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Wisconsin Junior District Cup 14’s Team Places 2nd at Purdue University

The Wisconsin Junior District Cup 14’s Team placed 2nd at the Midwest (JDC) competition at Purdue University June 13-14. The team was seeded 4th going into the competition and ended the weekend with a 2nd place finish.

The team began the tournament on Friday with convincing wins over Northern Michigan 9-0 and Northern Indiana 7-2. On Saturday, Team Wisconsin started the day with wins over Northwest Ohio 9-0 and an 8-1 victory over Northern Illinois.

That set up a show down with #1 seed Ohio Valley. In the four years of competition, Team Wisconsin has never defeated Ohio Valley at the JDC competition. The team came out strong sweeping the boys, girls and mixed doubles. The most exciting match was the girl’s doubles. Karyn Guttormsen and Sophia Lococo were down 7-2 15-40. The doubles are 8-game pro sets. Karyn and Sophia managed to tie up the match and end up winning in a tiebreak. Team Wisconsin ended with a 5-4 win and a spot in the final.

We ended up playing Central Indiana in the final. They played well and came out strong. We ended up losing the match 7-2 but the team played well. Congratulations to everyone who participated. A special thanks to Assistant Coach Tom Ewert for an outstanding job!


John Frausto
USPTA Professional
Wisconsin JDC 14’s Coach

2008 USTA Midwest 14 & Under team

2008 Junior District Cup 12’s Team Report

The youngest traveling team from Wisconsin traveled just south of Indianapolis Indiana to Greenwood, IN to compete in the Midwest Jr. Davis Cup. Eleven of the fourteen Midwest Districts were represented with a minimum of 3 boys and 3 girls per team. Traveling with four boys and four girls to compete Wisconsin arrived to find that they were the number two seed.
Six rounds of play stood between the team and the championship. Rain prevented the second round on Friday, forcing the players to play three rounds on Saturday making for a long day. The players’ stamina prevailed as they played strong the entire day, going 5-4 against Northern Indiana, 9-0 against Northeast Ohio and 9-0 against Northwest Ohio.

Sunday morning was the semifinal match and after a goodnight sleep the team prevailed against the number 3 seed, Southeast Michigan, 7-2, to earn their place in the championship match. Mixed doubles clinched a point early on, while boys doubles fought back from a 0-5 deficit but lost in a tiebreaker. Our highest ranked girl faced a tough match against the number one ranked player not only in the Midwest but also the nation. We secured two more points at the number two and three girls singles positions. The boys fought hard but could not obtain anymore team points and we lost 3-6. Central Indiana had a strong team and all the players regardless of the outcome enjoyed the high level of competition.

A second place finish was a great accomplishment for the team. Off court the team bonded throughout the weekend and showed great support for their teammates and good sportsmanship to other teams, coaches and officials. This being my first year coaching the team I could not have imagined a better group of kids or outcome and look forward to coaching next year.

The following is an alphabetical list of the players and their respective hometowns

Bridget Bellissimo, Middleton
Danny Coran, Mequon
Cricket Gelderman Lake Geneva
William Kammerait, Mequon
Elizabeth Konon Mequon
Brent Mackman, Mequon
Mardee Merar, Mequon
Alan Sweet, Madison

I could not imagine doing this by myself so I owe a thank you to Karlee Miller, as well as Mr. Bellissimo for his tournament travel expertise.

Joe Ewert USPTR
12 U Wisconsin Cup Team Coach

Wisconsin Jr. District Cup 12U Team

Junior Cup Teams Undergo Name Changes

The U14 Wightman/Davis Cup Competition will be held in West Lafayette, Indiana this summer at Purdue University. The dates will be June 14-17,2007.

