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WI Junior Team Tennis Team Plays for World Team Tennis Title

August 8, 2012 08:43 AM
The Midwest Cheeseheads, a Wisconsin junior tennis team representing USTA Midwest, played for national championship at the 2012 World Team Tennis Junior Nationals. 
Southern Hospitality, with players from Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Louisiana and Arkansas, won their fifth World Team Tennis Junior Nationals Championship defeating Midwest Cheeseheads 39-33 at the George E. Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, California, August 2. 
Team members of Midwest Cheeseheads were Timothy Corwin, Elm Grove, Wis.; Kyle Dunn, Fond Du Lac, Wis.; Michael Savaglio, Kenosha, Wis.; Madeleine Johnson, Onalaska, Wis.; Alyson Coran, Mequon, Wis.; and Elizabeth Konon, Mequon, Wis.  The Cheeseheads coach is Rick Vetter, Mequon.
The WTT Junior Nationals, which is hosted by WTT co-founder Billie Jean King and is now in its 17th year, is a national junior invitational event featuring 16 coed teams from throughout the U.S.  The teams, with players representing 21 states, use the World Team Tennis format during their three days of non-elimination draw competition.  Team members, ages 14-18, are selected based on their sectional and national rankings.
The tournament follows the WTT non-elimination draw format with the 16 teams divided into four groups.  Each team is comprised of three boys, three girls and a coach.  Team matches consist of eight events; with two sets each of boys’ singles, girls’ singles, one set of boys’ and girls’ doubles, and two sets of mixed doubles.   Teamwork, leadership and sportsmanship are key areas of focus for the three-day event.
Southern and Midwest opened up the Championship final by splitting the doubles, with Southern winning girls' doubles 6-3, and Midwest taking the boys' doubles set by the same score.  Southern took the lead after girls singles and never looked back.  Southern's Monica Mitta of Fairhope, Ala., defeated Midwest's Elizabeth Konon of Mequon, Wis., 6-1.  Mitta's teammate Katelyn Jackson of Roland, Ark., was too strong for Alyson Coran of Mequon, Wis., taking the second girls' singles set 6-1.  After four sets, Southern Hospitality held a 21-11 lead but Midwest battled back in boys' singles, winning both sets by a 6-4 score.Taking a six game lead into the final two sets, Southern held on to split mixed doubles but was forced into Overtime when Midwest won the designated mixed doubles set.  The Midwest duo of Kyle Dunn of Fond Du Lac, Wis., and Madeleine Johnson of Onalaska, Wis., took the first Overtime game but Crews Enochs of Marietta, Ga., and Macy Polk of Powder Springs, Ga., won the next game to give Southern the 2012 title.
During the tournament, players donated and packaged supplies for an Army unit in Afghanistan as part of the USTA Adopt-A-Unit program.  Players also wrote personal notes of appreciation to accompany the package.  Members of the Armed Forces were on hand to talk to the players about the role that tennis has played in military as well as the rehabilitation of wounded soldiers.
Congratulations to the Wisconsin’s Midwest Cheeseheads!