Local tennis team finishes eighth at nationals

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Three Essex residents competed against some of the best high school tennis players in the nation as members of the Vermont Junior Tennis Team, which participated in the advanced national tournament in Columbia, S.C., on Oct. 23-25.

Essex’s Evan Greer, Jordan Walsh and Preston Gordon — along with six other local tennis players — finished eighth in the nation. They defeated teams from Delaware and Minnesota before losing to the eventual national champions from Texas, but not before managing to win more games against the Texas team than any other team in the tournament.

The Vermont Junior Tennis team poses at the advanced national tournament in Columbia, S.C. From left, Stephanie Joseph (CVU), Jordan Walsh (Essex), Megan Collins (Rice), Trent Newman (South Burlington), Evan Greer (Essex), Preston Gordon (Essex), George Lomas (CVU), Gabe Katz, (South Burlington) and Kathy Joseph (CVU). PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

The Vermont Junior Tennis team poses at the advanced national tournament in Columbia, S.C. From left, Stephanie Joseph (CVU), Jordan Walsh (Essex), Megan Collins (Rice), Trent Newman (South Burlington), Evan Greer (Essex), Preston Gordon (Essex), George Lomas (CVU), Gabe Katz, (South Burlington) and Kathy Joseph (CVU).
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