14 & Under Jr. Davis Cup/Wightman Cup Team

2006
Results – USTA/Midwest Section News Release

2006 14 & Under Jr. Davis/Wightman Cup
1st Place in their pool/6th Place Finish overall

We had a great weekend in Springfield, Ohio June 15-18, 2006. The team ended up with a 3-2 overall record. We won our pool defeating Middle Illinois 5-4 and Southeast Mighigan 5-4 on Friday. On Saturday morning we played Northern Michigan and came away with a convincing 9-0 victory.

Our next opponent was Western Michigan who placed second in their pool to Chicago. If we win the match, we would play Chicago and have the opportunity to play in the Championship match. The match was hard fought but we came up short 5-4. Everyone played their hearts out.

The team had suffered it's first lost. We were bit down but ready for Sunday morning's 5th and 6th place match against Southeast Mighigan. Another great match but we lost 5-4. Our 2 losses came down to 3rd set tiebreakers.

Not to worry. We had a great trip back. The kids were tired but managed enough energy to sing and laugh on the 8-hour trip back to Wisconsin.

I would like to THANK the WTA for all of it's support. Art Santos, John Jansky, Lloyd Cook and Nancy Massart Thanks. Tom Ewert (Assistant Coach) for all of his help and hardwork. The kids. You worked so hard and represented Wisconsin, your parents and communities so well.

John Frausto
2006 U14 Wightman/Davis Cup Coach

2005
14 & Under Jr. Davis Cup/Wightman Cup Team – Coach John Frausto
Team Members: Billy Bertha, Nelson Vick, Sam Lillie, Jon Schwerin, Kayley Carswell, Katie Reinders, Caroline Starck, Rachel Vrabec.
Site: Wittenburg College, OH

Coach John Frausto states “Our trip went very well. We went into the tournament unseeded and ended up placing 3rd overall out of 12 teams. The trip was highlighted by our last match on Monday. We beat Middle Indiana (Indianapolis) 5-4. It came down to our mixed doubles. We were tied 4-4 going into it. Nelson Vick and Caroline Starck pulled out a victory winning the match 8-6 in the tiebreaker. Thanks to the WTA for everything. I know the kids had a great time!”

2004
14 & Under Jr. Davis Cup/Wightman Cup Team - Coach John Frausto

The Team Finished 4th
2004 marked the debut of the USTA/Midwest Section Jr. Davis Cup and Wightman Cup for the 14-and-Under Division. Co-ed teams comprised of the best 14-and-Under boys and girls from the 10 of 14 districts participated in the inaugural event. This event was held at Wittenberg University in Springfield OH from June 19-21.

"The trip went excellent! The kids ended up taking 4th overall out of 10 teams. We beat Northern Indiana and Middle Illinois on Saturday 7-2. Lost to Northeast Ohio 5-4 on Sunday and lost to Ohio Valley 7-2 on Monday for the 3rd and 4th place match. Everything went smoothly. The kids and parents loved the fact that the WTA was picking up most of the expenses. The hotel was nice. Wittenburg University was nice. Everything I felt was a class act. Great Job!"

Boys
- Josh Graves
- Jack Swan
- Tim Moller
- Brandt Vogt
Alternates
- Billy Bertha
- David Disabato
Girls
- Mandy Brown
- Lauren Smyczek
- Kelsey Scmidt
- Isabelle Hoy
Alternates
- Kelly Kuether
- Caroline Stark

12 & Under Jr. Davis Cup/Wightman Cup Team

2006
E-mail From a Mom
Results – USTA/Midwest Section News Release

2006 12 & Under Jr. Davis/Wightman Cup
2nd Place Finish Overall/Team Sportsmanship award

Congratulations to everyone on an outstanding weekend! I'm proud to report that our team finished second in the 12 and under Jr. Davis/Wightman Cup competition. And more importantly we won the team sportsmanship award. From top to bottom everyone competed hard and hopefully had fun along the way. Our final results were as follows:

Northern Illinois: we won 6-3
Ohio Valley: we won 5-4
Northeast Ohio: we won 7-2
Southeast Michigan: we lost 4-5
Chicago: we lost 1-8

Damon Niquet and Aly Coran played #1 for us and both did not disappoint. Damon won all of his singles matches and Aly came through with a key win in doubles to propel us past Ohio Valley. Griffin Pils went undefeated for the weekend and teamed with Josh Cogan in leading our team on the court with great intensity and off the court with great team spirit. Alex Jesse, Sophia Lococo and our most improved player Karyn Guttormsen played hard and came through with some key victories. Jessica Tang's on court demeanor was instrumental in our team sportsmanship award.

We ended up in our bracket tied with both Ohio Valley and Southeast Michigan for the top spot. However, through a tiebreaker(percentage of sets won) we came out on top for the right to play Chicago for the championship. Going into the finals I felt we had a great chance to win but giving everything we had to get there caused us to come up short.

Enclosed you'll find several photos courtesy of Noelle Muceno. Both Noelle and Jessica Lococo were awesome in helping me over the weekend. I know all of you know how difficult traveling to tournaments is for one child but eight kids is a lot of work! Noelle and Jessica came through time after time to make my job easier. Also, I would like to thank my assistant coach Dana Larsen. Her calm demeanor, tennis smarts and go between with the kids helped so much.

I encourage all of the parents to contact me regarding your child's performance. I have some insight that may be beneficial to your child's development. I've already had a chance to talk to one coach and he found my comments very helpful. Thanks is in order to the WTA for supporting this very worthwhile event. I'm already looking forward to next year.

John Larsen
WI 12 & Under Jr. Davis/Wightman Cup Coach

2005
12 & Under Jr. Davis Cup/Wightman Cup Team – Coach John Larsen
Team Members: Jack Larsen, Damon Niquet, Aidan Koross, Nelson DiVall, Ally Coran, Rachel Margolies, McKennah Edwards, Nicole Spiels

John Larsen says “what a great success the 12 and under Jr. Davis/Wightman Cup team was. The kids were great and finished fourth. All of the kids got along very well and definitely learned about team play and cheered each other on. This new program I highly recommend we continue to support over the years to come. “

10 & Under Shootout

2005
10 & Under Shootout
Jon Calvillo and Rick Vetter, Wisconsin’s district endorsers, picked players for both girls and boys to compete in Indianapolis for the 2nd Annual 10 and Under Shootout. Players endorsed were John Carswell, Matt Lynch and Nick Allen for the boys, and Madeline Ecker for the girls. Jon Calvillo had a tough time finding players to play the event for the girls as they were many who declined to play, ended up with only sending one player for the girls. However, she did the best of the group, reaching the semi-finals, losing to the #2 seeded player. Lynch reached the round of 16’s losing to the #1 seed, Carswell lost in the round of 32’s. Allen, who lost in the first round, reached the final of the compass back draw before losing to a highly ranked player from Indiana.

2008 Boy’s District Team Cup 18’s Report

Western Michigan University played host to the 2008 District Team Cup competition. Kalamazoo and Western Michigan is rich in junior tennis tradition as it plays host to the USTA Boys 16’s and 18’s national championships each summer. WMU has recently upgraded their facility and we were able to play all of our matches at one site.

This year’s team had five new faces with only three players returning with experience from last year. The 2008 team members included Billy Bertha, Nick Buckley, Brandon Debot, Sam Ecker, Connor Gilmore, Knute Gundersen, Drew Lied, and Jonathan Schwerin. This year’s team was seeded fourth, and looked forward to the challenge of winning the event.

The team got off to a very strong start on Friday by sweeping Northern Indiana and Northwest Ohio. Every team member contributed on the first day in both singles and doubles without losing a set. Every player competed very well with great attitudes which helped us get through the first two matches quickly. Playing six singles matches and six doubles matches in three days can be very grueling, and conserving energy is important if you want to have a chance to win the cup.

