| By Kathy Miller

The men’s Tri-Level League had six teams which played a round-robin format the weekend of Oct. 4, with the women’s five teams also playing a round-robin format the weekend of Oct. 11. With all the court time needed for the event, I called the owners of the “closed” Rockville Racquet asking if we could rent the facility for one last hurrah at the club. They happily obliged, and we were happy to be able to play on the blue, light-buzzing courts one last time!

The matches were very competitive and a great time was had by all. The winning teams will advance to a Sectional event to represent the Long Island Region over the Martin Luther King Day weekend in January. Captain Ian Shapiro led his team to victory by winning all five of their matches. Ian’s team consists of 3.5 players Josh Levin, Ravi Lam, Jemal Creary and Jody Gerber, 4.0 players Ian Shapiro, Gabe Moreira, Jeff Kee, Dan Derosalia, Vishal Lalchand, and the 4.5 players Wyn Mintz, Allan Rozner, Frank Schiraldi, Andrew Ross and David Block. It was a great team effort to be undefeated!

The winning women’s team was also undefeated and came down to a nail biter in the last match with the deciding court being the 3.5 court played by Dayna Coulter and Michele Bergman winning 7-6, 7-5. The team is captained by Debbie Cichon who did a great job in leading her team to victory! Dayna and Michele played 3.5, along with Linda Sweeney, while Kara Parker, Cindy Gomez, Janine Buss and Monika Malgorzatta Maiellano played the 4.0 courts. Captain Debbie Cichon, Jenn Sussman and Jill Cohen played the 4.5 court.

Good luck to both teams at the Sectional Championship!

I also want to take this opportunity to thank Rockville Racquet for all the wonderful years of tennis! Over the years, they hosted many USTA adult and senior teams with many of those teams advancing to the Sectional Championship and some to the National Championship. We were happy to be able to have one last event at the facility which will be sorely missed!

The Mixed-Doubles League began mid-October at the combined levels of 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0. The deadline to add to the roster is Dec. 15.

The 40 & Over League will begin the first week in May and run until the beginning of July with the 18 & Over League beginning the first week of June and running until mid-August. There will be a just a four-week period of the leagues overlapping. We continue to try different options with the leagues to find what will work best on Long Island with the new format. All captains will be contacted by the end of January with registration information. Anyone looking to captain a new team, please let me know.

Again, good luck to our Tri-Level teams as we look forward to a successful mixed season!

The winning Tri-Level Men’s team, captained by Ian Shapiro, will advance to a Sectional event in January



Kathy Miller is the manager at Carefree Racquet Club and is also the Adult League Coordinator for USTA/Long Island. She may be reached at kathym65@aol.com.