Saturday, 29 March 2014

Manitobans Shine at Under 12 Nationals

Sabrina Alano, with Team Prairies coach Jared Connell,
 was the 2nd Flight champion at the Rogers U12
Junior National Championships in Calgary, AB.


Manitoba juniors fared well at the 2014 Rogers U12 Indoor Junior National Championships, which wraps up today at the Tennis Academy in Calgary, Alberta.

After early round robin play, all three juniors from Winnipeg were able to avoid the bottom flight draw, which is often filled by participants from smaller population provinces.

Leading the charge was Marcello Audino, who went 2 - 1 in his preliminary round robin matches to qualify for the boys' championship flight. Marcello ended up with a 13th-16th placement, which should give him strong seeding consideration at the Under 12 Nationals which take place this summer in Mont Tremblant, Quebec.

It was Sabrina Alano who brought home the hardware, going 4 - 2 in her singles matches to win the second flight championship.

The youngest member of Team Prairies, a team comprised of six juniors from Manitoba and Saskatchewan, was 9-year-old Reece Carter who went 3 - 3 in match play. Reece managed to win the second flight consolations while attending her first Canadian Nationals.

In other nationals competition, Winnipeggers Anna Gavalova, Cole Lacap and Jennifer Wang particpated in the Rogers U16 Indoor Junior Nationals held at Club de tennis Île-des-Soeurs in Montreal. Next week Maya Arksey, Daniel Gharagozloo and Mackenzie Miller will travel to Vancouver for the Under 14 Nationals, while Zack Baron, Shrey Gupta and Cole Lacap participate in the Under 18 Nationals which take place in Markham.

Many of the nationally competitive Manitoba juniors are members of the Tennis Manitoba Provincial Team, which is coached by Jared Connell. The Team has weekly on court practices, fitness sessions, and travels together for out-of-province competition.

Junior qualifying for this summer`s outdoor nationals starts with tournaments scheduled on the 2014 Tennis Manitoba Junior Tour. For more details visit www.tennismanitoba.com

See also: 2014 Rogers Indoor Junior Nationals photo album