Girls High School League Champions – Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire - GHSL Champions
By far the best picture, I love the matching t-shirts and the smiles of joy on everyone’s faces. The Lincolnshire Club team had a bit of the home court advantage since the finals were being hosted by The Lincolnshire Club. But it was only a little bit of an advantage against Glenbrook’s team. It all came down to court 2 but I get ahead of myself. On court 1, GRC’s Alex Mella and Maxine Mella was able to figure out the best way to take on and win against LINC’s Mira Amin and Maggie Hines. They won 6-4, 6-0. On court 3, LINC’s Grace Chatas and Katya Hersh played against GRC’s Sabrina Mella and Nikol Blinov and won 6-1, 6-3. Each team had won 1 match. Court 2 was in an epic battle. I wish I was there to hear what the coaches had to say to their players. Maybe they only offered encouragement because the scores were so close. Kate Harvey and Bronwyn Heidkamp from Lincolnshire lost the 1st set 4-6 against GRC’s Sara Hall and Ashley Levine. But they remained cool and collected enough to win the 2nd set tie-breaker 7-6(5). With a set split between them, it came down to the 3rd set which Kate and Bronwyn won 6-4. Lincolnshire won 2-1. But if you look at the number of games each team won, you will notice that both teams won the same amount of games. So while Lincolnshire won, Glenbrook came just as close to being a winner as well. Nice going everyone!
NC Men’s Open Champions – Midtown-Chicago
Midtown-Chicago Men's Open Champions
There are only 4 teams in this league and it’s REALLY competitive. Players who dominated the juniors in their younger years or played college or on the tour play in this league. They can blast balls with control and have quick hand/eye coordination. They are strategic and wily. The two finalists in this league, College Park Athletic Club and Midtown-Chicago were very familiar with each other often, having played each other throughout the regular season and in previous years’ finals. On court 1 CPAC’s Jean Erasmus and Alex Lambropoulos won in 2 sets against MTC’s Mike Sprouse and Adham Alaily 6-3, 6-4. On court 2 MTC’s Jeff Keen and Carl McCafferty evened it up with a win against CPAC’s Uno Lapimaa and Matt Wierzel 6-2, 6-4. On court 3 CPAC’s Gino Bautista and Ryan Kreis won against MTC’s Paul Brandt and Ryan Edlefsen 6-2, 6-2. Skipping courts 4 and 5 for now, on court 6 MTC’s James Moultan and Chris Tkach won against CPAC’s Andy Rice and John Metzger 6-2, 6-0. At this point the matches were tied 2-2. On court 4 MTC took the 1st set. On court 5, CPAC took the 1st set, then it started going south for CPAC. On court 4, MTC’s Thanos Kantarelis and Vasiliy Guryanov kept up the heat against CPAC’s Dan Mihalov and Luke Helm and won 7-5, 6-3. On court 5, MTC’s Dave Clarke and Stew Bradley regrouped against CPAC’s Brian Wu (captain of CPAC’s Open team) and Kedam Rajendra. After losing the first set in a tie-breaker they came back to win the 2nd set 6-3. At that point, CPAC knew they had lost in sets but wanted to close out the match with a match tie-breaker. MTC won 6-7, 6-3, 1-0 (13-11). Nice playing everyone!
NC Men’s 4.5 Champions – North Shore
NSRC Men's 4.5 Champions
You never want to see defaults in the finals since every team works so hard to get into the finals but sometimes life’s demands pull you away from the tennis court and all you can do is hope that the people you have available to play can pull out a miracle. The Racquet Club of Lake Bluff brought a strong team to College Park but had to default court 5 and 6 which meant they were already down 0-2 going into the matches. On court 1, RCLB’s Enouch Leung and Peter Krizman had a tough win over NSRC’s Bob Barnett and Danny Resnick losing the 1st set in a tie-breaker but eventually winning 6-7, 6-3, 7-5. On court 2, RCLB’s Quentin Doux and Nick Andres didn’t hold back against NSRC’s Rich Siegel and Gary Gerstman and won 6-2, 6-4. On court 3, NSRC’s Garrett Nesbitt and Clay Mclaughlin won the 1st set 6-2, and did not complete the 2nd set. RCLB’s John Bucin and Jared Suttles was up 4-3 in the 2nd set. On court 4, NSRC’s Mark Sack and Mike Brual won against RCLB’s Mike Friedman and Dan Bruch 6-2, 6-1. North Shore would have won in sets even if court 3′s match went to RC Lake Bluff so RCLB conceded the match. Brett Morse-Karzen added a little flair to the picture they sent me above.
