Hignett off to study in America

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis scholar Liam Hignett will be off to study in America next year after securing a tennis scholarship to Tennessee  Technological University (TTU) known more popularly as Tennessee Tech. Hignett will move to Cookeville, Tennessee and become a Tennessee Tech Golden Eagle after he completes his A level studies at Sherfield next summer.

This is an amazing achievement for Liam who will be following in the footsteps of several other Totally Tennis performance players who have over the years also secured tennis scholarships to study in America, including current coach Steph Catlin who studied in Colorado.

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Tennis Director Nigel Long said, “I’m really pleased that Liam has gained his scholarship to study and play in America. He has achieved so much in tennis and he will now be able to build on this and continue to develop within the university programme.”

He’s another in a long list of Totally Tennis players who’s tennis has enabled them to gain a University place and we wish him all the best!

Head Coach James McIntosh, who coached Liam individually added, “Liam has worked really hard over the last few years to get to the level he is now. He’s had great success in so many tournaments and has been selected for both the U18’s and Men’s County Cup teams over the last two years.
This is a great opportunity for him to continue with his tennis career in America and I wish him all the best. Well done Liam!
Congratulations Liam from everyone at Totally Tennis

 

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Sherfield School Boys In Action At The National Championships

The Sherfield School Boys team, which consists of four Totally Tennis performance players, completed in the Team Tennis Schools National Championships Finals 2016-2017 (formerly known as the Glanville Cup) at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.

image1The Boys Team (L to R) Alex Dawson, Liam Hignett, former Sherfield School Head of PE Adam Gibson, Miles Bromilow and Dean Cooper Kirby

The team of Liam Hignett, Miles Bromilow, Alex Dawson and Dean Cooper Kirby were playing in a tough field of the top sixteen teams in the country at the weekend long event. Unfortunately the boys were knocked out in the first round of the main draw by Cheam High School 8-4. Bromilow and Cooper Kirby both won their singles matches 4-1, 3-5, 1-0(6) and 4-2, 4-2 respectively but Hignett and Dawson lost, both pairings were beaten in the doubles.

The boys then competed in the consolation draw beating Queen Elizabeth School, Cumbria 10-0 followed by St.Peter’s RC High School 8-4 in the semis but then lost in the final against St Bede’s 8-2 with Bromilow the only player to win a match.

Top seeds Culford School A were the overall winners beating third seeds Reed’s School in the final 8-2. In the Girl’s event (formerly known as the Aberdare Cup)  second seeds Talbot Heath School A beat top seeds Queenswood School in the final 8-4.

 

 

 

 

Winchester Open Runner’s Up Medal For Isla

Totally Tennis performance player Isla Hignett competed in the Girls 14U and 16U singles and doubles events at the Grade 3 Winchester Spring Open that took place last week at Winchester Racquets and Fitness Club.
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In the 14U singles competition sixth seed Hignett had a bye in the first round and then beat Sienna May in the quarter finals 6-1, 6-2 and then Katy Jarvis in their three set semi final encounter 6-2, 0-6, 1-0(9). In the final Hignett was up against former Totally tennis teammate and third seed  Eliza Wheeler who won the match 6-2, 6-1 leaving Hignett collecting the runners-up prize. In the 16U singles Hignett lost to Alana Unitt in the quarter finals 6-3, 6-1 and she then lost in the consolation final match against Samyuktha Manoharan 6-1, 7-5.
Hignett then teamed up with Manoharan in the 16U doubles, they lost in the three set semi final match against another former Totally Tennis player Aisling Mcgrane and her partner Unitt 4-1, 3-5, 1-0(6). In the 14U doubles Hignett partnered club mate Tillie Reid   but they lost to Jessica Holloway/Sophia Huron 4-2, 4-1 and Migraine/Unitt 6-1, 6-1.
Donella Hignett (Isla’s mum) said, “Isla didn’t win a match in the 16Us singles or the 14Us doubles which she played with Tillie as the opponents were just too strong.  It was good experience though.”

QMC Mixed Team will play in National Finals

The Queen Mary’s College (QMC) tennis mixed team travelled to Aldenham School in Hertfordshire for their latest match of the knock out stages of the Senior Students competition.

The team of Luke Watts and Jordan Mosquera (pair 1) and Andrew Dingwall and Dessi Bratinova (pair 2) had a bye in their first match so needed to win this fixture to qualify for the National Finals in Bolton. Both pairs made a great start with Watts and Mosquera beating the opposing team’s top pair 6-3 and Dingwall and Bratinova defeating the second pair 7-6 (3).

