Eleven Championships Highlight JMTA Action

Eleven championships — taken home by eight different JMTA students — highlight tournament play the week ending June 28.

Merri Kelly was a double winner, taking both the Girls 16 singles and Girls 18 doubles at the L1 Reis Tennis Center June Championships at Cornell. Sean Patrick was the Boys 18 doubles winner at the same event.

Alexander Karman and Francesca Karman also pulled off a unique “double,” each winning two events during the week. Alexander took the Boys 14 at the L1B Port Washington June Classic and L1B Jericho/Westbury Summer Challenger, while Francesca was the Girls 16 champ in the same Port Washington event as well as the L1B Sportime Bethpage June Challenger.

Other tournament winners were Jack Benavides at Boys 12 at the L1B Sportime Quogue June Challenger; Neel Raj at Boys 16 at the 1B Courtsense at Bogota & TRC Challenger; Peter Frelinghuysen at Boys 16 at the L1B Stadium Tennis Center June Challenger; and Dana Livson at Girls 12 at the L1B Thomas Blake Sr. June Challenger.

Full results:

L1 Reis Tennis Center June Championships at Cornell

Girls’ 16 Singles & 18 Doubles

Merri Kelly – Singles Champion; – Doubles Champion

Boys’ 18

Sean Patrick; Singles Semifinalist; Doubles Champion

Boys’ 14

Alex Portnoy; Round of 16 Singles

L1 Mendham June Championships

Girls’ 16

Perene Wang; Singles Finalist

Ashley Lessen; Singles Quarterfinalist; Doubles Semifinalist

Calista Sha; Singles Quarterfinalist; Doubles Main Draw

Boys’ 16 Singles

Lantis Wang; Singles Quarterfinalist; Doubles Seminfinalist

Brandon Grill; Round of 16 Singles

Billy Suarez; Round of 32 Singles; Doubles Main Draw

L1 Armonk Tennis June Championships

Girls’ 18 Singles

Georgia Ryan; Semifinalist

Nathalie Rodilosso; Quarterfinalist

L1 NYJTL June Championships

Boys’ 12 Singles

Alex Vinsky; Quarterfinalist

Astro Pilipovic; Round of 16

Girls’ 12 Singles

Natalie Eordekian; Quarterfinalist

L1B Jericho/Westbury Summer Challenger

Boys’ 14 Singles

Alexander Karman; Champion

Blake Frank; Finalist

Gunnar Overstrom; Round of 16

L1B Sportime Quogue June Challenger

Boys’ 12 Singles

Jack Benavides; Champion

Boys’ 16 Singles

Gregory Coe; Semifinalist

L1B Courtsense at Bogota & TRC Challenger

Boys’ 16 Singles

Neel Raj; Champion

L1B Port Washington June Classic

Boys’ 14 Singles

Alexander Karman; Champion

Girls’ 16 Singles

Francesca Karman; Champion

L1B Stadium Tennis Center June Challenger

Boys’ 16 Singles

Peter Frelinghuysen; Champion

Boys’ 14 Singles

Solomon Brown; Finalist

Rod Rofougaran; Semifinalist

L1B Sportime Bethpage June Challenger

Girls’ 16 Singles

Francesca Karman; Champion

L1B Thomas Blake Sr. June Challenger

Girls’ 12 Singles

Dana Livson; Champion

L1B Spring Valley Jr. & Adult Challenger

Girls’ 16 Singles

Natalie Margulies; Finalist

L1B RWTTC June Challenger

Girls’ 12 Singles

Taylor Overstrom; Finalist

L1B June Challenger at APTC

Girls’ 18 Singles

Anna Maite Kaplan; Semifinalist

L2O TI Academy Summer Open Series

Boys’ 14 Singles

Mykhailo Nosenko; Semifinalist

 

Jamie Loeb UNC backhand

Loeb Wins In El Paso

Jamie Loeb battled with UCLA’s Jennifer Brady for nearly three hours before emerging with a 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-2 triumph in Sunday’s championship match of the Hunt Women’s Tennis Classic in El Paso, Texas .

From the El Paso Times:

Loeb eked out a break to take a 3-1 lead in the final set. Loeb, who just finished her sophomore season at North Carolina by winning the NCAA singles championship in May, consolidated that break by holding her own serve and taking a 4-1 lead. But Brady, who just finished her sophomore season at UCLA and has turned professional, held right back and the lead was a tenuous 4-2.

And then came the game … THE game.

The two 20-year-olds locked in, almost knowing this was more than just a game. It was the match. Loeb threw in a big serve to send the game to deuce. She then bombed home an ace to take the advantage. Then came Brady and another deuce. Then Brady had a break point. Then another deuce. Then, a big Loeb forehand later, she had the advantage.

In all, the game reached deuce 11 times. Loeb fought off four break points. Finally, finally, finally Loeb landed a big serve, moved to net and put away the Brady return with a fierce overhead and let loose a primal scream.

She had held serve, moving to a 5-2 lead. And she knew. Had she wavered, Brady would have served to level this match at 4-all and it almost certainly would have funneled into another tiebreak … and anything can happen there.

“That was the most important game in the whole match,” Loeb said after hoisting the championship trophy.

Madison Bermuda Champion

Madison Battaglia wins Bank of Bermuda Foundation ITF Junior Circuit Tournament

Madison Battaglia won the prestigious Bank of Bermuda Foundation ITF Junior Circuit Tournament at Bermuda Pembroke, winning the final over fellow American Kate Paulus, 6-1, 6-1. The event was held June 22-27 at the W.E.R. Joell Tennis Stadium in Pembroke.

Battaglia won all five of her matches in straight sets, dropping just 12 games en route to teh win which included a triumph over No. 2 seed Julia Goldberg in the second round and No. 7 Claire Koke in the semifinals.

“I’m very happy for Madison getting her first ITF trophy,” said Felix Alvarado. “She has worked very hard and it’s paying off already. I know she will win many more.”

Full results here.

Howe Wins At SPORTIME Bethpage

Gardner Howe won the Boys 16 event at the L1B Sportime Bethpage June Challenger, highlighting abbreviated action the week ending June 22.

Three JMTA students reached semifinals, including Anna Maite Kaplan (Girls 18, L1B Sportime Syosset June Challenger), Janelle Chen (Girls 14, L1B Bethpage State Park Summer Challenger) and Natalie Margulies (Girls 16, L2O TTTC June Open).

Full results:

L1B Sportime Bethpage June Challenger

Boys’ 16 Singles

Gardner Howe; Champion

Maxwell Moadel; Quarterfinalist

L1B Sportime Syosset June Challenger

Girls’ 18 Singles

Anna Maite Kaplan; Semifinalist

L1B Bethpage State Park Summer Challenger

Girls’ 14 Singles

Janelle Chen; Semifinalist

L1B Jr. & Adult Rockland June Challenger

Boys’ 18 Singles

Xavier Pacthod;

L2O TTTC June Open

Girls’ 16 Singles

Natalie Margulies; Semifinalist

Sec, Jackson, Karman, Kargin-Utkin Win Titles

Four JMTA students won titles over the weekend of June 12-14, as Oliver Sec, Shawn Jackson, Francesca Karman and Alina Kargin-Utkin took crowns.

Sec won at Boys 18 at the Eastern Super Six Section Championships in Mendham, N.J.; Jackson was the Boys 18 winner at the L1B CourtSense BRC & TRC June Challenger (topping fellow JMTAer Xavier Pacthod in the final); Karman took the Girls 16 championship at the L1B GHRC Summer Challenger; and Kargin-Utkin was the Girls 14 champ at the L2O Sportime Syosset June Open.

Michelle Sorroko was also a finalist at Girls 16 at the Eastern Super Six Section Championship in Maywood, N.J.

Full results:

Eastern Super Six Section Championships

Oliver Sec; Champion – Boys’ 18

Michelle Sorokko; Finalist – Girls’ 16

Sam Turchetta; 3rd PlaceBoys’ 18

Ashley Lessen; Round of 16; Consolation Winner – Girls’ 16

Hayden Cassone; Round of 16; won three consolation matches – Boys’ 16

Cannon Kingsley; Round of 16; won two consolation matches – Boys’ 16

Merri Kelly; Round of 16; won one consolation match – Girls’ 16

Lauren Munari; Round of 16; won one consolation match – Girls’ 16

Georgia Ryan; Round of 16; won one consolation match – Girls’ 16

Daniel Pellerito; Round of 16 – Boys’ 16

Athell Bennett; Round of 16Boys’ 18

Jake Bhangdia; Round of 16Boys’ 18

Sean Wei; Round of 16 – Boys’ 18

Felipe Osses-Konig; Round of 32; Consolation WinnerBoys’ 18

Ronald Hohmann; Round of 32; won two consolation matches – Boys’ 16

Nathalie Rodilosso; Round of 32; won two consolation matches – Girls’ 16

Sean Patrick; won one consolation matchBoys’ 18

Lantis Wang; won one consolation match – Boys’ 16

Daniel Weitz; won one consolation match – Boys’ 16

Sean Mullins; Main DrawBoys’ 18

Maurice Russo; Main DrawBoys’ 18

Colin Sacco; Main DrawBoys’ 18

Loren Haukova; Main DrawBoys’ 18

George Kaslow; Main Draw – Boys’ 16

Stephanie Chikvashvili; Main Draw – Girls’ 16

Katherine Kachkarov; Main Draw – Girls’ 16

L1B CourtSense BRC & TRC June Challenger

Boys’ 18

Shawn Jackson; Champion

Xavier Pacthod; Semifinalist

Boys’ 12

Astro Pilopovic; Finalist

L1B GHRC Summer Challenger

Girls’ 16

Francesca Karman; Champion

Gardner Howe; Quarterfinalist

Hannah Abraham; Main Draw

L1B Cunningham Park Tennis Center June Challenger

Girls’ 14

Janelle Chen; Semifinalist

Joseph Wilkanowski; Semifinalist

L1B Ridgewood Racquet Club June Challenger

Boys’ 14

Maxwell Kachkarov; Semifinalist

Wesley Zhang; Quarterfinalist

L2O Sportime Syosset June Open

Girls’ 14

Alina, Kargin-Utkin; Champion

Girls’ 12

Catherine Karman; Main Draw

Shawn Jackson (SI Advance)

Three Mayor’s Cup Champions Highlight JMTA Tournament Play

Shawn Jackson, Solomon Brown and Natalie Eordekian won titles in the Mayor’s Cup All-Scholastic Tennis Championships, highlighting a strong weekend of play for JMTA students over the weekend.

Jackson won the Boys’ Varsity Singles title, while Brown was the Boys’ Elementary School winner and Eordekian the Elementary Girls winner.

Other weekly winners were Billy Suarez (Boys 14, Eastern Super Six Championships at Mendham), Scott Fischer (Boys 14, L1B West Rock June Challenger), Bradley Bennett (Boys 12, L1B Sportime Syosset June Challenger), Ashley Lessen (1B Jericho/Westbury Summer Challenger) and Jack Benavides (L2O Westhampton Beach Open).

Shawn was also named an Advance all-star by the Staten Island Advance.

Full results:

