JETT team soars in Carson tournament
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Some South Shore tennis players didn’t wait for the snow to melt and the Tahoe Basin to fill with warmth.
Led by coach and USPTA tennis professional Dave Alexander, the Junior Enrichment Tournament Tennis team is gaining valuable experience this spring.
“All of our athletes played great and gained valuable tournament experience,” said Alexander, whose team recently competed in the Carson City Tennis Club’s junior satellite tennis tournament.
The JETT program combines junior clinics and private lessons, as well as tournament transportation and coaching. The JETT team has been working out since the beginning of March and team members have already participated in three tournaments: Willow Creek in Citrus Heights, Laguna Creek in Elk Grove and most recently in Carson City.
South Shore residents on the team include James and Michelle Gray, Greg Gaskin, Mosha Long and Nathan Garofalos.
Garofalos, 15, was a finalist in the boys’ 16 division in Elk Grove and was also runner-up in the boys’ 18 division in Carson City. Winning the boys’ 18s in Carson was last year’s Northern Nevada zone semifinalist Scott Oberly, 18, of Incline. Other notable results were that 14-year-old Long made it to the semifinals of the girls’ 18s in Carson City before losing in two close sets to Paige Elrod of Reno 4-6, 5-7.
James Gray, 15, frustrated the field in the boys’ 18s round-robin event with his speed and agility, consistent play and well-placed lobs. Gaskin, 15, relied on his big-kicking spin serve and continued to improve upon his all-court serve and volley attack.
Michelle Gray, 17, avenged the loss by teammate Long and took home the Carson City tourney championship trophy in the girls’ 18s, beating Elrod in the finals 6-3, 6-1.
The JETT team will be in Shingle Springs for a Sacramento Area Tennis Association tournament in the beginning of June and will travel to Reno for the Tilly Botti Reno Open in late June and early July.
Once school is out, the Jett season will really heat up.
“We plan to participate in more than 10 junior tournaments before the season is over and are also putting together field trips to the North Shore and Reno for match play and tennis fun with various area professionals,” Alexander said.
For more information on JETT, phone Alexander at (530) 544-4669 or (530) 314-1072.