Two Bluffton squads claimed the top spots in the 18U intermediate division of the USTA Junior Team Tennis state championships this weekend in Camden.
The Bluffton Smashers took full advantage of their wild-card berth in the state tournament, winning all six of their matches to claim the state championship, including a 33-26 victory over the regular-season league champion Bluffton BadKatz.
Caitlyn Jackson, Casey Hoogenboom, Cypress Daniel, and Harrison Arnholt each went 6-0 on the weekend to lead the Smashers, while Gianna Wilson was 5-1 and Samuel Trask was 4-2. Brent Geist (4-0), Jonathan White (4-0), Liam Beckler (3-0), Alex Ruckno (4-1), and Margaret Zendzian (4-1) posted the best records for the BadKatz.
The Smashers, who are coached by Tim Keller of Palmetto Bluff’s Wilson Lawn and Racquet Club, advance to the Southern Section championships beginning Aug. 9 in Rome, Georgia.
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