Join us for the MCTA Mixed Doubles (combo) Tournament!

tennis event picJoin your fellow tennis players for the MCTA MIXED DOUBLES (COMBO) TOURNAMENT on Saturday & Sunday, September 27-28, 2014 at Montgomery Tennisplex!

The tournament includes combo rating of 6.5, 7.5, 8.5, and 9.5 mixed doubles. Partner combined ratings can be no higher than the bracket level with no more than 1 point difference between the two partner’s ratings. Awards will be given to winners of each event. There will be a consolation bracket offered for first round loss.

Play starts outside, Saturday, Sept. 27 at 9 a.m. and continues on Sunday at 9 a.m.
Schedule may be adjusted to fit entry numbers. Players may enter 1 or 2 events.

Location:
Montgomery Tennisplex
South Germantown Recreational Park
18010 Central Park Circle, Boyds, MD
http://montgomerytennisplex.com/

Register online at http://www.mctatennis.org/tournaments/combo-mixed-doubles-tournament
Cost: $25 per player for 1 event, $40 per player for 2 events.

Questions? Contact tournament director Bridget Gauer (bridgetgauer@yahoo.com).
For information about other MCTA tournaments, visit the Tournament page at http://www.mctatennis.org/tournaments.

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Tennis Players Bring Out Their Best at MCTA’s Bruce Francis Memorial Tournament over Labor Day Weekend

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Over 130 tennis players from the Washington, DC, area came out over the hot and humid Labor Day weekend, August 29 through September 1, to compete in the Bruce Francis Memorial Tournament at Olney Manor Recreation Park.

This USTA-sanctioned tournament is one of MCTA’s biggest.  It’s also part of the Maryland District NTRP Championship Series and offers NTRP-based events, including singles, gender doubles, and mixed doubles for 2.5 to 5.0 level players. This tournament honors the memory of Bruce Francis, an avid team captain, player and volunteer. The event featured friendly yet competitive single elimination matches while friends, family, and spectators watched and cheered. The unexpected blast of heat and humidity throughout the weekend gave players an additional challenge but everyone was in good spirits and played their best tennis. The four days of fun and socializing was a great prelude to the fall tennis season.

“It has been another successful year! I want to thank everyone for coming out to this tournament. It truly is one of my favorite tournaments. I love seeing everyone come together and have fun!” said Linda Gowen, Tournament Director.

After rounds of matches in the sun, both winners and finalists of each of the 16 events were awarded trophies and medals.

“Congratulations to our outstanding players for great sportsmanship and high-level competition!! Special thanks to the tournament staff – Linda and the desk attendants, Charles and the officiating team –for doing an amazing job running this event. I hope to see everyone again in 2015!” said Carol Kromminga, MCTA Tournament Chair.

For more information, please visit: http://www.mctatennis.org/tournaments

List of Winners and Finalists by Event

NTRP Men’s 2.5 Singles: Rayth Myers d. Rudy Pankratz  (7-5; 6-1)
NTRP Men’s 3.0 Singles: Lenny Williams d. David Drees (6-2; 6-4)
NTRP Men’s 3.5 Singles: James Lawrence d. Juan Jose Tijero  (4-6; 6-3; 1-0)
NTRP Men’s 4.0 Singles: Nhat Nguyen d.  Tim Penarubia  (6-0; 6-0)
NTRP Men’s 4.5 Singles: Nicholas Colletti d. Sat Jiwan Ikle-Khalsa (7-6; 3-6; 1-0)
NTRP Women’s 3.0 Singles: Meglyn Lansing d. Trish Gray (7-5; 6-4)
NTRP Women’s 3.5 Singles: Danielle Armstrong d. Battsetseg Tsagaan (7-5; 6-4)
NTRP Women’s 4.0 Singles: Sondra Moore d. Erin Pulice (6-2; 6-3)
NTRP Men’s 3.5 Doubles: Erdely/Peet d. Patterson/Swann (6-3; 4-6; 1-0)
NTRP Men’s 4.0 Doubles: Miller/Thomas d. Bettis/Brodie (6-1; 6-0Ret (pc))
NTRP Women’s 3.0 Doubles: McLeod/Moeller d. Findley/Hsieh (6-3; 6-7; 1-0)
NTRP Women’s 3.5 Doubles: Maderia/Martin d. Aliibrahim/Newcomer (6-1; 6-3)
NTRP Women’s 4.0 Doubles: Carson/Goodwin d. Jones/McCauley (7-5; 6-2)
NTRP Combined Mixed 6.0 Doubles: Green/Lansing d. Batterden/Magda (7-5; 6-1)
NTRP Combined Mixed 7.0 Doubles: McDowell/Turnley d. Snowdy/Snowdy (6-1; 6-4)
NTRP Combined Mixed 8.0 Doubles: Van Winter/Wingate d. Erdely/Tsagaan (6-4; 7-6)

