardian involvement.”
For anybody excited about getting concerned in Oxford’s JTT league they will contact Urbanek at [email protected]