Santa Barbara County Tennis – Southern California Tennis News http://southerncaliforniatennis.org Tennis News, Events, Community Activities, Tournaments Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:37:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 The Ojai ROAD TRIP – A Rite of Passage for Tennis Lovers in the Spring http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/the-ojai-road-trip-a-rite-of-passage-for-tennis-lovers-in-the-spring/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/the-ojai-road-trip-a-rite-of-passage-for-tennis-lovers-in-the-spring/#comments Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:47:56 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=24371 Read more »]]> When Scott Cleere first became the Director of Tennis at the Templeton Tennis Ranch back in 2015, he wanted to introduce some of his new members at the new facility just south of Paso Robles to a one-day tennis-watching experience that they would never forget.

And The Ojai ROAD TRIP he and his buddy Franky Curiel had started a few years prior was the perfect fit for his new membership.

Cleere first experienced The Ojai in 2013, and said his first trip to the tournament started in 1896 was something special.

“It was magical,” Cleere said. “The setting, the trees, the tea. It was like something you couldn’t even describe. And then the tennis. I mean, just unreal that you could go to a place and see the Pac-12 Championships, the other colleges, the open players AND SoCal’s top juniors. Libbey Park is a special place. You can feel the history. It’s a place of reverence and deep respect for the most essential heart of the sport of tennis.”

Scott and Franky wanted others to see and feel what he did. So a few years ago, Cleere began talking up The Ojai ROAD TRIP to anyone who would listen. Soon, they filled a van of 12 to 15 local San Luis Obispo County tennis fans who made the three hour one-way trip all day trip on the last Saturday in April. He said his goal is to someday charter a bus and fill it with 50 fans and bring them on The Ojai ROAD TRIP to sip tea from the Tea Tent, and watch tennis all day under the huge oak trees that hang down on Libbey Park.

The Ojai’s PR and Marketing Director Steve Pratt soon learned about The Ojai ROAD TRIP and was eager to help Scott and Franky promote it with discounted tickets, and a special welcoming at the front of the park where Pratt talked about the past history of The Ojai. Both Cleere and Pratt currently serve on the SCTA’s Volunteer Marketing Committee.

Scott and Franky would love to have other tennis clubs or community groups start an Ojai ROAD TRIP, and Pratt said he would assist any way he could. Anything to get more people to experience The Ojai, Pratt said.

If your group is interested in doing an Ojai ROAD TRIP, there is a little time before next week’s tournament, which begins on Wednesday with the finals running till Sunday, April 29. But there’s always next year! Please feel free to contact Scott or Franky if you have any questions.

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SCTA’s Community Tennis Development Workshop Creates New Traditions in Orange County http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/community-tennis/sctas-community-tennis-development-workshop-creates-new-traditions-in-orange-county/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/community-tennis/sctas-community-tennis-development-workshop-creates-new-traditions-in-orange-county/#respond Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:24:10 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=21892 Read more »]]> The Community Tennis Development Workshop was a smashing success held recently at Bill Barber Community Park in Orange County. The one-day event was sponsored by the Southern California Tennis Association and it offered coaching education, resources and tennis support to approximately 40 participants.

Melanie Bischoff, the Director of Community Tennis, said the Community Tennis Development Workshop has been offered for about a decade in Southern California. The conference was previously located at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden but was moved due to construction at that site. When the SCTA was searching for a new venue, City of Irvine Tennis Director Steve Riggs immediately offered accommodations at City’s offices and Bill Barber Community Park. Also, the seminar was restructured from a two-day to a one-day seminar.

“It was a pleasure for the City of Irvine to host the CTDW,” said Riggs, also incoming member of the SCTA Board of Directors in 2018. “We feel it’s important to give back to the tennis community and one great way to do this is by hosting tennis education seminars. We look forward to helping out again in the future.”

The CTDW morning kicked off with a comprehensive On Court Net Generation Training led by USTA National Coach Karl Davies. The three-hour session offered an in-depth look at the USTA’s Net Generation Red Ball program for beginners focusing on tennis progressions, easy games, and activities with a fun flair.

After lunch, the SCTA staff led a “Welcome to Net Generation” program headlined by USTA SoCal Director of Marketing Cari Buck, and Tennis Service Representatives Karen Ronney and Aisling Bowyer. They informed of Net Generation resources, programs, teaching support and a vast array of coaching guidance for 10-and-Under Tennis. The workshop was designed to assist teaching pros, coaches, teachers, park and recreation leaders, and those associated with Community Tennis Associations.

Additional sessions included a historical look at the development of tennis in the African American communities led by representatives of the American Tennis Association. Other offerings were breakout focus sessions led by local experts.

In addition to the tennis education workshop, lunch and dinner, the CTDW had its first awards presentation. The First Serve of Santa Ana was named the “Community Program of the Year”, and the group received a plaque and recognition for its efforts. They said the fundamental concept of First Serve was to teach tennis to kids, and encourage older players to mentor younger ones. This program develops responsibility, community spirit and leadership skills in youth. First Serve said it credits their successful model to tennis legend Vic Braden, who provided assistance in their earlier years of operation. Other award winners were Beth Kuney for Volunteer of the Year, Mark McCampbell received an award for Coaching Excellence of the Year, and Braemar Country Club was named Community Partner of the Year.

“The workshop is an opportunity for Community Tennis Association (CTA) members, park and recreation professionals, teaching pros, facility personnel and community tennis advocates to get together to learn and to continue to find ways to grow the game,” said Evan Smith, USTA SoCal Manager of NJTL, Diversity & Inclusion. “This is also a great way to network, meet new people and build friendships. It’s one of the highlights of the year in Community Tennis at the USTA.”

 

 

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USTA Offers Multicultural Grants and Financial Assistance for Juniors in 2018 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/usta-offers-multicultural-grants-and-financial-assistance-for-juniors-in-2018/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/usta-offers-multicultural-grants-and-financial-assistance-for-juniors-in-2018/#respond Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:42:44 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=21864 Read more »]]> The USTA is offering many financial assistance opportunities to assist players of minority and multicultural backgrounds next year. They will be in the form of Individual Player Grants, Excellence Player Grant and Essay Grants. All applications are available online.  If eligible, please apply.

Multicultural Individual Player Grant for National Competition & Training: These grants provide funding to competitive junior players aspiring to achieve national and/or international rankings. Funding will be based on participation in specific USTA sanctioned tournaments in 2016. Must be training and competing in tournaments year-round and have a history of strong national tournament results. Be sure to read and follow the instructions carefully prior to submitting your application. The application due date is February 2, 2018 and it will be awarded in March 2018. For more information, please click here , and go to this link for Grant Application Instructions.

Okechi Womeodu Scholar Athlete Grant: Honoring the memory, life and achievements of Okechi Womeodu, who otherwise would have had a very promising future, both on and off the court. Rewards players who work to excel as much in the classroom as in sports. Must be training and competing in tournaments year-round, have a history of strong national tournaments results and a minimum GPA of 3.0. The number of grants available are : 1 grant (African-American male). The application due date is January 20, 2018 and it will be awarded in March 2018. For the application,  please click  here.

Althea Gibson Leadership Award: Honoring the memory, life and achievements of Althea Gibson, the first African-American Grand Slam champion, who paved the way for millions who followed. Rewards players who work to excel in leading others both on and off the court. Must be training and competing in tournaments year-round. Number of grants available: 1 grant (African-American female.) The application is due February 9, 2018 and will be awarded in April 2018. Click here to download the application.

Pancho González Scholar Athlete Grant: In honor of Pancho Gonzalez, the Mexican-American icon who won two U.S. Championships men’s singles titles and whose dedication to the sport of tennis brought together fans from all walks of life. We look to reward a player who works to excel in leading others both on and off the court. The recipient must be training and competing in tournaments year-round. Number of grants available: 1 grant (one male or one female.) The application is due February 9, 2018 and will be awarded in April 2018. Please click here to download the application.

Asian-American Scholar Athlete Leadership Grant:  In honor of the achievements of Asian-American tennis pioneers who paved the way for millions who followed, we look to reward a player who works to excel in leading others both on and off the court. The recipient must be training and competing in tournaments year-round. Number of grants available: 1 grant (one male or one female.) The application is due February 9, 2018 and will be awarded in April 2018. Please click  here to download the application

Native American Scholar Athlete Leadership Grant: In honor of the achievements of Native American tennis pioneers who paved the way for millions who followed, we look to reward a player who works to excel in leading others both on and off the court. The recipient must be training and competing in tournaments year-round. Number of grants available: 1 grant (one male or one female.) The application is due February 9, 2018 and will be awarded in April 2018.  Please click here to download the application.

Multicultural Excellence Program Grant: USTA Diversity & Inclusion would like to offer support to programs which are helping our best young players reach the highest level of national junior tennis. We will help offset expenses to any full-time program which offers travel to assist a team or two or more players to compete in the main draw of singles at any USTA sanctioned events. The application due date is through 2018. Please click here to download the Grant Report Form.

 

 

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The PTR Offers Coaching Education Opportunities in Southern California http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/the-ptr-offers-coaching-education-opportunities-in-southern-california/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/the-ptr-offers-coaching-education-opportunities-in-southern-california/#respond Thu, 07 Dec 2017 23:11:17 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=21745 Read more »]]> Registration is open for Professional Tennis Registry workshops in Southern California for coaches who wish to progress in coaching education.

On December 16 & 17, a 10 & Under Certification will be held at the Marguerite Tennis Pavilion in Mission Viejo. The clinician is Julien Heine and fee is $202. The workshop covers the following:

  • Creating a coaching environment in which young children can learn to play quickly while having fun
  • Communication and organization skills for coaching 10 & Under players
  • Structure and content of tennis lessons for 10 & Under players: athletic skill, technical and tactical, game and competitive development on the RED, ORANGE and GREEN court
  • Developing quality coaching skills and knowledge for working with 10 & Under players
  • Serve, rally and score as quickly as possible
  • Appropriate team and individual competition for different age groups
  • Information for working positively with parents

An 11 to 17 Certification is offered at El Camino Country Club on January 27 in Oceanside.  The  clinician is Marc Stingley and the fee is $227. The Elements of the Workshop are:

  • Communication and organization skills for coaches working with 11 to 17 year olds both in groups and as individuals
  • Lesson structure and content for different ages and gender: athletic skills to reinforce technical and tactical skills, game and competitive development
  • Developing quality coaching skills and knowledge for working with 11-17 year olds
  • How to develop leadership qualities in young people
  • Conducting successful camps
  • Appropriate competition in singles, doubles and team formats
  • Information for working positively with parents

For information on all of these workshops, go to  https://www.ptrtennis.org/MemberSite/Workshops/Schedule-USA.aspx.

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Perennial Sportsmanship Winners Finish 2nd at TOC Nationals http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/perennial-sportsmanship-winners-finish-2nd-at-toc-nationals/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/perennial-sportsmanship-winners-finish-2nd-at-toc-nationals/#respond Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:56:09 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=13157 Read more »]]> The UC Irvine Club Tennis team is one of the section’s longest standing Tennis On Campus programs. The Anteaters have proven to be a force to be reckoned with in competition, but what they are really known for is their excellent sportsmanship on and off the court.

They’ve amassed numerous sportsmanship awards at the Section Championship, more at the Spring Invitational, and even more at the National Championship through the years. In 2017, their story certainly shows a team with the same sincerity we are all used to, but it also takes them to the finals of the Tennis On Campus National Championship.

“I did not know what to expect heading into Nationals. I knew that any of these 64 teams had a chance to win,” UCI Team Captain, Tommy Luu, said of the experience. It was a common theme among team members. Many knew they had a strong team, but had no expectation to be in the final battle for the title.

The top teams from all over the U.S. made their way to the USTA’s new National Campus in Orlando this April– all fighting to be in this very position.

“We didn’t expect to go so far,” senior Melissa Huang said. “We didn’t realize our potential. I think it really hit us when we got into the top four that we had a chance at winning the tournament.”

And how would they have ever known? The team was young and inexperienced at this level. They finished third at the 2017 Southern California Section Championship, and even missed out on Nationals in 2016 after a disappointing run at Sectionals last year.

“I was the only one on UCI’s 2015 Nationals team that returned for 2017, so it was pretty difficult to gauge how we would perform against the other schools,” Co-Captain Gabe Cupino said.

Apparently, it was only the coach who knew what to expect from this group.

“I was confident we had a team that could win at Nationals,” long-time coach, Iris Fonseca, said after their stellar run. “My goal coming into the tournament was winning the title. At minimum, I wanted to finish as one of the top four schools.”

The road to the finals was not easy. Seeded second in their pool, the Anteaters had to play University of Virginia, University of Tennessee, and Rice University. UVA was the team to beat, seeded at number one in Pool I. First up for the Anteaters was University of Tennessee. The team looked shaky, dropping a couple sets, but finishing strong with a 23-15 win. Next, an easy-breezy match versus Rice University, ending 30-9. Last up, was UVA. The Cavaliers are known for their deep runs into the Gold Bracket at Nationals, but UCI was able to push the team into the Silver Bracket with a 30-15 win in the final round of pool play.

“My mentality getting into the Gold Draw was there’s no such thing as an easy match,” Luu said. “Everyone in Gold Draw had the capability to win at Nationals and I knew we just had to believe in each other and keep fighting for every set, every point, every shot.”

In the first round of the Gold Bracket, UCI beat UPenn handedly. In the quarters, they faced Georgia and looked strong out of the gates. The Anteaters were up big heading into mixed and looked to have everything under control at 4-0, but dropped six quick games and lost the mixed doubles set. The match then went into Overtime, but the Eaters were able to stop the bleeding and won the first game of OT, ending the match after a minor hiccup.

Into the semifinals they went with bellies full of Korean barbeque from the night previous and a tough match ahead of them. Minnesota was primed and ready for the 9 a.m. match on Saturday. The Gophers’ men’s doubles team laid out a 6-1 win over the Anteaters and it didn’t look like the girls weren’t fairing much better. UCI was down 1-4 in women’s doubles when the team subbed in exchange student Yoshi Takashimizu, which put the brakes on Minnesota’s momentum and turned the set around completely. UCI won women’s doubles 6-4.

Heading into mixed doubles, Minnesota had a one-game lead. It was up to the mixed doubles team of Cupino and Huang to come up with the upset.

“During the mixed set, I played with a lot of energy because we needed to win at least 6-4 to win the match without playing a supertiebreak,” Cupino recalled of the match. “I was trying to keep us pumped up because I knew the moment the other team gained momentum, we could lose the set and ultimately lose the match.”

Cupino and Huang focused on their consistency through their entire set and were able to pull through with a 6-3 win, beating Minnesota 23-21 and securing their spot in the finals.

They waited for the winner of the other semifinal match, either UCLA or Michigan. The Bruins were desperately trying to claw their way back into the match with a 6-1 win in men’s singles. Ultimately though, the Bruins fell and the final match was decided. The Anteaters would face a feisty team from University of Michigan in the finals.

The teams had a few hours to kill before the big show. UCI went through pre-match interviews with the USTA’s video crew and got a briefing on the night’s run of show. The team refueled at Olive Garden and went back to the hotel to decompress with a rousing game of “Exploding Kittens,” a card game that helped keep the anxiety at bay while they waited for the evening’s match.

Before they knew it, they were back at the National Campus, hearing their names announced to a buzzing crowd of students, friends and family, and USTA staff. The Anteaters were a clear fan favorite. Once again, the team’s unparalleled sportsmanship paid off. It was clear UC Irvine had garnered the support of teams throughout the tournament – even the teams they had beaten.

“There are no words to describe the feeling from the energy and support the fans gave us,” Luu said. “I knew we had made some friends from the other schools but I did not expect almost everyone to be on our side cheering us on.”

It’s not every day that a college student can say they played in an event of this magnitude. Students from the 64 teams gathered around one court to watch these two teams battle. They cheered. They groaned. They rallied behind their friends, teammates, and new TOC comrades. The match was also streamed live online with color commentary from Cici Bellis, so the event reached thousands of people across the country as it happened.

As the match got underway, Michigan took charge immediately, winning women’s doubles 6-2. Up next was Takashimizu for women’s singles and it turned out she had a bit of a cult following herself. The crowd chanted her name as she warmed up.

“YO-SHI, YO-SHI, YO-SHI.”

“It was so much fun and I will never forget that moment,” she said. “I can’t thank the people enough for cheering for me and supporting us in every way.”

Takashimizu found herself up 5-2 in the singles set, but her Wolverine opponent locked into the match and made an incredible comeback, taking the set 6-5.

Next up, men’s doubles: Cupino and Luu. The two team captains got off to a slow start and found themselves in a 0-2 deficit. They fired back, however, and served up six straight games and a 6-2 win, keeping the Anteaters in the match.

“I had never played in that kind of atmosphere, in front of so many people,” Luu said. “At first, I was so nervous. I was shanking every ball and missing volleys in the warm up. But through the course of the set, the crowd’s energy inspired me to keep fighting.”

Freshman Andy Francis stepped onto the court for men’s singles. With the crowd behind him, he pulled out a 6-4 victory. The Anteaters were up one game going into mixed doubles. They just needed to win the set to win the title.

UCLA Cheers for UCI in Championship Final

The crowd erupted in excitement to see Takashimizu take the court with Cupino. The “Yo-Shi” chants filled the stadium once again as the duo warmed up. However, the Anteaters needed more than the crowd’s support for this set. Michigan flew into the final set with a vengeance, and stole the win from the Anteaters with a 6-1 victory in mixed doubles.

Even in defeat, UC Irvine was thankful for the experience and proud of what they accomplished.

“It was a surreal experience,” Cupino said. “I felt like I had to give it my all for everyone who was watching. To hear so much clapping and screaming after winning a point was something I have never experienced in my life. It is an experience I will always hold close to my heart.”

“This tournament has truly been the highlight of my coaching career at UCI,” Fonseca admitted. “I could not have asked for a better team to coach and represent UCI and Southern California at Nationals.”

Five other Southern California teams competed at the National Championship this year. UCLA finished third over Minnesota, putting two SoCal teams in the top three in the country. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the Section Championship winner, also competed in the Gold Draw.

UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, and USC all played in the Silver Draw after tough pool play matches.

All Southern California teams were present for that final match.

“Watching a SoCal team in the final was an amazing experience,” UCSB Senior Daniel Barrington said. “To see players out there that we have grown close with over the past few years get an opportunity to battle on what is perhaps the biggest stage any of us will ever get to play on was truly humbling and so much fun.”

“We all felt a companionship with UCI and wanted them to win so badly,” Gaucho Club President Lincoln Howarth said. “When they lost, a lot of us described the feeling as if we had lost as well. Since we were all coming from the same section, it felt like a fight that we were all in together. Watching UCI do so well and make it to the finals was like watching a close friend succeed.”

TOC SoCal Schools After the Final

You can’t help but support a team like UC Irvine. They make friends everywhere they go. The SoCal teams know this, but now the nation knows it.

In true UCI fashion, when asked to reflect on the experience, the Anteaters all expressed their gratitude.

“I just want to thank everyone involved with this event, especially the USTA,” Luu said. “Thanks for giving students a chance to play competitively and experience it all through such an amazing event and team scenario.”

For more information on the Tennis On Campus National Championship, visit the Tennis On Campus website. For more information on your local TOC programs, contact Madeline Segura (Segura@scta.usta.com) with USTA Southern California.

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Mustangs Win Second Straight TOC Title http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/mustangs-win-second-straight-toc-title/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/mustangs-win-second-straight-toc-title/#respond Tue, 28 Feb 2017 18:10:54 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=11547 Read more »]]> The Cal Poly San Luis Obispo club tennis team earned its second Southern California Tennis On Campus Championship this month. The team beat out UCLA in a rematch of the 2016 final.

