The Westchester Park Tennis Key Titans — a local tennis team of seven-to-16-year-old players — associated with Tennis Key on Manchester Avenue — finished the winter season with three of its division teams reaching a championship match.
All three division teams, including novice, satellite, and open, were respectively crowned champions in the West Los Angeles Prince Junior League.
The teams are divided by skill level, with beginners on the novice team, intermediate players on the satellite team and advanced players on the open team.
This season ended with many highlights for the junior program, which includes more than 250 young players.
The novice team was once again undefeated with a 5-0 record, and played Manhattan Beach Country Club in the finals, where the Titans defended their title by defeating Manhattan Beach 6-3.
After singles play, the two teams were tied at 3-3, but the doubles play proved to be the difference for the Titans, as they swept all three matches.
The novice team is composed of Tommy Botch, Zac Brodney, Danny Buendia, Robert Gladstone, Allegra Peelor, Andrew Stern and Taylor Stern.
“This team is very special,” said Chris Dennis, who was the coach during the match.
“They are a perfect 12-0 in two consecutive seasons. They always know how to win when it counts, and that says a lot for their heart and determination.”
The entire novice team will be moving up to the satellite level next season.
The satellite team also took an undefeated record of 5-0 to the South Bay Tennis Center, and defeated the host team 6-3.
The satellite team is composed of Nikolai Rothman, Kenji Shishido, Steven Chew, Gerard Miedzinski, Patrick Zweifel, Shaun Nakamoto, Chase Yasuda, Nicholas Ramsey and Julien Brock.
“The match was very close after singles play, but our doubles play was the deciding factor,” Titans coach Ted Hall said. “Our roster is very deep and that is very valuable when you are playing for the championship.”
The open division title was a battle between two teams with a 4-1 record.
Looking to avenge their loss from last year’s final, the Titans were determined to win against visiting Los Angeles Tennis Club. After a 5-5 tie in matches, the title came down to a margin of 62-47 in games, with the championship going to the Titans.
“It could not have been any closer,” director of tennis Hai Nguyen said. “I am extremely proud of this win.
“This was the title that was eluding us and to win this makes our program complete.”
The Titans open team is composed of Kurt Zweifel, Kiyoshi Shishido, Brandon Parham, Zac Mullings, Robby Chew, Corey Martinez, Victoria Nichols, Amy Romeo and Michelle Dennis.