Mayor’s Cup All-Scholastic Tennis Championships

Boys’ Varsity Singles

Shawn Jackson; Champion

Alexander Pintille; Round of 16

Girls’ Varsity Singles

Aleksandra Bekirova; Finalist

Katherine Kachkarov; Quarterfinalist

Victoria Sec; Quarterfinalist

Natalie Margulies; Round of 16

Katelyn Walker; Main Draw

Boys’ Middle School Singles

Sujay Sharma; Finalist

Jeffrey McCready; Semifinalist

Robbie Werdiger; Semifinalist

Matthew Mosejczuk; Quarterfinalist

Tristan Taylor; Quarterfinalist

Wesley Zhang; Round of 16

Donovan Brown; Round of 16

Maxwell Kachkarov; Round of 16

Sidharth Chawla; Round of 32

Bradley Bennett; Round of 32

Benett Abeles; Round of 64

Neil Epstein; Round of 64

Ty Switzer; Main Draw

Sachin Palta; Main Draw

Jonah Nir; Main Draw

Girls’ Middle School Singles

Perene Wang; Quarterfinalist

Diana McCready; Round of 16

Leila Epstein; Round of 32

Kassia Taylor; Round of 32

Alyssa An; Main Draw

Jih Su Ryu; Main Draw

Boys’ Elementary School Singles

Solomon Brown; Champion

Leo Nir; Round of 32

Marco Ziets-Segura; won one consolation match

Girls’ Elementary School Singles

Natalie Eordekian; Champion

Linda Ziets-Segura; Round of 16

Eleanor Apps; Round of 16

Daniella Benabraham; Round of 16

Eastern Super Six Championships at Mendham

Billy Suarez; Champion – Boys’ 14

Marcos Lee; Quarterfinalist – Boys’ 14

Sujay Sharma; Round of 16 – Boys’ 14

Kabir Rajpal; Round of 32; won three consolation matches – Boys’ 14

Donovan Brown; Round of 32 – Boys’ 14

Maxwell Kachkarov; Round of 32 – Boys’ 14

Tristan Taylor; Round of 32 – Boys’ 14

Robbie Werdiger; Round of 32 – Boys’ 14

Joseph Wilkanowski; Round of 32 – Boys’ 14

Wesley Zhang; Main Draw – Boys’ 14

Eastern Super Six Championships at WOTC

Daniella Benabraham; 3rd Place – Girls’ 12

Dana Livson; Round of 32; won one consolation match – Girls’ 12

Janelle Chen; won one consolation match – Girls’ 12

Rebecca Suarez; Main Draw – Girls’ 12

Eleanor Apps; Main Draw – Girls’ 12

Eastern Super Six Championships at Bogota & TRC

Sebastian Sec; Quarterfinalist – Boys’ 12

Alexander Karman; Round of 16; won one consolation match – Boys’ 12

Ty Switzer; Round of 16; Consolation Winner – Boys’ 12

Alex Vinsky; Round of 32; won two consolation matches – Boys’ 12

Sachin Palta; Round of 32 – Boys’ 12

Noah Eisenberg; Won one consolation match – Boys’ 12

Solomon Brown; Main Draw – Boys’ 12

Luca DeMare; Main Draw – Boys’ 12

Astro Pilipovic; Main Draw – Boys’ 12

Sam Scherer; Main Draw – Boys’ 12

Eastern Super Six Championships at Maywood

Francesca Karman; Round of 16 – Girls’ 14

Perene Wang; Consolation Finalist – Girls’ 14

Denise Lai; Round of 32 – Girls’ 14

L1B West Rock June Challenger

Boys’ 14 Singles

Scott Fischer; Champion

L1B Sportime Syosset June Challenger

Boys’ 12 Singles

Bradley Bennett; Champion

Girls’ 12 Singles

Alina Kargin-Utkin; Finalist

L1B Jericho/Westbury Summer Challenger

Ashley Lessen; Champion

L2O Westhampton Beach Open

Girls’ 12 Singles

Jack Benavides; Champion

 

Kachkarov Wins To Highlight Weekend Tournament Play

Katherine Kachkarov won Girls 18s at the L1B WG May Challenger, highlighting abbreviated tournament play for JMTA students the weekend of May 29-31.

Denise Lai (Girls 16) reached the finals at the same event as Kachkarov, while the team of Sean Mullins and Sean Patrick teamed up as runners-up at Boys 18 doubles at the 2015 NYSPHSAA Boys Tennis Championships.

Full results:

2015 NYSPHSAA Boys Tennis Championships

Boys’18 Singles

Felipe Osses-Konig; Quarterfinalist

Hayden Cassone; Round of 16

Stephen Gruppuso; Round of 16

Cannon Kingsley; Round of 32

Boys’ 18 Doubles

Sean Mullins; Finalist

Sean Patrick; Finalist

L1B WG May Challenger

Girls’ 18 Singles

Katherine Kachkarov; Champion

Girls’ 16 Singles

Denise Lai; Finalist

Francesca Karman; Round of 16

L1B Sportime Bethpage May Challenger

Jack Benavides; Semifinalist

L1B Sportime Syosset May Challenger

Boys’ 16 Singles

Maxwell Moadel; Semifinalist

Kabir Rajpal; Quarterfinalist

L1B Sportime Lynbrook June Challenger

Boys’ 14 Singles

Alfonso Laffont; Quarterfinalist

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Mets Honor Loeb, Rubin At Citi Field

Fresh off their success at the NCAA Championships last week, Jamie Loeb and Noah Rubin were guests of the New York Mets at Citi Field on Friday. Both were on the field during batting practice, and Loeb was able to nab a baseball and a few autographs, including that of star right fielder Curtis Granderson.

