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Island players going to nationals
The Kitsap 18 and Under Advanced team and the Kitsap 14 and Under Intermediate team both won events at the 2013 USTA Junior Team Tennis Pacific Northwest Section Championship in Yakima recently and earned their places in the USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships.
The championships are slated to be held in South Carolina on Oct. 24.
The 18-U Advanced team, coached by island resident Steve Curtis and Arnel Hipolito, fought through a tough round-robin format against teams from Oregon and Seattle before sweeping the championship 30-15. The team includes island residents Keet Curtis and Robin Hilderman.
The 14-U Intermediate team, coached by Derek Hill, squeaked by the round-robin session by a margin of seven games, and a final score of 26-17, to earn the No. 1 seat in the playoffs. The team also includes Bainbridge player Lily Welch and island resident Eli Wagner.
Other island youths, including Ben Devries, Jordan Ferguson and Matt Alderson also played on teams at the section championship earlier this month.