Monthly Archives: May 2013

OTA Qualifies 13 for Southerns!

For the 7th straight year, OTA has qualified over more than 10 players for the Southern Championships, with 13 making the Arkansas endorsement list!  In addition, 3 more players are first alternates, and there is a possibility of at least another 6 getting in to Southerns.  And check out some of these pictures… we had FUN, too!

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Here is our qualification list:

Ella Coleman – Girls 10 – 5th place

Reagan Tunnell – Girls 10 (3rd Alternate)

Carter Swope – Boys 10

Noah Butler – Boys 10 (1st Alternate)

Colin Clay – Boys 10 (3rd Alternate)

Brooke Killingsworth – Girls 12 – 3rd place

Avery Hughes – Girls 12 – 5th place

Hayden Swope – Boys 12 (1st Alternate)

Emma Baker – Girls 14 – 5th place

Catherine Nettle – Girls 16 – 3rd place

Kruti Shah – Girls 16 – 6th place (1st Alternate)


Dylan Deluca – Boys 16 – 2nd place

Ryan Hargrove – Boys 16 – 4th place

Andrew Miller – Boys 16 – 5th place

Jack Neal – Boys 16 – 6th place

Patrick Keith – Boys 16 (2nd Alternate)


Lexi Beaver – Girls 18

Kyle Henry – Boys 18

Luke Lundstrum – Boys 18



Some weekend highlights:

Overall, it was a great weekend, and once again OTA showed that not only are we a quality program, but one with fantastic sportsmanship and integrity.  Our OTA coaches were so impressed with how our players fought, and the way they handled both winning and losing.  Placing 10 in the top 6 at the Qualifier is an incredibly solid showing, but it was the overall group performance that truly makes us proud!



  • Straight numbers – OTA took 45 players and qualified 13.  Over a quarter of the group??  That’s awesome.


  • Big division – We graduated an extremely tough class of boys this year, a class that routinely saw OTA having half of the qualifiers (or more) in their age division, and was always competing for the title at the toughest tournaments.  Losing them, it was a common belief that OTA would see some of our dominance-through-depth fade.  Enter our Boys 16s.  We took 4 of the top 6 spots, and did it with some new names and faces.  Dylan is a constant, having been in the finals 3 of the last 5 years.  Ryan is a rising force; a bigger, tougher version of the boy who showed up last summer.  Andrew and Jack have kicked in the door to the big boys club, and taken a seat at the main table.  These two truly exemplify what OTA is all about.  They were nowhere in the conversation in the Boys 12s, barely there in the 14s, and now are a full-on threat in the 16s.  This type of progress is what we love to see, and we are extremely proud of them, and our entire Boys 16s division!!


  • Rockin’ girls – For the first time ever, OTA qualified a girl in EVERY age division!  Way to represent, girls!!!


  • Double trouble – We had 4 players place in both singles and doubles.  Brooke and Avery placed second in the Girls 12 division, and Dylan and Ryan kept OTA’s perfect streak alive (at least one division champion in all 8 years of our existence) by winning the Boys 16 division.  Way to go!

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  • A good sport – Catherine Nettle not only made a huge statement with her performance, but she did it in the ultimate OTA-style.  She crashed through to the top 3, and in the process was awarded the Girls Sportsmanship Award for the tournament.  Nice job, Extra Credit!


  • (Cross)Fitness pays off – We’ve had a strong crew doing CrossFit since last November (or longer).  Dylan, Catherine, Ryan, Andrew, Jack, Kruti, and PK are the only members of that group that played the Qualifier.  Check out how that crew did: Everyone but PK placed and qualified for Southerns… and he is 2nd alternate!!  Coincidence?  Um, no.  Thanks to Coach Lee and Coach Wendi for helping OTA reach our goals!

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Thank you again to all of our parents for your contributions last weekend, you guys were fantastic… as always!!  We are excited to build on this result, and look forward to doing it this summer.  Go OTA!!!!



Aquafina, Summerhill, Maverick, Crime Dog…

Just a few things to catch up on over the last couple of weeks… we’ve had a lot going on!!

  • A rainy Aquafina: Lexi Beaver, Catherine Nettle, Hayden Swope, and Carter Swope all made the trip to Jackson, Ms, for the STA L3 Aquafina.  While many of the final rounds were rained out, all of our OTA players won at least one match, highlighted by Lexi’s 3rd place finish.  That is her 3rd top 4 finish at STA L3 tournaments… in April.


  • Local rain, too: Also, we had very good OTA participation for the Fayetteville Summerhill tournament.  Many matches were shortened, but the tournament managed to get finished.  Here were our top finishers:


  • Andrew Miller – 1st Boys 18s
  • Ryan Hargrove – 1st Boys 16s
  • Harsh Dhayal – 2nd Boys 10s
  • Catherine Nettle – 1st Girls 16s
  • Kruti Shah – 2nd Girls 16s
  • Avery Hargrove – 1st Girls 14s
  • Mary Houston – 2nd Girls 12s


  • Making his name: Carter Swope was invited to participate in the Southern Regional Tennis Camp in Atlanta last weekend.  The camp is for the top 24 players in each age division (8 and under for Carter), and is a rare invite for players from Northwest Arkansas.  (Although not so rare if you live in the Swope house… Hayden is shortlisted to make the 10 and under camp!)  Tough to tell from the picture, but I’m thinking he had a good time!!

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  • A reminder, summer sign-ups are here!  Head over to the Registration page under our Programs tab, it’s easier than ever!!