Loeb-Scoreboard-LOObservant viewers on SNY’s broadcast noticed Loeb and Rubin and their guests in the front row for the game vs. the Miami Marlins.

Between innings, the SNY scoreboard introduced the crowd to Loeb, to a strong ovation.

Rubin was also a guest at Citi Field last year after winning the Wimbledon juniors.

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Jamie Loeb Wins NCAA Women’s Singles Championship; Rubin Runner Up

Jamie Loeb won the NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championship, held at Baylor University’s Hurd Tennis Center, Monday. The University of North Carolina sophomore Loeb, seeded No. 7, closed out Carol Zhao of Stanford, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 in the final for her fifth three-set win in her six matches. Noah Rubin of Wake Forest advanced to the men’s finals before falling to Ryan Shane of the University of Virginia, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1.

Loeb, who was the UNC Athlete of the Year and ACC Women’s Tennis Player of the Year in her second year in Chapel Hill after ranking No. 1 in the country as a freshman, led in the first set before play was moved indoors because of inclement weather. Zhao, who entered the event seeded second, rallied from 2-4 to win the second set before Loeb finished the match off in the third.

After taking the first set, No. 7 seed Rubin had a chance at 5-4 to close out the match on his serve, but was broken by No. 8 Shane, who went on to win the tiebreaker at 7-4 and cruised to the third-set win.

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Rubin, Loeb Advance To Today’s NCAA Singles Championships

JMTA stars Noah Rubin and Jamie Loeb won semifinal matches on Sunday and will both play for NCAA singles championships today. Fans can view both matches LIVE from the Hurd Tennis Center on the Baylor Univ. campus.

Rubin, seeded No. 7 entering the event takes on No. 8 Ryan Shane from ACC foe Virginia. Loeb, also seeded at No. 7, will battle No. 2 seed Carol Zhao of Stanford.

Rubin dispatched unseeded Virginia’s Thai Kwiatkowski, 6-4, 6-4, on Sunday to reach today’s final. Loeb rallied to win, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 over No. 9 Stephanie Wagner of Miami.

Zoo Tennis has the full story here.

Xavier Pacthod

Three Empire Cup Winners, Four Finalists Highlight Weekend Results

Three Empire Cup champions (plus four finalists) are among the top performances by JMTA students the weekend of May 16-18.

Loren Haukova (Girls 18), Sebastian Sec (Boys 12) and Ty Switzer (Boys 12) were all winners at the Empire Cup. Finalists included Jake Bhangdia (Boys 18), Daniel Pellerito (Boys 16), Francesca Karman (Girls 14) and Michelle Sorokko (Girls 16).

Champions at other events over the weekend included Noah Eisenberg (Boys 12, L1B Sportime Bethpage May Challenger), Xavier Pacthod (pictured above, Boys 18, L1B Armonk May Challenger), Sam Scherer (Boys 12, L1B Sportime HI May Challenger), Hannah Abraham (Girls 16, L2R Sportime Syosset May LI Regional) and Dominick Mosejczuk (Boys 12, L2O Sportime Randall’s Island May Open).

Full Results:

