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Western Region wins the Sectionals 14 & Under Intermediate competition and is heading for the Nationals

July 8, 2008 09:54 PM
MustangsJunior Team Tennis is modeled after the very successful Adult USTA league. It is the place where juniors can get together with their friends and compete against other teams.

The “Mustangs” from South Towns Tennis Club has made it all the way to the National competition. It is an honor for our region; it is the first time that a JTT team from Western has made it to Nationals. Our congratulations go to the dedicated players: Peter Borgesi, Justine Brennan, Taylor Cole, Ryan Cromwell, Sawyer Dina, Karli Hollins; and their great coaches, Dan Johnson and Brian Johnson. Western also had representatives at the Sectional JTT Championships from the Harley School, and Tennis Club of Rochester.

Coach of the Mustangs, Dan Johnson knows his kids deserve their first place win and national opportunity after the hard work they’ve put in all winter. “The team approach is great,” said Johnson, noticing how his team members all look up to each other. He also realizes that the pressure to support the team encourages the kids to play up to their potential. “When we found out that we won the Section Championships the kids asked me a question,” said Johnson. “When are the worlds?”

The National Tournament may be the end of the season for the kids but it’s certainly not the end of competitive tennis for them. As they gear up for the October event, the Jr. Team Tennis teams will continue to build tennis skill and character. They might not have a world competition to compete in, but they are certainly ready to take it on.

On this note, if you are interested in putting together your own team and join one of the leagues, please contact Maria Lirio at 716-289-0051 or email at lirio@eastern.usta.com. Important summer dates:

JTT Western Districts – Buffalo, July 27 at the Village Glenn Tennis Club. Rochester and Syracuse, to be determined.

JTT Regionals – August 9th, Delaware, Buffalo, New York

August 16th – JTT Sectionals at Crotona Park in Brooklyn, New York