Cal Poly SLO – A and B Teams

The Mustangs breezed through pool play on day one of the championship, taking down B-teams from UC Santa Barbara and University of San Diego. In the Gold Draw, the team faced San Diego State in the quarterfinals and USC in the semis – both teams working to rebuild after losing key senior players in 2016.

UCLA A, B, and C Teams

The Bruins entered into the tournament as the number one seed with a veteran roster along with a couple of new faces. In pool play, UCLA faced dangerous teams from Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine – both capable of doing damage, but ultimately unsuccessful in their efforts. To get to the finals of the Gold Draw, the Bruins had to take down UC Santa Barbara and UCI’s A-team.

Once in the finals, both teams knew they had their work cut out for them. In the 2016 championship final, Cal Poly was able to get the win in a highly contested 26-23 win over the Bruins. This year, UCLA was hungry for the opportunity to reclaim their title as the top team in Southern California, a title the Bruins have known well since the program’s inception.

The final match started out with two extremely competitive doubles sets. The Mustangs took both of them, winning women’s doubles in a tiebreak and winning men’s doubles off of only one break of serve. Heading into singles, the Mustangs were up 12-9. They dropped women’s singles 2-6, but picked up a 6-4 win on the men’s side. The Mustangs had a one-game lead heading into the final set – mixed doubles- and it would be two veteran doubles teams battling for the title. Cal Poly SLO captain Alex Braksator and senior Christi Tain took on UCLA senior Ishaan Choubal and junior Joy Huang. For the first few games, the energy was tense on the court and among the fans in the stands. Everyone knew what was at stake. Braksator and Tain took control mid-match, however, and clinched the championship for Cal Poly with a 6-3 win.

The Mustangs are one of six Southern California teams who will travel to Orlando, Florida this spring for the National Championships. UC Irvine, USC, UC San Diego, and UC Santa Barbara will join Cal Poly and UCLA in a trip east to the New Home of American Tennis – the USTA’s new national campus. There, they will compete alongside 64 other teams from across the nation for the ultimate prize – the National Championship.

Back home at the Southern California Championship, the Silver Draw consisted of all of the teams that placed second in pool play. B-teams from Cal Poly, UCLA, USC, UCI, and UCSB were joined by UC Riverside and CSUN, along with UCLA’s C-team to finish out the draw of eight. It was an all-Bruin final and the Silver Draw ended with a tie. Neither team wanted to claim the victory over their teammates. As winners of the Silver Draw, UCLA won paid entry into the Tennis On Campus Spring Invitational in Surprise, AZ.

Three UCSD Womens Doubles Teams

The Bronze Draw contained all of the third-place teams from pool play. Pepperdine fielded two teams in the Bronze, along with UC San Diego. They were joined by Loyola Marymount, CSUF, and B-teams from USD and SDSU. Like in the Silver Draw, one school dominated the Bronze. Both UCSD teams battled to the final, but chose to settle the match against each other in an uber-competitive game of water pong. UCSD-C ultimately claimed the title and the school earned a $50 gift card and a case of balls for their success.

Up next on the Southern California schedule is the Cali Cup, scheduled for March 4-5 at UCLA. The tournament alternates from Northern California to Southern California year to year and is reserved for the top four teams from each section championship.

The Spring Invite is scheduled just one week prior to Nationals on April 7-9, and is organized for the players who do not travel to the National Championship. Southern California schools are known to excel here, winning five of the past seven titles. In the 2016 event, UC San Diego and USC were finalists in the Gold Draw and secured bids to this year’s National Championship.

To keep up to date with all of our Southern California Tennis On Campus programs, follow us on Facebook or on the section website!

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So Cal Junior Tennis Adopts New Seeding Methods for 2017 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/so-cal-junior-tennis-adopts-new-seeding-methods-for-2017/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/so-cal-junior-tennis-adopts-new-seeding-methods-for-2017/#respond Fri, 27 Jan 2017 19:43:54 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=10846 Read more »]]> The times they are a changin’ in junior tennis seeding for Southern California. With advent of growing resources, the SCTA will be using many factors to determine seeding in Junior Open Tournaments Levels 1 to 4 starting January 2017. This means tournament directors will consider USTA sectional and national rankings, as well as the Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) system. Also, tournaments are offered through the USTA  as well as UTR channels.

To find upcoming USTA junior tournaments in So Cal go to Http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/Schedule/Search.aspx.   The next UTR tournament in San Diego is Feb 18 to 20 at Del Norte High. Sign up at http://events.universaltennis.com/tournaments/127/players/.

Trevor Kronemann, the Director of Junior Competition for the SCTA, stated several reasons for this shift.  In 2016,  he sent this information to USTA players in So Cal:

  • The seeding committee reserves the right to consider other factors for players returning from injury, out of section players, players playing out of age division and other unforeseen situations that the seeding committee deems applicable.
  • Seeding the system used to separate the top players in a draw so that they do not meet in the early rounds of a tournament. The top seed is the player that the tournament committee (Tournament Director, Tournament Referee, Director of Junior Tennis, Junior Competition Chair) deems the strongest player in the event. It is not a standing or ranking.

Many may wonder, what is the UTR system? Where does it get information? According to the UTR website, this is the story:

“Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) has now processed more than 4 million tennis match results—less than a year after attaining the 3 million match mark last April. UTR is rapidly becoming a “mainstream” tool throughout the tennis world. The millions of results flow in from more than 200 nations. They reflect the play of over 300,000 athletes and 2,000 college teams. The pace at which results are entering the system indicate UTR’s rapid growth: the database took a little over a year to grow from 2 million to 3 million matches, but the fourth million arrived in less than nine months.

UTR attracts tennis data from all over the world as a consequence of the simplicity, accuracy, pragmatic value, and universality of its rating scale. It gathers results from the ATP, WTA, ITF, ITA (U.S. college tennis), USTA (open, 5.0, and junior levels), Tennis Canada, Great Britain’s Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), Tennis Australia, and Tennis Europe, plus select public and private U.S. high school results.

UTR translates all this data into a common worldwide metric that rates athletes’ level of play on a 16-point scale (from beginners to world-class professionals). UTR precisely and reliably determines individual players’ ratings based on actual match results, without regard for age, gender. or where the matches are played. The score of the match and the rating of the opponent are the only factors that enter the algorithmic calculations.

In the past year, UTR has also added new features, like enabling players to claim their profiles and receive weekly results notifications. College teams, too, can claim their profiles and compare matchups with opponents. In the near future, Universal Tennis will introduce doubles ratings as well.”

For more information on UTR go to https://universaltennis.com/.  For more information on SCTA seeding method changes, please contact Trevor Kronemann via email at  tkronemann@scta.usta.com.

 

 

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USPTA Offers New Membership for High School Coaches http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/uspta-offers-new-membership-for-high-school-coaches/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/uspta-offers-new-membership-for-high-school-coaches/#respond Thu, 26 Jan 2017 19:20:09 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=10758 Read more »]]> The USPTA now offers a new category of membership for high school coaches. School athletic directors are encouraged to sign up their schools, and all tennis coaches at a school will have access to the benefits. This is an annual membership (Aug.-July.) for $99 per year.  As a member they get full access to tennisresources.com – a website with hundreds of hours of drills, tips, instructional videos and more.

There is an interactive online practice planner containing hundreds of drills to help you build custom lesson plans for your team to help you stay organized during the busy school year on Tennis Resources.  The fee is $99 per school, not per coach. Benefits include:

 

Benefits include:

  • Full access to tennisresources.com – a website with hundreds of hours of drills, tips, instructional videos and more.
  • Interactive online practice planner containing hundreds of drills to help you build custom lesson plans for your team to help you stay organized during the busy school year. (View a samplehere)
  • School subscription to Tennis magazine
  • School subscription to Tennis Industry magazine
  • USPTA member pricing for USPTA national and division events

For more information, go to http://uspta.com/default.aspx/MenuItemID/2171/MenuGroup/HOME.htm. 

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Kayla Day Headed To Main Draw At Australian Open http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/kayla-day-headed-to-main-draw-at-australian-open/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/kayla-day-headed-to-main-draw-at-australian-open/#respond Mon, 21 Nov 2016 19:44:46 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=9478 Read more »]]> At this time of year it would be appropriate to say that Kayla Day is thankful for the USTA Pro Circuit after winning the organization’s Australian Open Wild Card Challenge. But it was the hard work Day put in on the court, and the results that followed that will send her Down Under for the first time when she plays in the main draw of the year’s first Grand Slam, the Australian Open.

Santa Barbara’s Day, 17, clinched the USTA Pro Circuit Australian Open Wild Card Challenge and secured the Australian Open berth by winning the W.L. Amos St. Tennis Classic in Macon, Ga., three weeks ago and reaching the semifinals at the Copperwynd Pro Women’s Challenge in Scottsdale, Ariz., two weeks ago. Grace Min, the only player who could surpass Day, lost in the final at the $50,000 Waco Showdown in Waco, Texas, and could not gain enough points to earn the wild card. Macon was Day’s first career singles professional title and she is currently ranked a career-high No. 195 in the world.

September 7, 2016 - Kayla Day in action against Shelly Krolitzky during the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY.

Kayla Day in action during the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY.

Day also earned a wild card into the 2016 US Open by winning the USTA Girls’ 18s National Championships. She will be making her second consecutive Grand Slam main draw appearance after competing in the 2016 US Open as a wild card, where she won her first round match. Day then went on to win the US Open girls’ singles title this September in New York and shot to No. 1 in the world junior rankings. Day is a lefty whose style has played well on all surfaces. Prior to her title on the hard courts in New York, she reached the junior semifinals at Wimbledon, the singles final at the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit tournament in Naples, Fla., and the quarterfinals of the $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Charlottesville, Va., in April – both clay-court events. Day also reached the final of the prestigious Orange Bowl junior championships last December in Plantation, Fla., and helped lead the U.S. to a second-place finish on the clay in Madrid at the 2015 Junior Fed Cup finals.