NC Men’s 4.0 Champions – Midtown-Palatine
MTP Men's 4.0 Champions - Standing l-r: Howard Bushnell, Kent Mathis, Steve Fallon, Doug Gow (captain), Bob Biergans, Joe Watkins, Brett Ratay; (front) Mike Kurowski, Oswaldo Ganoza, Joey Tran, Rahul Gupte, Tom Lyons
According to Midtown-Palatine’s Karen Schmit who overseas the teams for MTP, “the rivalry between River Trails and Midtown-Palatine has always been fierce.” It is a long-standing rivalry with both teams usually playing each other either in the playoffs or in the finals. This year the Men’s 4.0 finals set the stage. And as River Trails’ captain Bill Johnston put it, “This final wasn’t decided until after the lady had finished singing…and the result in the hands of the accountants.” So let’s do the math. On court 1, MTP’s Brett Ratay and Howard Bushnell laid into RTTC’s Joe Kreidler and Bob Zumph 6-0, 6-3. On court 2 MTP’s Bob Biergans and Mike Kurowski also gave no quarter to RTTC’s Phil Dlouhy and Brian Lowy 6-3, 6-0. The math was clearly in MTP’s favor 24-6. Skipping court 3 for now, on court 4, RTTC’s Warren Erland and Dan Robin took away some of the game advantage by winning in 2 sets against MTP’s Joe Watkins and Tom Lyons 6-3, 6-1. Skipping court 5, on court 6 RTTC’s Mike Boyle and Jon Erickson had a close match against MTP’s Oswaldo Ganoza and Doug Gow winning 7-5, 6-3. Games were still tipping in favor of MTP 36-31 and sets were tied at 2 a piece. On court 3, MTP’s Joey Tran and Rahul Gupte lost the 1st set 5-7 but regrouped to win sets 2 and 3 6-2, 6-2. This match was giving MTP an 11 game lead 53-42. On court 5 another 3 set match was happenning. It wasn’t looking good for MTP’s Steve Fallon and Kent Mathis. RTTC’s Bob Hinson and John Wentworth blew through the 1st set, winning 6-0. But MTP came back and won the 2nd set 6-4. The third set was close. RTTC needed to win the set to even up the set counts but the 7-5 3rd set win was not enough to give RTTC the overall win in games and MTP won in games 64-59. The rivalry will continue I’m sure…so stay tuned for next year’s results. Not pictured above: Scott Allbright, Dave Appelt, Rob Block, Dave Cygan, Scott Forster (co-captain), Rich Gutierrez, Glenn Habib, Doug Johnson, John Kopsky, Mike Latimer, Dan Parks, Ken Raczek, Marc Romanz, Tony Stallone
NC Men’s 3.5 Champions – River Trails
RTTC Men's 3.5 Champions
River Trails’ captain Bill Johnston is always looking to find the right combination of players and levels when putting teams together. Some of his players were struggling at the 4.0 level, so he thought bringing in a team at the 3.5 level would be a good idea. He had some concerns that his players may be too strong for the league. But each team tries to adjust their roster appropriately as the season goes forward. River Trails started out strong, remained strong and in the end took home the trophy for the Men’s 3.5 against North Shore. A bit of bad luck tipped the odds in River Trails’ favor when on court 1, NSRC’s father/son team Dave Kallen and Matt Kallen had to retire due to an injury. RTTC’s Howard Braun and Dave Kaufman had barely won the 1st set 7-6 and knew the match could have gone either way. We all hope the injury wasn’t severe and you’ll be back on the courts soon. On court 2 RTTC’s Bill Hedman and Roland Hogg had a dogged fight on their hands against NSRC’s John Friedman and Jamie Trapp. After a close 1st set which they won 7-5, they were able to close out the 2nd set 6-3. On court 3 NSRC’s James Costello and Bob Kriss knew they needed to keep North Shores chances alive . They pulled out a win against Norm Anderson and Alan Halleck 6-3, 6-4. On court 4, RTTC’s Bob Harrald and Frank Stanhope won the 1st set but couldn’t finish it out in 2 sets. NSRC’s Jacques Gordon and Maurice Marcus pushed back and won the 2nd set 6-2. Then it was a battle of wills, good shots, missed opportunities and sometimes a little luck the put RTTC’s team ahead for the win 7-5 in the 3rd.