Men’s Sportsmanship Award: Nhat Nguyen

Women’s Sportsmanship Award: Shelley Moeller

MCTA Hires Hayley Hughes as its New Executive Director


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The Montgomery County Tennis Association (MCTA), one of the Mid-Atlantic’s largest and most successful community tennis associations, announces the hiring of Hayley Hughes as its new Executive Director. Hughes, a Pittsburgh, PA native and an avid tennis player since age eight, brings 14 years of tennis teaching, administration, and organizational experience to her new role.

Hughes replaces Dave Pullen, the only Executive Director in the history of MCTA and the staff leader who has led MCTA to heights recognized at the local, state, sectional, and national levels.

MCTA Chairman and President Alan Klein commented, “We are extremely enthusiastic about hiring Hayley Hughes as the organization’s next leader to help grow tennis both overall and within demographics that require extra attention. We would not be in the terrific position we are in today without the outstanding vision, leadership, and intelligence of Dave Pullen. He is an outstanding tennis and business mind, who has graciously offered to continue his affiliation with the organization even after his retirement.”

Pullen added, “My time at the MCTA helm has been very gratifying. We have made a very positive impact in the community, while growing the sport that we all love. I look forward to continuing to work with MCTA in the future.”

Hughes is pleased to be part of an established team that shares the same passion to expand tennis in the county.  She said, “I am doing what I love and I want to share the benefits that tennis has brought me with others. I’m looking forward to bringing tennis programming ideas and events to area parks, schools, clubs, and coaches.  I plan to keep the organization moving forward, furthering the exemplary reputation that MCTA has with other organizations across and outside the county. “

Hughes earned a tennis scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh where during her four-year tenure she was tennis team captain, voted MVP senior year and became one of a select few eligible to join the University’s Century Club.

After college Hughes moved to Hilton Head, SC where she taught tennis for three years before accepting employment at USTA Mid-Atlantic in administrative, leagues, and tournament capacities as well as serving as the DC District Service Representative.  In her most recent position, she was a contractor at Columbia Country Club.

 

Go Green! Begins an Exciting 2014 MCTA Tournament Season

TeamImage1 photo (1)With the MCTA spring tennis season at our doorstep and thoughts of warm, sunny days around the corner, twenty 2.5 and 3.0 level players gathered at Quince Orchard Swim and Tennis Club on April 5th for an evening of competitive and fun tennis.  The Go Green! Tournament, the first of  seven planned this season, used the World Team Tennis format, which invites substitutions and more team participation during play.  Participants formed four teams that played rounds of gender doubles, singles, and mixed doubles throughout the evening.

While players on the courts added points to team scores, those watching from the sidelines ate healthy snacks and socialized.  This first MCTA tournament proved to forge friendships and connected captains and players for MCTA spring leagues beginning this week.

“I love this tournament!  The players always bring high energy and enthusiasm.  It’s one of the best every year!” said Carol Kromminga, MCTA tournament chair.

No tournament would be complete without awarding the winning team.  And for this tournament both the first place and second place teams received medals.  Also recognized with sportsmanship trophies were the man and woman who displayed outstanding and positive attitudes and team encouragement throughout the tournament.

Tournament Champion team included: Shirley Hsieh, Santhana Webb, Mike James and Vincent Lau.

Second place team included: Kathryn Martin, Nancy Trimble, Larry Dubester, Maj Hamawy and Scott Lansing

Recipients of the sportsmanship award were Kathryn Martin and Vincent Lau.

For more information on MCTA tournaments, please visit: http://www.mctatennis.org/tournaments

A 2014 New Year’s Greeting from MCTA President Alan Klein

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Let me take this opportunity to introduce myself and to express my appreciation for the confidence shown in me by my fellow tennis enthusiasts as I embark on my first year as MCTA President.  For those of you who I haven’t met, I look forward to crossing paths on or off the courts and hearing your ideas about how MCTA can better serve the tennis community.

Tennis is one of the only sports (along with swimming and perhaps golf) that one can play from pre-school to old age, and at every point in between.  It’s a sport that we all love and care about, as it provides exercise, a competitive outlet, and social interaction.

