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Smith Stearns Students Collect Seven Titles at Palmetto Championships

 

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Hayley Carter once again led the way this past week at the Palmetto Championships (SC State Closed) that was held May 24-28, in Belton, South Carolina capturing her 15th and 16th titles respectively. With those wins she goes down in history as one of the the best players to play South Carolina tennis, breaking the record by winning the most SC State Championships. She won the girls 18 and under singles championship by defeating Ansley Speaks, 6-0,6-0. For the doubles championship, Carter partnered with Speaks and defeated Olivia Lucas and Rachel McNeely 8-0.

 

 

 

 

Carter was not alone in her dominance as academy students won a total of 7 Palmetto Championships while also having a significant number of top 8 finishes.

 

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Robert Loeb won the boys 16 and under singles title defeating fellow academy student Kyle Barr in the finals. Loeb and Barr also teamed up to win the doubles championship.

 

Ali DeSpain dominated the girls 14 and under division winning both the singles and doubles titles.

 

The girls 16 and under division was loaded with Smith Stearns players as 6 out of the 8 quarterfinalist were academy students.  Natalie Kitchen was a finalist in the singles and doubles championship. Cameron Kriscunas won the doubles title with partner McKenna Jones defeating fellow academy students Kitchen and Sydnee Wheeler in the finals. Kriscunas and Ellie Czura placed in the top 4 of the singles and, Mary Hampton McNeal and Wheeler placed in the top 8.

 

As an unseeded player, Matt Kandel made it all the way to the semifinals of the boys 12 and under division.

 

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Other top 8 finishes include Kelly Mengel and Kate Christensen in the girls 18’s and Catie Meighan and Elle Christensen in the girls 14’s.

 

All top 8 finishers secure an automatic spot to play in the Southern Closed Championship which will be held at various sites around the section from June 15-22.

 

 

Congratulations to all of our Smith Stearns students who competed this week at the Palmetto Championships!

 

Smith Stearns Participants

 

Ali D BeltonConnor Barr – B14

 

Kyle Barr – B16

 

Audrey Bennett – G16

 

Allie Burak – G18

 

Hayley Carter – G18

 

Elle Christensen – G14

 

Kate Christensen – G18

 

Julie Clark – G18

 

Ellie Czura – G16

 

Catie Meighan Belton PicMadison Daniel – G14

 

McKenzie Daniel – G12

 

Ali DeSpain – G14

 

Matt Kandel – G12

 

Jack Kelly – B14

 

Natalie Kitchen – G16

 

Cameron Kriscunas – G16

 

Robert Loeb – B16

 

Mary Hampton McNeal – G16

 

Catie Meighan – G14

 

Kelly Mengel – G18

 

Shannon O’Brien – G16

 

Sydnee Wheeler – G16

 

Elizabeth Williams – G16

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