Monthly Archives: May 2014

Loeb Completes Record Setting Freshman Year At University Of North Carolina

While it didn’t end as hoped for with an NCAA title, freshman Jamie Loeb’s run at the University of North Carolina was a memorable one. The JMTA student and Ossining, N.Y., native lost for only the fourth time all year as Lynn Chi from California, ranked 24th nationally pulled the upset by scores of 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in Saturday’s semi-finals in Athens, Georgia. She also fell in the final eight of doubles later in the afternoon.

The All-American and NCAA Freshman of the Year helped Carolina become the only program to have multiple singles players still competing in singles and doubles in the final eight at the NCAA’s, while leading the Tar Heels to the team finals and the ACC title as well. She finished with a singles record of 50-4 on the season.

Congratulations Jamie on an amazing freshman year in Chapel Hill. You have made us all very proud!

Top-seeded Jamie Loeb Opens NCAA Singles With Straight-Set Wins

No rest for the weary as Jamie Loeb, fresh off competing in the team finals, began her quest for an individual NCAA title at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., yesterday. Loeb bounced Alexandra Cercone of Florida, 6-2, 7-5.

Today she topped Zoe Scandalis of USC, 6-3, 6-2, to advance to the round of 16. Later today she will team with classmate Hayley Carter in doubles action.

In addition, this week Loeb, 52-3 in singles including the wins the last two days, was named the ITA Rookie Player of the Year and will attempt to repeat the feat of John McEnroe, who won the NCAA singles title in his freshman year, on the same Univ. of Georgia courts.

She was also a major factor in UNC’s run to the finals of the team competition, where the Tar Heels fell just short on Tuesday, 4-3, to UCLA.

Brachman, Xiong, Sec, Pellerito Claim Titles At Sweet 16 Events In Upstate N.Y.

More than 25 JMTA students from the Bethpage, Lake Isle and Randall’s Island locations competed at last weekend’s Sweet 16 events in five different upstate N.Y. venues. Four claimed titles and four finished in third or second place in their respective age brackets.

Spencer Brachman (Bethpage) was the biggest winner, taking both the singles and doubles championships at Boys 12 in Latham. Doubles titles were also won by Sabrina Xiong (Randall’s) in Girls 18 at Binghamton, Oliver Sec (Randall’s) in Boys 18 in Pittsford and Danny Pellerito (Bethpage) in Boys 14 in Latham.

Other finalists were Xiong (18 singles), Sasha Bekirova (Randall’s; singles and doubles 14’s in Latham), Pellerito (14’s singles), Ronald Hohmann (Bethpage; 14’s doubles in Latham) and Noah Edelman (Randall’s; 12’s singles in Latham).

Full results are as follows:

Girls 18 (Binghamton, NY)
Sabrina Xiong (Randall’s) Singles Finals; Doubles Champion
Christina Puccinelli (Randall’s) 1 win in Consolation

Girls 16 (Rochester, NY)
Loren Haukova (Randall’s) Singles Quarterfinals; 2 Wins in Consolation
Brianna Williams (Randall’s) Singles Quarterfinals; 1 win in Consolation
Ashley Lessen (Bethpage) Main Draw Singles

Girls 14 (Latham, NY)
Sasha Bekirova (Randall’s) Singles Finals; Doubles Finals
Georgia Ryan (Randall’s) Singles Quarterfinals; 1 Win in Consolation

Girls 12 (Latham, NY)
Perene Wang (Randall’s) Main Draw Singles

Boys 18 (Pittsford, NY)
Oliver Sec (Randall’s) Singles 3rd Place;  Doubles Champion
Felipe Osses-Konig (Randall’s) 2 wins in consolation
Lubo Cuba (Bethpage) Main Draw Singles; Doubles Semifinals

Boys 16 (Schnectady, NY)
Athell Bennet (Bethpage) Singles 3rd Place
Patrick Hannity (Bethpage) 2 Wins in Consolation

Boys 14 (Latham, NY)
Danny Pellerito (Bethpage) Singles Finals; Doubles Champion
Sean Wei (Lake Isle) Singles 3rd Place
Ronald Hohmann (Bethpage) 2 Wins in Consolation; Doubles Finals
Cannon Kingsley (Bethpage) 2 Wins in Consolation
Neel Raj (Bethpage) Main Draw Singles
Luke Smith (Lake Isle) Main Draw Singles; Doubles Semifinals

Boys 12 (Latham, NY)
Spencer Brachman (Bethpage) Singles Champion; Doubles Champion
Noah Edelman (Randall’s) Singles Finals; Doubles Semifinals
Max Moadel (Bethpage) 3 Wins in Consolation Semifinals
Harry Portnoy (Randall’s) 2 Wins in Consolation
Harrison Saladini (Randall’s) 1 Win in Consolation

Loeb’s 50th Win Vaults Tar Heels Into NCAA Final

The North Carolina women’s tennis team will play for its first National Championship after defeating Stanford, 4-3, on Monday in a semifinal match in Athens, Ga.