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The QMC mixed team who will play in the National Finals in Bolton (L to R) Luke Watts, Jordan Mosquera, Dessi Bratinova and Andrew Dingwall.

QMC PE teacher and tennis team manager Sarah Goldson said “Both pairs served well in the first matches and both Luke and Jordan played well up at the net to cut off any long baseline exchanges.” she added,  “Andrew and Dessi had served for the match earlier in the set but were pegged back to a tie break, but lifted their game once again to take the tie break-relatively comfortably.”

Going into the second matches, the QMC team needed just one win to qualify, Dingwall and Bratinova were the first to finish but unfortunately lost to the top pairing 6-3.  Watts and Mosquera got off to a great start winning the initial few games to lead 3-0 but again the opposition fought back but the QMC pair battled on breaking serve to win the match 6-3 and securing the mixed team’s qualification for the national finals in Bolton.

Goldson said “This will be a fourth appearance by a QMC mixed team in Bolton and a sixth appearance for the College overall.  This was an unexpected surprise for the QMC team this year and we have certainly made the most of an advantageous draw.”

The team along with Saul Irwin (who played in the earlier round) will head to Bolton on Saturday 11 March to compete against Millfield School, Felsted School, Ellesmere College,  Strathallan School, Rugby School, Sevenoaks School and local rivals Peter Symonds College from Winchester.

This will be a great opportunity for the players, we have nothing to lose and as such will hopefully play with a sense of freedom and no pressure,” said Goldson “All five players are certainly capable on their day and it is great that QMC have a place back in the finals after a couple of years where we have just missed out.”

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The 2010 QMC Mixed Team who won the National Title and a masterclass at Totally Tennis from Judy Murray (L to R) Ben Jubin, Jack Nicholson, Steph Catlin and Aimee Paterson

The team are following in the footsteps of the QMC Mixed Team who won the National Title back in 2010. Totally Tennis performance players Steph Catlin, Ben Jubin, Jack Nicholson and Aimee Paterson were the dream team who brought the trophy home to Basingstoke. Goldson said “It may be 7 years ago but I still remember it well!  I am very much looking forward to see how our players this year get on.” J

ubin is now a full-time tennis coach at Totally Tennis and Catlin is a sports nutritionalist and contributor to this blog.

Hignett’s Half Term Trophy Haul

Brother and sister Liam and Isla Hignett both came away with trophies from the Grade 4 Bradfield Junior Winter Open 2013 Tournament, held at Bradfield Tennis Club, over the half term holidays last week.

Competing in the 10 and under Girls Singles, Isla played good, confident tennis to win her semi-final match against Lauren Paris-Jones 4-0, 4-0, after a bye in the first round. In the final, she beat Alice Hodges convincingly  4-0, 4-0 and was presented with her first winners trophy (having only received medals in previous tournaments).

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Older brother Liam played in the 14 and Under Boys Singles event and after also receiving a bye in the first round, he beat Edwin Lau 6-3, 6-2 in the quarter finals followed by a victory over Ethan Chow  6-1, 7-5 in their semi-final encounter.  In the final, things did not go quite so smoothly with a three set battle against Oliver Okonkwo. Losing the first set 6-4, Liam fought back to bring the match to all square, winning the second set 7-5 but lost out in the third set tie-break 10-7, to finish in second place overall and take home the runners-up trophy.

photo 2Brother and sister, Liam and Isla with their Bradfield Trophies

Fellow performance player Kirsty Da Silva also competed in the Bradfield event, playing in the 8 and under Mixed Singles event. She progressed to the main draw after winning all her matches in Group A in the round robin stages. She defeated Steffi Swanson 13-11, Tom Harris 10-7, Arron Hodges 10-5 and Thomas Silvester Ratcliffe 10-4. In the semi-final she lost to Thomas Silvester Ratcliffe 10-7 and finished in fourth place after Daniel Mackley won their third/fourth play off match 10-5.

Head Coach James McIntosh said “Isla played really well to win her event and claim her first, of I am sure many trophies. A sterling effort from Liam and Kirsty too in their events with lots of good match wins. Competing in external competitions is an important part of a players growth and development and these three players are always motivated to compete in lots of tournaments with some great results.”