On July 28-29 the BCCTA Bobcats competed in the 14U Junior Team Tennis Sectional Qualifying tournament at Edmond Center Court. The Bobcats won each of the three rounds of competition spread out over two days to claim the 2022 JTT Sectional Qualifying Championship! The next step for the Bobcats will be to compete against teams from the five state Missouri Valley Section on July 19-20 at Edmond Center Court. The winner of the Missouri Valley JTT competition will be crowned Champion will earn a ticket to the JTT National Championship tournament to be held in Orlando, Florida on October 6-9 at the USTA National Campus.
TULSA, Okla. (July 23, 2021) – The BCCTA Bobcats went 4-0 at sectionals to capture the 2021 USTA Missouri Valley 14U Junior Team Tennis Championship Thursday at the LaFortune Case Tennis Center in Tulsa. The win stretched the team’s record to a perfect 19-0 on the year.
The Bobcats’ deep roster of 10 paid dividends as they were the lone team in its age division forced to play three duals on Wednesday, using all 10 members to build a slim lead in the team point standings following victories over St. Louis Edwardsville, Oklahoma City Earlywine, and the Kansas Acers. On Thursday in its event finale, BCCTA jumped to a strong start, winning the first set in all five matches enroute to a convincing 56-18 over the Wichita Smashers – securing the title.
The JTT championship was the second Missouri Valley title for BCCTA in its young history – joining the Barracudas’ 2019 12U squad. Overall, the academy has won 21 Junior Team Tennis championships since it began competing in 2017 (14 City, five State and two MoValley).
The Bobcats’ success this week was not limited to on-court play. The theme for the two-day event was Olympics and the ‘Cats were honored with the “Team Spirit Award.” The Bobcats orchestrated a team chant showcasing the diversity of their roster, which features students from China, Mexico, and the United States – and concluded with outreach to their opponents with the academy’s official motto Love God. Make Friends. Play Tennis! Team members were adorned for the opening ceremonies and Wednesday’s morning match in shirts mirroring the five Olympic rings colors: blue, red, yellow, black, and green. Parents joined in spirit of the Olympic theme and wore matching attire.
BCCTA’s Tokara Henderson was selected by opposing coaches and USTA Missouri Valley administrators as the girl’s “Sportsmanship Award” recipient, a prestigious honor provided to one girl and boy in each age group. The Sportsmanship Award is the lone individual award presented during the championships.
Members of the champion Bobcats – listed alphabetically: Gray Dillon, 10; John Paul Dillon, 13; Noah Gou, 12; Jayla Harris, 13; Tokara Henderson, 13; London Marsh, 11; Alma Mendoza, 13; Andrea Mendoza, 10; Raleigh Miller, 13; and Braver Reineke, 10.