NC Women’s Open Red Champions – Northbrook
NRC NCW Open Red Champions - Standing L-R: Jim Doessel (coach), Ann Taylor, Sujin Kim, Alison Morgan, Audrey Koopsen, Terrie Bennett, Jill Werner, Audrey Cohen, Anne Suszko, Marco Ciotti (coach); 2nd row: Martha Lloyd, Terri Gordon, Mimi Paffrath; kneeling: Liesel Jankelowitz, Sue Teper
The last time the NC Women’s Open Red team from Northbrook Racquet Club was able to hold up the trophy was in 2011. After that year and before that year North Shore Racquet Club repeatedly brought the trophy back to their club. This year, Northbrook was able to move past North Shore in the playoffs to make it to the finals against Glenbrook Racquet Club. GRC was tied for 1st place along with NSRC during the regular season but pulled ahead the last match of the regular season. GRC beat College Park in the playoffs. So while College Park’s Open Red team was not playing in the finals, their club hosted the Open Red Finals. On court 1, NRC’s Alison Morgan and Audrey Koopsen (formerly known as the Koopsen sisters until Alison got married) played against GRC’s Christi Turdo and Beth Druffel. Christi and Beth are both experienced doubles players able to weave different strategies into their game as needed. But Alison and Audrey have been gaining ground in that department as well and with their quickness and steady shots, they were able to win their match in 2 sets 6-2, 6-4. On court 2, NRC’s Sujin Kim and Ann Taylor roller coasted to a win against GRC’s Natalie Diorio and former Division 1 player Martina Wodzinski 6-3, 1-6, 6-1. Check-in, check-out, check-in. On court 3, and the last court to finish, Terri Gordon and Liesel Jankelowitz also roller coasted their way to a win against GRC’s Julie Hood and Suzanne Pfeiffer 6-2, 3-6, 7-5. On court 4, GRC’s Jenny Park and Lauren Gallagher was able to overcome the slices and lobs of NRC’s Sue Teper and Audrey Cohen 6-3, 6-3. On court 5, NRC’s Jill Werner and Martha Lloyd turned up the heat against GRC’s Joyce Salsburg and Katherine Glattard and won 6-0, 6-2. On court 6, NRC’s Mimi Paffrath and Anne Suszko made GRC’s Laura Frankiewicz and Kristen Lamarca work for every point (I know…I’ve played them) and NRC won 6-2, 6-4. NRC won 5-1 over GRC. (Not shown in picture above: Chris Harris, Faye Levy, Olga Ovnanyan, Laury Scheyer, Linda Traeger, Pam Leichtling)
NC Women’s Open Green Champions – Midtown-Bannockburn 2
The NC Women’s Open Green league is a fairly competitive league. Much like the NCW 4.5 Red league, in order to succeed you need to have some depth in your lineup. It’s not enough to have a good court 1. You need to have a good 2 and 3 and 4 and 5 and 6. You’ll see what I mean when you look at the scores between Midtown-Palatine and Midtown-Bannockburn. On court 1 MTB’s Sunatcha Breslow and Ashley Dombrow won the 1st set 6-1 but MTP’s Josie Croll and Laura Nerup stepped it up and fought hard to take it to a tie-breaker in the 2nd only to lose 7-6(5). On court 2, the 3 set match went to MTP’s Shannon Crowther and Wendy Gilmore over MTB’s Patti Charman and Lynne Sakanich 6-4, 6-7 (4?), 7-6 (5). As you can see by the scores, the match was more than close. On court 3, MTB’s Priscilla Ewaldz and Yupin Lerner gained some momentum after the 1st set tie-breaker to win 7-6, 6-3. On court 4, MTB’s Alison Bloom and Susan Heiser came back to win sets 2 and 3 after losing the 1st set, 1-6. They won sets 2 and 3 6-4, 6-1 over MTP’s Mary Etherington and Vicki Lorenzo. On court 5, like on court 3, MTP’s Kristin Lueken and Karen Morand gained some momentum after winning the 1st set 7-5, then 6-2. On court 6, MTB’s Sheila Bondoc and Pam Wallach won a close match against MTP’s Linda Baker and Laurie Gray 6-4, 6-3. Midtown-Bannockburn won 4-2 over Midtown-Palatine.
