NC Women’s Open Red Champions – College Park East
The Open Red league has a variety of levels and styles of play. On court 1, you can meet up against world class players, college level players or players who used to play junior level tennis. When power meets power all the weapons come out. This year College Park East advanced into the Finals disrupting the rhythm of the Northbrook vs. North Shore rivalry. Each team brought their best players on court 1. College Park had Tina Pisnik and Mira Radu. North Shore had Leanne Baker and Becky Moffatt. Both teams were well versed in doubles strategies, in movement, in shot selection. CPAC-E came out the winner with a close 7-6, 6-3 win. On court 2, CPAC’s Julia Sapozhnikova/Michelle Granger played against NSRC’s Judy Bavlsik/Kelly Chestnut and pulled out a 7-5, 6-4 win. On court 3, NSRC’s Lisa Culp/Maria Fernitz played against CPAC’s Suzanne DeMirjian/Juliet Plosnker and won 6-4, 6-2. On court 4, NSRC’s Jan Karzen/Amy Cummingham gave NSRC a win over CPAC’s Debbie Fisch/Kathrina Busse. Debbie Clark/Lynn Oddi played a 3 set match against NSRC’s Stephanie Hill/Roberta Goodman winning 6-1, 4-6, 6-1. On court 6, CPAC’s Susie Selbst/Judy Morgan played a long 3 set match against NSRC’s Beth Robitaille/Carla Young winning 6-1, 6-7, 7-6. Judy Morgan felt some pain in her hand but played through it not knowing she had torn a tendon in her hand. What a team player! College Park won 4-2.
NC Women’s Open Green Champions – Midtown-Palatine
Midtown-Palatine has been in the finals of the NC Women’s Open Green league for three years in a row. But until this year they never came away with a trophy. In 2014 they lost to Midtown-Bannockburn 4-2. In 2015 they lost to RC Lake Bluff in sets. But this year was finally their year. Their opponent was the same as last year and many of the players on both teams were the same but the outcome was different. On court 1, the match went to 3 sets with MTP’s Maggie Tepas/Shannon Crowther taking on RCLB’s Zinnia Leamana/Beth Jones. RCLB won the 1st set 6-1 but couldn’t sustain the momentum. MTP won sets 2 & 3 6-3, 7-5. On court 2, MTP’s Laura Nerup/Janet Williams played against RCLB’s Debbie Springgate/Kerry Nowicki. Last year RCLB won. But this year, Laura and Janet pulled out a 6-2, 6-2 win. On court 3, MTP’s Kristin Lueken/Karen Morand played against RCLB’s Catherine Batinovic/Julia Miller. Both teams moved up a court from last year. RCLB won last year but this year MTP won 6-4, 6-3. On court 4, RCLB’s Michelle Ihlandfeldt/Pam Click won their only match for RCLB against MTP’s Gayle Dominicis/Vicki Lorenzo. Michelle and Pam won 6-2, 6-1. On court 5, MTP’s Mary Etherington/Lea Regan played a tough match against RCLB’s Lynn Bruch/Laurel Bufe winning 6-4, 6-4. On court 6, MTP’s Julie Fischer/Emily Wittenberg won 6-2, 6-1 against RCLB’s Leslie McPeek/Linda DeBiase.
