November 2nd, 2017
10-Under Tennis ‘All Tricks No Treats’ Team Wins Inaugural Florida State Orange Ball Trophy
The “All Tricks No Treats” team was crowned the Florida state champion in 10-and-under Orange Ball play at the inaugural USTA Florida “Bobby Curtis” Orange Ball Team Tennis Sectional Championships, held Oct. 28-29, 2017 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando.
The All Tricks No Treats team in the final defeated the Monster Mash squad.
All Tricks No Treats was coached by Brittany Hill and included players Lucia Siddens (West Palm Beach), Ashlyn Gao (Weston), Gavin Boland (St. Petersburg), and Diogo Tibirica (Hollywood).
The 2017 USTA Florida “Bobby Curtis” Orange Ball Team Tennis Sectional Championships for players age 10-and-under featured competitors who qualified for the event during the year by winning or reaching the finals of one of 12 designated Orange Ball Level 7 Regional Qualifiers held between January to September. The event was contested on 60-foot courts.
“Most of the players got into the tournament through regional qualifiers, and the rest were invited based on Orange Ball match wins,” said USTA Florida Entry Level/High School Competitive Coordinator Thad Hawkes. “We did a waterfall formatting to create the teams, so the players teamed up with kids from various cities, and the coaches selected their teams through a blind draw so they all met each other the first day of the tournament.”
The finalist Monster Mash team, coached by Sarah Harkins, was comprised of players BreAnn Ferguson, Ania Martynuk, Jorge Cely, and Haruki Kaneta.
The event was held at the USTA National Campus’ Nemours Family Zone, which features eight permanent 36-foot courts and eight permanent 60-foot courts for youth and family play. Teams were placed in two pools, with the winner of each pool facing off in the final.
3rd-8th place team finishers were:
3rd — The Ghost Squad: coach Luis Estrada, players Felipe Mamede, Jamilya Dvornikova, Sebastian Constandache, Kelani Irvin
4th — The Wild Things: coach Pedro Estrada, players Ivan Urbanovich, Giselle Adekunle, Lizzy Damon, Parth Goyal
5th — Bad To The Bones: coach Gaby Estrada, players Charlie Oberlander, Ivan Rybak, Mia Unruh, Hayley McGhee
6th — The Boo Crew: coach Magali Holt, players Tori Hatfield, Riddi Thakur, Isaac Schlosser, Joshua Thorpe
7th — The Great Pumpkins: coach Andy McFarland, players Jaedyn Gomez, Kayla Kreynes, Sophie Bose, Reef Davis
8th — The Scream Team: coach Tyler Hawkes, players Jordyn Gomez, Lance Damato, Lorenzo Martinez, Nicole Sanchez
For more information or to see the 2017 Orange Ball designated tournament schedule leading to the Orange Ball Team Tennis Sectionals, go to www.ustaflorida.com/event/2017-bobby-curtis-orange-ball-team-tennis-sectional-championships.