The USTA Mid-Atlantic Elite DMV & Caribbean Pirates Are @USTA Junior Team National Champs
CAYCE, S.C. – The USTA Mid-Atlantic’s Elite DMV squad proved too tough for a game USTA Midwest team from The Racquet Club of Columbus in the championship match of the 2016 USTA U14 Junior Team Tennis National Champions, 58-31, in the Advanced final played at the Cayce Tennis Center on Sunday.
In the Intermediate Final, the USTA Caribbean Section team Pirates Squad got by the USTA Middle States team the Delaware Nightmare, 53-38, to capture its first national title.
“We’re definitely excited to be national champs,” said Elite DMV Coach Malcolm Greene. “We were committed this goal from the start and the kids saw it through. We won every match today and we stayed focused as a team. We’ve definitely grown since last year.”
MVPs for the DMV included Mikeal Carpenter and Trinity Grear on the boys’ side, and Adrianna Peradoza on the girls’ side. “Those guys did everything they were asked to do and proved too good today,” Greene said.
Grear defeated Trevor Ball, 6-3, 6-0, in boys’ singles and Peradoza won her match in girls’ singles over Madeline Atway, also in straight sets.
“This was the farthest any team from Columbus has ever gotten so we’re proud,” said RCC Coach Guy Parks, who will also have an 18-and-Under team from his club competing at Nationals next weekend. “Sure it would have been nice to win, but we’ll take the runner-up every time we come.”
Columbus team members included: Dean Atway, Griffin Biernat, Madeline Atway, Caroline Sproule, Ball, Katherine Wang, Ella Hazelbaker, and Pavan Uppu. ,
Other Elite DMV team members besides Peradoza, Grear and Carpenter included: Taj Byrom, Moriah McDonald, Langston Williams, Origen Grear, Mya Spencer, Yvonne Lopez, Kai Goodall, and Clervie Ngounoue.
Coached by Juan Sauri, the Intermediate Caribbean Pirates Squad from San Juan were led by singles players Valeria Gonzalez and Derec Rodriguez and the strong doubles play all weekend by Edgardo Piovanetti.
“We heard people saying they were surprised we did so well because we are just a small island,” Sauri said. “We really showed people that we could really play.”
Pirates Squad team members included: Gonzalez, Jean Legrand, Adele Fernández, Sara Forastieri, Rodriguez, Ignacio Zorrilla, Roberto Agresar, Maria Díaz, Piovanetti, and Albert Fernández.
Taking third place in the Advanced division was the USTA Southern ATL Fire as they got past the Caribbean Wild Card Torrimar II team, 53-25. Capturing third in Intermediate was Northern California (Willow Glen) as they beat the Missouri Valley team from the Tulsa Tucker Tennis Academy, 53-31.
Mid-Atlantic (DMV Elite) def. Midwest (RCC), 58-31
Southern (ATL Fire) def. Caribbean WC (Torrimar II), 53-25
Middle States (RED Warriors) def. Caribbean (Torrimar III), 48-44
Missouri Valley (MAC West def. Northern California (Golden Gate Park), 46-45
Northern WC (BLS) def. Northern (Fridley), 57-35
Southern WC (NC Panthers)* def. Middle States WC (Allegheny Aces), 48-26
*-The Cary, N.C., Panthers automatically finishes 12th due to ineligibility.
Advanced Sportsmanship Awards
Girls: Olive Maunupau – USTA NorCal (Golden Gate Park)
Boys: Tie: Trevor Ball – USTA Midwest (Racquet Club of Columbus); Ethan Lee – Middle States (RED Warriors).
Team Spirit Award: USTA Southern Wild Card (Charlotte, N.C.) Kaelan VanCleeff, Henry Hutton, Kondwani Patterson, Bennett Turner, Libby McGivern, Maggie Gehrig, Elyse Duley.
Best Team Banner Award: USTA NorCal (Golden Gate Park): The Golden Gate Park team is coached by Louis Maunupau and features team members Olive Maunupau, Daisy Maunupau, Callie Tzab, Daniel Gaffney, Max Belandres, and Michael Medina.
Caribbean (Pirate Squad) def. Middle States (Delaware Nightmare), 53-38
Northern California (Willow Glen) def. Missouri Valley (Tucker Tennis Academy), 53-31
Eastern (World Gym Blue) def. New England (MadRackets), 52-38
Midwest (RCC) def. Northern (BLS), 46-33
Southern (CTP Cardinals) def. Mid-Atlantic (Racquet Scientists), 50-45
Hawaii Pacific (Mililani Monster Tennis) def. Southern California (Sunshine Aces G6), 47-31
Southwest (Cramer’s 14s) def. Pacific Northwest (ETC Survivors), 46-45
Southern WC (Paces Club) def. Texas (Spring Branch TC), 58-25
Intermediate Sportsmanship Awards
Girls: Carina Holguin: USTA Texas (Spring Branch)
Boys: Chaz Nagasawa: USTA Hawaii (Mililani Monster Tennis)
Team Spirit Award: USTA Texas (Spring Branch) Coached by Kuda Sengai and features team members: Malachi Farley, Andres Garza, Dylan Roseberry, Ben Young, Carissa Holguin, Carina Holguin, Alyssa Baum, Kamryn Sanchez, Jodi Glenn, Riley Glenn.
Best Team Banner Award: USTA Hawaii (Mililani Monster Tennis) Coached by Walter Balignasay and features team members: Alexander Santa Cruz, Chaz Nagasawa, Jacob Kuklok, Zachary Young, Niya Barbary, Jaeden Chang, Katie Nishimura, and Sheela Nair.
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