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.

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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


Fun for the Kids! Register for the Fall Junior Open!

kids imagesGet the kids out and play! Register for the Fall Junior Open! This tournament is a great opportunity for boys and girls 10 and under to
play a fun and child-friendly match with their peers!

Date and Time: September 6 – 7, 2014, not before 8:00 AM

Description: L6 (formerly L4) Boys’ & Girls’ singles, doubles: 12-18 (SE); Boys’ & Girls’ 10 and under singles: 60’ court, orange ball 10 (RR); Co-ed 10 and under singles: 36’ court, red ball 8 (RR); souvenirs for all, awards for first – fourth place.

Location:  Bullis School, 10601 Falls Rd, Potomac, MD 20854  

Registration: Sign up and view entry fees at the USTA tournament page: (Tournament ID#302763614) or register at

Entries close on Sunday, August 31 at 11:59 pm. Draws will be posted on the Tournament page no earlier than Wednesday, September 3.

 For questions about this tournament, contact Dao Phan-Vissering (, Tournament Director, or Kev Lewis (, Tournament Referee.

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.

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


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:

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: