JMTA Students Rack Up October Titles

Dozens of JMTA students competed in recent events, with many claiming singles and/or doubles crowns.

Taking both singles and doubles titles were Perene Wang in Girls 14s at the L1 RWTTC October Championships and Spencer Brachman in Boys 14s at the L1 Sportime Bethpage October Championships.

Other singles championships were claimed by Audrey Pathod (Girls 14, L1B Hardscrabble Challenger), Gunnar Overstrom (Boys 12, L1B Bethpage State Park Fall Challenger), Michael DeNigris (Boys 18, L1B Sportime Kings Park October Challenger), Sarah Hove (Girls 14, L20 Sportime Lake Isle October Open) and Natalie Marguiles (Girls 16, L20 Sportime RI October Open).

Lubomir Cuba (Boys 18, USTA National Selection October, Glen Cove), Michelle Sorroko (Girls 14, USTA National Selection Tournament, Maryland) and Teddy Truwit (Boys 12, USTA Closed Regional Tournament October, Latham, N.Y.) were doubles champions at their respective events.

See below for full results.

USTA National Selection Tournament – October – Glen Cove, NY
Boys’ 18
James Wasserman; Singles Semifinalist; defeated the (2) and (5) seeds; Doubles Quarterfinalist
Lubomir Cuba; reached the round of 32 Singles; Doubles Champion
Jack Turchetta; Singles Quarterfinalist; Doubles Semifinalist; 3rd place overall
Felipe Osses-Konig; won one Singles match in consolation; Doubles Quarterfinalist
Jake Bhangdia; reached the round of 32 Singles; Doubles Quarterfinalist
Oliver Sec; reached the round of 16 Singles; Doubles Quarterfinalist

USTA National Selection Tournament – Maryland
Girls’ 14
Michelle Sorroko; Singles Semifinalist; 4th place overall; Doubles Champion
Georgia Ryan; reached the round of 32 Singles; Doubles Quarterfinalist
Girls’ 16
Brianna Williams; reached the round of 16 in Singles and Doubles

USTA Closed Regional Tournament- October – Latham, NY
Boys’ 12
Teddy Truwit; Doubles Champion; Singles Quarterfinalist; won two consolation matches
Sebastian Sec; reached the round of 16 Singles; Back draw Semifinalist; Doubles Quarterfinalist

USTA National Selection Tournament – October – Queens Village, NY
Boys’ 16
Athell Bennett; Singles Quarterfinalist; Doubles Finalist

USTA National Selection Tournament – October – Glen Cove, NY
Girls’ 18
Sabrina Xiong; Singles Quarterfinalist; 5th place overall; Doubles Semifinalist; defeated the (1) seed in a playoff
Madison Battaglia; Singles Quarterfinalist; Doubles Semifinalist; defeated the (1) seed in a playoff
Ekim Buyuk; Singles Quarterfinalist

USTA National Selection Tournament – October (Level 2) – Delray Beach, FL
Boys’ 14
Ronan Jachuck; Singles Finalist; Doubles semifinalist; came in 3rd place overall in Doubles

USTA National Selection Tournament – October – Washington DC
Boys’ 14
Cannon Kingsley; Singles Semifinalist; came in 3rd overall; Doubles Quarterfinalist
Ronald Hohmann; reached the round of 16 Singles; won two matches in the back draw; Doubles Quarterfinalist
Sujay Sharma; reached the round of 32 Singles; reached the round of 16 Doubles
Lantis Wang; Singles Quarterfinalist; defeated the (6) seed in the round of 16; Doubles Quarterfinalist

USTA Closed Regional Tournament – October (Region 3) – Latham, NY
Boys’ 18
Alexander Pintille; reached the round of 16 Singles; won two matches in the consolation bracket; Doubles Quarterfinalist

USTA National Selection Tournament – October – Richmond, VA
Boys’ 12
Wesley Zhang; reached the round of 16 in Singles and Doubles

L1 RWTTC October Championships
Girls’ 14
Perene Wang; Singles Champion & Doubles Champion
Daniella Benabraham; reached the round of 16

L1 Sportime Bethpage October Championships
Boys’ 14 Singles
Spencer Brachman; Singles Champion; Doubles Champion; defeated (1) seed in finals
Maxwell Moadel; reached the round of 16; defeated the (6) seed

L1 RSTA October Championships
Boys’ 16
Daniel Pellerito; Singles Semifinalist
Daniel Weitz; Singles Semifinalist
Boys’ 16
Daniel Pellerito; Doubles Finalist

L1 West Rock October Championships
Girls’ 16
Katherine Kachkarov; Singles Semifinalist
Lia Kiam; Singles Quarterfinalist
Girls’ 16
Katherine Kachkarov; Singles Quarterfinalist

L1 Sportime Harbor Island Columbus Day Championships
Boys’ 12
Noah Eisenberg; reached the round of 16 Singles
Boys’ 10
Astro Pilipovic; reached the round of 16

L1B Hardscrabble October Challenger
Girls’ 14
Audrey Pacthod; Singles Champion
Boys’ 18
Daniel Neeson; Singles Semifinalist

L1B Bethpage State Park Fall Challenger
Boys’ 12
Gunnar Overstrom; Singles Champion; defeated (1) seed in the finals
Justin Oresky; Singles Finalist
Jack Benavides; reached the round of 16

L1B Sportime Kings Park October Challenger
Boys’ 18
Michael DeNigris; Singles Champion
Zachary Kaplan; Singles Finalist

L1B Sportime Bethpage Challenger
Girls’ 10
Ines Roti; Singles Quarterfinalist, Consolation Champion
Hailey Lessen; Singles Semifinalist; won one match in consolation
Linda Ziets-Segura; Singles Quarterfinalist
Boys’ 10
Dominick Mosejczuk; Singles Finalist

L20 Sportime Lake Isle October Open
Girls’ 14
Sarah Hove; Singles Champion
Natalie Breitkopf; Singles finalist
Girls’ 12
Olga Lew Kiedrowska; Singles finalist
Boys’ 12
Cooper Gordon; Singles finalist
Boys’ 16
Noah Bluestein; reached the round of 16 Singles

L20 Long Beach October Open
Boys’ 14
Alfonso, Laffont; Singles Semifinalist
Boys’ 12
Nicholas Laffont; Singles Quarterfinalist

L20 Sportime RI October Open
Girls’ 16
Natalie Marguiles; Singles Champion
Boys’ 14
Sadi Gulcelik; Singles Finalist; defeated (1) seed in Quarterfinals
Alex Zlotchenko; Singles Semifinalist
Matthew Mosejczuk; Singles Quarterfinalist
Cameron Jury; Singles Quarterfinalist
Boys’ 14 Doubles
Blake Frank; reached the round of 16
Maxwell Kachkarov; reached the round of 16
Boys’ 12
Neel Epstein; Singles Semifinalist
Adrien Jippov; Singles Semifinalist
Mike Shepard; Singles Quarterfinalist
Murat Gulcelik; reached the round of 16
Girls’ 12
Leila Epstein; Singles Semifinalist
Abigail Hammer; Singles Quarterfinalist

Perene Wang

Perene Wang Succeeds At Randalls Island, Lake Isle

Perene Wang splits her training between JMTA@Sportime Randall’s Island and JMTA@Sportime Lake Isle, under the guidance of her coach, Fritz Buehning, the Director of JMTA at Lake Isle.

Perene has had a busy couple of weeks winning both the L1 at Sportsplex and L1B at Bogota, and reaching the finals of L1B at Randall’s Island.

Congratulations to Perene and Coach Buehning!

Mullins, Kelly, Ryan, Duskin, Krieger Take Weekend Titles

Another banner weekend is in the books for JMTA students at various events. Five claimed championships and two others reached finals in Tri-State area events.

Sean Mullins (Boys 18) and Merri Kelly (Girls 18) took titles at the L1B CMTC October Challenger, while Georgia Ryan (Girls 16) was winning at the L1B Hardscrabble Fall Challenger, Blakely Duskin was doing the same at the Girls L2 at Bogota and Katherine Krieger (Girls 12) took top honors at the L20 APTC Fall Open.

Singles finalists included Colin Sacco (Boys 18) and Daniella Benabraham (Girls 16) at the L1B CMTC October Challenger.

