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Junior Teams In the Zone This Summer

August 13, 2012 02:53 PM
USTA Eastern juniors were in the zone this summer, as they beat out teams from across the country to capture the USTA Boys and Girls 12 and 16 Zone Team Championships (Zonals).
In the 16 Zonals, the team earned a perfect record of 5-0, with teammates Win Smith and Arnelle Sullivan fighting to win a 10-8 super tiebreaker to clinch the title. 
“These kids were amazing on and off the court,” said the team’s coach, Jason Stephens. “And I could not be prouder of such a group.
In the 12 Zonals, it was an all-Eastern final, with the Freedoms taking home the gold and the Breakers taking home the silver in West Chester, PA, July 24-29.
In total, 16 Eastern teams, with players selected based on their section endorsement, competed in the USTA Intersectional (16 and Under), National (18 and Under), and Zonal (12-16) championships.
Julie Bliss, Director of Competition and Player Development for USTA Eastern, said that no matter how the teams finished, the events were an excellent opportunity for the kids to develop friendships, learn from outstanding coaches, and get a taste of what college tennis is like.
“We are proud of all our junior teams and coaches,” said Bliss. “Each of the players took a break from their individual tournament schedules to compete together and represent USTA Eastern. And our dedicated coaches gave their time and expertise to travel with the teams and help them improve.”
The USTA Boys' and Girls' 16s Intersectional Team Championships kicked off the summer on July 7in Shreveport, LA. The team, led by coach Marvin Dent had a great time, bonding off and on the court.
Then, the USTA Boys’ and Girls’ 12, 14, and 16 Zonals were held in Newton Square, PA, Kalamazoo, MI, and Winston-Salem, NC, respectively. Finally, the National Championships capped off the summer, with the Boys’ 18 team finishing third in Urbana, IL, and the Girls’ 18 finishing fourth in Novato, CA.
Of course, team tennis doesn’t end in the summer; there are Jr. Team Tennis programs held throughout the year in Eastern for players of all skill levels. To learn more, check out eastern.usta.com/jrteamtennis.
BG 12 Zone Team – Freedoms (1st place)
Coach: Peter Green
Joshua Berman (Purchase, NY)
Andrea Cerdan (Bloomfield, NJ)
Henry Hochfelder (New York, NY)
Satish Kumar (Edison, NJ)
Lea Ma (Dix Hills, NY)
Lauren Munari (Middle Village, NY)
Maya O'Brien (Orangeburg, NY)
Daniel Pellerito (Syosset, NY)
Nathalie Rodilosso, (Rye, NY)
Michael Sun (Livingston, NJ)
Oren Vasser (New Rochelle, NY)
Brigitte Wu (Jersey City, NJ)
BG 12 Zone Team – Breakers (2nd place)
Coach: Matt Trumino
Alexa Goetz (Greenlawn, NY)
Cannon Kingsley (Northport, NY)
Zachary Lieb (New York, NY)
Daniel Nuzhny (Fort Lee, NJ)
Brianna Omar (Franklin Lakes, NJ)
Gabriella Price (Montebello, NY)
Derek Raskopf (New York, NY)
Patrick Sebastian (Fairport, NY)
Michelle Sorokko, (Douglaston, NY)
Abhinav Srivastava (Melville, NY)
Jennifer Yu (Forest Hills, NY)
Shelly Yaloz (Little Neck, NY)
BG 16 Zonals Team (1st place)
Coach: Jason Stephens
Sabrina Faybyshev (Morganville, NJ)
Jared Halstrom (Bellmore, NY)
Casey Marx (Mendham, NJ)
Mwendwa Mbithi (Succasunna, NJ)
Jonathan Paris (Cold Spring Harbor, NY)
Richard Sec (New York, NY)
Win Smith (Brooklyn, NY)
Shayna Spooner (New York, NY)
Maddie Stearns (Short Hills, NJ)
Arnelle Sullivan (Brooklyn, NY)
Dylan Brittis Tannenbaum (Bedford Hills, NY)
Sabrina Xiong (Fresh Meadows, NY)
BG 16 Intersectional Team
Coach: Marvin Dent
Nicolas Bradley (Waldwick, NJ)
Katherine Fahey (Fair Haven, NJ)
Luisa Fernandez (Pittsford, NY)
Jessica Golovin (New York, NY)
Daniel Grunberger (Great Neck, NY)
Shawn Hadavi (Dobbs Ferry, NY)
Kyle Mautner (Greenwich, CT)
Eva Siskova (Cornwall, NY)
Boys’ 18s National Team (3rd place)
Coach: Howie Endelman
Jonathan Carcione (Franklin Lakes, NJ)
Austin Kaplan (Scarsdale, NY)
Josh Levine (Syosset, NY)
Quentin Monaghan, (Chatham, NJ)
Alexander Van Cott (Unadilla, NY)
Andrew Yaraghi (Mill Neck, NY)
USTA Eastern Girls' 18s National Team (4th place)
Coach: Marian Rosenwasser
Lexi Borr (Westfield, NJ)
Hannah Camhi (Woodbury, NY)
Jamie Loeb (Ossining, NY)
Ariana Rodriguez (Bronx, NY)
Emily Safron (New York, NY)
Katherine Yau (Manhasset, NY)
Players Noted for Exceptional Sportsmanship
Jordan Benjamin
Dylan Brittis-Tannenbaum
Michael Chen
Cameron Daniels
Ernesto Dillon
Louisa Fernandez
Shawn Hadavi
Bridget Harding
Nia Rose
Patrick Sebastian
Richard Sec
Abhinav Srivastava
Madison Stevens
Arnelle Sullivan
Sabrina Xiong
Hannah Zhao


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