Our annual A-B Potluck is a social event to bring players of all skill levels together for fun, social tennis and food! This year we had sixteen lovely ladies participating with all levels from 3.0-4.5 represented. We paired a player at or below 3.5 with a player at or above 3.5 in each round where they played seven games. After each round, each player got a new partner and we played four rounds, so that everyone got to meet some new people and play against others who they rarely play. After over two-and-a-half hours of tennis where everyone played with some competitive fire as well as kindness befitting a social round robin, all the players retreated back to the Tennis Desk for drinks and food provided by the players themselves. We had hummus, fried chicken, guacamole, chips, salads, wine, and much more. My mouth is watering as I write this! The players hung around until almost five o’clock, chatting about their tennis and life. Many new members met other new players and the established players were able to become closer to their good friends while making new ones. We love events like that that break down the cliques and bring all levels and personalities together to make Mcc even more inclusive than it already is! All matches were played in a wonderful, competitive, yet friendly spirit. Every player also received a red rose for participating. Special thanks to our very own pregnant Georgie LaLonde for coming out to help Gene and Priscilla keep everything smooth and organized. We love the ladies of Mcc!
This year’s men’s singles tournament featured eight strong contenders in a three-week round robin melee. At the end, we came away with four worthy players in the semi-finals: Massoud Djabbari versus Brandon Boyce & Terry Treacy versus Ryan Sokolowski. Massoud and Brandon battled it out on Friday afternoon with Brandon coming out swinging to take the first set. After that, Massoud settled into his attacking game with great approach shots and solid volleys to seize the second and third sets for the victory 5-7, 6-2, 6-2. Ryan and Terry waited until Saturday morning to play therefore played a single pro-set to eight games to see who would face Massoud in the finals later that day. Ryan came out strong, winning the first game by breaking Terry’s serve. After that, although many points were grueling, Terry established a rhythm of heavy topspin and kick serves to win the next seven games for a 7-1 lead. At that point, Ryan loosened up and won the next two games with some big forehands and good first serves. In the final game of the match, Terry served well, drawing three return errors to set up match points at 40-0. After squandering the first two, Terry drew the error for the 8-3 victory and a place in the finals.
The final felt intense right from the start with Terry exhibiting his patented Lleyton Hewitt “c’mon” after winning game points. Massoud kept a calm demeanor but looked determined to make Terry pay for any short balls by driving his forehand and coming in. Terry edged out a hold to start the match the proceeded to break Massoud for a 2-0 lead. From that point on, they had long games with both players struggling on service placement. Four consecutive breaks of serve later, the score was 4-2. Then, just when it looked like another break was coming as Terry tried to deal with the overhead sun on the north side of court one, he figured out a good toss position and held serve to go up 5-2. Massoud followed suit, holding serve for 5-3 and putting the pressure on Terry to serve out the first set. Terry got three out of five first serves in, resulting in a hold to fifteen to take the opening set 6-3.
In the second set, Massoud had the privilege of serving first, however, after a close game with some good aggressive play, Massoud missed a forehand long to give the early break to Terry. Terry followed with an easy hold and again had a strong start to the second set with a 2-love lead. Massoud held serve in the next game, putting pressure on Terry. The following game (fourth of the second set) was the longest of the match. Massoud had three break chances, but each time Terry came up with a solid serve and forced the error off the return. Finally, Terry held with a heavy forehand into the open court that Massoud caught late and floated wide. With the momentum provided by winning a tight game, Terry proceeded to run out the remaining games with two breaks and a hold for the victory 6-3, 6-1. Congrats to both guys for a well-played match and a good tournament.
Please keep your eyes out for emails announcing our next event.