NC Women’s 4.5 Red Champions – North Shore
North Shore NCW 4.5 Red Champions - Back Row, l-r: Whitney O'Neill, Mary Calcagno, Lynette Carlson, Susan Fellito, Carol Gottwald; Front Row: Pam Maher, Laura Egerter, Donna Bodkin, Sheri Birndorf, Captain
Shari Birndorf couldn’t have said it better, “This trophy belongs to both teams.” When the difference between being the Champion and being the Runner-up comes down to 1 game you know both teams deserve the trophy. I also loved LSSF’s coach, Scott Johnson’s succinct response about the finals, “Great matches. Big fun.” Big fun…I love it! Because that’s how it is when you make it to the finals. It IS Big Fun, win or lose. So take a look at these scores. On court 1, NSRC’s Pam Maher and Whitney O’Neill 3 setted against LSSF’s Nancy Gaspadarek and Hilary Bruce 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. On court 2 NSRC’s Jennifer Zaban and Jenny Soudan came out the winners in 2 sets against LSSF’s Beth Hermann and Gwen Pontikes. On court 3, NSRC’s Lynette Carlson and Carol Gottwald probably thought they would come off the courts pretty quickly after a 1st set 6-1 win, but LSSF’s Kristin Davin and Tina Chang wasn’t about to roll over. They fought hard in the 2nd set and won the 2nd set tie-breaker 7-5, and had the momentum going into the 3rd set which they won 6-2. On court 4, NSRC’s Mary Calcagno and Susan Fellito and LSSF’s Lisa Gregg and Emily Emmerman had a terrifically close match. NSRC came out the winners but the scores show it could have gone either way – 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. On court 5, we have what I call the “hmmm” scores. LSSF’s Lisa Hillstrom and Tina Leopardo won against NSRC’s Lisa Tank and Laura Egerter 7-6(4), 0-6, 6-1. Did someone check out? Or did someone step it up? Or both? On court 6, LSSF’s Judy Piccione and Audrey Stovall kept it close in the 1st set but dominated in the 2nd set against NSRC’s Robin Goldstein and Donna Bodkin. I feel for the players on courts 2 and 6 who came off the courts first and cheered and agonized over every point their teammates won or lost. In the end, the matches were tied at 3-3; sets were tied at 8-8; and after everyone calculated all the games multiple times, North Shore won 75-74 over Lakeshore. (Not pictured in the photo above: Jen Soudan, Jen Zaban, Lisa Tank and Robin Goldstein)
NC Women’s 4.5 Green Champions – Midtown-Palatine
Midtown-Palatine NCW4.5 Green Champions; Standing L-R Leslie Modelski, Sandy Clarke, Allison Biergans, Anne Collins, Rose Alberts, Coach Todd Johnson, Becky Vallorano, Linda Zucco, Shelley Szela, Rosy Hugener; Seated - Eileen Felicelli, Dayna Imhoff (captain), Suzanne Rich, Tomoko Sekigami, Kristen Bouchard
LINC NCW 4.5 Green Runner-up
The road to the finals can sometimes have some interesting twists. A loss may turn out to be a win if the right people are not in place. Lincolnshire didn’t think they were in the finals but an oversight by North Shore made it possible for Lincolnshire to snag a spot in the finals. Midtown-Palatine didn’t have an easy time getting into the finals over RC Lake Bluff but they managed to get 2 more sets over RCLB in the playoffs. So both teams were happy to make it to Glenbrook Racquet Club who hosted the NCW 4.5 Green finals. On court 1, LINC’s Ann Schueneman and Vicki Caputo had a tight match against MTP’s Rosy Hugener and Dayna Imhoff coming out tough mentally to win the 2nd set tie-breaker 7-6 (3) after losing the 1st set 5-7 and then winning the 3rd set 6-2. On court 2 MTP’s Suzanne Rich and Sandy Clarke came away with a 2 set win over LINC’s Leslie Isaacson and Cena Glaser 6-3, 6-4. On court 3 MTP’s Kristen Bouchard and Allison Biergans won in 2 sets against LINC’s Daun Blain and Barb Haseman. Skipping court 4 for now, on court 5, MTP’s Becky Vallorano