It came down to the first singles matchup between No. 1 Jamie Loeb and No. 3 Kristie Ahn of Stanford, and Loeb showed why she deserves that top collegiate rank.

After a first-set tiebreaker went to Ahn, 7-4, Loeb got down to business, sweeping each of the next two sets, 6-0, 6-0.

For Loeb, who also teamed with classmate Hayley Carter to down Ahn and Carol Zhao, 8-5, to help the Tar Heels win the doubles point, it was the 50th singles victory of the season.

Seventh seeded UNC takes on No. 5 UCLA, a 4-0 winner over Florida, in the National Championship on Tuesday in Athens.

Loeb Helps UNC Advance To NCAA Final Four, Featured on ESPNW

Jamie Loeb cruised past Alabama’s top player, Mary Anne Daines, 6-2, 6-3, yesterday to help the seventh-seeded Tar Heels upend the No. 2 Crimson Tide, 4-2, to advance to the semifinals of the NCAA women’s tennis championships in Athens, Ga. UNC (28-5) will take on the defending champion Stanford on Monday at 1 p.m.

Ranked as the number one collegian in the country for more than three months, Loeb was also featured in an article on espnW last week.

See her post-match interview here as well:


SPORTIME Pros Look For Future Stars and John McEnroe Tennis Academy Students at Scholarship Tryouts At Randall’s Island June 14

Young hopefuls from all across the tri-state area will be out in force at SPORTIME Randall’s Island on Saturday, June 14, when SPORTIME coaches seek untapped talent in tryouts for full and partial scholarships to attend one of three John McEnroe Tennis Academy locations.  The day begins with registration at 8 a.m., with a series of evaluation sessions concluding at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Open to juniors ages 6-16, the tryouts will be led by an Assessment Committee, which will evaluate talent as players go through evaluations, drills and matches beginning at 9 a.m.  Scholarship winners will be notified by July 6.

For more information, parents of interested children can email or visit Registration closes on June 6 at 5 p.m. ET.

Proper tennis attire must be worn.  There is no fee to try out, but pre-registration is required.  Player locker and shower facilities will be available and food and beverages are available for purchase at the SPORTIME Courtside Café. Water will be available on court. Full service pro-shop and stringing service available on site. Entrants can visit for online registration or to print and submit via postal mail, online form or fax.

“Past tryouts at various SPORTIME locations have helped us find players with great potential” said JMTA Director Lawrence Kleger. “We all look forward to a great day of try-outs and to finding some amazing kids and future champions.”

And for parents who want to bring along other children ages 3-10 who are not trying out, SPORTIME will host the free U10 Tennis Kid-Tacular, specially-designed programs with prizes, games and fun. It will be held from 1-4 p.m. following completion of the first phase of the tryouts.

No. 1 Loeb leads North Carolina to NCAA Sweet 16

Jamie Loeb continued to shine in her freshman season, winning her singles and doubles matches to pace seventh-seeded North Carolina to a 4-0 win over Georgia State in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship in Chapel Hill, N.C.

UNC (26-5) will face 10th seed Texas A&M on Thursday in the Round of 16 in Athens, Ga., at 9 a.m.

Loeb, who continues to rank No. 1 in the NCAA rankings, won her singles match, 6-4, 6-2 over No. 22 Abigail Tere-Apisah.

Immediately prior to her singles match, Loeb helped Carolina win the doubles point by pairing with Ashley Dai for an 8-3 triumph.

JMTA Lake Isle Parent/Player Doubles Event A Big Success!

On Friday, the JMTA Eastchester Annex at Sportime Lake Isle hosted our first JMTA social event – a JMTA Parent/Child Doubles Round Robin – a night designed for some fun and competition on the tennis court.  This particular evening was designed for our true players – kids aged 9 -17 that are enrolled in JMTA 4-6pm & 6-8pm sessions – and their tennis playing parents.

We had 18 family teams playing over 2 hours of tennis – mother/daughter, father/son, mother/son and father/daughter – and because all our tennis playing parents wanted to get in on the fun – we even had a few “platoon” mother/father/kid teams.

After official round robin competition ended and with some players wanting more tennis – the courts were used for pick-up games. And in a reversal of the norm, at the end of the night – it was the kids who were pulling the parents off the court!

This was an “Everybody Wins” event!

Thank you to the Anidjar, Bhangdia, Boccia, Foster, Fry, Goldberg, Gordon, Gottlieb, Hu, Kaplan, Kim, Kornfeld, Rosen, Schalkwyk, Silberstein, Tucker, Wei, and Witkowska families for making this night a big success!

And don’t worry – for those families who were unable to attend, or our JMTA players with non-playing parents, or our younger MacPrep & MacStart kids – this was just our first event.  We have plans for future social and fun events at JMTA Lake Isle – with all our players in mind!