NCW 4.5 Red Champions – Midtown-Chicago
Last year, Midtown-Chicago had a substantial regular season lead only to lose to Lakeshore in the finals. This year Midtown-Chicago was facing a similar scenario-a substantial regular season lead and their long-time rival Lakeshore in the finals It came down to court 3’s 3 set match. All other matches were dispatched in 2 sets. On court 1, LSSF’s Sara Aldinger/Taylor Wade played a closed match against MTC’s Cheryl Imo/Elizabeth Burns winning 6-4, 6-4. On court 2, LSSF’s Nancy Gaspadarek/Gwen Pontikes played a close 1st set then stretched on the lead against MTC’s Sophia Naiditch/Jill Siegel winning 6-4, 6-1. On court 3, LSSF’s Kristin Davin/Tina Chang won in 3 sets against MTC’s Sarah Rothman/Kristina Hilb but it was the 2nd set win by MTC that gave them the edge when the scores were tallied. LSSF won this match 6-1, 2-6, 6-4. On court 4, MTC’s Colette Kelsey/LorRonda Miller won against LSSF’s Sandy Wang/Hilary Bruce. On court 5, MTC’s Rebecca Bacote/Kathy Rain won against LSSF’s Emily Emmerman/Vina Maniquis 6-2, 6-3. And on court 6, MTC’s Corinne Pinsof-Kaplan/Cheryl Cutinho won against LSSF’s Tina Leopardo/Deirdre Jameson 6-1, 6-3. So while Lakeshore took the top courts and Midtown-Chicago took the bottom courts, it was court 3 that determined the winner by sets. Midtown-Chicago won 3(7)-3(6).
NC Women’s 4.5 Green Champions – College Park East
At some point in time between the end of the previous season and the start of the current season each club determines what they should do with their teams. Should they move up or down a level? Should they move a couple of players up or down a level? All the while they are hearing from their players who can be vociferous in their demands. The 4.5 levels are probably the most difficult to navigate the conversation. The 4.5 Green league is the league where clubs can test the waters. While most teams don’t want to move down a level, sometimes it is best to do so in order to understand the game and why you are winning some matches and losing others. Five Seasons looked at their results from the previous season and decided it was time to rebuild the confidence of their players by moving their team from the 4.5 Red league to the 4.5 Green league. As a result, their team made it to the finals of the 4.5 Green league. Their competitor College Park East also made some adjustments to their teams adjusting some players to better suit the competition they were facing. On 5/13, College Park East faced off against Five Seasons. On court 1, CPAC’s Kauri McHendry/Kirsten Surber played against Karen Sabo/Linda Ross. Kauri and Kirsten have had a stellar season and this match was no exception. They won 6-2, 6-1. On court 2 CPAC’s Anne Marie Johnson/Molly Shapiro toughed it out against FSSC’s Barbara Eastman/Dawn Kenny. Every player gave it their all but in the end CPAC took the win in the 3rd set tie-breaker winning 7-5, 5-7, 7-6(4). On court 3, CPAC’s Marisa Urkovich/Masayo Kobashi played a 3 set match against FSSC’s Misela Garcia/Karen Hirsch. Misela and Karen won the 1st set 6-4 but Marisa and Masayo were able to come back and take the 2nd and 3rd sets 6-1, 6-4. On court 4, CPAC’s Carolyn Adler/Helen Berland found the right strategy against FSSC’s Jennifer Brown/Sandra Mejia and won 6-0, 6-2. On court 5, FSSC’s Linda Bottomlee/Wendy Kaegi gave FSSC their only win against CPAC’s Chris Bunning/Mindy Warren with a tight 7-6(6), 6-3 win. On court 6, CPAC’s Leslie Fleming/Wendy Roddam also had a tight match against FSSC’s Funda Kahn/Judy Noe winning 6-3, 7-6(3). College Park East won 5-1 against Five Seasons.
NCW 4.0 Friday Champions – Lakeshore
Lakeshore and Midtown-Palatine came together once again in a space of 2 days to vie for the NCW4.0 Friday trophy. Lakeshore pulled together a 4-2 win over Midtown-Palatine in the NCW4.0 Wednesday league so in the back of both teams minds was the question, “Will the outcome be different this time?” Some of the players played with the same partner and some of the players played with someone different. Some played up a court and some played down a court. But in the end, Lakeshore remained dominant pulling together a 5-1 win over Midtown-Palatine. On court 1, LSSF’s Melanie Liss/Rachel Ellis struggled but prevailed in a 3 set match against MTP’s Karen Majerczak/Joanna White winning 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. On court 2, LSSF’s Beth Milligan/Jessica Arnold played against MTP’s Dina Skinner/Wendy Rowden and won 6-3, 6-3. On court 3, LSSF’s Jennifer Roche/Annie Hesser had a close match against MTP’s Maureen Ahern/Sue Levy. On court 4, LSSF’s Sarah Koleno/Alissa Wiedelman took on MTP’s Liz Freeman/Shelly Cohen winning 6-2, 6-3. On court 5, LSSF’s Tracey Sartino/Laura Keener remained focused in their win over MTP’s Jennifer McKenna/Brigid Quint. And on court 6, MTP’s Robin Mussar /Tomoko Sekigami pulled out MTP’s only match win, with a 6-2,6-3 win over LSSF’s Sue Smith/Joan Hoese.
