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Orlando, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Broward Advance to Jr. Team Tennis Nationals

August 2, 2011 01:12 PM
The 18-and-under Advanced division champion "904"
from Jacksonville
The 18-and-under Intermediate champion "Six Sense"
from Broward County 
The 18-and-under Novice division champions "Sanlando Dream Team"
from Seminole County
The 14-and-under Advanced champions "G-Power"
from Gainesville
The 14-and-under Intermediate champion "The Acers" from Orlando
Orlando repeated at the 14-Intermediate champion, and Gainesville, Jacksonville and Broward County also earned berths to the USTA Jr. Team Tennis Nationals during the USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis 18-U & 14-U Summer Section Championship, held July 29-31, 2011, at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.
The Summer Section Championships is a national qualifier, with the winning divisional teams advancing to represent Florida at the USTA Jr. Team Tennis National Championships. The 2011 USTA Jr. Team Tennis National Championships will be held in Surprise, Ariz., on Oct. 20-23 (14 and under division) and Oct. 27-30 (18 and under division) at The Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex.
"The Florida Summer Section Championships always brings out the highest levels of competition with berths to nationals on the line," said USTA Florida Team Tennis Coordinator Michelle Willis. "Congratulations to the Orlando, Gainesville, Jacksonville and Broward County teams for surviving the 90 degree temperatures and supporting their teams all season through local play to make it to the sectional and nationals."
"The Acers" were the second straight Orlando team to win the 14-and-under Intermediate division title, finishing ahead of the 14-under team from Cocoa Beach. Coached by Brian Sephton, the team was comprised of Benjamin Reitz Sephton, Cecilia Tong, Kaylan Sarah Rotman, Lucas Nickolich, Nathaniel Saffran, and Theressa Phuongtrang Tong. 
The 14-and-under Advanced title was captured by "G-Power" of Gainesville, which finished ahead of the "Treasure Coast Acers." G-Power was captained by So-Mei Louie, with team members Ellie Wright, Emily Louie-Meadors, Grey Cacciatore, Harry Cacciatore, Hyunsoo Ryan Joo, Jared Lee, Kendal Jayne Wilby and Lillie Mehan.
Jacksonville's team "904" won the 18-and-under Advanced championship, edging another Jacksonville-area team, the "St. Johns Acers." Team 904 was captained by Don McCauley and Cheryl Keller, and comprised of players Amanda Keller, Andrey Majkic, David Tossavainen, Ethan Wichtendahl, Jaclyn O'Brien Switkes, James Edward Gray, Katie Fitt, Lara Dedic, Mitchell McCauley, and Sarah Jane Jones.
The 18-and-under Intermediate division title was won by "Six Sense" of Broward County, finishing ahead of the second-place "Aces" of Volusia County. Six Sense was captained by Jose Chavez, with team members Alexis Crenshaw, Alicia Candace Mcleggan, Aramis Antonio Azucey, Enrico Manuel Cruz, Jasmine Morales, Kevin Chavez, and Maxx Esteves.
The Orlando area also won the 18-and-under Novice division title, captured by the “Sanlando Dream Team” out of Seminole County, captained by Kerrie Morris with players Christopher Morris, Marc Engel, Haley Finegan, Stefan Kovacevic, Benjamin Maripadam, Adriana Rivas, Rebecca Tijerana and Taylor Wood. The 18-and-under Novice division does not advance to nationals (18 Intermediate and Advanced divisions only).
The Boys' Sportsmanship Award went to Michael Girardi of St. Petersburg, and the Girls' Sportsmanship Award was presented to Hollyn Knight of Melbourne.
USTA Jr. Team Tennis is for kids age 5-18, and connects players together in teams to compete in singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other teams within a league. It promotes social skills and important values by fostering a spirit of cooperation and unity, as well as individual self-growth. Also, it's a fun environment for kids in which they learn that succeeding is really more about how they play the game -- win or lose. Players compete in age levels 8-under, 10-under, 12-under, 14-under and 18-under in beginner, intermediate and advanced divisions.
The season-ending Florida sectional tournaments, held at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach, are open to all teams who have competed in the minimum number of required matches during their local league play.
Fall Jr. Team Tennis leagues are now forming across Florida, for more info go to www.florida.usta.com/youth_tennis/





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