So why are participation levels static and America’s place on the world tour at its lowest, from a depth perspective, in several generations? Serena Williams and the Bryan brothers still dominate the sport but there is a true void after that. Certainly without a Sampras, Agassi, McEnroe, Connors, Courier, Chang, or Roddick, it is more difficult for tennis to hold a grasp over the casual sports fan. This factor, combined with overwhelming recreational choices for our children and ourselves, and advances in technology, which reduce interaction in general, all weigh heavily on the sport’s current state.

It will take an effort from all stakeholders in the community to reverse this trend; from league players to league captains, to parents, to volunteers, to coaches/instructors, to small business owners focused on the tennis market, to tennis equipment, and apparel manufacturers, to tennis facility owners/operators, to government.  There are a lot of smart people out there with great ideas who need to step forward.

The mission of MCTA is to grow tennis in Montgomery County.  My primary job is to work with our Board and harness all those great ideas and contributions from the individuals and organizations mentioned above so we can achieve our mission.  Thanks in advance for your support.  Let’s make this happen!

Our winter leagues begin next Monday, January 6.  If you have not signed up to play in one of the adult leagues for gender or mixed, please check our website: www.mctatennis.org/leagues.

You can keep apprised of MCTA tennis events and activities by checking the website, liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and our blog.

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MCTA Welcomes New President Alan Klein!

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 The Montgomery County Tennis Association (MCTA), a community affiliate of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), announced the selection of Alan Klein of Potomac as the new President and Chairman of its 6000 player organization beginning January, 2014.  Klein, who has served as MCTA Treasurer for 10 of his 11-year MCTA Board tenure, will assume the top position from Carol Cohen, a key person in growing tennis and league play in Montgomery County since the early 1990s.  Cohen will continue as a Board member and lend her invaluable knowledge and support to countywide tennis programs.

As she leaves office, Cohen shared the following statement: “I have been privileged and honored to serve our vibrant, robust and growing community of tennis players and tennis volunteers.  I will be forever grateful for this opportunity and I’m humbled by the trust the tennis community placed in me. I thank everyone I’ve worked with including Board members, captains, professionals, players, our staff, representatives of tennis facilities, and our numerous partners for the greatest adventure of my life. “

Klein, an officer and business executive in the pharmaceutical industry for the past 23 years, looks forward to his new role.   “I wish to thank Carol Cohen for the remarkable job she has done in this role and I look forward to working with the many tennis community stakeholders to improve opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn and play the game,” he said.  ”Tennis is a positive lifestyle event and not just a sport or hobby.”

Klein’s strategic plan for community tennis includes creating more opportunities for youth and adults to learn and play the game at the introductory level, working with public and private stakeholders to create more access to year-round tennis facilities, and engaging the tennis community to invest in the growth of the sport at the grassroots level.

Klein’s MCTA volunteerism also includes captaining many teams, some of which have won their league divisions and advanced to USTA-sponsored national tournaments.  He is an advocate for team sports and believes the benefits prepare people for the challenges in everyday lives.  Both Klein and Cohen feel MCTA not only provides opportunities for league play but is also a force in the community, striving to help others through a sport that has given so much to so many.

For more information about MCTA, please check our website: www.mctatennis.org.

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Register Today for Summer Fun! 40&over / 55&over / 65&over Doubles Leagues!

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The MCTA On-line Store is open for team captains to pay their refundable team deposits to register a team for play in one or more of MCTA’s Summer League programs:

  • 40&over Mixed Doubles
  • 55&over Men’s/Women’s Doubles
  • 65&over Men’s/Women’s Doubles

Team registration will close on June 21st.  By that time, in order to be included in the league schedule all team captains must have:

  • paid their refundable deposit;
  • filed a 2013 Captain’s Commitment Form (if not already filed earlier); and
  • registered at least six players in Tennislink (3 men + 3 women for Mixed Doubles)

Match play will being the week of July 8 and end no later than August 29, depending on league size and number of matches.

Team and player registration is a multi-step process.

STEP ONE: captains download, sign and file a 2013 Captain’s Commitment Form (only one form per year need be filed). Send the completed form to: dpullen@mctatennis.org

STEP TWO: captains use the MCTA On-line Store to pay their refundable deposits

STEP THREE: Once Steps #1-2 are complete, MCTA sends the Captain a unique TennisLink Team Code together with complete instructions for player registration.

STEP FOUR: Players use the Team Code provided to the Captain to sign up for the team via TennisLink. A minimum 6 players (3 men + 3 women for Mixed Doubles teams) must be registered by the time team registration closes in order for that team to be included in the league schedule.

Once registration closes, no more teams can be added to the league (although players may be added to existing teams throughout the season).
Summer League Coordinators

40&over Mixed Doubles League: Lisa Kokoszka

55/65&over Leagues: