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June 21, 2013 09:57 AM
Gainesville No-cut 2013 Middle School Tennis League Season Wraps Up
2013_gainesville_middle_school_tennis_jordan_glen_team_winnersThis spring the Gainesville Area Community Tennis Association (GACTA) in Gainesville, Fla., sponsored the third season of its no-cut Middle School Tennis league, which provided 135 area middle school students an opportunity to play tennis in a team format for their middle school.
The season ran during the months of April and May following the high school tennis season. Volunteer parent-captains recruited middle school students from eight middle schools under the guidance of Anne Koterba, vice-president of GACTA and coordinator of the middle school tennis program. Schools Jordan Glen, Oak Hall School, PK Yonge, Lake City, Westwood, Kanapaha, Lincoln, and newcomer Howard Bishop participated this year.
"This program could not exist without the wonderful volunteer parent-coordinators and the local tennis professionals who donate a lot of time and effort to make this program work. We are very grateful to all of them," Koterba said.
"This year, we had several new tennis professionals help us out with practices for the various teams, including Abdoulaye Toure of the 300 Club, Patrick Jenkins, of the Gainesville Golf and Country Club, and Bob Langer, formerly of Haile Tennis. Addison Staples was instrumental in revitalizing the Howard Bishop tennis courts this past year and in forming the Howard Bishop tennis club in partnership with the 21st Century Community Learning Center program, and Chris McDonald will continue to work with the team this summer. Jonesville Tennis Center, Westside Tennis, and Oak Hall School, as they have in the past, provided tennis courts for match play and practices during the regular season as well as for the end-of-season tournament."
A two-day GACTA Middle School League Team Championship, modeled on the FHSAA district tournament format, was held at the Jonesville Tennis Center and Oak Hall tennis facilities at the end of May. The team finals in almost every division came down to a battle between Jordan Glen and Oak Hall doubles teams. Just as in high school or college tennis, team members and fans moved down to the final court still in play to support their players and cheer them on.
"Hopefully this experience gave our middle school players a taste of what it might feel like to play for a high school or college team," Koterba said. "In the end, Jordan Glen School repeated as champion, narrowly defeating Oak Hall School for the second year in a row. PK Yonge was third, and Kanapaha was fourth."
Separate girls' singles and boys' singles draws were played this year for the first time. Selin Yaylali (Oak Hall) was the 2013 Middle School girls' singles champion and Aminah Moffett (Kanapaha, was runner-up. Brandon Stewart (Jordan Glen) was the Middle School boys' singles champion and Quin Whittaker (PK Yonge) was runner-up.
Individual Division Final Results:
Division 1: Selin Yaylali and Grey Cacciatore (OH) d. Dare Harris/Brandon Stewart (JG) 9-7
Division 2: Daniela Ifju and Ivan Esguerra(PK) d. Hershel Flechas/Zach Cantatore (JG) 8-3
Division 3: Brock Frey and Chris Keel (JG) d. Nicholas Springer/Adam Shugar (OH) 8-4
Division 4: Marcus and Lorna Milani(OH) d. Robby Lester/Cameron Trimble(JG) 9-7
Division 5: Leo Asch and Colby Stewart (JG) d. Lauren Dace/Elaa Singh (OH) 9-8(8)
Division 6: Nolan Louis and Christian Carrigan (JG) d. Emily Dace/Neil Udassi (OH) 8-4
Division 7: Marya Ali and Alexandra Ro (OH) d. Dagney Kaye/Matya Kaye (JG) 8-0
Division 8: Anna Massey and Nadira Najm-Cary(JG) d. River Saulsbury/Mac Laborde (OH) 9-7

Webb Named President of USTA Florida Section Foundation

webbThe USTA Florida Section Foundation, the charitable arm of the United States Tennis Association-Florida Section (USTA Florida), has announced the appointment of B.J. Webb of Longboat Key, Fla., as volunteer president of the organization, replacing outgoing President Donn Davis who will remain on the board as the secretary.
Webb has an impressive background in governance, project management and fundraising. Her successful fundraising efforts for numerous nonprofit organizations has helped raise significant funds through various civic, non-profit and political activities over the past 15 years.
"It is an honor and privilege to be asked to serve as president of the Foundation," said Webb, a resident of Longboat Key, Fla. "We are at an exciting time in the Foundation's growth. The possibilities of making programs and facilities available to all people in Florida is a lofty goal, but as others see the positive impact of that work, we will see our fundraising goals expand and we will meet them."
Webb is an avid tennis player and community tennis volunteer, and says of the grant-making Foundation, "the opportunity to bring tennis to under-served communities and deserving individuals is wonderful."
Davis, also the former volunteer president of the USTA Florida Section, served as the Foundation's president for two years.
"I am so pleased that we have a Board member with the skills, desire, and time to transition into the role as president of the USTA Florida Section Foundation," Davis said, "B.J. Webb has a vast amount of experience with not-for-profit organizations and will be able to provide the direction needed to take our Foundation to the next level."
The USTA Florida Section Foundation provides financial support for community tennis programs that positively impact children and adults throughout Florida.
"USTA Florida has given us tremendous support," Webb said. "We have wonderful staff and exceptional board members. Most important, we are making a difference in people's lives with our grants."
The current USTA Florida Section Foundation Board is comprised of B.J. Webb, president; Donn Davis, secretary; Judy Foster, treasurer; Peggy Beard, director; Kenneth Cherven, director; Barbara Manzo, director; and Celia Rehm, director.
Founded in 2004, the USTA Florida Section Foundation, Inc., values tennis programs that develop self-esteem and human potential for all Floridians, regardless of age and ability. It is the supporting 501(c)(3) organization that carries out the charitable purposes of USTA Florida, with the belief that tennis provides opportunities for healthy, social, emotional, physical and educational development, and encourages peer and family participation.
Foundation grants offer funding for youth tennis programs, adaptive tennis programs for those with special needs, community tennis programs in economically challenged areas along with facility assistance in the renovation, refurbishment and building of quality public tennis facilities. For more information, or to see how you can support tennis in Florida with a "Play Tennis!" license plate, go to www.ustafloridafoundation.com.





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