Mcc 2017 Bring-a-Ringer Tournament

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.

Ringer Champs 2017 – Danielle & Jacek


Bring-a-Ringer on Saturday is Heating UP!

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).


Tennis Singles Challenger #2

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!

Tennis Singles Challenger #2 – 2017


MCC’s Annual


Saturday, June 17

9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.




  • 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!


Ringer Finals 2014


The Mcc Women’s & Men’s Doubles Tournament 2017

Karen Dixon / Vicki Miceli – Champs 2017 Tess Gill / Karely Deal – Finalists 2017

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!

Mcc Men’s Doubles Champions 2017- Brandon & Andrew

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.

La Jolla Tennis Weekend

Mcc / La Jolla Players on Court #1

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.

                On Friday night we went to the Marina Room, the La Jolla Club’s fancy restaurant right on the water. On Saturday night after meeting in Gene and Mindy’s room for cocktails and joking, we all gathered at the Shores Restaurant for another delicious dinner with an ocean view. The food tasted wonderful and so was the company. Caroline Rook and Linda Pence talked about their tennis escapades from earlier in the day and John Marshall and Gene raved about the excellent competition they faced on court one that morning. All in all, despite being rained out on Sunday, the rooms and company made for a relaxing weekend in the beach community.
                Our next tennis trip is scheduled for November 2017 in Palm Desert. Please keep an eye out for Gene’s emails to sign up for another great tennis escape.

Mcc 2017 Mixed Doubles Championships

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.

David, Jennifer, Karely, Elliot in the Silver Division Finals.

Donna, Robert, Nancy, Mike in the Gold Division Finals

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.

Massoud, Costanza, Brandon, Danielle in the Consolation Finals

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.

Pickleball Clinic on Saturday, April 1st

Pickleball Clinic on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 2-5pm on the paddle tennis courts (behind tennis courts 5 & 6) at Marina City Club. Cost is $5 for members / $15 for non-members. Invite your friends and learn about Pickleball!


There will be an exhibition by some serious pickleball players!


You may just show up, but if you have the inclination to RSVP, please send me a message.  I will make sure to get enough pizza and drinks for those who rsvp!!!


Mcc Singles Challenger #1 – 2017

Singles Players at Challenger

Singles Players at Challenger

The singles challenger had a full roster with 12 players coming out for the round robin event. The main purpose of this event is for singles players to meet other players and get a singles tournament under their belt in preparation for the Mcc Singles Tournament in July.  We had two groups of 6 playing five games per round, the winners were the highest total games.  In Group 1 Sean Cook, Casey Cook, Alan Bledstein, Massoud Djabbari, Stephen McLaren, and Warren Finn.  This group was hotly contested and ended with Alan Bledstein coming out on top with 18 total games, edging out Sean and Casey who came out with 16 and 17 games.  In Group 2 Dave Shoup, Karely Deal, Tess Gill, Gregor Rothangel, Roger Groh, and Vera Mochalina competed with great sportsmanship. In the end, Roger came out on top with 22 games, distancing himself from the field. Vera came in second and Dave finished third.  Thanks to everyone for playing, especially those like Karely who were playing in their first tournament!  It takes courage to join the fray and we applaud all those who competed.  The next Singles Challenger is on  May 27th, so mark your calendars now.

First Tennis Singles Challenger of 2017 Season Tomorrow!

We have our first SINGLES CHALLENGER ROUND ROBIN tomorrow (Saturday, March 4th) from 1-4pm.  We already have a full roster of players, but you are welcome to stop by and if anyone doesn’t show or has to leave early you could step in.

You may want to come and watch also as we’ll have some quality matches taking place on every court tomorrow afternoon.  The next Singles Challenger is scheduled for May 27th, so keep that date in the back of your mind if you want some singles competition in the near future. This tournament is open to men & women of all levels.