NRH Junior Tennis Team Captures Back to Back National Titles
A team from North Richland Hills, Texas., representing the Texas Section captured the National Championship title at the 2015 USTA Junior Team Tennis 18U Advanced National Championships, held at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center in Cayce, S.C., October 22-25.
The 2015 USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships brought together the top 32 teams at the 18U Intermediate and Advanced levels from various USTA Sections throughout the country.
The North Richland Hills Team, also known as the RTC Rebels, defeated a team from Richmond, Va., (60-18) in the Championship match. On Saturday, they defeated a team from Sausalito, Calif., (60-27) in the semifinals.
The team is coached by Bobby Reeves and features Chelsea Kung (Fort Worth), Eric Morris (Corinth), Jonathan Sheehy (Arlington), Parker Wynn (North Richland Hills), Reagan Collins (Lubbock) and Riley Reeves (Fort Worth).
“It feels good [to win again], it was fun, we had three players from the same team as last year come back so it was fun for them to go out with a bang,” said Coach Bobby Reeves. “We played well, there was some good competition and it was going to take our best play to win the whole thing.”
The National Championships serves as the crown jewel of USTA Junior Team Tennis as the nation’s top teams compete for the title. Each year the USTA crowns a national champion in two age divisions (14U and 18U) in both the Intermediate and Advanced play divisions. This year, there are 32 teams from across the United States who have advanced to the National Championships totaling 250 participants.
Established in 1991, USTA Junior Team Tennis provides youth with all of the health and social benefits of tennis in a co-ed, fun and competitive team environment, and allows participants to compete with and against individuals of similar skill and age levels. It promotes social skills and important values by fostering a spirit of cooperation and unity, as well as individual self-growth. USTA Junior Team Tennis is also a fun environment for kids to learn that succeeding is really more about how they play the game—win or lose.
Photographer – Jennifer Pottheiser
(Left to right) 1st Place – USTA Texas (North Richland Hills, Texas): Riley Reeves, Chelsea Kung, Reagan Collins, Jonathan Sheehy, Parker Wynn, Eric Morris, Coach Bobby Reeves