2009 USTA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS-GIRLS 18s
Berkeley Tennis Club and the Claremont Resort & Spa
Berkeley, California - August 8-16, 2009
There's one more girl who ended up in it until the end. It was the fourth-seeded Lauren Embree (of Florida, not NY or NJ) who faced Christina McHale in the final. Her road was filled with longer matches and it caught up with her in the end. It was a straight sets final win for Christina, followed by a doubles championship with partner Asia Muhammad after they squeezed by Kristie Ahn and Courtney Dolehide. As for Gail Brodsky, she took home a Bronze Ball to go with last year's Gold.
The thing that always struck me about the Girls' 18 Nationals, which Andrea Norman ran with Jennifer Pitzen for nearly two decades before Jennifer's retirement last year, was the charity of it all. Through the years they gave away many thousands of dollars to worthwhile, local charities with the help of generous sponsors and hard-working volunteers (over 300 this year alone). That continued with the move to Berkeley and the addition of Tournament Chairman Lynne Rolley.
Next year the Girls' 18 Nationals joins the 16s and the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego. I have been to that incredible facility (I used to divide my time between the 18s and 16s) and I'm sure it will be a wonderful event. I hope to see the tradition continue.
Marcia FrostPhoto above: Top six finishers Christina McHale, Lauren Embree, Gail Brodsky, Beatrice Capra, Jacqueline Cako and Asia Muhammad
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Christina McHale also won the Maureen Connolly Brinker Award
Doubles Finalists Kristie Ahn & Courtney Dolehide
Allie Will teamed with Lauren Embree for 3rd Place in Doubles
Kaitlyn Christian was Gail Brodsky's partner for 4th Place Doubles
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