This year’s women’s singles finals featured two quality players who came out of a six-player round robin qualifying to reach the finals. Susan Jolley came into the final undefeated in round robin play while Karen Barry suffered her lone loss to Susan in a three-set battle royale over two days. The match took place on a hot sunny Saturday in the late morning. The first set was quite contentious with both players establishing their serves early as the match started with seven holds until Karen Barry went to serve a 3-4. The game started like many of the others with Karen hitting hard slice backhands and Susan driving both her forehand and backhand high and deep into the court as Karen looked to take one out of the air and charge the net. On break point at 30-40, Susan came up with some brilliant defensive lobs and finally drew the error as Karen ran out of steam trying to reach an overhead. Susan had the first break of the match. In the ninth game, Susan served well, drawing two return errors and winning another long, baseline exchange with a down-the-line forehand that Karen could not track down. On set point, Karen tried to be aggressive, but pushed a volley long giving Susan the first set 6-3.
The second set started with a shaky game from Karen as Susan established an early break of serve. Then, on Susan’s serve, Karen returned some hard slicing backhands, however, those seemed to play right into Susan’s counter-punching style. She used Karen’s pace to constantly change the direction on the ball, running Karen side to side until there was nothing left in the tank. By the end of the third game, the long rallies and the sun were taking their toll on Karen as Susan maintained control of the middle of the court and Karen had to scramble. While several games went to deuce in the latter half of the second set, the game points showed that Susan was willing to run down every ball until there was nothing left in the tank. Susan finally took the match 6-3, 6-0 with great defense and amazing determination. Susan seized the day and is our 2017 Mcc Women’s Singles Champion. Congrats to both finalists and all the players who were brave enough to throw their hat into the ring this year.
Wow, what a great event we had this year! We had fourteen teams entered. The matches were exciting from the start with a lot of long, close matches. After a lot of competitive matches, we whittled it down to four teams in the semi-finals of the main draw. All teams got lots of tennis with a consolation draw. Many new teams participated this year, which is what it’s all about, getting more players involved with our Mcc Tennis Program.
In one semi-final, Karen Berliner and Ziga Weisseisen competed against Jacek Twarowski & Danielle Boyce. After running out to a 4-1 lead, Jacek & Danielle held a point to go up 5-1, but Ziga & Karen fought it off with consistent play and smart shots. They battled back, pushing Jacek & Danielle to 5-5 before Danielle brought out her big serve to end the match 7-5.
In the second semi-final, Robert Rudelius & Darcy Simon battled against Mike Rapkin & Caroline Atchison. Robert’s serve dominated and Darcy’s great mid-court volleys carried the day 6-1.
In the final, in front of sixty excited fans, Jacek & Danielle came out firing to take the set in less than 20 minutes 6-1. The second set started differently with Robert and Darcy immediately breaking serve then holding for a 2-0 lead. They held on to that lead throughout the set with Robert serving it out to win the set 6-4. In the deciding set, the men held serve then both ladies got broken, then they repeated the pattern. At 3-3, both ladies held serve with high percentages of first serves to take it to 4-4. Jacek then held serve with mixed pace to throw off the other team’s rhythm. In the final game of the match, at 30-30, the teams got into a rapid exchange with Danielle rolling a cross-court forehand in the alley as Robert and Darcy were covering the other half of the court. On match point, Danielle hit a solid return off a strong kick serve by Robert. Then Robert charged the net with his patented chip and charge tactic, sending a strong, low shot back to Danielle, who bent low, scooped the backhand off the court and split the opponents up the middle to take the match. All the players were very fair and the final was played in good spirits.
Special thanks to the staff who played in the tournament, Renard and Jacek, as well as Priscilla, Brenda, and Angel, for helping out. In addition, the food this time was wonderful, being catered by our friends at Sky Market, a wonderful store we have right here on property! Tower Pizza provided the pizza once again and did a great job. Finally, to the ringers and members who played, a special thanks, there is no tournament without all the participants and spectators who make our events so special.
Hey Mcc Tennis Players and Fans,
Our Bring-a-Ringer now has 15 teams for our Saturday 9am start time! I would love to get one more team signed up and we would have a full 16-team tournament draw with consolation as well! Please let me know if you have a female ringer as we have several fellas still seeking a ringer partner or a male ringer and I will find a member to be his partner!