Our second day of competition was equally impressive as we shutout Northern Michigan and defeated a very good NE Ohio team 6-1. We swept the doubles in both matches and only lost one singles match. Nick Buckley dropped a tight three setter to Tommy Marx. I was very impressed with Nick’s fight throughout the match as he saved match points in the second set to force a third set. He competed extremely hard, and represented Wisconsin very well despite his loss. Once again all eight players contributed to the successful day. We knew things would get more challenging in the semi finals vs. the number one seeded Chicago on Sunday.

I really felt we had a very good chance at Chicago if we could pull off the doubles. Billy Bertha and Jonathan Schwerin won a close match at number one doubles, but we were unable to pick up a victory at two or three. Billy picked up a win for us at one singles for our lone point as we lost the match 1-6. We didn’t have much time to regroup as we took the courts an hour later for the third and fourth playoff match vs. the seconded seeded Western Michigan Team. We got off to a strong start by winning the doubles point, and then we got pushed indoors due to weather for the singles portion of the match. Billy Bertha and Drew Lied picked up singles victories for us, and Jonathan Schwerin lost a three setter that would have given us our fourth point needed for the win. We lost 3-4 and ended the tournament in Fourth place.

Billy Bertha and Jonathan Schwerin won all six doubles matches at the number one spot and Billy also won all six of his singles matches at the top as well. This year’s team was very enjoyable to coach and we had a great group of kids. I would like to thank our two seniors, Knute Gundersen and Jonathan Schwerin, and wish them well as they head off to college in the fall.


Steve Rodecap
Coach

District Team Cup B18 photo

Junior Cup Teams Undergo Name Changes

The U14 Wightman/Davis Cup Competition will be held in West Lafayette, Indiana this summer at Purdue University. The dates will be June 14-17,2007.

2006
Results – USTA/Midwest Section News Release

2006 Boy’s Junior Davis Cup Report
3rd Place finish overall

Kalamazoo College played host to this years Boy’s Junior Davis Cup. The event was held over three days, and was played at four different sites. Kalamazoo College is rich in tradition as it is the host for the 16 and 18 Boy’s Nationals every summer. Each team was scheduled at the historic Stowe Stadium for at least one match, which was nice for all of the participants.

This year’s team had several new additions, but we had some veterans that were able to play at the top of our lineup to give some of our younger players a chance to gain some experience. The 2006 team members included Brandon Bayliss, Billy Bertha, Matt Clegg, Michael Dierberger, Patrick Dwyer, Josh Graves, Jack Schiro, and Nelson Vick. We arrived in Kalamazoo as the number 4 seed for the second straight year, and looked forward to the challenge of winning the Cup.

The team got off to a very good start by beating a very scrappy Northwest Ohio in the first round by a score of 6-1. Nelson Vick got his JDC career off to a nice start by picking up a win in both singles and doubles. We then played Northern Michigan later that afternoon and picked up our second straight win by a score of 7-0. Both Billy Bertha and Brandon Bayliss played well picking up their first JDC wins. Every player competed intensely which got us off the court relatively quickly. We were able to play all eight of our players on the first day. Conserving energy and players is extremely important in the Junior Davis Cup. We knew things would heat up on the second day of the competition.

First up on the second day was Middle Illinois, and we were victorious once again by a score of 7-0. This was our first chance to play a match at Stowe Stadium, and our guys enjoyed the opportunity. We were able to rest Dierberger which allowed some of the other guys to step up and play higher in the lineup. We faced Seventh Seeded Central Indiana in our fourth match of the event. Central Indiana held out their best two players in their first match of the day against Chicago to gear up for our showdown. I really felt like we played a very clean match against Central Indiana to claim a 7-0 win. It was a total team effort that propelled us into the Semi-Finals.