NC Women’s 4.5-Open Singles Champions – Northbrook
NCW4.5-Open Singles Champions-NRC
Singles is a great way to see your strengths and weaknesses. No partner to blame. There’s only yourself to figure out how you are going to counter your opponent. In some cases, you’ve played your opponent multiple times and you know what you need to do but sometimes the execution is difficult to implement. In other cases, you’ve never encountered your opponent but have been given some tips on how to play them. Such was the case in the matchups in the NCW4.5-Open Finals. Northbrook was meeting Midtown-Bannockburn 2 for the 2nd year in a row. On court 1, MTB’s Sunatcha Breslow played a long match against NRC’s Terri Gordon. Both know each other’s game well. As Terri put it, “Sunatcha’s going to bring me into the net and then lob me.” Sunatcha’s strategy worked but she had to work hard for every point 7-6(7), 5-7, 1-0(2). On court 2, NRC’s Linda Traeger and MTB’s Megumi Grove had never played each other before. Both players have a great all-around game with pinpoint groundstrokes and the ability to take time away from their opponent. After being down most of the 1st set Linda pulled ahead to win 7-5 only to lose some steam in the 2nd set, losiing 2-6, before winning the match tie-breaker 10-8. On court 3, NRC’s Ann Taylor (yours truly) played against MTB’s Susan Heiser. Susan has been working on her game and came on like gangbusters. She took the lead and was ahead 3-0, when Ann buckled down and closed out the set and match 6-3, 6-2. On court 4, NRC’s Liesel Jankelowitz played against Karyn Sardar. Karyn suffered her only loss against Liesel during the regular season. Liesel played aggressively in the 1st set and won 6-0 but Karyn pushed back only to succumb 6-3 in the 2nd set. Pictured from L-R: Linda Traeger, Terri Gordon, Ann Taylor, Liesel Jankelowitz
NCW 4.0-4.5 Singles Champions – Midtown Palatine 1
NCW4.0-4.5 Singles Champions 2016 MTP 1
Midtown-Palatine has two singles teams in the NCW4.0-4.5 Singles league and as a testament to their depth both teams made it to the playoffs. RC Lake Bluff extinguished the possibility of an all Midtown-Palatine final by taking down the Midtown-Palatine 2 team 3-1 to make it to the finals. Midtown-Bannockburn was favored to win since they ended the regular season in 1st place but Midtown-Palatine 1 slithered past them winning in games 37-31. The showdown took place at Midtown-Bannockburn. There were a few changes in positioning and players in RCLB’s lineup from their semi-final match while MTP 1’s team remained largely intact. On court 1, RCLB’s Beth Ann McFadden took on MTP’s Keeley Hart and won 6-2, 6-2. That was RCLB’s only win. On court 2, MTP’s Karen Majerczak played against Fauzia Alsikafi and won 6-2, 6-3. On court 3, MTP’s Renee Buxton had a tight match against Zoya Mirza winning 6-4, 6-4. And on court 4 MTP’s Jodie Shield didn’t let up against RCLB’s Kate Amaral. Pictured MTP 1 (left to right) – Coach Krisztina Anderko, Keeley Hart, Cassie Miller, Karen Majerczak, Jodie Shield, Sue Levy (captain), Renee Buxton, Linda Zucco, Eileen Felicelli. Not pictured: Sharon Ehrens, Rosy Hugener