In the USTA Pro Circuit Australian Open Wild Card Challenge, the USTA awards a 2017 Australian Open wild card to the American man and American woman who earn the most ATP World Tour and WTA ranking points at two of the three select USTA Pro Circuit hard-court events this fall. Only Americans who did not earn direct entry into the Australian Open are eligible. The USTA and Tennis Australia have a reciprocal agreement in which wild cards into the 2016 US Open and 2017 Australian Open are exchanged. In the event of a tie, the player with the best ATP or WTA singles ranking will be awarded the wild card. The 2017 Australian Open main draw will be held Monday, Jan. 16, to Sunday, Jan. 29.

The USTA first used this wild card format in 2012 to award wild cards into the French Open and US Open and has been doing so ever since. Last year, young Americans Noah Rubin and Samantha Crawford earned wild cards into the Australian Open by winning the wild card challenge. This year, former top junior players Taylor Townsend and Bjorn Fratangelo each won the USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge for wild cards into the French Open, and Sofia Kenin and Ernesto Escobedo earned US Open wild cards by winning the US Open Wild Card Challenge this summer.

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Host Sip ‘N Serve in 2017 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/host-sip-n-serve-in-2017/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/host-sip-n-serve-in-2017/#respond Thu, 10 Nov 2016 20:07:29 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=9429 Read more »]]> The SCTA is extending an invitation all Southern California’s enterprising teaching pros. We are making a big push to bulk up our young adult programming in 2017 and we want new coaches to get involved. Sip ‘N Serve is a high-energy tennis clinic for young adults (ages 21-39), followed directly by networking and drinks for the players. It’s proven to be very successful in engaging a relatively disengaged group of tennis players, something we deeply care about here at the USTA. It has brought new members into tennis clubs, deepened local league teams, and built stronger customer bases for teaching pros. If successfully executed, the program really is a win-win-win. A win for you, a win for the player, and a win for the USTA.Sip N Serve Logo

Here’s the thing: Sip ‘N Serve is all yours. You choose the days to run it. You set your pricing. You keep all of your profits. We’ll even give you a grant to get you started. All we want is that you make tennis players happy in your local communities and that you collect player contact information and help us shuffle them into other USTA programs.

We are inviting enthusiastic tennis coaches to get the full Sip ‘N Serve experience on November 20th at Billie Jean King Tennis Center (1040 Park Ave) in Long Beach. SCTA staffers will run you through your typical SNS class – filled with games and friendly competitions. Then, we plan to wine and dine you. The hope here is that you will see how great the program is and that you will want to bring it to your facility immediately.

The clinic is free and you are welcome to invite others to join us. Please RSVP by Thursday, November 17th. To RSVP, simply email Madeline Segura (segura@scta.usta.com) with your name and the facility you teach out of.

If you have any questions about the program, feel free to contact us. We look forward to seeing you on the courts!

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Kayla Day Wins US Open Junior Girls Singles Title http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/kayla-day-wins-us-open-junior-girls-singles-title/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/kayla-day-wins-us-open-junior-girls-singles-title/#respond Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:51:22 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=8909 Read more »]]> NEW YORK – Southern Californian Kayla Day celebrated two milestone achievements on Sunday in New York City.

The 16-year-old Day, the No. 5-seed from Santa Barbara, defeated the No. 13-seed Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia, 6-3, 6-2, on the Grandstand Court at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center to capture the US Open Junior girls singles title at the year’s final Grand Slam. See below for video of the match point.

September 11, 2016 - Kayla Day in action against Viktoria Kuzmova in the girls' singles final during the 2016 US Open Junior Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY.

Kayla Day dropped to her knees after winning the US Open girls title on an ace.

In her post-match press conference, Day was notified that on Monday she would be the new International Tennis Federation No. 1 world-ranked junior girls player.

“These were like the best two weeks of my life,” said Day after the match. “Every day was great. I had so much fun every single day, and it was just a great experience overall.”

Day showed amazing resiliency coming back from a tough three-set semifinal win in singles on Saturday, and then falling in the doubles final later that evening after holding two championship points.

“I think I was really able to mentally set aside what had happened last night and just move on, because I knew I had a really important match today,” Day said. “I knew I had to forget about it, and that’s what I did.”

September 11, 2016 - Kayla Day in action against Viktoria Kuzmova in the girls' singles final during the 2016 US Open Junior Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY.

She added: “I think I’m pretty good about, you know, leaving the past behind me and just focusing on being in the moment.”

Day became only the seventh American girl to win the US Open Junior singles title since Lindsay Davenport in 1992, a span of 24 years. She is also the first American to win here since 2012 (Samantha Crawford) and joins a list of champions that includes Grand Slam women’s champions Victoria Azarenka, Davenport and Jennifer Capriati.

Day is the first from Santa Barbara to win a junior singles title since Tim Trigueiro did it back in 1985 winning the boys title.

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SCTA Announces League Championship Restructure http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/scta-announces-league-championship-restructure/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/scta-announces-league-championship-restructure/#comments Mon, 01 Aug 2016 18:09:57 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=8481 Read more »]]> After much evaluation and discussion, the SCTA Adult Department and Management will implement the following championship restructure for Southern California USTA and SCTA leagues starting in 2017.

WHAT: The Sectional Championship will have four spots at each NTRP level and gender.  The Sectional Championship will feature the best of the best teams competing to earn a spot at the National Championship.

All local league winners will advance to an Area Playoff.  (Exception:  If there are 4 or less areas competing at a NTRP level, the local league winners will advance directly to Sectionals).  The playoffs will be divided into two events – one for the northernmost league areas and one for the southernmost areas.USTA_SoCal_WOFYIG

Local League Winners in BAKE; SB; VENT; SFV; LA and SGV areas will advance to the North Area Playoffs.

Local League Winners in BC; OC; IE; CV; SD and SDNC areas will advance to the South Area Playoffs.

Teams will be placed in flights at the playoffs, and a round robin format will be used, just as it has in the past.  The winning team in each flight in the North playoff, and the winning team in each flight of the South playoff will advance to the Sectional Championship.

WHEN: Changes will be in effect with the start of the 2017 leagues.

WHY: The USTA and  SCTA league programs have grown steadily every year and so have the demands for courts.  This change will enable us to keep running fun, exciting and organized events by offering nice venues and team-friendly schedules.

Under the current structure, six or seven league areas with the most teams at a certain NTRP level and gender advance straight to the Sectional Championships, while the rest advance to Area Playoffs where they compete for the remaining spots.  The current structure awards automatic bids based on team numbers, not on strength.

The Area Playoffs will now become livelier with all the local league winners participating, offering more competition.  Teams will receive their local league awards and lunch will be provided, giving it a Sectional-like atmosphere.  Creating centralized playoffs in the north and south will cut down on driving time for players and may eliminate some of the expenses that are currently associated with our events – like gas and hotel costs as well as time taken off from work.   Players will be able to plan their schedules around the Area Playoffs since the dates and locations will be set in advance. Participating at Area Playoff will also help the sectional winners qualify players for Nationals.

This restructure aligns USTA Southern California with the majority of other USTA sections – where teams play in one or more playoff events to earn a bid at Sectionals. This restructure will create fairness in the league and all teams will feel equally a part of the fabric of the Southern California USTA and SCTA league programs.

For questions, please contact a member of the SCTA Adult Department at 310-208-3838.

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Tennis On Campus Nationals Wrap-Up 2016 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/tennis-on-campus-nationals-wrap-up-2016/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/tennis-on-campus-nationals-wrap-up-2016/#respond Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:46:38 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=6672 Read more »]]> The 2016 Tennis On Campus National Championships were filled with team firsts, nostalgic lasts, and plenty more unforgettable moments.

Sixty-four teams from all over the United States convened in the quiet town of Cary, North Carolina for the program’s most prestigious event of the year. Five Southern California teams competed this year, and they did not disappoint.

USC Trojans

Trojans arrive in North Carolina.

Finishing best of all the SoCal schools was USC. The Trojans finished third at the Southern California Sectional Championships this February, but were on a mission to make this tournament their best of the year. The team pulled out of the National Championships in 2015 due to player schedule conflicts, so the Trojans were excited to go back to the tournament.

“Our mindset going into Nationals was to play well and not to worry about the results,” senior president Darin Poei said of the tournament. “For most of us, this was our last TOC event, so we wanted to enjoy it and live in the moment.”

In fact, five of the six Trojans on the Nationals roster are set to graduate in May. Four of the six were involved in TOC for their entire college career. These last moments were bittersweet.

“Heading into Nationals, we changed our philosophy,” senior captain Javeed Kassam commented. “At Sectionals, we wanted to win the whole thing. After a tough loss to UCLA in the semis, we realized the winning mentality was the wrong mentality. We wanted to take it all in – the tennis, yes, but most importantly the company. Our team was a family now.”

In the first day of pool play, the Trojans took on Ohio State, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the unpredictable team from University of Arizona. The Trojans had a competitive warm up match against OSU, dropping one set, but winning 28-21 overall.

“We definitely showed some first-match jitters,” Poei said. “We played tight, but managed to pull it out against a solid OSU team. We weren’t expecting such a difficult match in the first round.”

Senior Anna Rudakova

Senior Anna Rudakova

USC then blew through UMass 30-12 in the second match of the day, but knew the Arizona Wildcats would provide some tough competition as the top seed in the L Pool.

“We knew Arizona had a lot to play for,” Kassam said. “A loss would put them in the Bronze Draw, but a win would cause a three-way tie in our pool and could put them into the Gold.”

Heading into the match, the Trojans were anxious to get started, but it was the team camaraderie that pulled them through in the end.

“We were twice as loud as Arizona from the bench even though they had twice as many players,” Kassam added.

