TAHHI, Hilton Head's Hernandez win USTA honors

Hilton Head Island tennis has been honored twice in USTA South Carolina's annual awards, with the Tennis Association of Hilton Head Island named the state's top association in 2015 and Sayda Hernandez the most improved junior girl.

TAHHI, with more than 1,300 players in various leagues across Beaufort County, was named the state's Community Tennis Association of the Year for the second time. In addition to overseeing events and junior development, the website serves as a clearinghouse for tennis information in the Hilton Head Island area.

TAHII president Jackie Reynecke said she's thrilled by the honor.

"The tennis association has worked hard the last couple of years to help our communities, in funding and programs, and taking as our pet project, we really want to emphasize youth development," Reynecke said. "We want that to be our platform going forward."

The association previously captured top honors in 2001.

Hernandez, 13, has seen her USTA Girls 14s ranking rise in recent months to No. 13 in the state and 633rd in the nation. She has played No. 2 singles at Hilton Head Island High for the past two seasons.