JUNIORS: Begin, Progress, Succeed

Henry Ford once said, “Coming Together is the beginning. Keeping Together is progress.

Working Together is success.” At USTA Southern California, the beginning of summer always reflects TEAM.

We have just completed the Sectional Championships for JTT in Orange County with 70+ Teams and 700+ players, along with the Area League Championships for Orange County.

The CTC Cup is back in the hands of South Bay for the first time since 1992 – congratulations to Oliver Messerli and his team. The Inaugural Friendship Cup took place at the beautiful Nellie Gail Tennis Club and crowned the 16s Champions (SoCal Smashers) and 18s winners (Aceholes).

The TEAM theme rolls along as we have just announced our two Intersectional Teams that will represent us in TEAM play in Auburn, Alabama for the Boys and Girls 14s, to be coached by Gary Victor and Trevor Kronemann. Playing for Team SoCal will be Hudson Rivera, Sean Daryabeigi, Marcus Sebastian, Lawee Sheriff, Cindy Ung, Phoebe Peus, Midori Castillo and Katherine Nguyen.

The Boys and Girls 16s Team will compete in Shreveport, Louisiana and will be led by Coach Dave Nowick. The SoCal TEAM roster includes Matthew Sah, Bryan Kulikov, Alex Petrov, Zachary Svajda, Anne Lutkemeyer, Justine Dondonay, Rebecca Lynn and Casie Wooten.

The Boys and Girls 18s teams that will compete in Champaign, Ill. and Claremont, Calif. in July will be rounded out as we wrap up our 116th rendition of the Southern California Sectionals. These teams are the defending Champions and will look to build on this momentum into the Individual National Championships.

Hope you are having a great summer and playing a lot of Tennis. Happy 4th of July to All!

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