2015 Summer Leagues
Flight Champs – 4.0 Men 40 & Over!
The 4.0 Men 40 & Over won their flight with a 7-1 record! The men advanced to District playoffs on July 25-27 where they faced three other flight winners, fought through some very close matches, but finished in last place. Great league win and effort at playoffs, guys! On the team: Jeffrey Blackman (captain), James Charron, David Tracy, Andrew Schrand, Tim Lukas, Keith Ottenbacher, John Johnson, Christopher Flann, Daniel Johnson, Mike R. Kleeves, Brian Slonac, David Clutts, Carl Preston.
State Champs/Nationals – 5.0 Women 18 & Over!
The 5.0 Women 18 & Over won their league with 4 wins and 2 losses and advanced straight to Midwest Championships on August 15-16 in Indianapolis. They competed against Indiana, Illinois and Ohio and finished one team win behind Indiana (Illinois placed 3rd and Ohio placed 4th). Indiana was unable to field a team for Nationals, so Michigan was asked to represent the Midwest at Nationals at Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California on October 2-4. There are a total of 3 flights and 14 teams. Our Midwest “reps” will play in Flight 3 versus the Southern, Intermountain, and Texas sections. Good luck and have fun! On the team (left): L to R – Annie Moore, Tiffany Odlum, Celina Grondin, Allie Sweeney, Elena Strakhova, Barb Lynch, Christine Scherl, Kim Miller, Tracy Carleton (captain), not pictured – Katie Brozovich.
Flight Champs – 7.0 Women 55 & Over!
The 7.0 Women 55 & Over finished first in their flight with a 6-3 record! They advanced to District Championships on August 29-30 at Franklin Athletic Club. The women played 2 tough matches versus the two other flight winners from Sports Club of West Bloomfield and finished third. Congratulations, ladies on your Flight Championship and advancement to playoffs! What a fantastic season! On the team: Debbie Watson (captain), Gloria Odlum, BJ Arnold, Kathy Nebel, Julie Henry, Martha Chapman, Marie McCabe, Julie Moulds, Sandy Anderson, Heather Heart.
State Champs – 9.0 Mixed 18 & Over!
The 9.0 Mixed team’s Flight Championship win came down to the last match where they won 3-0 and finished with a record of 6 wins and 2 losses. They advanced to District playoffs on August 29th (at Franklin Athletic Club) to play the Flight Champ from Franklin Athletic Club. After a competitive match and one court going the distance in a super tie-breaker, the 9.0 team brought home the District Championship.
On September 12 the team’s bid for the State Championship versus West Hills Athletic Club/Kalamazoo was held at Wimbledon Racquet Club. They defeated West Hills 3-0 with one court winning in a set breaker, one court winning in a super breaker, and one court with a 5-game-comeback & winning 11 games in a row! Great job, Michigan State Champs!
The State Champs headed to Midwest Sectional Championships in Fort Wayne on September 25-28 to face Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois. Match play began on Friday afternoon with the team losing a close match to Indiana, then on Friday night they fought hard for a win versus Wisconsin ending in an intense 3rd-set breaker on the final court! Saturday afternoon the team lost to Ohio, the team ending up to be their toughest competitor. Finally, the team ended their weekend on a high note with a win over Illinois early Sunday morning in the last match of the weekend. Ohio claimed the Sectionals Championship and advances to Nationals after going undefeated all weekend (followed by Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois).
What a great run and extending the season over four months – congratulations to 9.0 Mixed for their State Championship and amazing effort at Sectionals this season! On the team: Tracy Carleton (captain), Mike Cansfield, Kim Miller, Justin Sabourin, Kristy Kinney, Jason Go, Alexis Wirtz, Frederick Lepley, Michael Coleman, Alex Latosinsky, Allie Sweeney.
2014 Summer Leagues
Nationals Bound! League, District/State Champs, AND Midwest Sectional Champions – 9.0 Mixed
The 9.0 Mixed team won their league with 7 wins and 1 loss, and won district playoffs in Ann Arbor. They played one match vs Novi to determine who would advance directly to Midwest Championships in Fort Wayne (no state playoff). Then team then went undefeated at Sectionals on September 26-28, beating Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois (who took 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively). They will be on their way to Tucson, AZ for Nationals on November 14-16.
