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2015 New Jersey Regional Championships Results

2015 18&Over 3.0 PEM Team Gao
2015 18&Over 3.5 MSU Team Eastern Eagles
2015 40&Over 3.5 MSU Team #MoPracticeMoGrievance
2015 18&Over 3.5 MSU Team Eastern Eagles
2015 18&Over 2.5 Monmouth Team Rock Your Racquets
2015 18&Over 3.0 MSU Team Hills Community Tennis - Thampoe
2015 40&Over 4.0 PEM Team Levine/Borowski

Plainfield, NJ - The 2015 USTA Eastern New Jersey Adult Regional Championships were held over two weekends, July 31 - August 2, and August 7 - 9 at the Donald Van Blake Tennis Center in Plainfield, New Jersey. Over two bright and sunny weekends, players competed to advance to the next round of Sectional play.

The weather couldn't have been nicer, nor the competition tougher. The Passaic/Essex/Morris Men's 18 & Over 4.0 Team HE/Chelem advanced after holding off Monmouth, Middlesex/Somerset/Union and Bergen, one of the matches going to a 12-10 tiebreaker on courts as hot as the play was heated. "It was a great match, the best in a while," noted Haris Aljovic of PEM, after he and his partner Craig Sandler prevailed 7-5, 7-6 (12-10). "You can't get closer than that in a tiebreaker."

Lots of water, Gatorade and bananas were consumed and the weather seemed as tropical as where the fruit came from.

Another winner was Luz Romero, originally from the Dominican Republic, who played Women's 40&Over 3.5 Singles for MSU's Team Rubies. She faced a fierce competitor in Michele Ann Panzitta of PEM Team Bakst, but won her match 6-3, 6-1.

Hsiaoli Ma, captain of the victorious Women's PEM 3.0 Team Gao over MSU's Team Racquettes, commented that the secret to her team's win was a combination of a lot of practice and "a little luck".

The MSU 18&Over Men's 3.5 Team Eastern Eagles, captained by Krishna Rama and Raj Sivalingam, which went undefeated during the season, also advanced with an overall team score of 4-0.

Here is a list of the Winners:

18 & Over:

Men's 3.0 - MSU Team: Hills Community Tennis- Thampoe
Men's 3.5 - MSU Team: Eastern Eagles
Men's 4.0- PEM Team: HE/Chelem
Men's 4.5 - PEM Team: Kaplan
Women's 2.5 - MSU Day Team: Westfield 1
Women's 3.0 - PEM Team: Gao
Women's 3.5 - PEM Team: GK-Trosper
Women's 4.0 - Bergen Team: Paterson
40& Over:
Men's 3.5 - MSU Team: #MoPracticeMoGrievance
Men's 4.0 - PEM Team: Levine/Borowski
Women's 3.0 - Monmouth Team: Net Ninjas
Women's 3.5 - Bergen Team: Bickel/Heath
Women's 4.0 - Monmouth Team: Tennis Chicks
Congratulations to the winners and everyone who competed in this year's Regional playoffs!
Special thanks to the USTA Eastern Coordinators for their assistance, time and enthusiasm over two consecutive weekends: Jen Bona, Carin Henderson, Hazel Rodney and Ron Thomas.
See you next year!
Article contributed by Christopher Bacey