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