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Gainesville, Indian Harbour Beach, Jacksonville, Melbourne, Teams Advance to Jr. Team Tennis Nationals

July 31, 2012 10:19 AM
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The 18-Advanced 904 squad from Jacksonville
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The 18-Intermediate champion Kick Aces from Melbourne
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The 14-Advanced champion Geek Squad from Indian Harbour Beach
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The 14-Intermediate champion Westside Wailers from Gainesville
Teams from Gainesville, Indian Harbour Beach, Jacksonville, and Melbourne will represent the USTA Florida Section at Jr. Team Tennis Nationals after claiming the Florida state championships in the 14-under and 18-under divisions at the 2012 USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis Summer Championships, held July 27-29 at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.
 
The 904 squad out of Jacksonville won the 18-Advanced division for the second consecutive year, defeating the Patch Reef Smokin' Aces out of Boca Raton in the final 275-230 in total games.
 
The 904 play out of Mills Field in Jacksonville, and are captained by Cheryl Keller and co-captain Don McCauley. The 904 roster is comprised of Amanda Keller, Jaclyn Switkes, Ethan Wichtendahl, David Tossavainen, James Gray, Sarah Jones, Lara Dedic, Andrey Majkic, Mckenzie Barco, and Mitchell McCauley.
 
Last year the 904 squad finished runner-up at Jr. Team Tennis nationals to the USTA Texas Section.
 
The Kick Aces out of Brevard County won the 18-Intermediate division. The Kick Aces play out of the Fee Avenue/Sarno Courts complex in Melbourne, and in the final in Daytona Beach defeated the Florida Yacht Club Zone Team out of Jacksonville in a head-to-head playoff 31-26.
 
They are captained by Danielle Slaughter, with the team roster comprised of Dena Slaughter, Matthew Morris, Daniel Scott Morris, Sydney Adair Respess, Thomas Samuel Vaseliou, and Kaila Cochran.
 
In the 14-Advanced final the Geek Squad, playing out of the Kiwi Tennis Club in Indian Harbour Beach, defeated G-Power from Gainesville 201-181 in total games. The Geek Squad is captained by Dawn Bray and co-captain Holly Baney, with a team roster comprised of Emily McConnell, Emily Sidor, Gregory Durham, Jackson Bray, Kaitlin Ruether, Nick Baney, and Nicolas Fuchs.
 
In the 14-Intermediate final the Westside Wailers captured the title, finishing ahead of their opponents from Miami.
 
The Westside Wailers play out of Westside Park in Gainesville, and in the final in Daytona Beach defeated the Miami Contenders 148-118 in total games. They are captained by Jennine Brandt, with the team roster comprised of Benjamin Nagoshi, Madison Sagas, Darby Arden Townsend, Sophia Katharine Papa, Zachary Brandt, and Benjamin Brand.
 
"I am so proud of all the teams that participated in the championships this year," said USTA Florida Team Tennis Coordinator Michelle Brown. "There were a lot of new teams joining teams that have been coming for years. We saw a great display of sportsmanship, competitive matches, and teams having fun.  It was great to see so many teams out of Brevard this year. They have been growing their program over the last couple of years and am so proud of their success. Teams are already looking forward to the Florida Winter Championship in January 2013 in South Florida."
 
The 2012 USTA Jr. Team Tennis National Championships will be held in Cayce, S.C., on Oct. 18-21, 2012, for the 14-under Intermediate and Advanced divisions, and on Oct. 25-28 for the 18-under Intermediate and Advanced divisions.
 
USTA Jr. Team Tennis (JTT) brings kids together in teams to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other teams. It promotes social skills and important values by fostering cooperation and unity, as well as individual self-growth. It is designed for kids ages 5-18, and matches can be held anywhere from a local park or school to a commercial or private club. JTT teams are co-ed and divided by the play levels Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and the age groups 18-under, 14-under, 12-under, and utilizing the 10 and Under Tennis format for the 10-under and 8-under leagues.
 
For more information on USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis contact Michelle Brown at brownm@florida.usta.com.
 
 

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