| By Steve Abbondondelo

The 2009 USTA Eastern Summer Junior Team Tennis Season culminated with 18 teams from the section, including Long Island competing at the USTA Eastern Summer Sectional for the right to be crowned the best in the Eastern Section. Slated to be played outside at SUNY College at Purchase, N.Y. Aug. 22-23, rain forced the event to be moved indoors. The 12 & Under and the 14 & Under Divisions where held at Solaris Sports and Racquet Club in Hawthorne, N.Y. The 18 & Under Division was played at New Rochelle Racquet Club.

Rain did not dampen the player’s spirits or the level of competition. Match play followed the JTT format of boys and girl’s singles and doubles and mixed doubles. The sportsmanship and teamwork demonstrated by the players, and the coaches highlighted the event.
Long Island congratulates the players from Hicksville CTA Smash, including Captain David Engelhardt, Jen and Emily Gregory, Danielle Lapierre, Angela Lupo, Scott Jackson and Anthony Pastecchi for finishing first in the 18 & Under Division, and the players and coaches of Sun & Surf Beach Club for finishing third in the 18 and 14 Divisions.
Eastern congratulates all the players, parents and coaches for their hard work and dedication to the JTT program.

The winter junior team tennis program will be starting in November.

Congratulations to the Hicksville Smash for their first place finish in the 18 & Under Division.

Steve Abbondondelo

<p>Steve Abbondondelo is Junior Team Tennis Eastern Committee Chair/Long Island Regional Coordinator. For questions or inquiries about the USTA JTT program, e-mail Steve at steveabby@optonline.net.</p>