The 2017 JTT Spring 12U Green 12U Yellow Ball and 14U Divisions Now in the Books
This past weekend, Diamond Hills Sports Club and Spa played host of the USTA NorCal JTT Spring Section Championships for the 12U Green ball, 12U Yellow ball, and 14U Coed divisions.
With temperatures reaching 100+ degrees throughout the weekend, 28 teams and 175 players competed for the coveted Section Championship title. After the last point was played, 7 teams emerged from the event as a Section Champions.
Congratulations to all of the winning teams on a great achievement, attained through so many different paths!
Marin Country Club made their first trip to Sectionals in the 12U Green ball division and ended up winning their flight. “The team played great with a lot of heart,” Rocky Pierson, Marin Country Club Captain, said. “The kids really stepped up and played some great tennis.” Kimberly DesJardine, mother of Marin Country Club player Mason Bruce, enjoyed the competition as much as the players did. “It’s a great experience for the kids and an opportunity to do their best. I think the emphasis on sportsmanship made it really special.”
The other 12U Green ball Section Champions hailed from Lifetime Tennis, who sent two teams to Sectionals and came back home with two division titles. “This is the first time we won the 12U Green ball division, so I’m really happy with how the team performed,” Michael Leopold, Lifetime Tennis Captain, said with a smile up to his ears. “One of our proudest achievements is to make sure the players respect the game and hearing the other coaches say they felt our players were really respectful was fantastic.”
In the 12U Yellow Ball division, Arora Tennis won a title for the East Bay by going undefeated in both local league play and at JTT Sectionals, finishing the season with a 7-0 record. “It was a great first JTT experience for me and our players. Arora Tennis is looking forward to putting more teams together next season,”Danny Furman, Arora Tennis Captain stated. Morson Performance Tennis qualified four different teams for Sectionals and had their highest finish in the 12U Yellow ball division, winning 1st place overall for their flight. “The Spring sectional weekend is a great opportunity for all our players, both advanced and intermediate to gain match experience, work as a team, and have lots of fun,” Jenno Morson, Morson Performance Tennis Captain said.
Eight teams competed in the Coed 14U division across two different flights, based on their rating level. With three out of eight teams having competed previously at the JTT National Championships, there was little room for error if your goal was to win a title. After the last point was played, two teams emerged victorious. In Flight A, the California Tennis Club won a closely contested division by 2 games over McLaren Park. “I’m really proud of our team, when we were down we were able to fight our way back into a lot of matches,” Matt Berry, the California Tennis Club Captain, said. “I was really impressed with our resiliency and toughness throughout the tournament.” Flight B was won by the Almaden Valley Athletic Club Wild Cats, celebrating another 14U championship and winning back to back season championships.
Congratulations to all the players, parents and coaches who braved the heat to make this a successful weekend.
Check out the pictures from the event here.