The Trojan adrenaline prevailed and gave USC a 30-18 win over the Wildcats and a straight shot into the prized Gold Draw.

There they faced the always-strong Northern California standout Stanford. The Cardinal are TOC veterans and usually a shoo in for the National Championships, typically falling second to UC Berkeley (the four-time National Champs) at their Section Championships.

“We have played Stanford every year at the California Cup, so we knew we had a tough match-up,” Poei said of their first-round Gold Draw opponents. “We thought that if we jumped on them early in the match, that would be enough to get us a victory.”

Trojans defeat Stanford 30-10

Trojans defeat Stanford 30-10

Despite the pressure, however, the Trojans held strong and entered into the match with zero apprehension. They played hard and fast and loud, left nothing at the door and beat the Cardinal without dropping a set 30-10.

“The score doesn’t quite do justice to how good the team was,” Kassam said. “We just executed better than we had done before.”

Into the Quarterfinals the Trojans went. They faced University of North Carolina, who had just taken out fellow SoCal team, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

UNC looked strong against the Mustangs. Things were close through the end of doubles, but the Tar Heels really pulled ahead during the singles sets. The depth of this team was incredible, as UNC pulled out their second string players and substituted in their stars when the matches got tight. The Trojans knew they had their work cut out for them.

The Trojans kept things competitive through doubles, dropping both sets, but only going down by three heading into singles. Just as we saw in the match against the Mustanags, UNC pulled ahead in singles, putting the Tar Heels ahead by nine going into mixed. Senior Colin Tseng and Freshman Lacy Schneemann would need to pull out a win in mixed to push the match into Overtime. The Trojans fell short, however, losing 4-6 in the final set, finishing 20-30 against the eventual 2016 runners up.

Their sights were now set on a #5 finish overall. Into the North Bracket of the Gold Draw they went, facing University of Wisconsin. The Trojans beat out the Badgers in a tight 24-21 win. For the final match-up of the tournament, the Trojans would face the 2015 National Champions – Cal Berkeley, who had just defeated the University of Virginia 30-10 for their chance at fifth place.

Seniors Tseng and Poei cheer for their teammates

Seniors Tseng and Poei cheer for their teammates

“In our TOC careers at USC, we had never beaten Cal before,” Poei commented on the match up. “We had lost to Cal in our last Nationals appearance two years ago. For five of us on the team, this was our last match representing USC. We really wanted to finish our TOC careers with a win over Cal.”

“Going into the tournament, we joked that we could beat anyone… except for Cal,” Kassam said. “It was the one team we wanted to beat so badly. We went into the match knowing it was going to be our last. We had to leave it all on the court.”

The lady Trojans took down the lady Bears 6-4, while the Tseng and Poei lost 4-6. The score was tied heading into singles. Kassam won his set, but Senior Anna Rudakova lost hers. Still, the Trojans were up by one singular game heading into mixed doubles. All they had to do was win the final set and 5th place would be theirs.

“Cal has always been Colin’s kryptonite, so we changed things up a bit and put him into mixed for redemption,” Kassam said.

The Trojans jumped to a quick 4-0 lead, but Cal responded with a double substitution. The two new players across the net rallied and pulled the Bears back into the match. It was 3-4.imageedit_36_5422406952

Tseng and Schneemann responded to the Cal comeback and immediately switched into another gear. They broke serve to go up 5-3 in the final minutes of the match. Tseng would serve out the match, and Schneemann would play the net as aggressively as she had all tournament, blasting a swinging volley through the Bears to clinch 5th place.

“Colin left it all out there,” Kassam said of the match. “It was really inspiring to watch that last mixed match.”

“It was truly the perfect ending to our club tennis careers,” Poei said.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Mustangs

Another strong finish for SoCal was shown by Cal Poly, who finished 11th overall. Heading into Nationals, the Mustangs had high hopes as the winners of the Southern California Sectional Championships.

“We knew to beat any team there, we would have to play well as a team, but we liked our chances against any opponent,” graduate student and club president, Matt Giordano, said of their hopes going into tournament.

To get to the Gold Draw, the Mustangs had to defeat Carleton College, Columbia University, and the College of William and Mary. The team pulled out all three wins relatively easily on Day 1 and faced UNC in the first round of Day 2.

“UNC on Friday morning was a tough way to start the Gold Draw,” Giordano said. “They had a lot of depth and experience in the big Nationals matches. The match was friendly, and even though we lost, we were all friends by the end of the match.”

Mustangs take 11th place

Mustangs take 11th place

The Mustangs played hard, but proved to be no match for UNC. The Tar Heels took out SLO 30-16.

Cal Poly’s team has three graduating players – three of their male starters –  so this tournament meant a lot to them.

“Honestly, I think our team might have had more fun off the court than on it this year,” Giordano added. “We had a chance to explore the city and great restaurants. The host hotel was the perfect location to relax and meet the other teams.”

Adding to the experience, the Mustang parents came out in full force for this year’s tournament.

“Our parents helped make the experience what it was,” Giordano said. “They have always been our biggest supports, traveling all over Southern California, to Arizona, and North Carolina without complaint. Having them cheering for us helped us win close matches throughout our club tennis career.”

For 11th place, the Mustangs beat out University of Minnesota. The team was down by two heading into mixed, but Junior Christi Tain and Grad Student Jurgen de Jager fired back on court against the Gophers, taking the match and winning by one game – 25-24 final score.

UCLA Bruins

UCLA was the third and final team to make it into the Gold Draw this year.

imageedit_40_9462148942“Going through pool play, I thought our team played extremely well,” Senior President Chika Matsumoto said of the Bruins. “Teamwork shone through especially in pressure situations, confidence was driving each player and everyone focused their intensity when it mattered most.”

The Bruins blew through Georgia Tech, Illinois Tech, and Northwestern in the first day of matches. They faced a tough Cornell team in the first round of the Gold Draw.

“Our loss to Cornell was so tough.” Matsumoto said. “There was so much on the line and you could feel the intensity was at a whole new caliber.”

The Bruins won both doubles sets in a tiebreaker, so the team was up by two heading into singles. Cornell stepped up their game, however, and took both singles sets in a commanding fashion. Heading into mixed, the Bruins were down by four games but they weren’t going down without a fight.

Sophomore Joy Huang and Junior Ishaan Choubal played a tough mixed set, and pulled out the win in a tie-breaker. The match headed into overtime, but the Bruins dropped the first game in OT giving the Big Red the win and a place into the second round. The Bruins were shell-shocked.

“Our whole team needed some time to re-group. We headed off for lunch, steamed off and tried to re-set our minds.”

The break didn’t help however, as the Bruins fell to the runners up from the 2015 Championship, University of Minnesota. The Gophers finished first at their Section Championships this year, carrying most of their roster from the year previous. The Bruins fought a hard fight, but lost 23-26.imageedit_34_8865050967

“After our three-game loss, our team morale was running low,” Matsumoto remembered. “Going into our third match we decided to bring back the energy by changing it up.”

For their match against Dartmouth, the UCLA coaches let the students decide the line-up. Doubles players were playing singles. Singles players were in playing doubles. The team couple was playing mixed.

“This was refreshing for all of us and we focused on enjoying the game instead of scrutinizing ourselves over the small errors.”

The Bruins defeated Dartmouth and faced Georgia for 13th place. Georgia came primed and ready for the 8 a.m. match, beating out the Bruins 23-21.

UC Santa Barbara Gauchos

The final two Southern California teams were UCSB and San Diego State, the number four and five finishers at 2015 Section Championships. Both faced incredibly strong pools and both placed into the Copper Draw after day 1.

UCSB faced University of Miami, Penn State, and North Carolina State in pool play, each match was tough, but the young team of Gauchos showed their grit and played tough in all three heartbreaking matches.

“Half of our team was new this year,” senior captain Robin Young said of their Nationals roster. “We lost three pivotal players last year, so we added two freshmen and a junior transfer. Even though our team was new, everyone exceeded my expectations. Every single player fought hard for every point and gave it their all.”

Coming off of two tough losses in pool play, the Gauchos wanted to end the day with a win. To place in the Bronze Draw, the team would have to take out NC State and they almost pulled it off. The match was all tied up heading into mixed, and it was tight all the way to the bitter end.

Gauchos jump for joy after taking 3rd place

Cal Poly was on hand cheering on their SoCal teammates, but the support wouldn’t help the Gauchos get the job done. They fell to NC State in a set tiebreaker, losing the sudden death point at 4-4.

Day two and the Gauchos finally got their first W. They got two wins right off the bat over Lamar University and Iowa State in the Copper Draw. The Gauchos fell to eventual Copper Draw winner, DePaul, in the semifinals. They played University of Massachusetts for third place. The team fought hard and finished 29-16 over the Minutemen.

“Our team is looking solid for next year,” Young said. “I am the only senior, so with a young team, there is a lot of room to grow. It was great to see how my teammates reacted to the whole experience at Nationals. They want to work even harder at practice now, so they can come back next year.”

San Diego State Aztecs
San Diego State was the only SoCal team that had never been to the Championship before. The Aztecs are one of the newest clubs to the Southern California section, but have grown to be one of the strongest teams – on and off the court – in fewer than four years.

Senior President Jenny Budd started the club as a freshman. It was slow going at first. It took months to be recognized by the school. Recruitment was low and the team was weak. At first, practices involved only five players.

Fast forward a few years, the Aztecs are a fully functioning club, with dedicated student leaders, and now enough players to field three teams at tournaments.  Budd’s dream was to see her team play at Nationals before she graduated, and in 2016, just a few weeks before dawning her cap and gown, she and her teammates represented Southern California at the National Championships.

Aztecs cheer on their teammates

“We were so excited to make it to Nationals,” Budd said. “We expected to see a lot of great competition and were excited to raise our level to match it. Arriving at the venue, we felt the energy from the other schools and appreciated all of the work from the staff that went into making the event what it was.”

