JTT Championships Bring 700 Young Players to the Desert

The Junior Team Tennis Sectional Championships were held January 6-7 in Palm Desert, featuring 92 teams comprised of 700 players between the ages of 8 and 18. The competition culminated USTA SoCal’s Fall 2017 season.

Matches were held under beautiful skies at five locations, including Indian Wells Tennis Garden, Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa, Palm Desert Resort Country Club, Palm Valley Country Club, and the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort.

The event also featured an invitational tournament of eight orange ball teams, representing more than 30 sectionwide. The Invitational showcased the best programs that participated in our 10 & under Orange Ball program during the Fall 2017 season. The squad from Tustin Sports Park, coached by Fabian Grassini, won the 10s Orange Ball competition.

In the 12s (2.9 and under) Division, Andrew Ke, Samuel Wang, and Winner Okey each tallied two wins to lead the Turtle Rock Bronze squad to victory, coached by Ross Holesinsky. Vitali Vasilewski’s 10s Satellite team LNRC saw six players go undefeated, as did Top Spinners Advance in the 14s 3.5 & over Division, coached by Jeannette Lee.

10s Orange Ball Invitational: Tustin Sports Park (Orange County) Fabian Grassini
10s Intermediate: Pierpont Waves (Ventura County) Frank Castro
10s Satellite Laguna Niguel Racquet Club (Orange Co.) Vitaliy Vasileuski
10s Advanced Pure Grit (LA/So.Bay/Long Beach) Richard Nguyen
12s 2.9 and below Turtle Rock Tennis (Orange County) Ross & Lanea Holesinsky
12s 3.4 and below Tiger Tennis (Riverside/San Bernardino) Howard Vo
12s 3.5 and above TLTP (SFV/SCV/WLA) Ben Brunkow
14s 2.9 and below East Main Draw: Breakers (LA/So.Bay/Long Beach) Jeanette Lee
14s 3.4 and below Tracker Jackers (LA/So.Bay/Long Beach) Mahlone Becker
14s 3.5 and above Topspinners (LA/So.Bay/Long Beach) Jeanette Lee
18s 2.9 and below iStringing (Pasadena/SGV) Richard Chen
18s 3.4 and below LJBTC Stingrays (San Diego) Conan Lorenzo
18s 3.5 and above  (San Diego) Ernie Blando

Other winners and finalists from the 14s 2.9 and below modified compass draw (14 teams):
14s 2.9 and below North Draw: Crean Lutheran (Orange County) Di Lin; Laguna Niguel Racquet Club (Orange Co.) Vitaliy Vasileuski
14s 2.9 and below West Pool: iStringing (Pasadena/SGV) Richard Chen
14s 2.9 and below South Pool: La Canada Spartans (Pasadena/SGV) Will Moravec


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