Reece Carter placed fifth in singles and was a finalist in doubles with partner Mia Kupres of Alberta at the U12 Outdoor Rogers Junior Nationals (August 23-29 in Mont Tremblant, Quebec). Joining Carter at the U12 nationals were fellow Manitobans Christopher Derksen and Ella Arksey: Derksen lost in the Flight #3 semifinals to Emmett Potter of Alberta 6-0, 6-3, while Arksey fell in the Flight #4 third-place match to Cincy Chen of PEI 6-1, 6-0.
At the U14 Outdoor Rogers Junior Nationals in Mont Tremblant (August 29-September 4), it was an all-Manitoba battle in the girls’ Flight #3 final with Reece Carter beating Maya Arksey 6-3, 6-1. Stefan Barre beat William Preciado of Saskatchewan 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 in the boys’ Flight #4 quarterfinals before dropping the 3/4 playoff match 6-1, 6-4 to Michael Solodko of BC.
Shawn Sophasath and Maya Arksey competed at the U16 Outdoor Rogers Junior Nationals, held August 21-26 in Gatineau, Quebec. Sophasath lost to top seed Chih Chi Huang of BC 6-0, 6-2 in the first round, while Arksey lost her first match to BC’s Nicole Horacek 6-2, 6-2.
Coaching Team Prairies at the national tournaments were Jared Connell of Manitoba (U12 and U14), Nelly Dvornicka of Manitoba (U14), Denise Fernandez of Saskatchewan (U16) and Marek Nehasil of Saskatchewan (U18).