| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

On Monday, Aug. 30, 24 junior players from across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were awarded for their outstanding performance in tournaments this year at USTA Eastern’s Annual Junior Awards Gala. The gala honored juniors, ages 12 to 18, who have excelled in sectional tournaments and traveled across the country to represent the Eastern section in team competitions this summer. All of the junior players received free grounds passes to watch the best players in the world compete on Opening Day of the 2010 U.S. Open.

“These juniors are not just strong individual competitors, but also outstanding team players,” said Julie Bliss, director of competition and player development for USTA Eastern. “They recognized the importance of playing local tournaments and representing the section on Eastern teams in places like Texas, Louisiana, and California.”

The gala was held in the Indoor Training Center at the USTA BJK National Tennis Center prior to the start of Day One of 2010 U.S. Open play.

2010 USTA Eastern Award Winners

(Long Island Region Winners in Bold)


Boys’ 12

1.Brendan Volk (Dix Hills, NY)

2.Mwendwa Mbithi (Succasunna, NJ)

3.Justin Lee (Cos Cob, CT)

Girls’ 12

1.Morgan Herrmann (Garden City, NY)

2.Jessica Livianu (Brooklyn, NY)

3.Madison Battaglia (Cold Spring Harbor, NY)

Boys’ 14

1.Taiyo Hamanaka (Eastchester, NY)

2.Douglas Notaris (Wantagh, NY)

3.Kyle Mautner (Greenwich, CT)

Girls’ 14

1.Ola Mally (Franklin Square, NY)

2.Anna Ulyashchenko (Brooklyn, NY)

3.Louisa Chirico (Harrison, NY)

Boys’ 16

1.Eric Rubin (Lido Beach, NY)

2.Ian VanCott (Unadilla, NY)

3.Alex VanCott (Unadilla, NY)

Girls’ 16

1.Emily Saffron (New York, NY)

2.Lexi Borr (Westfield, NJ)

3.Katrine Steffensen (Scarsdale, NY)

3.Jamie Loeb (Ossining, NY)

Boys’ 18

1.Cameron Silverman (Mount Kisco, NY)

2.Asika Isoh (Cambria Heights, NY)

3.Emilio Mora (Mamaroneck, NY)

Girls’ 18

1. Tina Jiang (Edison, NJ)

2. Jamie Loeb (Ossining, NY)

3. Akiko Okuda (Tenafly, NJ)

For more information, visit www.eastern.usta.com.