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JMTA’s Jessica Golovin’s Cinderella-like Run at the Pan American Closed Comes to an End

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JMTA’s Jessica Golovin at SPORTIME Randall’s Island, the Manhattan home of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy

Jessica Golovin, a long-time student of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, lost yesterday to 13th seeded Kaitlyn McCarthy, 6-1, 6-2.  Still, Jessica’s success at the Pan American ITF, where she defeated the #2 seed in the first round and notched a follow up win in the 2nd round, is little short of fantastic.  Jessica’s coach at JMTA, Bruce Haddad, is very proud of her.  “Jessica played great at this tough event, and she is capable of playing this well all of the time.  That is the next step for us.  I’m excited to see how she finishes up the year.”

Jessica now has a two-week break before she plays three straight ITFs in Florida and Georgia.  Following those events,  Jessica will focus her preparation on the two huge tournaments that end the year; the Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships and the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships.  Keep checking our blog for updates on Jessica and other JMTA students.

JMTA Tournament Results

JMTA Places 44 Students in this Weekend’s USTA/Eastern  Sectionals

Seven JMTA students successfully qualified for this weekend’s USTA/Eastern Sectional tournaments held throughout New York and New Jersey.  Two of our unseeded students beat the #1 seeds in their respective age groups.  That brings the total number of JMTA students competing in the Main Draws of this coming weekend’s Sectionals to 44.  Here are the JMTA students who will playing in this week’s Sectionals by age group:

Girls 12 at Glen Cove, NY

Merri Kelly (#6 Seed)
Perene Wang
Najah Dawson
Rebecca Fisch Beat #1 seed in qualifying

Girls 14 at Bogota, NJ

Nathalie Rodilosso (#4 Seed)
Michelle Sorokko (#5 Seed)
Victoria Sec
Ashley Lessen

Girls 16 at Port Washington, NY

Brianna Williams (#4 Seed)
Gillian Perrotta (#8 Seed)
Ekim Buyuk
Michel Lehat
Sasha Bekirova

Girls 18 at Flanders, NJ

Sabrina Xiong
Lauren Sapienza
Alexa Goldberg
Christina Puccinelli

Boys 12 at Roslyn, NY

Spencer Brachman (#1 Seed)
Kabir Rajpal (#4 Seed)
Evan Lee
Harry Portnoy
Noah Edelman
Scott Fischer
Max Moadel

Boys 14 at Tinton Falls, NJ

Alan Delman (#5 Seed)
Daniel Pellerito
Gardner Howe
Sean Wei
Cannon Kingsley
Luke Smith
Daniel Weitz
Ronald Hohmann

Boys 16 at Oceanside

Felipe Osses-Konig (#5 Seed)
Justin Lee (#8 Seed)
Alexander Thrane
Athell Bennet
Lubo Cuba
Jack Haroche

Boys 18 at Mendham, NJ

Lucas Pickering (#6 Seed)
Richard Rangga 
Oliver Sec 
Richard Sec 
Julian Rozenstein Beat #1 seed in qualifying
Maurice Russo (Q)

Jessica Golovin Continues Her Winning Ways

After knocking off the #2 seed yesterday, Jessica Golovin won her second round match in the Grade 1 Pan American ITF Event in Tulsa, OK against Gabrielle Andrews in convincing style.  After a close first set, Jessica exploded to 5-0 lead in the second set and closed out the match 7-5, 6-2.  Next up for Jessica is #178 ranked American, Kaitlyn McCarthy.

JMTA’s Jessica Golovin Upsets 2nd Seeded Dasha Ivanova in the Opening Round of the ITF Pan American Championships

One of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy’s (JMTA’s) up-and-coming stars, Jessica Golovin, who is ranked #485 in the ITF World Junior Rankings and a qualifier in the ITF Pan American Championships, came back from one set down to upset 2nd seeded Dasha Ivanova (#66 in the ITF) in three sets (2-6, 6-0, 6-3).  Bruce Haddad, Assistant Director of the JMTA and Jessica’s private coach, is very proud of her. “To lose the first set against a top seed and come back to win the next seven straight games and win the match takes strong mental toughness and a ton of confidence. I am very proud of her!”

For more about Jessica’s big win, quotes from Jessica, and information regarding the tournament, see a snippet of Colette Lewis’ ZooTennis.com article below. Jessica’s 2nd round match is against Gabrielle Andrews (#593 in ITF).

JMTA's Jessica GolovinPhoto Cred: ZooTennis.com

JMTA’s Jessica Golovin
Photo Cred: ZooTennis.com

Written by Colette Lewis

Top seeds Michael Mmoh and Tornado Alicia Black began their quests for Pan American Closed titles Monday morning with straight set wins, but as the lights came on at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center, girls No. 2 seed Dasha Ivanova was defeated by Jessica Golovin in the day’s major upset.
Golovin dropped the first set to Ivanova, but stormed back for a 2-6, 6-0, 6-3 victory, staying positive and focused throughout the final two sets.