Chicago was loaded with depth, and on paper, was clearly the best team at the event. We knew that we would have to play really well to have a chance to beat them. We got off to great starts in doubles, but we were unable to close out the doubles point. Josh Graves teamed with Nelson Vick to win at third doubles, and our number two team of Matt Clegg and Billy Bertha had chances in a 9-7 loss. Michael and Patrick also had opportunities at the one spot after being up a break early they were defeated by a very good Chicago team.

We headed into the singles down 0-1, but I feel that our guys came out ready to play. Patrick continued his hot play winning at the number two spot in straight sets. Nelson Vick played a very good match for us at number six singles winning 6-0 in the third set. Josh was in a battle at number two but lost in two very close sets. Billy Bertha also had a lot of opportunities but ended up falling in a hard fought match. Overall, I was pleased with our team’s effort and results against Chicago.

We turned right around to play number three seeded and defending champions Ohio Valley for third and fourth. The match was moved indoors due to inclement weather. Dierberger and Dwyer got off to a great start by playing some of their best doubles. We were able to capture the doubles point with wins at number one and number three. Graves and Vick played another great match to clinch the doubles point for us. Dierberger, Dwyer, and Graves got off the court with straight set wins to capture third place for Wisconsin. Bayliss ended the match with a win at the number six spot making the final score 5-2.

I would like to personally thank our seniors Matt Clegg, Michael Dierberger, Patrick Dwyer, and Jack Schiro on a job well done, and wish them well in their collegiate careers.

Steve Rodecap
WI 18 & Under Jr. Davis Cup Coach

2005
18 & Under Junior Davis Cup Team – Coach Steve Rodecap
Team Members: Michael Dierberger, Patrick Dwyer, Jack Schiro, Matt Clegg, Lado Bakhutashvilli, Max Woods, Kenny Black, Brian Mikkelson
Site: Michigan State University, MI

The team came in 4th place this year, the highest finish in the last 3 years. Had many matches that went to three sets in the semis so the team was quite competitive.

2004
Jr. Davis Cup Team - Coach Steve Rodecap
Finished 2nd in their round robin group
8th overall

The best of the 18 and under boys in the Midwest Section competed at Michigan State University in East Lansing MI June 19-21. Each of the 14 districts sends a team to compete at this annual event. Team selections are made by the WTA Junior Development Committee and the Jr. Davis Cup Coach.

Coach Rodecap reports on the 2004 campaign:
"The trip went well. We were in the red division of the round robin with three other teams. We beat Northern Indiana and Southern Illinois 7-0. We lost to Ohio Valley 0-7. They went on to win the Davis Cup. Finishing second in our group put us in the top playoff group. We then lost to third seeded SE Michigan 2-5. It was a close match that really could have gone either way. Then on Monday we lost to NE Ohio 2-5 and lost a three setter at number one and at number six."

Jr Davis Cup Selections
- Michael Dierberger
- Austin King
- Tim Prudlow
- David Katz
- Patrick Dwyer
- Mark Goldin
- Mark Winston
- Ryan Pederson
- Peter Van Lieshout
Alternates:
- Josh Graves
- Sam Brown
- Andrew Spector
- Lado Bakhutashivili


2008 Marian Wood Baird Cup Report

After 57 years of play, the Midwest Tennis Association’s Jr. Wightman Cup competition was renamed this year in honor of Marian Wood Baird, a long-time USTA volunteer and leader. For the 19th consecutive year, the event was held over three days in June at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Each of the fourteen districts in the Midwest Section was represented by a team of eight or more young ladies age eighteen or less, including our Wisconsin team.

By finishing second in our four-team pool, we landed in a playoff with Western Michigan for the chance to play in the semifinals. Although we split the six singles matches, we were unable to capture the pivotal doubles point and lost the match 4-3. Our final match was a playoff for 5th place versus Central Indiana, which we lost 0-7. A tough way to end a good weekend of play, but the girls all put forth great effort in losing to a better team.