Full results follow:

L1B CMTC October Challenger

Boys’ 18
Sean Mullins; Singles Champion
Colin Sacco; Singles Finalist
Nikhil Raj; reached the quarterfinals
Stephen Gruppuso; reached the round of 16

Girls’ 16
Merri Kelly; Singles Champion
Daniella Benabraham; Singles Finalist

Boys’ 16
Neel Raj; reached the Quarterfinals
Peter Frelinghuysen; reached the round of 16
Timothy Nacca; reached the round of 16

L1B Hardscrabble Fall Challenger

Girls’ 16
Georgia Ryan; Singles Champion

Boys’ 16
Zachary Kaplan; reached the round of 16

L20 APTC Fall Open

Girls’ 12
Katherine Krieger; Singles Champion

Girls’ 16
Anna Maite Kaplan; Singles Semifinalist

Boys’ 14
Alfonso Laffont; reached the Quarterfinals

Boys’ 12
Nicholas Laffont; reached the round of 16

Boys’ 16
Pranav Srinivasan; reached the round of 16

L1 Huntington Indoor Fall Championships

Boys’ 10
Marcus Demare; Singles Semifinalist

L1B Mtn. Lakes October Challenger

Girls’ 14
Audrey Pacthod; Singles Semifinalist

L1B Armonk Indoor Fall Challenger

Girls’ 14
Cosima Boettner; Singles Semifinalist
Fiona Boettner; Singles Semifinalist

Boys’ 14
Scott Fischer; reached Quarterfinals

L1B SPORTIME Kings Park October Challenger

Boys’ 12
Luca DeMare; Singles Semifinalist

L1B October Challenger at New Rochelle Racquet Club

Boys’ 10
Dominick Mosejczuk; reached Singles Quarterfinals

L20 CourtSense at Bogota & Tenafly Racquet Club’s October Open

Boys’ 16
Jackson Trevor; reached Singles Quarterfinals

Girls’ 12
Blakely Duskin, Singles Champion
Diana Frelinghuysen; reached Singles Quarterfinals

Boys’ 14
Noah Kaye; reached Singles Quarterfinals

L20 SPORTIME Harbor Island October Open

Boys’ 14
Arjun Ravi; reached the Singles Quarterfinals

James Wasserman

JMTA’s Sabrina Xiong Commits to Harvard University; JMTA’s James Wasserman Commits to Princeton University

We are excited to share that Sabrina Xiong has announced that she will attend Harvard University to play varsity tennis for the Crimson, and that James Wasserman has announced that he will attend Princeton University to play varsity tennis for Tigers, next fall.

Sabrina, who has been training at JMTA since 2010, is currently ranked 27th nationally and 3rd in the Eastern Section.  We first met Sabrina in July 2010, when she competed in a JMTA scholarship open tryout prior to the launch of the Academy in September 2010. The JMTA coaching staff was impressed, not only by her technical ability, but also by her potential. Sabrina was the recipient of the first full scholarship to the Academy.

“It has been an honor to work with Sabrina over the past few years. Her game has developed tremendously since she tried out in 2010 and I believe she is making an excellent decision to attend Harvard University. She will be in great hands with Head Coach Traci Green,” said Sabrina’s coach, and Associate JMTA Director Felix Alvarado. “We all look forward to supporting Sabrina in her next chapter and we know she is destined for big things.”

Long time JMTA student Wasserman, most recently being trained under the guidance of Associate JMTA Director, Nate Emge, is currently ranked 57th nationally. Earlier this fall, James gained six ATP points and received a doubles ATP ranking for the first time in his career when he competed in a $10,000 Futures event in Mexico.

Coach Emge is no stranger to the tennis program at Princeton, as James is his second player to commit to the Tigers. Former student, Josh Yablon, is now a sophomore on the Princeton tennis team.

“I’m extremely proud of James’s hard work on and off the court,” said Emge.  “He is a strong player and I’m confident that he will thrive at Princeton under Head Coach Billy Pate and Assistant Coach Ryan Keckley.”

D. McCready, Lessen, Spooner Win Titles At Various Events This Past Weekend

Another fruitful weekend for JMTA students concluded with three more championships and numerous other strong results.

Taking home singles championships were Diana McCready, who won at Girls 14 at the L1B Stadium Tennis Center Fall Challenger; Ashley Lessen, who took the title at Girls 18 at the L1B Long Beach Apple Pie Classic, and Shayna Spooner, who was best in Girls 18 at the L1B, L3 & Adult On Serve Fall Challenger.

