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Davidson, McCarthy Lead Southern to National Title

Statesville's Taylor Davidson and Cary's Kaitlyn McCarthy guided Southern to a USTA National Girl's 18 Team Championship this past weekend as they defeated Midwest 4-3 in the championship match. 

The squad advaced to the finals after cruising through the finals by defeating Eastern 7-0 in the opening round, Florida 6-1 in the quarterfinals and Southern California 4-3 in the semifinals.

In the championship match, Davidson defeated Midwest's Madeline Lipp 7-5; 6-2, while McCarthy dropped a closely contested 7-5, 6-4 match to Midwest's Brooke Austin. Davidson and McCarthy combined to win seven of their eight singles matches in their championship run.

Southern's Boy's 18 Team also turned in a stellar performance, as they fell just short of a National Championship after losing to Midwest in the finals. Chapel Hill's Robert Kelly and Brevard's Korey Lovett helped guide the squad in its tournament run, which featured an incredible upset of No. 2 seeded Florida in the semifinals.


Girl's 18 National Team

National Champions

  • Caroline Brinson (LA)
  • Taylor Davidson (NC)
  • Lindsey Hodge (GA)
  • Courtney Keegan (GA)
  • Kaitlyn McCarthy (NC)
  • Allison Miller (GA)
  • Laura Patterson (GA)
  • Coach: Julia Sell (LA)


Boy's 18 National Team

National Finalists

  • Hampton Drake (SC)
  • Christopher Eubanks (GA)
  • Robert Kelly (NC)
  • Koury Lovett (NC)
  • Andrew Schafer (SC)
  • Adam Steryous (SC)
  • Trey Yates (GA)
  • Coach - Jamie Hunt (TN)