On Saturday, January 26 the USTA North Carolina announced its recipients for its 2012 annual awards. The ceremony was held at the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, and three Western North Carolina players were honored: Korey Lovett from Brevard, Nancy Fish from Hendersonville, and Richard (Dick) Stennett from Fletcher. Many other from all around North Carolina also received tennis awards in many categories.
Korey Lovett won the USTA Male Junior Play of the Year. Although he was unable to make the event, he has become a staple in junior tennis across the state. He is currently ranked number two in the South with a 127-45 record this past year. Prominent victories include his Tar Heel Qualifier championship, five wins at the National Clay Court Championships and two wins at the National Hart Court Championships. He is also a member of North Carolina’s Southern Cup team.
Nancy Fish won the Adult Sportsmanship Award – Female. She is a longtime USTA league player, in the adult, senior and super senior levels–and is often seen at the Asheville Racquet Club. Having moved to Hendersonville after a career in teaching from Connecticut, Nancy has encountered a number of challenges in her career, particularly when she was diagnosed with stage 3C cancer and went through an arduous surgery and hospital stay, then faced six months of chemotherapy. Her courage and fight has earned her the respect, love and admiration of all those who know her. She has yet to give up on the game she so dearly loves, and plays often. With this honor the USTA acknowledged Nancy for her tremendous strength, passion and of course friendship.
Richard (Dick) Stennett from Fletcher received the Male Senior Award of the Year. This past year he accumulated the #1 state ranking the 80’s singles and doubles division, which was due in large part to his National Clay Court title, his City of Asheville Open title and his Southeastern Indoor Championship. He also holds a #2 ranking in both singles and doubles at the Southern Level. Dick won his division (80’s – singles) at the USTA sanctioned Southeastern Indoor Championship at the Asheville Racquet Club tournament this weekend.
For past winners and more on the USTA North Carolina awards visit www.nctennis.com/awards.