In pool play, the Aztecs started off the day with a win over University of Iowa 24-23. The next two rounds were not as fruitful, however. SDSU faced the Midwest section winners Michigan Wolverines in round 2, falling 30-19. And in the final match of the day, the Aztecs fell to Georgia College 20-27.

“It was a tough loss,” senior Megan Trippet said. “I think we were all exhausted. It was the last match of the day, and we were still feeling that long day of travel from the day before.”

This put the Aztecs in a three-way tie for placement into the Silver, Bronze, and Copper draws. Tournament staff had to then look at the number of games lost, putting SDSU in last place of the tied teams and into the Copper Draw.

“Our team was pretty shocked when we realized how close the difference really was,” Trippet said. “It really put the concept that every game counts into perspective.”

The Aztecs played Harvard in the first round of the Copper Draw. The Crimson beat out the Aztecs by only a few games, and went on to advance to the finals falling to DePaul.

SDSU placed 5th in the Copper, beating out Iowa State 23-21 in the last match.

“Traveling across the country with our team was unanimously the highlight of the season for us,” Budd said. “It was an amazing experience in terms of team bonding and a great way to end the year.”

“We have three or four players graduating this year and they will be deeply missed next year,” Trippet said. “Still, we’re excited for the semesters ahead now that we’ve made a name for ourselves in the program.”

Trippet and fellow fifth year Connor Jacobs will step up as team leaders when Budd graduates this May.

 

For more information on the 2016 National Championships, click here.

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Friday’s Roundup at The Ojai http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/fridays-roundup-at-the-ojai/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/fridays-roundup-at-the-ojai/#respond Fri, 22 Apr 2016 18:37:33 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=6657 Read more »]]> Friday's hot sheet

Top-Seeded UCLA, No. 2 USC in Semifinals today

Both of the higher seeds won in the quarterfinal matches at the 2016 Pac-12 Men’s Tennis Championships, with No. 4 seed Stanford and No. 3 seed California advancing to the semifinal. On the women’s side, seven of the eight top seeds advanced to the quarterfinals in the singles championship.

In the match between No. 5 seed Oregon and No. 4 seed Stanford, the Cardinal won, 4-0, and took the doubles point with wins from David Wilczynski and Nolan Paige on court No. 2 (6-1) and Tom Fawcett and Maciek Romanowicz on court No. 1 (6-4) to clinch the victory. Fawcett then took care of business in singles, winning on court No. 1 by a score of 6-3, 6-1. Paige was successful on court 4, winning 6-4, 6-4, while Romanowicz won on court No. 5 by a score of 6-4, 6-4. The Cardinal advance to the semifinal to face No. 1 seed UCLA on Friday at 10 a.m. PT.

No. 3 seed California beat No. 6 seed Washington, 4-0, to advance to the semifinal against No. 2 seed USC at 1 p.m. PT on Friday. The Golden Bears took the doubles point with J.T. Nishimura and Mads Engsted winning 6-1 on court No. 3. On court No. 1, Filip Bergevi and Florian Lakat won, 6-4, to clinch the point. During singles play, Nishimura won on court No. 6, 6-0, 6-0, to set the tone for the Golden Bears. Billy Griffith then won, 6-3, 6-3, on court No. 3 for California and the deciding point came from Lakat on court No. 1, who won, 6-2, 6-4.

For a look at the men’s draw bracket and for lives scores, go here:

http://pac-12.com/article/2016/04/15/pac-12-tennis-championships-mens-bracket-scores-results

PAC-12 WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP & INVITATIONAL SINGLES DRAWS SERVE UP THURSDAY ACTION

The Pac-12 Women’s Championship and Invitational singles draws (both brackets of 32) served up their first two rounds on Thursday to no glaring surprises. Maegan Manasse and Klara Fabikova advanced to the quarterfinals as The Ojai’s top two seeds from Cal, the top-ranked women’s team in NCAA Division I, and the Nos. 11 and 12 players, respectively, in the NCAA Division I individual singles rankings. Manasse defeated USC’s Madison Westby, 6-2, 6-4 in the first round before relinquishing just one game in her second match of the day. Fabikova was The Ojai’s 2015 Pac-12 Championship singles runner-up to UCLA’s Catherine Harrison, who was put to the test in the first round, needing 7-4 wins in two tiebreakers to squeak by Cal’s Denise Starr, 7-6, 7-6. Harrison then dispatched Arizona State’s Kassidy Jump, 7-5, 6-2, in the second round.

The Pac-12’s Women’s Championship and Invitational doubles draws (both brackets of 16) begin at 9 a.m. Friday at the Ojai Valley Athletic Club. In the Pac-12 Championship draw, Cal’s Manasse and Starr are top-seeded at The Ojai and are ranked No. 2 in the NCAA Division I individual doubles rankings. Stanford’s Taylor Davidson and Caroline Doyle are second-seeded and take on Cal’s Fabikova and Olivia Hauger in the first round at 10:15 a.m. Davidson is a defending champion in the draw and Doyle was a runner-up as the 2015 Pac-12 Women’s Championship final was an all-Stanford affair.

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Ojai Trophies will be handed out this weekend at The Ojai.

For a look at the women’s individual draws, click here:

http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=173896

TEENAGERS MAKING IMPRESSION ON MEN’S OPEN DIVISION

The Men’s Open singles draw had its 32-player draw reduced to the elite eight on Thursday. Top seed Deiton Baughman, a 19-year-old Carson, Calif. resident ranked No. 325 in the world and playing the USTA Pro Circuit tour, breezed through to the quarterfinals with straight-set victories over Jens Sweaney (Los Angeles) and Henry Ji (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), yielding only seven games in the process. Twelve-time Open finalist (including 2015) and seven-time Open Division singles winner Lester Cook defeated Connor Hudson (Golden, Colo.), 6-2, 7-5, but lost to Laurens Verboven, of Los Angeles, 6-3, 6-2, in the second round. No. 2 seed and former UCLA tennis product Clay Thompson (Venice, Calif.) cruised into the quarterfinals, defeating Ojai resident Alexey Nesterov, 6-2, 6-3, in the second round.

An intriguing part of this year’s Men’s Open singles and doubles draws is the infusion of some of the country’s best teenage talent that resides in Southern California. USC-bound high school seniors Brandon Holt (Palos Verdes HS) and Riley Smith (Los Alamitos HS), coming off of their finals appearance in the 2015 U.S. Open Juniors as an unseeded wild-card entry, chose to forego The Ojai’s CIF Boys’ competition in search of the best singles and doubles competition The Ojai has to offer. As the luck of the singles draw turned out, Holt – the son of two-time U.S. Open singles champion Tracy Austin — and Smith, son of USC coach Peter Smith, ran into each other after winning their first-round matches and Holt downed Smith, 6-3, 6-3, to advance to Friday’s 9:30 a.m. quarterfinal meeting at the Ojai Valley Inn with third-seeded Eric Johnson, of San Jose.

The Open doubles draw (bracket of 16) commences at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the Ojai Valley Inn. Holt and Smith are among the top two seeds but, interestingly, with different partners for the tournament. Holt and Thompson are top-seeded and Smith and Baughman are the No. 2 seed. Meanwhile, defending men’s Open doubles champions Quinn Borchard (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and Calle Hansen (Newbury Park, Calif.) are third-seeded and open up their title defense against Joe Dorn and Warren Wood, who teamed at NCAA Division III collegiate powerhouse Claremont-Mudd-Scripps College and finished as The Ojai’s Men’s Division III West doubles runners-up in 2015.

The 16-player Women’s Open singles draw gets underway at 8 a.m. Friday at the Ojai Valley Inn and showcases former University of Florida All-American Lauren Embree (Marco Island, Fla.) as the top seed. She plays Kristina Smith (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) in the first round. Defending champion Ena Shibahara (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) returns as the No. 4 seed and opens her title defense against Annette Goulak (Oak Park, Calif.) at 11 a.m.

For the Open draws, click here:

http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=173889#&&s=7

JUNIOR UPDATE

The CIF Boys’ divisions at the 116th Ojai commenced Thursday and the leading contenders made their presence known on Thursday. In the CIF Boys’ Singles tournament, Jacob Brumm from Torrey Pines High downed La Canada’s Lucas Chmielewski, 6-2, 6-1, and knocked off Redlands’ Patrick Cachipero, 6-2, 6-2, in the first two rounds. Brumm is the top player from one of the nation’s best high school tennis programs. Torrey Pines is the reigning CIF-San Diego Section Division I champion and won the 16-team National All-American Team Invitational in March 2015. A couple years ago, Torrey Pines’ roster included Taylor Fritz, who is now 18, finished 2015 as the world’s top-ranked Junior player after winning the U.S. Open Junior Championship, and is currently ranked No. 69 in the world.

Corona del Mar High senior Bjorn Hoffmann reached last year’s CIF Boys’ singles final at The Ojai and is again a leading contender to win Southern California’s most prestigious and competitive high school tournament. He advanced from the first round in a walkover before defeating Andrew Leahy of Claremont, 6-3, 6-2, in the second round. Peninsula’s Connor Hance, a 2015 CIF Boys’ Singles quarterfinalist, advanced to Friday’s Round of 16 with a 6-1, 6-0 trouncing of Beverly Hills’ Adriano Saitta.

The CIF Boys’ Doubles draw welcomed back both of its finalists from 2015 on Thursday. Palm Desert High doubles team Bradley Cummins and Alex Kuperstein opened their title defense with a pair of wins and a berth in Friday’s Round of 16. Cummins and Kuperstein did not surrender a game in three of their four sets, and beat Agoura’s Max Derensteyn and Benjamin Lustgarten, 6-2, 6-0, in their second and final match of the day. In the bottom of the draw, Point Loma’s Keegan Smith and Ivan Thamma advanced to Friday’s third round with a pair of wins – 6-0, 6-2 over Claremont’s Christian Settles and Jason Weisman in the first round, and 6-2, 6-1 against Matthew Diamond and Bennett Williams of Bonita in the second round.