Singles finalist finishes were turned in by Jeffrey McCready in Boys 14 at L1B Stadium Tennis Center Fall Challenger; Maxwell Kachkarov in Boys 14 and Katherine Kachkarov in Girls 18 at the L1B Long Beach Apple Pie Classic; and Dominick Mosejczuk at Boys 10 in the L1B Sportime Bethpage Challenger.

Full weekend result follow:

L1B Stadium Tennis Center Fall Challenger

Girls 14
Diana McCready; Singles Champion

Boys 14
Jeffrey McCready; Singles Finalist
Blake Frank; reached the Semifinals
Ethan Finley; reached the Quarterfinals
Sadi Gulcelik; reached the Round of 16

Girls 16
Sabrina Adams; Singles Semifinalist

Boys 16
Peter Frelinghuysen; reached the Round of 16

L1B Long Beach Apple Pie Classic

Girls 18
Ashley Lessen; Singles Champion

Boys 14
Maxwell Kachkarov; unseeded and reached the Finals; Singles Finalist

Girls 16
Katherine Kachkarov; Singles Finalist

Girls 12
Janelle Chan; Singles Semifinalist

Boys 16
Benjamin Grossman; reached the Round of 16
Neel Raj; reached the Round of 16

L1B, L3 & Adult On Serve Fall Challenger

Girls 18
Shayna Spooner; Singles Champion

L1B Sportime Bethpage Challenger

Boys 10
Dominick Mosejczuk; Singles Finalist

Girls 10
Hailey Lessen; reached the Round of 16

L1B Saw Mill September Challenger

Boys 12
Sam Scherer; Singles Semifinalist

L20 SPORTIME Lake Isle September Open

Girls 12
Rebecca Suarez; Main Draw Singles; Doubles Finalist

Girls 12
Diana Frelinghuysen; reached the Quarterfinals

Boys 12
Jack Volpert; reached the Round of 16

L1B September Challenger at New Rochelle Racquet Club

Girls 14
Fiona Boettner; reached the Quarterfinals
Cosima Boettner; reached the Round of 16

Golovin

JMTA’s Jessica Golovin Commits To LSU

Jessica Golovin has announced that she will attend Louisiana State University and play tennis for the Tigers next fall!

Her coach, Felix Alvarado, said, “I’m very happy for Jess to go to an excellent program and a great conference. I know Julia Sell will be a great coach and mentor for her as Jessica makes her transition into collegiate tennis. Jessica has worked hard for the past year towards getting into a great school and I believe LSU will be a good fit for her. We wish her the best of luck and look forward to Jessica’s continued success.”

JMTA Tournament Team Excels At Eastern Super Six

JMTA brought a strong contingent to the Eastern Super Six in Syracuse, with several standout performances. Brianna Williams earned third place in 18′s and Loren Haukova was the consolation champion in 16′s.

“It was great having the girls involved in the G14′s, G16′s and G18′s practicing together in the mornings and supporting each other during the matches at the Eastern Super-Six tournament in Syracuse”, said Coach Greg Bolitsky. “There was a real sense of JMTA Tournament Team camaraderie and enthusiasm both on and off the court.”

The next JMTA Tournament Team trip is to the +L1 Eastern Grand Prix in Albany, Oct. 17-19 and 24-26.

Here are other JMTA student results from the weekend:

Girls 18 (Liverpool, NY – Tennis-N-Gear)
Madison Battaglia; No.1 seed; Singles Champion
Brianna Williams; Singles Semifinalist
Ekim Buyuk; reached the Quarterfinals; 2 wins in consolation
Shayna Spooner; Main Draw Singles; Consolation Champion

Girls 16 (Syracuse, NY – Drumlins Tennis Club)
Michelle Sorokko; Reached the Quarterfinals
Loren Haukova; Main Draw Singles; Consolation Champion
Victoria Sec; reached the Round of 16; 2 wins in consolation
Ashley Lessen; reached the Round of 16
Aleksandra Bekirova; Main Draw Singles; 1 win in consolation
Lauren Munari; reached the Round of 16; 1 win consolation
Courtney Kowalsky; Main Draw Singles; 1 win in consolation

Girls 14 (Syracuse, NY – Drumlins Tennis Club)
Katherine Kachkarov;; reached the Quarterfinals and was defeated by the No.1 seed; 1 win in consolation
Merri Kelly; Main Draw Singles; 3 wins in consolation
Katelyn Walker; Main Draw Singles
Chelsea Williams; Main Draw Singles

Boys 18 (Williamsville, NY – Village Glenn)
Felipe Osses-Konig; reached the Round of 16;  1 win in consolation
Athell Bennett; Main Draw Singles; 1 win in consolation
Ananth Raghaven; Main Draw Singles; 2 wins consolation
Jake Bhangdia; Main Draw Singles; 1 win in consolation
Michael DeNigris; reached the Round of 16
Sean Mullins; Main Draw Singles
Maurice Russo; Main Draw Singles

Boys 16 (Pittsford, NY – Mendon Racquet and Pool Club)
Sean Wei; reached the Round of 16 and was defeated by No.1 seed; Consolation Champion
Colin Sacco; reached the Round of 16; 1st round win over No.8 seed
Sean Patrick; reached the Round of 16

Boys 14 (Rochester, NY – Midtown Athletic Club)
Cannon Kingsley; reached the finals and took 2nd place; Singles Finalist
Ronald Hohmann; defeated in Singles Semifinals by the player who went on to win the tournament; Singles Semifinalist
Shawn Jackson; reached the Round of 16 and was defeated by the No.1 seed
Neel Raj; reached the Round of 16; 1 win in consolation
Lantis Wang; Reached the Quarterfinals and was defeated by No1 seed

Boys 12 (Williamsville, NY – Village Glenn)
Ty Switzer; reached the Round of 16
Sebastian Sec; reached the Round of 16; 1 win in consolation
Sidharth Chawla; Main Draw Singles; 3 wins in consolation
Maxwell Kachkarov; Main Draw Singles; 2 wins in consolation
Wesley Zhang; Main Draw Singles; 1 win in consolation

Yablon

Emge Student, Princeton Soph Yablon Earns Flight Final

Josh Yablon, sophomore at Princeton University, formerly coached by JMTA Associate Director Nate Emge, is off to a strong start for the Tigers, reaching the final of the Farnsworth Ivy Plus tournament last week.

Yablon, who has previously played in SPORTIME’s Wednesday Invite Only group, had a straight-set semifinal win over R.J. Del Nunzio of St. John’s to advance.

In his freshman season, Yablon went 13-9 in spring singles and 8-4 in fall singles.

Photo Credit: Barton Silverman/The New York Times | JMTAer Noah Rubin

‘Tennis’ Magazine Features Noah Rubin Tuesday

Noah Rubin was profiled in the “Tennis Tuesday” feature in Tennis Magazine this week.

The item noted that Rubin “…doesn’t lack confidence or persistence, and those traits have already taken him a long way.”

The piece recycled Rubin’s post-US Open quote, “I learned that I can definitely compete with these guys at the best level.”

Cameron Silverman

Elon Grad Silverman Training At JMTA

Cameron Silverman is a recent graduate of Elon University, where he played #1 Singles and Doubles.  He was ranked as high as #21 in NCAA Division I and was the Southern Conference Player of the Year in 2013 and 2014.

When he is not playing professional tournaments he will be training at JMTA with Director Lawrence Kleger and our talented staff.

image: Southern Conference

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‘Brooklyn’ Takes Stony Brook

JMTA alumna Elizabeth “Call Me Brooklyn” Tsvetkov, a freshman at Stony Brook, won the C-Singles Flight at the Stony Brook Classic this weekend. Tsvetkov outlasted Fairleigh Dickinson’s Shreya Pasricha, 6-4, 5-7, 10-6, in the finals.

More here.

In other JMTA news, two JMTA 13 year olds played in the finals of the G16s L1B CMTC September Challenger with Merri Kelly Hannity (Oyster Bay) besting Najah Dawson (Sarasota) 6-3, 6-3.

In the B16s, two JMTA13 year olds played in the finals as well with Cannon Kingsley (Northport) beating Daniel Pellerito (Syosset) 6-2, 4-6, 10-5.

JMTA players won the B&G18s with Athell Bennet winning the Boys 18s and Ashley Lessen winning the Girls 18s giving JMTA a sweep of the event.