EIGHT JUNIOR GIRLS NAMED TO 2017 TEAM USA NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM
ORLANDO, Fla., May 8, 2017 – The USTA today announced that eight top junior girls qualified for the 2017 Team USA National Junior Team, a training program designed to give a collection of America’s best young players, born in either 2001 or 2002, opportunities to train together during the summer and travel to play against top junior competition from around the world.
Players qualified for the team through meeting one or several results- or ranking-based criteria, or through a playoff, which was held last week at the USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla. Players were invited for the playoff based on tournament results, USTA national or ITF world ranking.
2017 Team USA National Junior Team – Girls
*Hailey Baptiste (15, Takoma Park, Md.; Coach: Vince Spadea)
*Caty McNally (15, Cincinnati; Coach: Lynn McNally)
*Alexa Noel (14, Summit, N.J.; Coach: Randy Blumenthaal)
*Whitney Osuigwe (15, Bradenton, Fla.; Coach: Desmond Osuigwe)
Abigail Forbes (16, Raleigh, N.C.; Coach: Cameron Moore)
Sedona Gallagher (15, Henderson, Nev.; Coach: Tammy Gallagher)
Vanessa Ong (15, Oklahoma City; Coach: Trent Tucker)
Katie Volynets (15, Walnut Creek, Calif.; Coaches: Mark Orwig, Richard Tompkins)
*Automatically qualified before playoff based on meeting set criteria.
USTA Player Development will provide the National Junior Team with training opportunities and coaching and travel assistance to select USTA National Championships, ITF junior and USTA Pro Circuit tournaments throughout the summer, beginning with the USTA Pro Circuit $25,000 event in Naples, Fla., this week.
Baptiste is ranked No. 40 in the world among all juniors and recently made the quarterfinals of the Girls’ 18s singles draw at the prestigious Easter Bowl junior tournament last month. McNally is ranked No. 48 in the world among juniors and reached the Girls’ 18s singles quarterfinals and won the doubles title at the Easter Bowl. Noel is ranked No. 12 in the USTA Girls’ 16-and-under national standings and is the reigning USTA Girls’ 16-and-under clay court national singles champion. Osuigwe is ranked No. 16 in the world among juniors, having won multiple ITF junior singles titles already this year, at events in Brazil and Paraguay.
Forbes is ranked No. 10 in the 18-and-under USTA national standings and was an 18-and-under singles finalist at the USTA National Winter Championships in December. Gallagher is ranked No. 18 in the USTA Girls’ 18s national standings and reached the Girls’ 16s singles semifinals and won the doubles title at the Easter Bowl. Ong is No. 28 in the Girls’ 18s USTA national standings and reached the quarterfinals of the US Open Junior Championships in September. Volynets is the No. 1-ranked 16-and-under player in the USTA standings and won the 16-and-under singles titles at the prestigious Eddie Herr and Metropolia Orange Bowl junior tournaments in December.
For full results from this weekend’s playoff, click here.