and Rose Alberts played it tough against LINC’s Mary Matthews and Lisa Greene 6-3, 6-0. On court 6, LINC’s Connie Simpson and Gloria Omohundro squeaked out a win against MTP’s Leslie Modelski and Tomoko Sekigami 7-5, 6-4. At this point, all the matches except court 4 were done. Lincolnshire had 2 wins but one of those wins was a 3 set win. Midtown-Palatine had 3 wins. All were 2 set wins. On court 4, MTP’s Eileen Felicelli and Shelley Szela were getting into their 3rd set against LINC’s Missy Frank and Astrid Herod. The 1st set went to LINC 6-2. The 2nd set went to MTP in a tie-breaker 7-6(5). The 3rd set was close with MTP up 3-2 but since the NCW4.5 Red finals was scheduled for 12pm and since there were no issues worth protesting over, the match was forfeited to Midtown-Palatine. Midtown-Palatine won 4-2 over Lincolnshire. (Not picutred above: Janice Ali, Donna Beechick, Kathey Bushnick, Kim Gallo, Nedra Harris, Donna Johnson, Van Ann Kim, Cassie Miller, Leslie Pontello, Madelon Queenan, Jodie Shield)
NC Women’s 4.0 Red Friday Champions – Racquet Club of Lake Bluff
RC Lake Bluff - NCW4.0 Red Fri Champions; Standing L-R Lisette Dailey, Terri Karst, Kim Robb, Kelli Ventling, Midge Nelson, Sharon Deram, Lyla Chandy, Donna Oldenburg, Debbie Marcussen; Kneeling-Susan Moorman, Zoya Mirza, Monica Riley, Sarah Long, Sarah Boyd
The NC Women’s 4.0 Red Friday league has a few teams that are not in the NC Women’s 4.0 Wednesday league. The Racquet Club is one such club. Midtown-Chicago, on the other hand, plays in both. MTC just came off a win against Lakeshore in the 4.0 Wed finals and was looking to repeat their success in the 4.0 Friday finals. But the Racquet Club of Lake Bluff got in their way. In their only encounter during the regular season back in December, RCLB won 9.5-8.5 against MTC with a couple of tied matches. So both teams knew they had to bring their best game. On court 1, RCLB’s Zoya Mirza and Monica Riley played an epically close match against MTC’s Kim Rizzo and Sandy Cuprisin. Those are the fun and heart-breaking matches because both teams are so evenly matched. It could go either way. RCLB won 6-4, 4-6, 7-5. On court 2, MTC’s Cheryl Cutinho and Kathy Nulton was able to in win 2 sets against RCLB’s Iyla Chandy and Sharon Deram 6-3, 6-4. On court 3, RCLB’s Donna Oldenburg and Debbie Marcusson was also able to win in 2 sets against MTC’s Marcia Florence and Jodi Brewer 6-4, 6-2. On court 4, RCLB’s Kelli Ventling and Midge Nelson paired up to win against MTC’s Karen Chandler and Stephanie Perlmutter 6-3, 6-1. On court 5, in another epically close match, MTC’s Leslie Antunovich and Cathy Grodzins stepped up their game after losing the 1st set against RCLB’s Sarah Long and Sarah Boyd to win 5-7, 6-3, 7-5. On court 6, RCLB’s Susan Moorman and Kim Robb took on MTC’s Silvia Cantwell and Cheryl Reid and won 6-1, 6-4. The Racquet Club of Lake Bluff won 4-2 against Midtown-Chicago.
NC Women’s 4.5-Open Singles Champions – Glenbrook
NRC 4.5-Open Singles Finalists; L-R Audrey Koopsen, Terri Gordon, Liesel Jankelowitz, Chris Harris
When you play against a former Division 1 player, you hope they’re having an off day and that you’re having a stellar day. You don’t want to downgrade your abilities but you also know who you are up against. This wasn’t the first time NRC’s Audrey Koopsen had to play GRC’s Martina Wodzinski and try as she might, Audrey fell to Martina 6-0, 6-2. On court 2 GRC’s Natalie Diorio had trouble with NRC’s Terri Gordon’s game but found some needed shots and got some breaks from Terri to win 3-6, 7-6(1), 1-0 (10-7). On court 3, GRC’s Lynn Mueller had a close match against NRC’s Chris Harris 4-6, 7-6, 1-0 (10-6). On court 4, NRC’s Liesel Jankelowitz gave NRC their only win against GRC’s Joyce Salsburg 6-1, 6-3. GRC wins 3-1 against NRC.
NC Women’s 3.0 Trophy Champions – College Park West; Experience Champions – Midtown-Palatine
CPAC-West NCW3.0 Champions
College Park Athletic Club West was one of the new teams to this league. As with any new team and most especially with the 3.0 league, there is a lot to think about. Do I have enough players? Will they get discouraged if they lose? Or will they use the loss as an opportunity to keep improving their game. This league is unique because we have 2 sets of playoffs/finals. One is for the trophy and one is for the experience of playing in the playoffs and finals (backdraw playoffs). To get to the finals, CPAC-W had to move past their sister club, CPAC-E 2. I think I heard Ben and Jill had a friendly trash-talking exchange going. But I digress….CPAC-W played against North Shore Racquet Club at The Libertyville Club and won 3-1. On court 1, CPAC-W’s Kirsten Surber and Chris Bunning got off to a slow start but eventually prevailed against NSRC’s Kerry Melzl and Monica Morales 4-6, 6-1, 6-2. On court 2 NSRC’s Carmen Reihm and Deborah Hogan was able to move past CPAC-W’s Cissy Balut and Laura Warren 6-4, 6-2. On court 3, CPAC-W’s Lynda Forier and Linda Cardella kept the momentum up after winning the 1st set tie-breaker against NSRC’s Anne Crowley and Dee Fortson 7-6(6), 6-2. On court 4, CPAC-W’s Jacqui Nquyen and Linda Shoup were too much for NSRC’s Bobbi Rowe and Elizabeth Ciccolini 6-0, 6-1.
At Glenbrook Racquet Club, Midtown-Palatine played against Libertyville. While Midtown-Palatine swept all 4 courts, the players from Libertyville tried their best to keep the pace up. On court 1, MTP’s Wendy Rowden and Kelly Thut beat LIB’s Maria Bozinis and Ava Dechter. On court 2, MTP’s Karen Johnston and Dina Skinner delivered a 6-4, 6-1 win over LIB’s Tara McDonnell and Kirstin Griffith. On court 3 MTP’s Lara Berry and Kim Lee lost the first set to LIB’s Sandy Rogalski and Ginger Wang but was able to eek out 6-4, 6-4 win in sets 2 and 3. On court 4, MTP’s Marilyn Friel and Nancy Lagowski won against Karin Valenti and Gina Esperson.
NC Women’s 4.0-4.5 Singles Champions – Midtown-Palatine
Midtown-Palatine NCW4.0-4.5 Singles Champions L-R: Jennifer Lenahan, Sue Levy (captain), Sylvia Nelson, Kristin Lueken
You can never count out a team who is in …6th place? With two more matches before the playoffs, Midtown-Palatine was in 6th place. But the lineup they used in their last 2 matches prior to the playoffs, and into the playoffs and into the finals was the lineup they needed to edge out their sister club Midtown-Bannockburn 2. On court 1 MTB’s Karyn Sardar played against MTP’s Kristin Lueken and won the 1st set in a tie-breaker 7-6(2), lost some momentum in the 2nd set 2-6, but regrouped to win the match tie-breaker 10-8. MTP’s Jennifer Lenahan didn’t let up on MTB’s Narissa Breger and won 6-1, 6-2. On court 3, MTP’s Sylvia Nelson took on MTB’s Lisa Aronson. Lisa was up in the 1st set but Sylvia found a way to get past her and won 6-4, 6-0. On court 4, MTB’s Deann Zoghlin won 6-1, 6-3 against MTP’s Sue Levy. It was the 3 set match on court 1 which gave the win to Midtown-Palatine who won 5-4 in sets. (Not pictured in the photo above from Midtown-Palatine: Donna Beechick, Allison Biergans, Eileen Felicelli, Debbie Lancaster, Carrie Lynch, Karen Majerczak, Basia Mielnik, Jodie Shield, Kitty Swanson, Shelley Szela)
NC Women’s 3.0-3.5 Singles Champions – RCLB
RCLB - NCW3.0-3.5 Champions; L-R Susan Moorman, Vanessa O'Kelly, Lyla Chandy, Sarah Boyd, Tara Martin, Lisette Dailey
The NC Women’s 3.0-3.5 Singles League finals took place on a different day than was scheduled due to the fact that several of the women from North Shore’s team was also scheduled to play in the 3.0 doubles finals. Next year the finals will be scheduled on a Tuesday. Three of the matches were played on Tuesday, May 6th and one of the matches was played on Wednesday, May 14th. On court 1 RCLB’s Iyla Chanda played against NSRC’s Linda Genty and won 6-2, 6-3. On court 2, the match had just started, NSRC’s Carmen Relhm was up 2-1, when RCLB’s Lisette Dailey felt something pull in her calf. She knew she could not go on and retired the match 6-1, 6-0. On court 3, Sarah Boyd took on NSRC’s Candice Stepan and won 6-2, 6-1. On court 4, RCLB’s Tara Martin played against NSRC’s Heather Martin and won 6-3, 6-1.