NC Women’s 3.0 Champions – Midtown-Palatine
Midtown-Palatine’s NCW4.0Wed team just suffered a loss to Lakeshore the day before, so Midtown’s 3.0 team wanted to bring home a win for the club. Lakeshore’s team wanted to continue their winning streak. Everyone fought hard!!! Three of the four matches went to 3 sets and the two setter could have gone to 3 sets as well. Matches were tied 2-2. It was the 2 set match on court 2 that gave MTP the edge and the championship! On court 1, MTP’s Ki Kellen/Alicia Wickler played against LSSF’s Carey Goldblatt/Leslie Lancry. MTP started out well, but LSSF pushed back in the 2nd only to lose the momentum in the 3rd. MTP won 6-1, 5-7, 6-2. On court 2, MTP’s Michelle Hoffman/Stacey Tomczak took on LSSF’s Chrissy Baccich/Colleen Farrell. It was all business for MTP in the 1st set which they won 6-0 but LSSF wasn’t about to fold. They pushed back but couldn’t quite get the match to the 3rd set. MTP won the 2nd set 7-5. On court 3, now that was a close match. I didn’t get the 2nd set tie-breaker scores but LSSF’s Lindsay Freeman/Christine Weil won 7-5, 6-7, 7-6 (5) against MTP’s Lori Bowling/Gail Wolf. On court 4, LSSF’s Janet Larson/Veda Maniquis also had a 3 setter against MTP’s Cherrie Han/Molly Louden. LSSF won 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
NCW3.0 Experience Championship – Midtown-Chicago
This year the NCW3.0 Experience Championship took place. This is the only league where we have two sets of playoffs offering the players who are new to CITA and to competition an understanding of what the Playoff is all about because it is different from the regular season. During the regular season you have 2 hours to complete 3 sets. But during the playoffs we play 2 out of 3 sets and it is untimed. In the semis, the women play a 3rd set match tie-breaker, the men do not; they play out the 3rd set. In the finals, both men and women play out the 3rd set. For women new to competition, all this can seem overwhelming or exciting depending on your perspective. While the Experience Championship does not come with a trophy, our hope is that the experience will entice you to further your journey into the tennis world and come away with new friendships and a better understanding of the game.
This year Midtown-Chicago played against North Shore in the NC Women’s 3.0 Experience Finals. Midtown-Chicago had the benefit of winning their two matches in two sets. North Shore also won two of their matches but won in three sets. When there is a match tie, we count sets won. In this case Midtown-Chicago won 6 sets and North Shore won 4 sets. On court 1 NSRC’s Monica Morales/Debroah Hogan won in 3 sets against MTC’s Kimberly Young/Aisha Sharif 6-1, 4-6, 6-2. On court 2, MTC’s Susan Hodson/Kathy Clark played against NSRC’s Hana Rivkin/Marcia Johnson and won 6-0, 6-3. On court 3 NSRC’s Karen Marino/Elizabeth Ciccolini won in 3 sets against MTC’s Monica Hughson/Christy Grove 2-6, 7-5, 6-4. On court 4 MTC’s Gina Hutchings/Jen Pramenko played against NSRC’s Lynn Golschmidt/Theresa Croghan and won 7-5, 6-1. Nice playing everyone.
