June 23, 2007
Albany -- Over 100 of the top tennis players in Southwest Georgia and North Florida are in Albany this week for the fifth-annual Stonebridge tennis tournament.
The three-day tournament runs Friday through Sunday, and features many different competition brackets for both men and women.
Lee County's Matt Vansant went undefeated as a freshman for the Trojans last season, helping the team win the region and advance to the second round of the state tournament.
Vansant is ranked #21 in Georgia in the 16-and-under division. The rising sophomore won his quarter-final match Saturday 6-2, 6-1 and says playing in a tournament like the one at Stonebridge is very beneficial.
"Oh, it helps a lot," says Vansant. "Get a lot of practice, good match play, all that good stuff. It's good competition up here."
Tournament director Randy Jobson says, "A lot of times players get playing the same people every week in league play. This brings people together from all over southwest Georgia and North Florida. It allows them to play different players, and really increases the interest in tennis."
The Stonebridge tournament wraps up Sunday, with Vansant playing his semifinal match at 9am.