NC Women’s 4.0 Wed. Champions – Midtown-Chicago
Midtown-Chicago NCW4.0Wed Champions Front row: Karen Chandler, Maura Starshuk, Kim Rizzo, Sandy Cuprisin, Cheryl Cutinho Back row: Cheryl Grodzins, Stephanie Perlmutter, Amanda Shaw, Kathy Nulton, Marcia Florence, Allison DeCastro
The NC Women’s 4.0 Wednesday finals took place at Midtown-Bannockburn. Midtown-Chicago and Lakeshore Sports and Fitness, two clubs in Chicago less than a mile from one another, took the trek up to the North Shore to decide which team would have their name on the trophy. What we do know is that Midtown-Chicago got off to a strong start and won courts 1,2, and 3 in 2 sets. Those wins did not come without a lot of pushback from Lakeshore with close sets on all 3 courts. On court 1, MTC’s Maura Starshak and Cheryl Cutinho won against LSSF’s Erin Malley and Janine Sheridan 6-2, 7-5. On court 2 MTC’s Sandy Cuprisin and Kim Rizzo pulled out a close win over LSSF’s Jocelyn Durels and Sylvie Pichon 6-4, 7-5. On court 3 MTC’s Alison De Castro and Amanda Shaw took on LSSF’s Melanie Liss and Rachel Ellis and won 7-5, 6-2. LSSF’s Tracey Sartino and Penny Trowbridge won court 4 in 2 sets over MTC’s Marcia Florence and Kathy Nulton 6-1, 6-3. It was Lakeshore’s only win. On court 5, the last to get off the court Karen Chandler and Stephanie Perlmutter won in 3 sets over Adrienne Eybergen and Laura Keener. They won 6-3, 6-7(0), 6-4. Close match!! On court 6, MTC’s Leslie Antunovich and Cathy Grodzins won the first set 6-4, lost the second set 3-6 and won the third set 6-2 over LSSF’s Jennifer Roche and Annette Pruss. Midtown-Chicago takes home the trophy for the NC Women’s 4.0 Wednesday league 2014.
NC Women’s 3.5 Champions – Midtown-Palatine
Midtown-Palatine NCW3.5 Champions Standing L-R Amanda Patten, Susie Kilayko, Beth Zawilenski, Gina Quatrochi, Lisa Nora, Sue Levy, Anne Feely; kneeling L-R Jessica Trzop, Robin Mussar, Bonnie Kipperman, Alaina Murawski (captain), Kitty Skor
The finals of the NC Women’s 3.5 league took place at Glenbrook Racquet Club with The Racquet Club of Lake Bluff (RCLB) competing against Midtown Athletic Club-Palatine (MTP). Midtown-Palatine had on their team tennis outfits of purple and black making it easy to identify them on the court. The Racquet Club of Lake Bluff came with a group of supporters including Lisette Daily who was supposed to play but injured herself playing in the 3.0-3.5 singles finals. On court 1, MTP’s Anne Feely and Sue Levy won against RCLB’s Midge Nelson and Susan Moorman 6-4, 6-3. On court 2, RCLB’s Tara Martin and Sarah Boyd won against MTP’s Bonnie Kipperman and Beth Zawilenski 6-2, 6-2. On court 3, MTP’s Lisa Nora and Robin Mussar won against RCLB’s Georgene Loos and Alison Tompkins 6-1, 6-2. On court 4 RCLB’s Donna Mazur and Proachie Mehta won against MTP’s Kitty Skor and Amanda Patten 6-4, 6-3. Are you detecting a pattern? On court 5, MTP’s Alaina Murawski and Gina Quatrochi won against RCLB’s Lisa Hunt and Vanessa O’Kelly 6-1, 6-3. And on court 6, RCLB’s Cecile Schoenhelder and Terri Karst won against MTP’s Susie Kilayko and Jessica Trzop 7-5, 6-3. Matches were tied; sets were tied; but Midtown-Palatine came out ahead in games and won 55 games to 51 games. (Not pictured in photo above from Midtown-Palatine: Kirsten Ball, Elizabeth Jiminez, Davida Kozlowski, Patrice Lindbert, Amanda McWhorter, Susanne Nagel, Alicia Tisbo and Lisa Warren)
NC Men’s 4.0-4.5 Singles Champion – RCLB
RCLB - Men''s Singles Champions L-R Nick Andres, Jared Suttles, Enoch Leung, Mike Raymond