As always, the sportsmanship and attitudes of the Wisconsin players were exemplary, and the team was a pleasure to chaperone and coach. In fact, Caroline Starck, two-time defending Division 2 WIAA State Singles Champion, was bestowed the event’s highest honor – she won the Leann Grimes Davidge individual sportsmanship award. Voted on by the players, this award distinguishes Caroline among the roughly 120 girls in the competition, and she certainly is deserving.

The following is an alphabetical list of the players and their respective hometowns:

Aly Coran, Mequon
Aiyi Ecker, Mequon
Kristen Kurer, Port Washington
Lauren Lukas, Manitowoc
Rachel Margolies, Madison
Kelsey Schmidt, Brookfield
Brittany Skemp, Brookfield
Caroline Starck, Williams Bay

I’d also like to thank former team member, Hayley Homburg, who was a great asset in her role as Assistant Coach. I look forward to coaching the team again.

Tom Chorney, USPTA
Wisconsin Marian Wood Baird Cup Coach

Caroline Starck

2008 Marian Wood Baird Cup Team

Junior Cup Teams Undergo Name Changes

The U14 Wightman/Davis Cup Competition will be held in West Lafayette, Indiana this summer at Purdue University. The dates will be June 14-17,2007.

2006
Results – USTA/Midwest Section News Release

2006 Junior Wightman Cup Report
3rd Place finish in flight; 5th to 8th place overall to be determined

The 56th annual Jr. Wightman Cup competition was held at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana from June 17-19. Each of the 14 districts in the Midwest Section was represented by a team of eight or more young ladies age eighteen or less.

By virtue of a tough 5-2 loss to Northern Indiana (we lost two three-set singles matches after winning each first set), Wisconsin finished third in its 6-team flight. While a win would have put us in a playoff for third place, the loss put us in a position where we could finish anywhere from 5th to 8th, with that determination coming from the committee in a few days.

As always, the sportsmanship and attitudes of the Wisconsin players were exemplary, and the team was a pleasure to chaperone and coach. The following is an alphabetical list of the players and their respective hometowns:

Mandy Brown, Mequon
Molly Casperson, Neenah
Kate Chybowski, Appleton
Aiyi Ecker, Mequon
Lauren Gruber, Milwaukee
Hayley Homburg, Monona
Issy Hoy, Fox Point
Tess Reddin, Menasha

I’d like to acknowledge the players who have used up their eligibility and will be attending the following colleges in the fall:

Molly Casperson, Butler University
Hayley Homburg, Eastern Illinois
Tess Reddin, Creighton University

I’d also like to thank former JWC team member, Mallory Voelker, who was a great asset in her role as Assistant Coach. I look forward to coaching the team again.


Tom Chorney, USPTA
WI 18 & Under Jr. Wightman Cup Coach

2005
18 & Under Wightman Cup Team – Coach Tom Chorney
Team Members: Mandy Brown, Molly Casperson, Jeanette Feider, Lauren Gruber, Dana Larsen, Emily Lawent, Kate Mirnova, Tess Reddin
Site: Ball State University, Muncie IN

Finished in 6th place. Coach Chorney commented that his team was rewarded for having the highest winning percentage despite being the strongest division.

2004
Wightman Cup Team - Coach Tom Chorney
Finished 7th overall

Teams comprised of the best 18 and under girls from each district participated in the event held June 19-21 at Ball State University in Muncie IN. Team selections are made by the WTA Junior Development Committee and the Wightman Cup Coach.

Coach Chorney reports on the 2004 Midwest Wightman Cup Tournament:
"Our trip went very well, as usual. Due to a lack of depth, we finished between 7th and 9th, depending on the won-loss percentages to be calculated later. Other than some strong winds on Saturday, we had excellent playing conditions and beautiful temperatures the whole time."

Wightman Cup Selections
- Katie Potts
- Danielle Abraham
- Dana Larson
- Mallory Voelker
- Jeanette Feider
- Molly Casperson
- Lauren Gruber
Alternates:

 

 
 
 
 
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