All players signed up to be in the ringer, please be at the tennis desk no later than 8:45am on Saturday, June 17th (two days from now) ready for action! This will be a competitive environment with some high-quality athletes involved, including UCLA players and former touring pros.
Spectators: come watch starting at 9am, with food next to court #1 starting at NOON. Finals will be at or about 1pm (depending on if players need a longer rest after the semi-finals).
Thanks to all who signed up, YOUR PARTICIPATION IS GREATLY APPRECIATED.
Hey folks, Marina City Club had our second Singles Challenger of the year today! We featured 9 singles players in two divisions: A & B. The matches were competitive. Players met new people, potential tennis partners in the future in a friendly yet competitive format that matched the NextGen format being used by the ATP this season. Among our players were Tess, Karen, Massoud, Robert, Danielle, Brandon, Susan, Ed, and Marv. Keep your eyes peeled for our next singles tennis event and come out for Mcc singles!
Saturday, June 17
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
- This is a mixed doubles event where you may bring anyone (even Sharapova, we don’t test) to play as your doubles partner. WE ARE MAKING ONE SPECIAL REQUEST THIS YEAR: RINGERS WHO HAVE PLAYED WITH THE SAME PARTNER FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS OR MORE, ESPECIALLY OUR RESIDENT PROS, ARE REQUESTED TO PLAY WITH A NEW MEMBER THIS YEAR…UNLESS NO ONE ELSE WANTS TO PLAY WITH THEM!
EMAIL YOUR NAME AND YOUR PARTNER’S NAME TO:
- The cost is $50 / team, typically paid by the member for the ringer, but that is up to your team.
- It will be a round-robin format, dependent on how many teams we get.
- The finals will be at 1pm and will be 2 out 3 sets no-ad with a 10-point tiebreaker to decide the third set.
- Lunch included and trophies for runners-up and winners and possibly prize $ if we get enough teams!
IF YOU NEED A PARTNER, PLEASE LET GENE KNOW
AND HE WILL TRY TO GET ONE FOR YOU.
We had an exciting women’s doubles tournament 2017 and a breezy May Saturday. The ladies battled it out in a round robin format with all the teams having extremely close matches. Three teams tied with a record of 1-2 and one team eked out a victory in three close matches to distance themselves and assure a place in the finals. That team was Vicki Miceli & Karen Dixon. The other finalists had to be decided by counting the number of games won and after tallying the totals, Karely Deal & Tess Gill edged out Diane Cooper & Sumiko Imay-Lindsay as well as another good team, Hillary Bibicoff & Caroline Rook.
The final started off tense with the women exchanging five breaks of serve before Vicki and Karen established themselves with a hold of serve by Karen, followed by a break, and another hard won hold by Vicki. The points were long and both teams showed great poise under the pressure of playing in front of a fifty-person crowd. Ultimately, Karen and Vicki played a more aggressive brand of tennis that allowed them to take control of the points. Despite good defense, the conditions favored the harder hitting duo and they wound up with the victory, 8-3. Congrats to our champions, finalists and all the other participants for throwing their rackets into the court and accepting the challenge of tournament tennis! Our next grand event is our Bring-a-Ringer, so find a partner and sign up today!
Wow, this men’s doubles final was one to remember. Blustery conditions, bright sunshine, and many unpredictable twists and turns in a two hour affair that started out looking like a forty-minute walkover for the three-time finalists, Andrew Horen and Brandon Boyce. The veterans established themselves early with a solid hold followed by a quick break of serve against the newest challengers, Raul Hernandez and Ryan Sokolowski. The momentum kept with Andrew & Brandon for the rest of the set as they ran Raul and Ryan off the court 6-0 in less than thirty minutes.
In the second set, Raul and Ryan immediately held serve to stop the march toward a double-bagel, however, after some hard-fought games that were much closer, Brandon and Andrew were still better on the big points and built a commanding break-lead at 5-2. With nothing to lose, Raul and Ryan seemed to loosen up as the other guys felt the pressure of closing out the match. Raul blasted his patented forehand by and Ryan blasted big first serves, to storm all the way back and take the second set with a flurry of great shot making 7-5.