NC Women’s 4.0 Wednesday Champions – Lakeshore
NCW4.0Wed Finalists - Midtown-Palatine
Lakeshore made it to the finals last year after beating Midtown-Palatine in the semis but they were stopped short by Midtown-Chicago who won the Championship in 2015. But sometimes a loss forges a will to win. This year LSSF met MTC in the semis and moved passed them to get to the Finals. Midtown-Palatine slinked past North Shore winning by one set. While MTP moved past the semis this year and got to the finals, LSSF put their dreams of a championship on hold. This year Lakeshore held up the Champion’s trophy with a 4-2 win over Midtown-Palatine. Maybe next year we’ll see Midtown-Palatine holding up the trophy. On court 1, MTP’s Karen Majerczak/Joanna White played against LSSF’s Amy Leadstrom/Vina Manquis. They had just played against each other the month before winning the first 2 sets 6-3, 6-2, and losing the 3rd set 7-5. During the finals LSSF took the 1st set 6-4 which set something in motion with the MTP team because they powered through the 2nd set 6-0 and the 3rd set 6-2. On court 2, LSSF’s Rachel Elli/Melanie Liss was “on” against MTP’s Wendy Rowden/Dina Skinner. On court 3, it was a tie-breaker in the 3rd set that decided the match. LSSF’s Jennifer Roche/Jessica Arnold played against MTP’s Liz Freeman/Shelly Cohen. The tie-breaker was 7-5 – very close. Could have gone either way. On court 4, LSSF’s Sarah Koleno/Laura Keener played against MTP’s Maureen Ahern/Sue Levy and won 6-3, 6-2. On court 5, LSSF’s Penny Trowbridge/Tracey Sartino played against MTP’s Robin Mussar/Patrice Lindberg and won 6-3, 6-3. On court 6, MTP’s Jennifer McKenna/Brigid Quint played against LSSF’s Sue Smith/Joan Hoese and gave MTP their 2nd court win. MTP 4.0 Wed Finalists- pictured L-R: Shelly Cohen, Sue Levy, Maureen Ahern, Dina Skinner, Liz Freeman, Jen McKenna, Brigid Quint, Patrice Lindberg, Robin Mussar, Wendy Bowden, Joanna White, Karen Majerczak
NC Women’s 3.0-3.5 Singles Champion – Midtown-Palatine
NCW3.0-3.5 Singles Champions 2016 MTP
For two years in a row, Midtown-Palatine and RC Lake Bluff have met each other in the finals. Some of the players have changed. Midtown-Palatine moved a few of their players from last year into the next higher level singles league which allowed their players to be challenged. RCLB kept their court 1 player from last year and added a few new players to their roster. On court 1, RCLB’s Lyla Chandy took the match to a 3rd set match tie-breaker against MTP’s Megan Elwell winning 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (9). On court 2, MTP’s Michelle Kondrat won against RCLB’s Camille Prindle. While their previous meetups produced wins on both sides, Michelle’s game was on this time. She won 6-2, 6-1. On court 3, MTP’s Elizabeth Jimenez played against RCLB’s Debbie Yurenka. It was the 1st time they had played against each other. Elizabeth came out the winner with a 6-3, 7-5 win. On court 4, MTP’s Ki Kellen who had a stellar year playing singles, won against RCLB’s Gigi Warren. Midtown-Palatine won 3-1 against RC Lake Bluff. Word has it that MTP’s coach, Krisztina Anderko, has a fan in Romania. Krisztina’s coach and father was cheering the team on from Romania. How cool is that!
NC Men’s 4.5 Singles Champions – RC Lake Bluff (again)
To say that the teams from RC Lake Bluff and Libertyville are rivals would be an understatement. For the last four years, the Racquet Club of Lake Bluff has held up the trophy. Libertyville came very close to taking the trophy away from them 2 years ago but that was then. RCLB’s team for the finals was Peter Krizman (captain), Dennis Dobrin, Nick Andres and Johannes Tauscher. Libertyville’s team was Matt Deans(captain), David Currie, Jim Nelson and Jon Stauffer. RCLB took the top 3 courts and Libertyville won the 4th court due to retirement. RCLB raises the trophy once again winning 3-1.
RCLB Men's 4.5 Singles Champions
NC Men’s 4.0 Singles Champions-College Park East
This year we split the Men’s Singles into two levels. There is a stalwart group of guys who are willing to get moving early in the morning. The season started with five teams with four of the teams making it to the playoffs. This year Midtown-Palatine was out of the running being the 5th place team which left Libertyville, College Park, Five Seasons and North Shore to duke it out in the Playoffs. The 1st place team Libertyville played against the 4th place team North Shore. BUT Libertyville had a bit of bad luck with one of their players getting sick that morning and another of their players injuring himself in the 1st set. North Shore edged out Libertyville to get to the finals by taking the match to 3 sets on court 1. College Park had to get past Five Seasons to make it to the Finals which they did winning 3 out of the 4 matches. College Park played North Shore in the Finals winning 3 matches. Two of the matches went to a match tie-breaker but the solid wins on courts 1 and 3 gave CPAC the advantage. They got to take home the trophy!
