| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

On Monday, Aug. 29, prior to the start of the 2011 U.S. Open, some of the top juniors in the USTA Eastern Section were honored at the Junior Awards Gala. The gala began at 10:30 a.m. in the Indoor Training Center at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. All of the junior players received free grounds passes to watch the best players in the world compete on Opening Day of the 2011 U.S. Open.

All 25 honorees finished well in section tournaments this year, earning enough points to be recognized. One of the juniors managed to achieve perfection though. Sixteen-year-old Jaime Loeb of Ossining,  N.Y. won all eight tournaments that she entered, earning a perfect 800 points and a place in USTA Eastern history.

“Jamie’s record is truly incredible,” said Julie Bliss, director of competition and player development for the USTA Eastern Section. “And it is a testament to her talent, hard work and dedication to the sport.”

Loeb, who attends Ossining High School, decided to play in all of the section tournaments to avoid traveling to International Tennis Federation tournaments and missing school. But playing against only Eastern Section girls presented its own set of challenges and rewards.

“The pressure was always on me since I was the number one seed,” Loeb said. “It taught me how to deal with high expectations.”

Congratulations to the following:

2011 USTA Eastern Award Winners
Boys 12s
1. Jeff Zucker (Short Hills, N.J.)
2. George Gramatikov (Vestal, N.Y.)
3. Finbar Talcott (Sea Cliff, N.Y.)

Girls 12s
1. Sarah Rahman (East Elmhurst, N.Y.)
2. Stephanie Schrage (Millburn, N.J.)
3. Loren Haukova (Elmsford, NY)

Boys 14s
1. Brendan Volk (Dix Hills, N.Y.)
2. Robert Levine (Bedford, N.Y.)
3. Maverick Lin (Edison, N.J.)

Girls 14s
1. Jessica Livianu (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
2. Madison Battaglia (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.)
3. Jackie Urbinati (Harrison, N.Y.)

Boys 16s
1. Sam Swank (Bedford, N.Y.)
2. Quentin Monaghan (Chatham, N.J.) & Matthew Nardella (Manlius, N.Y.)
3. Josh Silverstein (Great Neck, N.Y.)

Girls 16s
1. Quinn Gleason (Mendon, N.Y.)
2. Louisa Chirico (Harrison, N.Y.)
3. Katherine Orozco (New Milford, N.J.)

Boys 18s
1. Winston Lin (Williamsville, N.Y.)
2. Andrew Yaraghi (Mill Neck, N.Y.)
3. Andrew Adams (Bronx, N.Y.)

Girls 18s
1. Jamie Loeb (Ossining, N.Y.)
2. Amanda Muliawan (Wyckoff, N.J.)
3. Katherine Yau (Manhasset, N.Y.)