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Fantastic finishes for Avengers, Poachers

Winter Travel Team 2024 - Week 3 Recap


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Jonah Gluck lived up to his name and Jordan Kanski lit the fireworks for the most dramatic finish on Travel Team's Week 3 slate. 


Four of Tennis Central teams claim first place in the eight divisions, but it was the third-place clubs clawing upward who heightened the drama.


It was anything but luck when Ace Avengers' first singles star Gluck edged Team Blue 5-4 in the second set. But then Kanski traded sets and all awaited the tiebreak outcome, which he nabbed by the slimmest of margins, 6-4.


The win places the Avengers third at 14U Intermediate.


Meanwhile things got more interesting at 18U Intermediate. Topspin Titans and Panther Poachers needed two tiebreaks to settle their score after Lindsay Kissoff won at singles to give Panthers the lead. Ariana Ipakchi leveled it in a 10-6 tiebreak. 


It came down to doubles, where Emma Dubansky and Isabella Sophia Martelli emerged 11-9 in an incredible battle with Marin Rosenthal and Pasta Seirafi.


So the Poachers at 2-1 trail Smash in the standings. 


Oliver Ju-En Lin led the charge for the Tennis Tornadoes to climb up into second place at 10U Rookie. His team took down Team Plex B thanks to his dominant singles win and a forfeiture at third singles. The Tornadoes are now two 2-1, just behind Team Plex A.


Likewise, the Green Gladiators in 10U Adv also maintained their second-place position by defeating Lakewood. Emily Sophia Green raced off to a 6-0 lead and then fended off a comeback attempt to keep the second set level at 4-4. Aras Gulluglou provided the second win in style to take the tie.


Both the Smashinators and the Deuce Destroyers marched off to wins last weekend to keep them in the top two spots at 12U Adv. The Smashinators' shutout win was deceptive. Shiloh Auzoux fought hard to stay two games ahead of his opponent in both sets, as did the doubles team of Ethan Massey and Siena Auzoux. Max Mackhoul cruised at second singles.

 

The Deuce Destroyers bounce to 2-1, just behind the 3-0 Smashinators, with Razi Dinan's singles win while Massey kept things interesting at the top rank in a 6-4, 7-5 loss.


With the 2-0 first-place Titans on a bye, Hitting Hulks made up some ground. Mason Woodard blanked Team Plex to vault his squad into second place.


Spencer Weiss rolled to victory as Sophie Beg hung on to a one-game overall lead despite dropping the second set as time expired, lifting Grand Slam Gliders atop 14U Adv at 2-0. Right on their heels are the Match Mavericks, on vacation (or the golf course) last weekend. 


Looking ahead to the marquee matchup of week 4, Court Crushers take on BTA Allstars in a showdown of 3-0 unbeatens for first place at 18U Adv on Feb 4 at 3:30 pm.

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