RTA SENIOR SPOTLIGHT Research Triangle High School Senior, Ronik Grewal has an impressive junior tennis career reflecting a genuine commitment and dedication to the sport.
He was co-captain of his high school tennis team. He received the coaches award and was awarded MVP two times. On top of that, he is an Individuals State Champion, a member of his High School Hall of Fame, and an All-State and All-Conference for 4 years.
Among a long list of accomplishments, Ranik is a two-year Southern Section Finalist for Junior Team Tennis, six-time Junior Team Tennis State Champion. Ronik ranked in the top 30 in NC for Boys 18U and 16U and top 200 in South for Boys 18U and 16U.
His passion for tennis extends beyond his own skillful game play. Ronik co-founded SARO Mobile Tennis Academy, a coaching program that utilizes a Modern Tennis Method to develop fundamental skills in young players.
After graduating, Ronik will attend UNC to pursue a career path in Information Science and Pre-Med. He will play Club Team Tennis while at the University.
Congratulations, Ronik! Best wishes for an incredible future! 🎓
RTA SENIOR SPOTLIGHT Millbrook High School Senior, Gabe Troch played on the varsity tennis team since his sophomore year. Since joining the team, he quickly rose to a strong seeded player on the team. Due to his hard work, perseverance and great sportsmanship, his coaches and teammates awarded him the prestigious Wildcat Award which recognizes these attributes in a player.
Gabe will play football at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio while studying Biomedical Engineering. With no plans to give up on tennis any time soon, Gabe plans to participate on a USTA mixed doubles team with his parents. And, he plans to pursue Club Tennis once at college.
Gabe says that he will miss the chance to compete and hang out with his friends the most.
Congratulations, Gabe. Best wishes for an incredible future! 🎓.
RTA SENIOR SPOTLIGHT Rolesville High School Senior Camryn Straughn’s most memorable high school moment was the final match of the conference championship during her sophomore year in which she faced a tough opponent who had beaten her previously. With her team cheering her on, she clinched the win in a third set tiebreaker.
Proving to be such an asset to her team and a player who showed much integrity on and off the courts, Camryn received the Sportsmanship Award all four years. Her team spirit and skillful play was not only of value to the women’s team but to the men’s as well. After her last season, she had just begun to assist the men’s team when the quarantine took effect. Camryn says that she will “definitely miss watching my teammates progress and assisting the men’s team.”
After graduation, Camryn will attend and play tennis for William Peace University.
Congratulations, Camryn. Best wishes for an incredible future! 🎓
Juliana Craft , Sanderson High School
RTA SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Leesville High School Senior, Tejas Chandrasekhar has accomplished so much in his junior tennis career. He served as Captain of his high school tennis team and was named MVP. Tournament highlights include winning doubles in a Southern 3 and topped 3rd in a NC L2 and a singles in Southern L3. He contributes his passion for tennis to Coach IB Ilesamni, Coach Robert Gibson, and Coach Richard Moran.
His leadership is not just found on the courts but off as well. Tejas serves on the RTA junior council, volunteering for numerous tennis events in Raleigh including the Raleigh Pro League, RTA Tournaments, and Try Tennis events. Most recently, he coached in the Boys and Girls Club after school tennis program.
After graduation, Tejas heads to Purdue for a degree in Aerospace Engineering. While there, he will continue with tennis as a hopeful for the varsity team and a Club team player.
Tejas says that he will miss the camaraderie and team spirit of high school the most but looks forward to this in college as well.
Congratulations, Tejas. Best wishes for an incredible future! 🎓
Jade Houston, Rolesville High School
RTA SENIOR SPOTLIGHT Sanderson High School’s Juliana Craft favors the high school tennis season over any other time of year. If you take a look at her incredible playing record, there is no doubt to why.
Juliana won 22 of her 23 matches during the 2019 high school tennis season. Not only that, in 2019 alone, she was the Cap-7 Singles Conference Champion and the East Regional Singles Champion. She played on the 4-A Women’s Tennis All State Team and was Academic All Conference. And, this came after she was a 4A Doubles State runner up in 2017.
And, 2020 wasn’t so shabby for her either. In fact, it was rather outstanding. She placed 58 in the Southeast Region for 2020 Tennis Recruiting and 182 in the nation for 2020 on Tennis Recruiting. She placed 76 in the nation on the dunlop rpi list, and #2 for NC Girls 18s USTA Standings. Wow!
Juliana, a 4 star recruit, says she’ll remember above everything else her junior year “when all six of us [teammates]qualified for regionals and states. It was school history and it was amazing being able to take on states with all the girls. There were constant cheerleaders and an amazing group of girls to celebrate with after.”
With a big thank you to her coaches, Juliana attributes her passion and skills to coaches Thomas Mozur, Paul Goode, Paul-Henri Arrigoni, and Stephanie Ginsburg.
Juliana will be play D1 tennis at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.
Congratulations, Juliana. Best wishes for an awesome future! 🎓
Ashely Kelly, Rolesville High School
Camryn Straughn, Rolesville High School
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Tejas Chandrasekhar, Leesville High School
RTA Spirit of Tennis Scholarships through June 29th.
Trinity Oliver, Crossroads Flex High School
RTA SENIOR SPOTLIGHT Clayton High School Senior, Sam Jones moved to North Carolina from Kentucky as a sophomore. He brought an impressive playing record with him.
Once in North Carolina, he quickly earned a top seed on his high school’s tennis team. Sam's record includes winning two 3A State Championships and the 2019 3A Doubles State Championship. On top of that, he was three-time All-Conference Champ, three-time All-Region Champ, and Two-Time All-State Champ. It’s no surprise that Sam ranks in the top 10 of the Boys 18s division in North Carolina.