For the junior draws, click here:

http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=173898#&&s=7

INDEPENDENT AND COMMUNITY COLLEGES

MEN: Play starts on Friday as Men’s Independent College singles defending champion Brendan Aguilar of San Diego Christian is the top-seed and plays his first round at Camino Real Park in Ventura.

For the draws, click here:

http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=173895#&&s=7

For all the individual Community College Draws, click here:

http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=173897#&&s=7

 

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116th Ojai Tennis Tournament Gets Underway http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/116th-ojai-tennis-tournament-gets-underway/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/116th-ojai-tennis-tournament-gets-underway/#respond Sun, 17 Apr 2016 16:44:20 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=6573 Read more »]]> OJAI, Calif. (April 14, 2016) – The 116th Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament – Ventura County’s popular spring tradition unlike any other and known by its players and diehard fans as “The Ojai” – gets underway on Tuesday, April 19, with play in the men’s and women’s Open divisions.

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Founded in 1896 by William Thacher, The Ojai is North America’s longest running amateur tennis tournament played at the same location.

The Ojai features more than 1,500 competitors playing across 29 different draws – ranging from junior and CIF (high school) divisions to the Open divisions and Pac-12 men’s team championships and women’s individual championships. The events are played on courts across West Ventura County, including Ojai private homes, Ventura, and Oxnard. Pac-12 men’s team play and finals are hosted at Libbey Park in downtown Ojai. For tickets to the tennis action at Libbey Park, the Ojai Valley Inn (Open division) and the Ojai Athletic Club (Pac-12 women), and for more information on The Ojai, visit the tournament website, www.ojaitourney.org.

Among The Ojai’s tennis highlights during tournament week (Apr. 19-24):

  • Men’s and women’s Open division play begins April 19 at the Ojai Athletic Club (409 Fox St, Ojai, CA 93023) is free to fans that day. Featured players include former ATP Tour pro, Ojai resident and 2015 Men’s Open singles runner-up Lester Cook, high schoolers Brandon Holt (son of 1979 and 1981 U.S. Open women’s singles champion Tracy Austin) and Riley Smith (son of USC men’s tennis coach Peter Smith), who teamed to reach the 2015 U.S. Open junior boys’ doubles final, and defending women’s Open singles champ Ena Shibahara. At stake in the Open divisions is $22,500 in prize money, once again generously donated by longtime sponsor Mike Taggart.
  • The Pac-12 men’s dual-match championships begin Wednesday, April 20. Since the Pac-12 team championships has been held at Libbey Park, two college tennis programs have won the conference title – USC in 2012 and 2015, and UCLA in 2013 and 2014.
  • The California Community College Athletic Association’s (CCCAA) men’s and women’s State Team Championship finals will be played at The Ojai for the fourth consecutive year on April 20. Southern and Northern California regional play is ongoing and the finalists have yet to be determined.
  • The three-day draws in the Juniors (Boys 14s and 16s; Girls 14s, 16s and 18s) and Boys’ CIF divisions opens on Thursday, April 21 at various sites within Ojai. All Junior and CIF finals will be played on Saturday, April 23. Corona del Mar High senior Bjorn Hoffmann stands as the early favorite to win the coveted Boys’ CIF singles crown after reaching last year’s final.
  • The Ojai’s traditional Thursday Night (Apr. 21) Player Party BBQ extravaganza in Libbey Park honors Glenn Bassett and Dick Leach – former Ojai champions and retired former coaches of UCLA and USC, respectively. Bassett, 85, coached UCLA from 1967-1993 and was at the helm to oversee seven NCAA team championships, three NCAA singles champions and four NCAA doubles team champions. Leach, 76, was an All-American player at USC before coaching the Trojans (from 1980-2002) to three NCAA team titles and skippering, two NCAA singles champs and three NCAA doubles team champs, including his son, Rick, the husband of Grand Slam champion Lindsay Davenport. Bassett and Leach spent a combined 135 years playing and coaching The Ojai.

Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/TheOjaiTennisTournament.

Follow on Twitter: Twitter.com/TheOjai.

And on Instagram: @OjaiTennis.

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SBCC Says Thanks http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/newsletter/sbcc-says-thanks/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/newsletter/sbcc-says-thanks/#respond Mon, 01 Feb 2016 20:20:28 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=5545 Read more »]]> The Santa Barbara City College men’s intercollegiate tennis is up and running for the 2015-2016 season. The program was reinstituted after the Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons, whose goal is to expand opportunities for competitive tennis locally, successfully reached the fundraising benchmark of $45,000, which represents the first half of a $90,000 three-year commitment.

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On Saturday, January 16th, the SBCC program held a donor appreciation “Thank You” activity from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m.  Everyone had a great time. Those who provided financial support had an opportunity to meet members of the team who are benefitting from their generosity. It was the highlight of the get together.

This spring, members of the Patrons will hold another fundraising effort, reaching out to area high schools and youth groups, in order to secure the remaining $45,000 that will keep the men’s tennis team viable through the 2017-2018 academic year.

All donations are for Santa Barbara City College men’s intercollegiate tennis. Anyone who is interested in more information or would like to make a contribution should visit: http://sbtennispatrons.org/?p=3766

Gina Havelka

 

 

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UCSB to host 1st annual charity tournament http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/ucsb-to-host-1st-annual-charity-tournament/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/ucsb-to-host-1st-annual-charity-tournament/#respond Wed, 06 Jan 2016 07:31:55 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=5142 Read more »]]> rsz_1rsz_img_8072Kevin Young was a standout with the UC Santa Barbara Club Tennis team. A co-president and doubles starter, Young, helped take the team to the top of the pack in Southern California. Now, a year removed from the program, Young has set his sights on another prize. He’s hosting USTA Southern California’s first Tennis On Campus Charity Tournament alongside the UCSB Club Tennis team. All proceeds from the tournament will go directly to the National Parkinson’s Foundation– a charity close to Young’s heart.

Young’s grandfather has lived with the disease for years, so he’s familiar with the toll it can take on a person and their loved ones.

“I want to do more with my life,” Young said. “I want to help people. I wanted to do this tournament to bring awareness to the cause and hopefully raise a little money for Parkinson’s research.”

Awaiting pharmacy school, Young has been out of college for a few months now, but he’s still keeping ties with his Gaucho tennis teammates. The UCSB Club Team has been instrumental in getting the tournament off the ground. UCSB President Lincoln Howarth and club member Kelly Chan have worked with the school’s administration to secure courts, file the proper paperwork, and rally the troops of course.

As of Tuesday, the tournament has nearly 60 entrants with an anticipated fundraising total growing toward $1,000.

The tournament includes doubles draws for men, women, and mixed teams. The entry fee is $15/player and the format is set for 8-game pro-sets, but with rain in the forecast, could change.

The Southern California Tennis Association is providing lunch for the players on Saturday. Young and the Gauchos are providing the fun.

“Pharmacy is a profession that allows me to help people, but at the end of the day, it’s a job I’ll be paid to do.” Young said.  “It’s not truly altruistic. This is something we’re all doing out of the kindness of our hearts. It gives life meaning. Every little bit of money raised counts. Hopefully we can say we helped find a cure someday.”

 

The tournament is scheduled for January 9th and 10th at UC Santa Barbara. To make a personal donation, please contact Kevin Young (keviny9988@gmail.com) or Lincoln Howarth (lincoln.howarth@gmail.com) for more information.

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TREVOR W. KRONEMANN NEW DIRECTOR OF JUNIOR TENNIS http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/uncategorized/trevor-w-kronemann-new-director-of-junior-tennis/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/uncategorized/trevor-w-kronemann-new-director-of-junior-tennis/#respond Mon, 19 Oct 2015 21:48:31 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=4680 Read more »]]> TREVOR W. KRONEMANN NEW DIRECTOR OF JUNIOR TENNIS

The Southern California Tennis Association (SCTA) is pleased to name Trevor W. Kronemann to be the SCTA Director of Junior Tennis.  He will begin his duties in the SCTA office at the LA Tennis Center on the UCLA Campus Monday, Nov. 2, 2015.  Kronemann joins the SCTA following a successful career as Head Coach of the Men’s Tennis Team at UC Irvine.

Trevor Kronemann - New Director of Junior Tennis“I would like to thank Bruce Hunt, Bill Kellogg and the entire Southern California Tennis Association and family for entrusting me with this opportunity. I look forward to improving and building upon the structure of junior tennis here in Southern California in the years to come.  One of my mentors, Billie Jean King says, “Pressure is a Privilege, Champions Adjust.” I will face the pressure, adjust as a champion and remember what a privilege it is to be involved with growing tennis here in Southern California,” stated Kronemann.

Kronemann graduated from University of California-Irvine in 1990, having led the Anteaters to four Big West titles and four NCAA Tournament appearances. He was the Big West Player of the Year in 1990, was the No. 1-ranked doubles player with partner Shige Kanroji in 1990 and was a six-time All-American (four times in singles and twice in doubles). He was inducted into the UC Irvine Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999.  Kronemann played for nine years on the ATP, 1990-98, ascending to a career-high ranking of No. 19 in doubles and winning six ATP doubles titles in 11 finals appearances.  He served as Vice President for the ATP Tour Player Council in 1995.

Kronemann was the head coach of Cal Poly, 2002-06, before returning to UC Irvine as the head men’s tennis coach in the fall of 2006. In addition, he coached the World Team Tennis’ Newport Beach Breakers. Previously, Kronemann led the Springfield Lasers to the WTT Western Conference title in 2001 and was a member of the Charlotte Heat and Springfield Lasers during his playing days. He was named WTT Rookie of the Year in 1990 and League Most Valuable Player on two other occasions. Kronemann was named to World Team Tennis 30, a group of the best men’s and women’s players in WTT’s 30-year history.