Loren Haukova; Champion –Girls’ 18

Sebastian Sec; Champion – Boys’ 12

Ty Switzer; Champion – Boys’ 12

Jake Bhangdia; Finalist – Boys’ 18

Daniel Pellerito; Finalist – Boys’ 16

Francesca Karman; Finalist – Girls’ 14

Michelle Sorokko; Finalist – Girls’ 16

Ananth Raghavan; 3rd Place – Boys’ 18

Sean Wei; 3rd Place – Boys’ 16

Georgia Ryan; 3nd Place – Girls’ 16

Chelsea Williams; 3nd Place – Girls’ 16

Daniella Benabraham; 3rd Place – Girls’ 12

Athell Bennett; 4th Place – Boys’ 18

Aleksandra Bekirova; Quarterfinalist – Girls’ 16

Merri Kelly; Quarterfinalist – Girls’ 16

Courtney Kowalsky; Quarterfinalist – Girls’ 16

Ashley Lessen; Quarterfinalist – Girls’ 16

Nathalie Rodilosso; Quarterfinalist –Girls’ 16

Billy Suarez; Quarterfinalist – Boys’ 14

Joseph Wilkanowski; Round of 16 – Boys’ 14

Hayden Cassone; Consolation Winner – Boys’ 16

Marcos Lee; Consolation Winner – Boys’ 14

Tristan Taylor; Consolation Winner – Boys’ 14

Solomon Brown; Consolation Winner – Boys’ 12

Sam Turchetta; Consolation Finalist – Boys’ 18

Shawn Jackson; won one consolation match – Boys’ 16

Lantis Wang; Main Draw – Boys’ 16

Katherine Kachkarov; Main Draw –Girls’ 16

Donovan Brown; Main Draw – Boys’ 14

Maxwell Kachkarov; Main Draw – Boys’ 14

Jeffrey McCready; Main Draw – Boys’ 14

Robbie Werdiger; Main Draw – Boys’ 14

Wesley Zhang; Main Draw – Boys’ 14

Perene Wang; Main Draw – Girls’ 14

Kassia Taylor; Main Draw – Girls’ 12

Julia Werdiger; Main Draw – Girls’ 12

 

L1B Sportime Bethpage May Challenger

Boys’ 12 Singles

Noah Eisenberg; Champion

Alex Vinsky; Finalist

L1B Armonk May Challenger

Boys’ 18 Singles

Xavier Pacthod; Champion

Boys’ 14 Singles

Scott Fischer; Semifinalist

L1B Sportime HI May Challenger

Boys’ 12 Singles

Sam Scherer; Champion

Girls’ 12 Singles

Dana Livson; Finalist

L1B Stadium Tennis Center May Challenger

Girls’ 14 Singles

Natalie Eordekian; Finalist

Boys’ 12 Singles

Astro Pilipovic; Finalist

Julian Fente; Semifinalist

L1B Sportime Quogue May Challenger

Boys’ 14 Singles

Sachin Palta; Semifinalist

L1B Cunningham Park Tennis Center May Challenger

Boys’ 18 Singles

George Kaslow; Semifinalist

L1B APTC May Challenger

Boys’ 16 Singles

Maxwell Moadel; Semifinalist

L1B Anuj Agarwal Memorial Challenger at Deer Park

Boys’ 14 Singles

Justin Oresky; Semifinalist

L1B Gameset Tennis Spring Open

Boys’ 16 Singles

Gregory Coe; Quarterfinalist

Dominick Mosejczuk

Dominick Mosejczuk

L2O TI Academy May Open

Boys’ 14 Singles

Noah Kaye; Finalist

L2O Sportime Randall’s Island May Open

Boys’ 12 Singles

Dominick Mosejczuk; Champion

L2R Sportime Syosset May LI Regional

Girls’ 16 Singles

Hannah Abraham; Champion

Wesley Zhang

Eisenberg, Wang, Zhang, Werdiger Win Titles

Four JMTAers won championships in action around the region last weekend (ending 5/10).

Noah Eisenberg (Boys 12, L1B Sportime Syosset May Challenger), Lantis Wang (Boys 16, L1B May Challenger at Hardscrabble) and Julia Werdiger (Girls 10, L2O TI Academy Series) won singles crowns, while Wesley Zhang (Boys 14, L1B & Adult On Serve Springtime Challenger) was a doubles titleist.

Full results:

L1B Sportime Syosset May Challenger

Boys’ 12 Singles

Noah Eisenberg; Champion

Alex Vinsky; Finalist

L1B May Challenger at Hardscrabble

Boys’ 16 Singles

Lantis Wang; Champion

L1B & Adult On Serve Springtime Challenger

Boys’ 14

Wesley Zhang; Doubles Champion

Girls’ 14 Singles

Audrey Pacthod; Semifinalist

L1B Jericho/Westbury May Challenger

Girls’ 18 Singles

Katherine Kachkarov; Semifinalist

10U L1B May Hardscrabble Challenger

Boys’ 10 Singles

Dominick Mosejczuk; Semifinalist

L1B Stadium Tennis Center May Challenger

Boys’ 12 Singles

David Hendon; Quarterfinalist

L1B Bethpage State Park May Challenger

Boys’ 14 Singles

Joseph Wilkanowski; Quarterfinalist

Zachary Portnoy; Round of 16

L2O TI Academy Series

Julia Werdiger; Champion