Monthly Archives: September 2014

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

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.

‘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.”

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

‘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.

ITA Fetes Jamie Loeb, Noah Rubin In Preseason Rankings

Two collegiate JMTA stars earned some high national honors today when the ITA released its preseason Division I collegiate rankings.

Jamie Loeb, last year’s college No. 1, is atop the first ranking in her sophomore year. She helped UNC reach the team championship match.

Fresh off his summer that included a Wimbledon juniors title and USTA juniors crown, Noah Rubin was named top freshman as he matriculates at Wake Forest.

See full women’s rankings here and men’s here.

JMTA On The Road At Tournaments In Coming Weeks

The tournaments below with a  * are the tournaments that the JMTA Tournament Team will be traveling to and the others will have a JMTA coach present. For registration and further information regarding any of the JMTA Tournament Team trips, please contact JMTA Tournament Team Director, Greg Bolitsky, either by calling Coach Bolitsky at 718-939-3200 or by email,

Sept 18-21
Eastern Super-6
Entry Deadline:Sept 8
B12-Williamsville,NY *
B14-Rochester,NY *
B18-Williamsville,NY *

Sept 26-28
L1B Long Beach Apple Pie Classic
Entry Deadline:Sept 22

Oct 10-13
L1 Sportime-Harbor-Isle
Entry Deadline:Sept 27

Oct 11-13
USTA National Selection Tournament
Entry Deadline:Sept 11
B12-Latham,NY *
B16-Queens Village,NY
B18-Glen Cove,NY
G18-Glen Cove,NY

Oct 17-19 & Oct 24-26
+L1 Eastern Grand Prix
Entry Deadline:Sept 26
B12-Latham,NY *
B14-Latham,NY *
B16-Schenectady,NY *
B18-Saratoga Springs,NY *
G12-Latham,NY *
G14-Latham,NY *
G16-Schenectady,NY *
G18-Saratoga Springs,NY *

Oct 24-26
L1B Sportime Lake-Isle
Entry Deadline:Oct 19

Oct 24-26
L1B Hastings on the Hudson Fall Champs.
Entry Deadline:Oct 19

Oct 31-Nov 2
Empire Cup National Doubles Championships
Entry Deadline:Oct 24
B12,B14,B16-Alley Pond,NY *
G12,G14-Alley Pond,NY *
B18-Glen Cove,NY
G16,G18-Glen Cove,NY

Oct 31-Nov 2
L1B Stadium Tennis Center
Entry Deadline:Oct 24

Nov 21-23
Eastern Super-6
Entry Deadline:Nov 10
B14-Glen Cove,NY
B18-Queens Village,NY
G12-New Windsor,NY
G18-Port Chester,NY

Nov 28-30
USTA National Selection Tournament
Entry Deadline:Sept 18
G16-Glen Cove,NY
G18-West Point,NY

Nov 28-30
USTA Open Regional Tournament
Entry Deadline:Sept 18

Loeb Wins College Event At US Open

As if her freshman season wasn’t brilliant enough, JMTA’s Jamie Loeb has another notch in her racquet as her sophomore year at the University of North Carolina gets underway, topping fellow New Yorker and ACC foe Julia Elbaba of the Univ. of Virginia, 7-6, 6-1, on Saturday in the final of the inaugural American Collegiate Invitational at the US Open held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Read more at the UNC website here.

And on Zoo Tennis here.

And see her post-match video here:


Wasserman Gains First ATP Points!

17 year old James Wasserman, a SPORTIME player coached by Associate JMTA Director Nate Emge and Assistant JMTA Director Phillip Simmonds, reached the doubles semi-finals in a 10,000 Future in Mexico. In the round of 16, he and his partner, fellow New Yorker Adam El Mihdawy took out the No. 1 seeds ranked (ATP #) 462 and 673.

Wasserman gained six ATP points and will receive a doubles ATP ranking for the first time in his career.