The excitement and energy were electric as all of the teams, 12-18 yrs of age, from the five state Missouri Valley Section of the USTA gathered for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2019 Missouri Valley Junior Team Tennis Championships at The Case Tennis Center at LaFortune Park in Tulsa. The BCC Tennis Academy 12U Barracudas were stepping onto a big stage as they made their first ever appearance at the tournament.
The BCCTA Barracudas played their hearts out all day long on opening day. In the early morning first match of the day, both teams came out believing they could be the winner. Each of the four matches were so close, momentum swung back and forth throughout the morning, but when the scores were tallied the Barracudas had won 28-23.
After lunch the Barracudas took the court for their second match of the day against hometown favorite, LaFortune Tennis. The Barracudas had beaten LaFortune last week in the State Championship in Oklahoma City, but when the kids from LaFortune stepped foot on the court you could tell they were confident on their home court. Once again, the matches were close with many games going to deuce and sets being decided by tie-breakers, but when the match was over the Barracudas had won 29-20!
The Barracudas will play for the Championship tomorrow morning at 10:30 am. The St. Louis team they will face will most definitely come out swinging as they would love nothing more than upset the Barracudas. At the same time, our kids are hungry, they have worked hard to put themselves in this position, and they would like nothing more than to bring a Missouri Valley Championship back home to Britton Christian Church.
2019 Missouri Valley JTT Championships