“She was more aggressive in the first set,” said the 16-year-old Golovin, who trains at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy in New York.
In the second set, I felt I started being more aggressive, going in more, using more variety, keeping her off balance. That helped me dictate the points. I had lost to her previously twice, so I got revenge.”

Golovin feels her improvement in the past few months is the result of more consistency.

“I’ve improved my serve percentage, all my shots, and have gotten more confident,” Golovin said. “It’s taking my game to a new level and I’m very happy and excited to get there.”

Second round singles action and first round doubles action is on the schedule for Tuesday.

JMTA’er Jamie Loeb of UNC Becomes First Freshman Since 2004 to Win Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Singles Championship

JMTA standout, Jamie Loeb, now playing for the University of North Carolina, won the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Singles Championship yesterday by defeating top seeded Robin Anderson of UCLA, 6-4, 6-0.  This win makes her the first freshman to win the tourney since 2004.  “I’m extremely happy with Jamie’s results this past week. I know how physically and mentally strong Jamie is and once she got deep into the tournament, I knew she could go all the way!” said Felix Alvarado, Jamie’s longtime Coach and Assistant Academy Director of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy. “All the hard work she put in at JMTA for the past two years has been paying off. Very impressive!”

Jamie’s results from Riviera earned her an automatic bid to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, which will be held from Nov. 7-10 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY.  For more info on the results from the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-Americans see select parts of an ITATennis.com article below.

Photo By Allen Weiss

Photo By Allen Weiss

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. (Oct. 6) – Freshman Jamie Loeb of North Carolina won her 11th straight singles match at the 2013 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships to become the first freshman since 2004 to win the singles title. The newcomer knocked off top-seed Robin Anderson of UCLA, 6-4, 6-0, to complete her nine-day trek to the championship.

Anderson was not discouraged, however, pairing with freshman teammate Jennifer Brady to capture the doubles title with a 6-4, 6-2 win over USC’s Giuliana Olmos and Zoe Scandalis. For both UCLA and North Carolina, it marked the first Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships in school history.

The singles final came first, with Loeb immediately breaking the Bruin to start the match. The Tar Heel added another break en route to a 5-2 lead and served for the first set, but Anderson showed the grit she has all tournament, breaking Loeb’s serve and consolidating the break for 4-5.

Unfortunately for Anderson, Loeb rattled off the next seven games to capture the match and the 2013 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championship. Loeb became the first freshman to win at Riviera since Audra Cohen of Northwestern did so in 2004. In main draw play, Loeb didn’t surrender a set and lost just eight total games in the second set of five total matches.

All four singles semifinalists (Loeb, Anderson, Cristina Stancu (Texas A&M) and Lauren Herring (Georgia)) and both doubles finalists (Anderson/Brady and Olmos/Scandalis) earned automatic bids to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, which will be held from Nov. 7-10 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY.

JMTA’s Jamie Loeb of UNC Reaches Finals at ITA All-Americans

Jamie Loeb of UNC, and product of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, reached the finals of the ITA All-Americans with yesterday’s win over 2nd seeded Lauren Herring.  Her coach, Felix Alvarado, is very happy with how she is playing.  “(Jamie) has played a lot of matches in a short amount of time.  I am excited to see how she matches up against Robin later today. Should be a great match!”  If you’d like to read more, below is an article from GoHeels.com.  Check back in tomorrow for the results of Jamie’s finals match.

Loeb and her UNC Teammates

Loeb and her UNC Teammates

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Jamie Loeb continued her magical run through the Main Draw Singles on Saturday by winning her semifinal match at the 2013 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships.

The Carolina freshman will face off against top-seeded Robin Anderson of UCLA in the finals on Sunday at LA Tennis Center.

Loeb improved to 10-0 this week by disposing of No. 2 seed Lauren Herring of Georgia by scores of 6-2 and 7-6(4).

North Carolina’s doubles tandem of Whitney Kay and Caroline Price competed in the semifinals on Saturday afternoon, falling 6-2, 6-4 to UCLA’s duo of Anderson and Brady.

Above Image and Article are from GoHeels.com

JMTA’s Jamie Loeb Moves on to Main Draw of ITA All-American Championships

Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com posted an update on her blog to recognize those who qualified for the main draw at the ITA All-American Championships, JMTA’s Jamie Loeb being one of them.  “I’m very proud of her.” said Jamie’s coach and an Assistant Academy Director of JMTA, Felix Alvarado. “While I expected her to survive the qualifying, playing 6 singles matches in 4 days is very tough on the body.  I’m excited to see how she plays in the main draw.”

Keep an eye out as we continue to update the JMTA Blog with Jamie’s ITA All American main draw results. For now, to read more, see Colette’s post below.

Qualifying Complete, Main Draw Starts Thursday at ITA All-American Championships

Written by Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com

JMTA Player Jamie Loeb

JMTA Player Jamie Loeb

Just a quick post to recognize the qualifiers at the ITA All-American Championships, which begin Thursday. I will be providing live coverage from the St. Francis Men’s All-American Championships here in Tulsa, the Riviera Women’s All American Championships are in Pacific Palisades, California.

