Tennis: U18s and U16s Defend County Titles For Ninth Year Running
Bede’s had a triumphant week of tennis last week with both the boys’ and girls’ U18s winning the Sussex County Cup and the boys U18s and U16s winning the Sussex Schools Independent Championships in straight sets.
Contending against a diverse range of Sussex schools including Brighton College, Ardingly College and Worth School, the Sussex County Cup competition saw both Bede’s U18A and B boys teams progressing through the semi-finals, making for a Bede’s vs Bede’s final.
In the end, Bede’s A Team, featuring 15-year old tennis ace and Sussex Men’s number 2 Kai Maxted alongside Ethan Parker, Andrew Bennett and Alex Targett dispatched their schoolmates Paul Girard, Elliot Stevens, Josh Goldin and Nick Graw in a hard-fought contest.
Bede’s U18A girls’ team meanwhile, featuring Elise van Heuvelen, Louisiana Vine, Elizaveta Lukinskaya and Paula Diedrichsen, beat Eastbourne College in their final which helped Bede’s to defend both the boys’ and girls’ U18 County titles for the ninth year running.
Following these victories, Bede’s boys’ teams were at it again for the Sussex Schools Independent Finals over the weekend, with Bede’s U16s team beating Eastbourne College 6-0, Ardingly College 6-0 and Brighton College 6-0, winning 36 matches in total and dropping none.
Similarly, Bede’s U18s also didn’t drop a set in their competition, beating Brighton College 6-0, Ardingly College 6-0 and Lancing College 6-0, meaning Bede’s U16 and U18 boys teams both also held onto these titles which the school has not lost since 2007.
With Bede’s U16 Boys having also won the Sussex Shield the week before, this summer is proving to be a fruitful one for the School’s Tennis Academy, which provides year-round training for its elite players under the watchful eye of Bede’s Director of Tennis and ex-GB number 1 Julie Salmon.
“The quality of tennis in both of last week’s competitions was superb, highly entertaining and competitive,” said Ms Salmon. “For both boys’ sides to not drop a single set across their competitions is a remarkable achievement, and congratulations to all the players who took part.”