New england JTT District (State)Championships
James Maimonis, Communications and Engagement Coordinator | July 24, 2017
New England JTT Championship Track- District (States) Results
WESTBOROUGH, MA- Harvard University will host the 2017 USTA New England Junior Team Tennis Section Championships from July 26-27, drawing the top 18 teams from throughout the region. The teams, which represent various clubs, parks, recreational departments and organizations, have finished at the top of their local leagues or won their state or district championship, and are now vying for a chance to represent USTA New England at the USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships.
Below are the teams advancing to the Section Championships:
14U Intermediate- MadRackets, from Madison Racquet and Swim Club, has advanced to Sectionals for the fourth consecutive year. The team downed Chelsea Piers Horned Frogs and Norwalk Elite by more than 30 games total games each to win the title.
“We worked a lot on strategy, and there were a lot of good kids out there hitting balls, but the big difference is when it gets down to it, they’re good at strategy and especially moving in and finishing at the net,” said Coach Rick Fay. “The kids work hard year round. We have a system in place and if they follow that and work together as a team, the results going to be positive.”
MadRackets finished with a set score of 19-2 and dropped just one position overall (9-1), and a large contributor to that was singles and mixed doubles player Sebastien Lowy. The second-year player went 4-0 and took home the boys’ sportsmanship award.
“We worked for every point and every game and boosted each other up and had a lot of team spirit,” Lowy said. “It motivates everyone to cheer them on, and it gratifying if your opponents tell you, ‘nice shot, so I always do that and our team as a whole always cheers everyone on.”
18U Advanced- Guilford Racquet Club. Won 70 total games to edge out finalist, MadRackets, who finished with 66. Farmington Valley and East Hartford finished with 64 and 57 games won respectively.
18U Advanced- North Shore Legends advanced to Sectionals for the second consecutive year. The student-run squad defeated teams from Edgewood and Mattapoisett without dropping a set or single position.
18U Intermediate- NH Rogues, from Bedford was coached by Deb LaPress. The team defeated Nashua Swim and tennis 53-19 in total games to advance to Sectionals.
14U Intermediate- Executive Fireballs, from Manchester, will be advancing once again to Sectionals after competing last year. Coach Jana Suozzo led her team to a 53-39 victory over Hampshire Hills at Districts.
18U Intermediate- Apex, based out of the Racket and Fitness Club in Portland, defeated Wentworth by the Sea, 56-28, to become the lone Maine team to advance to Sectionals.
Complete list of teams advancing to Sectionals:
1. Sippican, Marion, MA
2. Top Edge, Warwick Heights, Warwick, RI
1. Essex Edge, Essex Junction, VT
2. Executive Fireballs, Manchester, NH
3. Field Club, Longmeadow, MA
4. MadRackets, Madison Racquet Club, CT
5. North Hampton, NH
1. Edgewood, Raynham, MA
2. Ellington Thunderstix, from Ellington CTA, Ellington, CT
3. Essex Edge, Essex Junction, VT
4. Guilford Racquet Club, Guilford, CT
5. Nashua Swim, Granite State Kids CTA, Nashua, NH
6. North Shore Legends, North of Boston
1. Apex, Racket and Fitness Center, Portland, ME
2. Enfield/Longmeadow, CT/MA
3. Essex Edge, Essex Junction, VT
4. Rogues, Bedford, NH
5. Willows Tennis Club, North Andover, MA
For complete results from JTT Districts, click here.