Three players have already won six matches in the women’s tournament, with North Carolina freshmen Hayley Carter and Jamie Loeb getting through both pre-qualifying and qualifying to reach the main draw, as has UCLA’s Chanelle Van Nguyen. The five other women’s qualifiers are: Brianna Morgan, Florida; Cristina Stancu, Texas A&M; Beatrice Capra, Duke; Lorraine Guillermo, Pepperdine; Maria Belaya, William and Mary.

Preseason No. 1 Sabrina Santamaria of Southern Cal is not in the draw due to an ankle injury, so UCLA’s Robin Anderson is the top seed, with Georgia’s Lauren Herring the second seed.   With Santamaria and Kaitlyn Christian not playing, Georgia’s Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia are the top doubles seeds.

Ken Thomas will be providing coverage of the women’s tournament via radiotennis.com.

See the draws and results from today at the ITA tournament website.

The men’s tournament has 16 qualifiers in a 64 field (women are 8 of 32), and none of them are from pre-qualifying.  Texas has two qualifiers, freshman George Goldhoff and junior Lloyd Glasspool, as does Texas A&M, with sophomores Shane Vinsant and Harrison Adams, and USC, with senior Michael Grant and junior Jonny Wang earning their way into the main draw. North Carolina’s Ronnie Schneider and Goldhoff are the only two freshmen in the draw, not including Mackenzie McDonald, who received a wild card.  The other nine qualifiers: Joran Vliegen, East Carolina; Austin Smith, Georgia; Arturs Kazijevs, SMU; Clay Thompson, UCLA; Adam Lee, Wake Forest; Axel Alvarez, Oklahoma; Daniil Proskura, Alabama; Austin Powell, NC State; Benjamin Lock, Florida State.

The qualifiers will be playing two matches again on Thursday, as they did today, with the first and second of singles (and the first round of doubles) scheduled.

Two lucky losers also made it into the draw: Florida’s Florent Diep and Duke’s Raphael Hemmeler.  Alex Domijan of Virginia, the defending champion, would have been the No. 2 seed, but due to the death of his aunt, he withdrew.

Mikelis Libietis of Tennessee is the top seed in both singles and doubles (with Hunter Reese). 2012 finalist Peter Kobelt of Ohio State is the No. 2 seed.

For the draws and results, along with a link to live scoring, see the ITA tournament website.

Loeb and UNC’s Women’s Tennis Team Begin Title Defense!

JMTA’s own Jamie Loeb joined the defending ITA national indoor champion North Carolina Tar Heel’s this fall.  Below is an article written by Brandt Berry of The Daily Tar Heel outlining the team’s success in 2012-13, highlighting the team’s early success so far in the 2013-14 season, and discussing the team’s expectations for the upcoming campaign.

JMTA's Jamie Loeb now playing for UNC

JMTA’s Jamie Loeb now playing for UNC

By Brandt Berry | The Daily Tar Heel

The title defense began this weekend in Riviera, Calif., at the 2013 ITA All American Tennis Championships as freshmen Jamie Loeb and Hayley Carter advanced through the pre-qualifying in singles and as a team in doubles.

Both players enjoyed relatively easy two-set victories in the first two rounds, as Loeb routed Michaela Bezdickova from New Mexico and Kenna Kilgo from Texas Tech, and Carter defeated Ana Vladutu of DePaul and Southern California’s Giuliana Olmos.

Loeb continued her steady play in her bracket final against Columbia sophomore Kanika Vaidya, earning the victory 6-3, 6-4.

Carter also advanced to her bracket final where she faced Boston College junior Jessica Wacnik. After losing the first set 4-6, Carter regrouped and made some needed adjustments.

“I started mixing up my shots so was always uncomfortable,” Carter said via Facebook message. “She got a little frustrated and I started taking advantage of my opportunities.”

The adjustments proved useful as Carter fought back for a hard earned victory, winning 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.

But for both freshmen the real fun came in the doubles draw.

“I really enjoy the doubles,” Carter said. “Jamie and I are able to feed off each others energy and have a ton of fun.”

Much like singles, they navigated the first two rounds with ease, winning 8-1 and 8-4 against Texas Tech and Utah. But things got much tougher in the bracket final against Miami.

The duo fell behind early and was forced to play from behind for virtually the entire match. After a key point, Carter and Loeb were able to force a seven-point tiebreak to decide the match, which they won to eke out an 8-7 (4) victory, and earn a spot in the qualifying draw.

For Loeb, the key for the intense win was energy.

“Both of us were firing each other up and it was great to pull it out,” she said via Facebook message.

Being on a team with such high expectations could be an intimidating prospect to some, but for Carter, the expectations are all the more appealing.

“Being on such a successful team was part of the reason I came here,” Carter said. “I know we’re capable of amazing things so hopefully we can do something special this year.”