It was a repeat for the team from The Racquet Club of Lake Bluff who took on the team from the Libertyville Club at the hosting site The Lincolnshire Club on May 4th. The 3rd set match tie-breaker on court 1 was the deciding factor. But first, on court 4 LIB’s Matt Deans won against RCLB’s Jared Suttles 6-2, 6-1. Soon after, on court 2, RCLB’s Nick Andres won against LIB’s David Sitko 6-3, 6-3. Matches tied, sets tied, but games in favor of Libertyville. Courts 1 and 3 are still on the court and feeling the pressure. On court 3, RCLB’s Mike Raymond had to play a 3rd set match tie-breaker against LIB’s David Currie and won 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7). That match put RCLB ahead in matches. On court 1, the 2nd set was still being played out. After losing the 1st set, LIB’s Dennis Dobrin was able to change the momentum and win the 2nd set against RCLB’s Enoch Leung. All the players from courts 2-4 were on the court watching the outcome adding to the pressure. Dennis Dobrin took the lead in the match tie-breaker, but Enoch Leung kept his cool and played steady, penetrating points to even it out and then win the match 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (11-9). RCLB wins 3-1 over LIB. Excellent tennis all around!!
Girls High School Finals – GRC vs. LINC
The High School leagues are the only leagues where coaching is allowed. Some coaches can be overly enthusiastic and some more subdued,but in the end,the players hopefully benefit from getting some strategic pointers on the game we love. Glenbrook’s weapon are the Mella sisters who won their matches against North Shore 2′s team. North Shore, on court 2, turned around a 1st set 6-0 loss to win the 2nd and 3rd sets 7-6 (7), 6-2. Glenbrook won 2-1. Lincolnshire played against the Racquet Club of Lake Bluff. Lincolnshire won their matches on courts 1 and 2 and RC Lake Bluff won on court 3. Glenbrook will play against Lincolnshire at The Lincolnshire Club on May 10th at 6pm.
NC Men’s Open – CPAC-E vs. MTC
College Park East and Midtown-Chicago are in the finals again. Last year College Park took the trophy home but three years prior to that Midtown-Chicago did the same. But in order to get to the finals they had to get past North Shore and River Trails. CPAC-E’s won the top 4 courts but all the matches were close. River Trails took the bottom 2 courts. Midtown-Chicago won 4 of the 6 matches against North Shore with a nail-biter on court 1 which was won by North Shore in a 3rd set tie-breaker. The Men’s Open finals will take place at College Park East on May 10th at 4pm.
NC Men’s 4.5 Finals – RCLB vs. NSRC
River Trails and Midtown-Palatine came into the Men’s 4.5 playoffs as the #1 and 2 team respectively and both of their Men’s 4.0 teams were headed to the finals. So one might assume the same would happen to their Men’s 4.5 teams but in both cases their dominance was cut short. River Trails played against North Shore and were tied in matches (3-3), but having North Shore win two of their matches in 2 sets and one match in 3 sets gave them a one set lead over River Trails to get them to the finals. Midtown-Palatine had the benefit of receiving a default from The Racquet Club of Lake Bluff so they already were ahead 1-0 at the start of the match but RCLB wasn’t about to make it easy for Midtown-Palatine. Court 5 gave MTP another 2 set win but RCLB countered with a 2 set win on court 2. Then one by one on courts 1,3 and 4, each of the 3 set matches came off the court as a win for RCLB who won 4-2. RCLB will play NSRC in the finals at College Park Athletic Club on May 10th at 2pm.