An avid tennis player his whole life, Sam attributes his passion for the sport to his mother, Michelle Jones, who is a Tennis Professional at Carolina Country Club. He also attributes his success to Clayton High School Tennis Coach, Ken Stivason; The Raleigh Racquet Club, Paul Goode and the RRC coaches; and Carolina Country Club, Shelby Cannon.
Sam says he will miss the bus rides with teammates and all the team celebrations the most.
After graduation, Sam will play D1 tennis at Gardner-Webb University. He has dreams of one-day playing professionally.
Congratulations, Sam! Best wishes for an exciting future! 🎓
RTA SENIOR SPOTLIGHT Crossroads Flex High School’s Trinity Oliver achieved a great deal throughout her junior tennis career. She won several L3, L4 and L5 Tournaments, and she participated in one L2 Tournament before the quarantine took effect.
Among the most celebrated of all her victories was when her team claimed the Jr Team Tennis State Championship. She describes it as the “best feeling being part of an amazing team.”
Trinity refers to the team as her “tennis family” and values the strong connections she made with her tennis peers. Her coaches and team share her sentiment as they honored her with the Coach’s Award, which is given to a player who plays their best tennis and exudes team camaraderie. The Ebony Racquet Club also recognized her as Most Improved Player.
Although her senior season ended a bit too soon, it did not stop her from improving both her physical and mental game. “I believe that God has a reason for everything and gave me this time during quarantine to improve upon my game for the next coming season in Collegiate tennis.”
Trinity will play D1 tennis at North Carolina A&T State University on the Varsity Women's Tennis Team.
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RTA salutes the Class of 2020 High School Seniors whose final tennis season was cut short.
RTA SENIOR SPOTLIGHT Rolesville High School, Jade Houston remembers every record that her High School Women's Tennis Team broke and the three conferences they won. Jade represented her team as a three-time All Conference and four-time All State player. Recognizing her as a major contributor to the team, coaches named Jade as Most Valuable Player all four years!
In September 2019, "The Wake Weekly" published an article, "Rolesville Tennis star striving to be the best" featuring Jade, calling her "the best female player in school history."
It is no surprise that Jade ranks among the top-10 in North Carolina for her age group as well as in the top-250 nationwide. Jade’s competitive play and relentless perseverance led her to becoming a 4 Star junior player.
Her leadership is not just found as a player on the court but coaching as well. Jade is a role model to many young players as she volunteer coaches in the outreach programs offered through the Ebony Racquet Club.
Admirably, tennis is not her only activity where her achievements soar. Jade runs track and has gone to National four times.
Jade says that prom and a normal graduation is what she hates to have missed; and that she misses her friends and teachers.
After graduation, Jade has received a full athletic scholarship to play tennis in college at North Carolina Central University.
Congratulations, Jade. Best wishes for an incredible future! 🎓
Camden Clark Leesville High School
Ronik Grewal, Research Triangle High School Senior 2020
RTA SENIOR SPOTLIGHT Leesville Road High School Senior Camden Clark led her varsity high school tennis team to multiple victories in her two year tenure as captain. With the support of her coach and team, she proudly represented them three times in All Conference, two times in All Region and all four years at the Individual Conference Tournament.
Her accomplishments did not stop there. Camden’s competitive tennis play placed her in the Top eight in the State in Doubles both her junior and senior year. And, on top of that, she’s a seven time State Champion and Southern Section Finalist for JTT.
Named Most Valuable Player by her coach and teammates, Camden also won the Pride Player Award her Freshman and Senior year.
Camden’s champion spirit also can be found in her service to the tennis community. She serves on the RTA Junior Council, received certification through Net Generation so she could coach in area programs; and volunteered at the ACC Championships. She is also a key volunteer in running the Springdale Open Tennis Tournament.
Camden contributes her passion for tennis to her dad, Scott Clark. “He taught me everything I know and will hit with me every time I ask. He is my biggest supporter!” She also attributes her dedication to tennis to her high school tennis coach, Monica Shea-Henderson.
Camden will attend North Carolina State University and plans to join the NC State Club Tennis Team.
Congratulations, Camden! Best wishes for an incredible future! 🎓
Sam Jones, Clayton High School
Gabe Troch, Millbrook High School
RTA SENIOR SPOTLIGHT Rolesville High School, Ashley Kelly joined Rolesville tennis team her junior year of high school. Ashley remembers that the majority of players on the team had significantly more experience than she did. Most of her opponents started playing tennis at a younger age.
Ashley’s can-do attitude and fierce determination didn’t stop her from being a key player for the team. Each match improved her game. Ashley trained hard which quickly resulted in winning the majority of her matches.
To recognize her extraordinary efforts her first year on the team, she was named Most Improved Player. Respectively, Ashley was named her team’s captain her senior year.
By the end of her senior year on the team, Ashley led her team to two Division Championships and was awarded Most Dedicated Player. What a great 2019! In addition, Ashley’s Jr Team Tennis team were champions of their age division in Raleigh.
Ashely attributes her passion for tennis to her mom, Bernice Kelly. She is also grateful to her coaches Moses Igbinovia, Daniel Bolick; and her Rolesville High School Coach, Benjamin Daniels.
Ashley says she misses going to Torero's every Tuesday after practice to hang out with her teammates the most. But, she is looking forward to playing adult leagues this summer in Raleigh
After graduation, Ashley has plans to study Biology at UNCG. She plans to play on the Tennis On Campus team while at the University. Ashley aspires to attend Medical School to become a Neonatal Surgeon.
Congratulations, Ashley. Best wishes for an incredible future! 🎓