Wolmer's face Campion in U19 boys' final at National High Schools Tennis Team Championships

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

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DEFENDING champions Wolmer's Boys' School will face Campion College in the Under-19 boys' final of the 2017 National High Schools Tennis Team Championships today at the Eric Bell Tennis Centre, starting at 10:30 am.

Wolmer's Boys' reached the final by blanking Munro College 4-0, while Campion College defeated St George's College 4-1 in their semi-final, yesterday.

Meanwhile, in the Under-19 girls' semi-finals, many-time champions Immaculate Conception High pulled off an upset when they defeated defending champions Montego Bay High 5-2, while second-seeded Campion College blanked Mount Alvernia 4-0 in the other semi-final.

Immaculate have won the Under-19 title for seven consecutive years between 2007-2013, while Campion College have not won the title for the past 10 years. Montego Bay held the title for the past three years.

Yesterday, Campion College created history by being the first school to reach all six finals. They reached the Under-19 boys' and girls', Under-16 boys' and girls', and the Under-14 boys' and girls' finals.

Wolmer's coach David Sanguinetti said he is very confident that his team will win the Under-19 boys' final.

He argued that most of the teams have not played their best players but he should chalk up his fourth-consecutive win, with the island's leading junior players such as Damani Cain, Romeo Edwards, Mario Campbell, and Joshua Graveney.

Rayne Russell, coach of Campion College, has other ideas and said he doesn't have a strong Under-19 team, as he has some young players. “Wolmer's always have a strong team, but I am looking forward for a good battle,” he said.

He expects the players to produce their best effort and will have Shane Earle, Aidan Murray and Nigel Stewart as his key players hunting the crown.

The Under-19 girls' final is expected to be a wide open affair between Campion and Immaculate, where coach Russell said it is going to be very tough.

Russell will select his best players for the final from Jenna Harrison, Selena Blythe, Arianna Leo-Riley, and Mia Sampson.

Meanwhile, Dwayne Pagon, coach of Immaculate, said the team's win over top seed and defending champions Montego Bay was no surprise as everyone plays to win. “It was 2-2 after four singles and the team won all three doubles to come out with the victory.

“I am expecting a tough match from Campion, who has several of the national junior players in their line-up, and we are going out there to play to win,” Pagon promised.

Pagon said he will be selecting a few players from the squad such as Hayley McNair, Kailey Chin, Aanchal Khemlani, Mia Wong, Kaylay Jumpp and Marli Rowe to do battle with Campion for the title.

The Under-16 boys' final will be played between Campion College and Hillel Academy. Campion defeated Wolmer's 3-0, while Hillel beat St George's College 3-1 in their respective semi-finals played yesterday.

Hillel and Campion will face each other in the Under-16 girls' final. Hillel beat Immaculate 3-1, while Campion defeated Wolmer's 3-1 in their semi-finals yesterday.

Campion College and St George's College will take on each other in the Under-14 boys' final. Campion and St George's scored 2-1 wins over Jamaica College and Wolmer's, respectively.

Campion and Immaculate will meet each other in the Under-14 girls' final, after defeating Wolmer's and American International School of Kingston 2-0 and 2-1, respectively in their semi-finals yesterday.




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