Going into the third set, some of the steam had come out of Andrew and Brandon as they could feel the anxiety that comes with letting a lead slip away and allowing an almost defeated opponent to have new life. Raul held easily in the first game of the third, then Andrew managed a hold after being down break point to tie things a 1-1. They continued along with one break and two holds each to arrive at 3-4. All the players were showing signs of fatigue, but the level got better as Andrew hit an amazing “tweener” past Ryan, but still lost the game to make the score 4-4. It was Andrew’s serve and he came up big, keeping Ryan and Raul in defensive mode and allowing Brandon to attack the net. In the tenth game Andrew and Brandon kept attacking and so did Raul and Ryan. The game went back and forth with errors on tight shots and winners when it counted. Then after a match point went begging, Andrew hit a big backhand and forced an error to seal the deal. Congrats to Andrew and Brandon for a well-deserved victory: 6-0, 5-7, 6-4 to become the 2017 Men’s Doubles Champions of the Marina City Club. A huge thanks to all participants and spectators who makes these events special.
The Marina City Club enjoyed another wonderful tennis trip to the beautiful and historic La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club in early May. The weather was questionable, however, on Saturday we enjoyed competitive tennis in the form of Men’s and Women’s Doubles with the La Jolla players. As always, Conan and Doug paired us with very competitive players. We mixed around and in the end the La Jolla team swept Mcc, but all was in good fun. After the matches some of our ladies participated in a La Jolla live ball clinic.
This year’s Mixed Doubles tournament was very well attended with a total of sixteen teams participating in two divisions, Silver & Gold. In the Silver Division, the finals featured newcomers, Jennifer and David Hubka who played against veteran Mcc tournament player, Elliot Nache and his newcomer partner, Karely Deal. In the round robin, Elliot and Karely edged out David and Jennifer in an eight-game pro-set with a score of 8-4. In the final, team Hubka stepped up their level, putting more pressure on Elliot and Karely with deep shots and more aggressive net play to out duel them in the end, 6-4, 6-2. Congrats to David and Jennifer for their first Silver Division title.
In the Gold Division, the defending champs, Karen Berliner and Raul Hernandez made the semis, but came up against a tough team in Mike Levitt and Nancy Closson. Mike and Nancy came to play despite windy conditions and delayed play due to overnight rain. They jumped on top quickly and rode the wave all the way to a convincing 8-3 victory to reach the finals once again. In the second semi-final, Donna Leventhal and Robert Rudelius imposed themselves on Karen Dixon and Marv Benson, with Robert chipping and charging and Donna serving big to take the win 8-2. In the finals, both sets started out the same way, Robert and Donna jumped on top with an early break to go up 3-1, then Nancy and Mike would fight back, getting through tough deuce games to even the match at 3-3. The match started slow, with a lot of errors as the players adjusted to the wind, however, as the match went on, the points heated up, with long cross-court rallies between Mike and Donna, with Robert and Nancy looking to poach, but having difficulty finding an opening. In the end, both sets were decided by a few big points in the last three games and in this case, they all went to the slightly more aggressive team of Leventhal and Rudelius, as they closed out each set with a three-game run to win 6-3, 6-3 in a very entertaining final.
In the consolation final, Danielle and Brandon Boyce showed why they are a formidable team as they started slow, falling behind 1-3, but they started to impose themselves with finely placed serves and wise net play. In the end, they showed great poise and came back to win seven games in a row against a strong team in Costanza Guerrini and Massoud Djabbari to win the third place award 8-3.
Congrats to all the players who competed well in a very challenging draw. Thank you to Priscilla, Brenda, and all the staff who helped get the courts dry and ready for play after overnight rain. Also, special thanks to all who came out to spectate and support our efforts to make Mcc the best tennis club in West LA! See you at our next event.