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Local Juniors Impress at National Events

Multiple junior players from Pennsylvania and New Jersey impressed at various USTA National Selection Tournaments last weekend, with players finishing top-2.

Leading the charge from the USTA Middle States Section was a duo from Pittsburgh: Ava Catanzarite and Madison Cordisco, along with Philadelphia area’s Neha Velaga.

Catanzarite and Cordisco each won the singles and doubles title in their respective events, with Catanzarite taking the Girls’ 14s event in Dayton, Ohio, and Cordisco winning in Maumee, Ohio. Velaga won the singles event in Peachtree Corners, Ga.

Catanzarite won the 64 draw by winning all five matches without losing a set. As the No. 1 seed, she defeated both the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds to win.

Catanzarite partnered with Saige Roshkoff (Haverford, Pa.) in the doubles draw, while Cordisco won alongside Meera Jesudason.

The USTA National Selection Tournament is a USTA Level 2 event — the second-highest level of sanctioned USTA Junior Tournaments. The events took place over four weekends in 2016 at various areas in the country. Valuable ranking points are at stake at each tournament.

Middle States Results

Ava Catanzarite (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
G14s Singles Champion | Dayton, Ohio
G14s Doubles Champion | Dayton, Ohio

Madison Cordisco (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
G12s Singles Champion | Maumee, Ohio
G12s Doubles Champion | Maumee, Ohio

Saige Roshkoff (Haverford, Pa.)
G14s Doubles Champion | Dayton, Ohio

Neha Velaga (Colmar, Pa.)
G14s Singles Champion | Peachtree Corners, Ga.

Christina Hand (Moorestown, N.J.)
G18s Doubles Finalist | Montgomery, Ala.

Clarissa Hand (Moorestown, N.J.)
G18s Doubles Finalist | Montgomery, Ala.

Meera Jesudason (Berwyn, Pa.)
G12s Singles Finalist | Maumee, Ohio
G12s Doubles Champion | Maumee, Ohio

Tauheed Browning (Philadelphia, Pa.)
B14s Singles Finalist | Okemos, Mich.
B14s Doubles Champion | Okemos, Mich.

Alan Jesudason (Berwyn, Pa.)
B14s Doubles Champion | Okemos, Mich.

About USTA Middle States

The USTA is organized geographically into 17 sections. The USTA Middle States section encompasses Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey (exclusive of a 35-mile radius around New York City) and northwestern West Virginia.

A volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization, USTA Middle States is dedicated to carrying out the goals of the national association within its region, particularly with respect to promoting tennis opportunities for juniors and adults of all ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds.

For more information about USTA Middle States, visit middlestates.usta.com.

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