Trevor served a two-year term as Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors from 2007-08. He was Board Liaison to the Administration/Operations Council and a member of the Audit Committee. Previously, Kronemann was on the USTA Nominating Committee and Budget and Finance Committee.

Bruce A. Hunt
Executive Director
USTA Southern California
Southern California Tennis Association

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Bryans Tennis Fest – Another Success http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/community-tennis/bryans-tennis-fest-another-success/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/community-tennis/bryans-tennis-fest-another-success/#respond Wed, 14 Oct 2015 03:42:16 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=4647 Read more »]]> The Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons benefitted from the Tennis Fest.  Photo Terry Lynch and CathyAnn Simon

The Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons benefitted from the Tennis Fest.
Photo Terry Lynch and CathyAnn Simon

This was the sixth straight year that the Bryan Brothers, Bob and Mike, have hosted their Tennis Fest at the Spanish Hills County Club in the fall.  Over time, the event has raised more than $640,000 to benefit the Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons, the Ventura County Junior Tennis Association, and other local children’s charities. It is fitting because “The Bryan Bros. Foundation, teaming up for kids”, is the motto of their 501c3.

 John Isner  Photo Terry Lynch and CathyAnn Simon

John Isner
Photo Terry Lynch and CathyAnn Simon

The Tennis Fest is the marquee event for the fundraising efforts of the twin’s foundation. Guests enjoyed an afternoon of world-class tennis exhibitions, wine and food tastings, and a concert with the Bryan Brothers Band and other guest artists. John Isner, Sam Querrey and close friend, actress Kaley Cuoco of the hit television comedy, “The Big Bang Theory, joined forces with Bob and Mike, which provided everyone, who attended, with an unforgettable day.

Sam Querrey  Photo Terry Lynch and CathyAnn Simon

Sam Querrey
Photo Terry Lynch and CathyAnn Simon

All the participants were grateful to the Bryans and their friends for taking part in the event and turning the Tennis Fest into so much fun.

Members of the Ventura County Junior Tennis Association had a great time.  Photo CathyAnn Simon

Members of the Ventura County Junior Tennis Association had a great time.
Photo CathyAnn Simon

Gina Havelka

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Santa Barbara TC Hosts Event Benefiting Special Olympics http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/community-tennis/santa-barbara-tc-hosts-event-benefiting-special-olympics/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/community-tennis/santa-barbara-tc-hosts-event-benefiting-special-olympics/#respond Tue, 06 Oct 2015 19:11:04 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=4433 Read more »]]> The Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons and Santa Barbara Tennis Club joined forces to put on their 6th Annual Tennis Classic benefiting Special Olympics Santa Barbara.

The event ran as a Special Olympics Tennis Classic, which paired local Special Olympics athletes with players from UCSB, SBCC, Westmont College, and local high schools.

There were 29 Special Olympics Athletes there, along with roughly 50 college and high school volunteers.

The Classic was followed directly by a men’s and women’s tennis doubles mixer, which was a pay-to-play event. The Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons Facebook page says the event raised over $5,000.

As always, the Classic was free for spectators and offered a fun opportunity to see the skills and community of Special Olympics athletes.

2015 event sponsors included Kamunity Properties, Bank of the West, Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons, Santa Barbara Tennis Club, The Tennis Shop, Head, Penn, USTA Southern California, Bob Appetit and Easy Lift transportation.

For more information about Special Olympics Santa Barbara and the Special Olympics tennis team, visit SOSC’s Santa Barbara page or contact Regional Director Gina Carbajal at gcarbajal@sosc.org.

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SoCal Gears Up for North/South Wheelchair Team Challenge http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/socal-gears-up-for-northsouth-wheelchair-team-challenge/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/socal-gears-up-for-northsouth-wheelchair-team-challenge/#respond Fri, 25 Sep 2015 21:31:22 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=4056 Read more »]]> USTA Southern California is currently accepting applications for the annual North South Wheelchair Team Challenge, which will take place October 24-25 at Sunnyside Health and Tennis Club in Fresno, California.

Now in its fifth year, the event offers a unique opportunity for local wheelchair players to team up and compete against our friendly rivals to the north! The teams include two players from each section in the following divisions: Open, A, B, C, Women, and Quad.WC 3

Team captains for the 2015 Challenge include Todd Hanover and Jerry Russell for Southern California and Mike Yousefi and David Van Brunt for Northern California.

Russel has been competing in this event since its inception in 2011 and is an active member of the wheelchair tennis community in Southern California.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Russel said. “I have played in many tournaments all over the place, but this is something special. It’s the closest thing we have to Davis Cup. It’s been a great way to get people together in a different atmosphere.”

Northern California has a 3-1 team record over Southern California in the North/South Wheelchair Team Challenge. The Challenge Cup has not seen the Southern California coastline since the tournament’s first year, when the SoCal team captured its first and only title.

“Our team is definitely anxious to bring the cup back to Southern California where it belongs,” Hanover said.

And you can expect the SoCal team to give it their all this year, as they always do.

“It’s a friendly rivalry, but we can get extremely competitive on the court.” Russel commented. “All of the players know each other pretty well, but we really get behind each other when the matches are out. We’re playing for the team, not just ourselves.”

WC 2Hanover enters into his second year as a player in the event and is taking the reins as co-captain. He encourages all Southern California wheelchair tennis players to take note and support the cause.

“This is one of the most unique and fun events I have ever played and I can’t wait to do it again.”

Matches will begin Saturday at 12:00 p.m. followed by dinner for all of the players at the club. Sunday matches will begin at 9 a.m. and will be followed by lunch and awards.

October 5th is the deadline to apply as a Southern California team representative. Players will be chosen based on their 2015 record and availability.

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Memorable Summer Junior Mentorship Camp http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/youth-tennis/memorable-summer-junior-mentorship-camp/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/youth-tennis/memorable-summer-junior-mentorship-camp/#respond Tue, 04 Aug 2015 01:07:59 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=3480 Read more »]]> Memorable Summer Junior Mentorship Camp

Photo Limar Delicano

Photo Limar Delicano

High energy, and laughter highlighted this year’s annual Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons’ (SBTP) Summer Junior Mentorship Camp held at the Dos Pueblos High School tennis courts, July 20-24, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. each day.  The Santa Barbara Aces, mentors from four different schools, joined to create a fun, free tennis camp for underprivileged youngsters. The campers ranged in age from second to eighth grade. Some lively campers from the Westside Boys & Girls Club also participated. In all, twenty-nine campers worked with twenty-three mentors.

From Monday through Thursday, the day started with basic fundamentals and coordination drills. We would transition to snack break, which would allow the campers to momentarily escape the scorching summer heat (with ice bags) and converse with those who may have been a different age or skill level. The rest of each day was comprised of interactive games (Garbage, Jail, Monster…the list goes on) as well as one more snack break.  The seemingly excessive number of mentors only enhanced the campers activities because of the special attention and individual help each child received.

Photo Limar Delicano

Photo Limar Delicano

On Friday, we had interactive games, along with mentors playing exhibition matches using various types of 10 and Under Tennis balls. The campers enjoyed cheering for their mentors. After the competition, we surprised the campers with Yogurtland treats, brought to the courts by Amanda Oh, the company owner, and her son, Jonathan. She also donated coupons for free yogurt. In addition, the campers received scratch cards to win tennis prizes. Four trophies, (donated by La Cumbre Country Club Tennis Director, John Kinsella) were awarded to the following boys and girls-Johsue Medel and Brooke Harris – Most Improved, and Angel Broeffle  and Emily Irwin –  Best Attitude.  Camp ended with a pizza celebration, and the participants received information about more local tennis playing opportunities.

The bond between mentors and campers was obvious. Before the camp ended, there was a lot of group hugging.  Parents commented about how their children could not wait to return to camp everyday.  Director, Priscilla Hernandez, and Westside Boys & Girls Club Programs Director, Jesse Hernandez said that their youngsters always seemed ready to get into the van for the trip to the courts, and asked repeatedly about how early they could leave so they could begin playing sooner? They not only liked the tennis, but also those who were teaching them.

Photo Limar Delicano

Photo Limar Delicano

A young girl named Chloe approached me and asked,  “Why isn’t the camp longer than a week? I want it to keep going a couple more days.”  For this question, I had no answer, but the jubilant feeling I had let me know that we had put on a memorable camp.  Those who took part felt cared for and encouraged.  They wanted more and I regret not being able to provide more time to them.  Teenagers nowadays are far busier than ever before and their time is priceless.  From both a mentor’s standpoint and a participant’s viewpoint, the camp was a very worthwhile activity.

Local high school tennis players and several adults made the camp possible. I’m especially thankful to have been involved in such a brief, yet fulfilling program because of the high school unity it fostered.  During the school year rivalries exist,  however, but during the week, peace and friendship surrounded us. We all enjoyed the time together and hope to become more involved in the local tennis community.

We thank CathyAnn Simon, Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons, for again sponsoring the annual camp, and for providing free racquets, water bottles, balls, nets, prizes, and Tee shirts.

We appreciate the team effort and help from Camp Director, Elizabeth Frech for coordinating/organizing communication with Yogurtland, along with Site Supervisor, Allison Golledge, who assisted everyone, and Limar Delicano, the photographer, who came each day and produced the camp’s  history in pictures.

Lead Mentors

Christo Anderson (San Marcos), Harrison deBoer (Santa Barbara, Miles Hale (Santa Barbara), Renee Handley (San Marcos) and Katie Yang (Dos Pueblos).

Mentors

Dos Pueblos

Bryce Ambrose, Siena Applebaum, Lorenz Chen, Mason Dochterman, KC Egger, Ryan Mintzer and Kevin Wang

Laguna Blanca

MacKenzie Kinsella

San Marcos

Michael Chung, Dan Coulson, Kelly Coulson,  Isaac Oh, Jonathan Oh, Kento Perera and Yuka Perera

Santa Barbara

Logan Lender, Mason Lender and Jackson Powell

Christo Anderson

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