CPAC Men's 4.0 Singles Champions
American Cancer Society Tennis Event – May 12th
For those of you who are not playing in the CITA Singles Finals or 3.0 Doubles Finals, there is an American Cancer Society tennis event being held at various clubs around the North Shore. Please go to www.acsnorthshorewomensboard.com and click on Events – North Shore Tennis for more information.
Jerry Morse-Karzen inducted into the USTA Midwest Section 2015 Hall of Fame
Congratulations to Jerry Morse-Karzen on being inducted into the USTA Midwest Section 2015 Hall of Fame. One of the great aspects of tennis is the fact that it is a sport the whole family can enjoy. Jerry took it to a competitive level playing father-son tournaments with his father and then with his son and daughter. I’ve included a link listing Jerry’s many accomplishments. Wish him a hearty congratulations. He has done a lot for our tennis community! Thank you Jerry!
CITA Leagues Start Sept. 9th
Are you ready for another great season of tennis? The 2015-2016 CITA Leagues begin on September 9th with the Women’s 3.5 league. We have a myriad of levels for both singles and doubles. Our singles leagues are on Thursday for the women and early on Sunday mornings for the men. Most of our women’s leagues take place on Wednesday or Friday with our lowest level 3.0 league on Thursdays. The men’s doubles leagues are all on Saturday (3.5-Open) with each level playing every other week. For information on the leagues, call Ann Taylor at 847-236-0726 or contact one of our member clubs. Click on “Clubs” to find a club near you.
CITA Leagues take a Summer Break
During the summer months, while CITA is on hiatus, there are numerous opportunities for players to play tennis. There are leagues you can join but often the best tennis is when you call up another player and ask them to play. We hope our leagues provide a nice cross-section of players you enjoy playing with and against. Make the call. The other player will feel honored you thought about them. Happy Summer!
Girls High School Champions – Lincolnshire
Girls High School Finals between Lincolnshire and RC Lake Bluff
Team Lincolnshire took home the Girls High School league trophy for the 2nd year in a row. While there were a few returning players from last year, there were a few new faces added to the mix. Lincolnshire’s opponent, RC Lake Bluff, did the best they could, but Lincolnshire came out strong and remained strong throughout. On court 1 LINC’s Kate Harvey/Elizabeth Ferdman took on RCLB’s Gabrielle Prindle/Callie Klein and won 6-1, 6-1. On court 2 LINC’s Bronwyn Heidkamp/Lily Tiemeyer played against RCLB’s Emily Gorczynski and won 6-0, 6-1. On court 3 LINC’s Sam Burger/Patricia Dizon matched up against RCLB’s Grace Chatas/Juliet Prindle and won 6-2, 6-2. Lincolnshire won 3-0 and took home the trophy!
NC Men’s Open Champions – North Shore
NSRC Men's Open team looking relaxed after the win.
The Men’s Open Championship pitted Team North Shore against Team Midtown-Chicago. Midtown-Chicago had won the trophy last year but this year it was North Shore’s turn. Both teams have some incredible players on their teams who put on a display of great tennis. North Shore took the trophy away from Midtown-Chicago with a 5-1 win. Go to www.facebook.com/chicagolandindoortennis for more details on the match.
NC Men’s 4.5 Champions – RC Lake Bluff
RCLB winning Men's 4.5 Championship
The team from The RC Lake Bluff put a stop to River Trails running away with another trophy. The matches were all running long with many long points. RCLB won court 1, 2, & 4 in 2 sets; RTTC won courts 3 & 6 in 2 sets and won court 5 as well but because it was a 3 setter, the win went to RCLB who won in sets 7-6. Go to www.facebook.com/chicagolandindoortennis for more details on the match.