Team members: Tracy Mosurak (captain), Justin Sabourin, Sandy Miller, Annie Moore, Kristy Kinney, Matt Wise, Celina Grondin, Mark Walker, Jr., Carl Preston, Tiffany Odlum, Mike Cansfield, Kathy Adams.
Nationals Results -The 9.0 team was one of 4 teams in their flight (there were 4 flights made up of 17 sections/teams). They won their first of three matches 2-1 versus Southern! Mid-Atlantic was their second opponent and they lost 1-2. Three tough match-ups with two second set tiebreakers and the third court won in a superset! On the final day of flight play, the numbers were tight… Midwest needed to sweep Texas plus Southern needed to defeat Mid-Atlantic. Midwest won 2-1 and unfortunately Southern lost. This left Mid-Atlantic finishing the flight 3-0 therefore advancing to the semis. Mid-Atlantic ended up taking 3rd place, Intermountain Nevada took 2nd, and Southern California were the National Champs. Such close competition and hard-fought matches! Great effort to the team and what an outstanding season!
District and State Champs!
Congrats, Ladies! Our Women’s 4.5 team is on their way to Sectionals in Indianapolis, IN on Friday, August 15th. They play one match on Friday, two on Saturday and one Sunday as they represent Michigan in the Midwest playoffs, facing Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Illinois. After taking the league with a 7-1 record, they won at Districts with a 2-0 record and then took first place at States 4-1. Good luck at Sectionals!
Sectionals Results – After a long weekend and four hard-fought matches the 4.5 Women placed 3rd at Sectionals. Other standings were 1) Ohio, 2) Indiana, 4) Wisconsin, 5) Illinois. Good effort, ladies! An amazing run on the season – be proud of your advancements!
Team members: Tracy Mosurak (captain), Char Sweeney, Kimberly Miller, Kristy Kinney, Betty Latosinsky, Connie Kleeves, Annie Moore, Allie Sweeney, Barb Lynch, Taylor Sweeney, Tiffany Odlum, Sandy Miller, Sarah Awe, Celina Grondin, Elena Strakhova.
League Champs – 7.0 Men!
Congratulations to our Men’s 7.0 – 55 & Over team for finishing their season with a 7-1 record! They head to district playoffs on September 6-7 in Ann Arbor.
Districts Results – The Senior Men’s 7.0 team played tough against Livonia and unfortunately came up short one match. Great efforts, guys, and congrats on being league champs and earning your trip to districts!
Team members: Greg Gale (captain), Kevin Carolan,Tino Dibattista, Joseph Plawecki, Robert Randolph, Joseph Ariganello, Richard Kovar, David Goldfarb, John Urbaniak, Mike Ziegler, John Oswell, John Anderson.
Other Amazing Advancements!
Barb Lynch, Dan Johnson, and Carl Preston are Midwest Champions! Barb plays on the 9.0 Senior Women’s Huron Valley team (Ann Arbor). Dan plays on the 8.0 Men’s Senior team from Peachtree (Clinton Township). Carl plays on the 4.0 Men’s 40 & Over team from Peachtree. They ALL went undefeated to win their leagues! Barb’s team advanced directly to Sectionals (where they defeated Kettering, OH) and will be in Surprise, AZ for Nationals on November 7-9! Dan and Carl’s teams also went undefeated at Districts, States, and Sectionals. Dan plays at Nationals October 31-November 2 in Surprise, AZ. Carl will play in Rancho Mirage, CA on November 7-9. Good luck to your teams!
Dan Johnson and his 8.0 55 & Over Team from Peachtree placed 3rd out of 4 teams in their flight by defeating New England 3-0 for one win; their 2 losses were against Southwest (1-2) and Southern (0-3). There were a total of 4 flights made up of 17 section teams. The Texas section won it all by defeating Southern in the semis and Missouri Valley in the finals. What a fantastic season, guys!
Barb’s team took second in their flight with Southern California having one more match win. The Middle States held them off in their Saturday afternoon match, denying the Midwest the top spot in the flight, and not surprising the match came down to one court’s 3rd set breaker! Southern North Carolina won it all going undefeated in their flight, then winning the semis and the finals.
Carl’s flight was won by Texas who went undefeated. And the Midwest team ended up in third place, missing second by only 4 games! Hawaii ended up the champion with an undefeated record.
The Midwest teams put up a valiant fight! Congratulations to all three teams and all the players for an outstanding season and giving it your all at Nationals. Your success earned you a trip to play the best USTA teams in the country. Well done!