TENNIS NEWS AT DARLING!
Congratulations to Peggy Wu’s 3.5 18+ team for finishing 2nd at the USTA National Championship October 1-3, 2021 in Surprise, AZ! Coached by some of our excellent coaches here at the center.
3.5 WOMEN, NEVADA (DTC #2): Team Captain: Peggy Wu; Lan Duong, Christi Lin, Adrian Young, April Denise Belcher, Isabella Sorrentino, Gayl Fitzgerald, Aurora Reese, Sophy Feng, Stephanie Chen, Huong Nardelli, Drea Jones, Tomoe Kolodziezak, Sarah Perez, Fumi Campbell, Jenna Palazzo, Kailee Christie.
“On Tuesday, October 5th we celebrated our Crusader Tennis Class of 2022 with our annual Senior Night Celebration. This came after our match with Doral Red Rock, and first things first we want to congratulate DRR for their inaugural season of high school tennis and look forward to watching their program grow over the years.
Our Girls won the Senior Night match by a 16-2 score with the Boys tallying a 14-4 decision. EACH Senior started the match, and when the circumstances allowed, each played two times. (Doral did not have enough players to make sure all Seniors played twice, which was our hope, but our kids kept up a great attitude throughout.) EVERY Senior tallied at least one win on the day, and all seemed to have a really good time in the process.
Once the match was over the Freshmen-Sophomores-Juniors (in that order) lined up to form the Crusader Tunnel, and Coach Keith talked about the answers to the Senior Questionnaire and some other memories of each of our thirteen Seniors! Then, the Senior, family and friends got to do the Tunnel Run to meet Coach Jeff at the end, a Crusader Tennis tradition.
It was a great night, and we thank everyone that stayed and supported these Seniors. It was, easily, our biggest crowd ever for Senior Night. Also have to thank the families that brought flowers for the Class of 2022, and whoever brought all the food, as it was a feast up there!
Coach Rachel took video of the entire ceremony, and she will be loading that up soon. In the meantime, enjoy the photos, and special shout out to Joelle Massari, Diana Martinez, Ingrid Anderson, Neil Grepke, Maggie Pettigrew and anyone we may have missed for taking, and sharing, all the excellent photos. Finally, kudos to our own Katrina Briggs, who designed the posters for this year’s Seniors…all on her own – and did a great job!
Senior Eleni Ciulla has played mostly doubles in her career, but does occasionally play some singles, and has notched important wins in both disciplines in her career. Today, she reached a career milestone, winning the 100th match of her Faith Lutheran career in helping the Crusaders to a 14-4 win over Clark.
This makes Eleni and her sister Dina the first set of sibling girls to each join the 100 Win Club, and makes Eleni just the 19th person in Crusader Tennis history to earn 100 wins. Kudos to you Eleni!
On August 30th, 2011 the Faith Lutheran Crusader Boys Tennis team defeated Durango by a score of 14-4 – marking the very first win for new Head Coach Jeff Foley.
Fast forward 11 seasons, with two wins on September 29th against Centennial, Jeff achieved a career milestone – notching the 300th win of his High School coaching career, all of course coming as the Crusader Tennis Head Coach.
That makes Jeff the third coach in the history of Faith Lutheran Athletics to reach the 300 win mark. Be on the lookout for a banner to be displayed on FL’s upcoming new campus tennis facility.
Overall, Jeff has a 301-84 record as Faith coach, for a winning percentage of .782 under the Foley regime.
Another incredible finals at our doubles only Round Robin Prize Money tournament today between Champions, Rocco Mendez & Adam Kartzinel versus Runner-Ups, Michael Loyd & Stephen Slubar! A close 10-point tiebreaker that went all the way to the 9-9 sudden death point!
This event had young juniors (both female and male), mixed teams, and men’s teams of various levels and ages all playing against one another, with a “handicap” scoring system available! This is the 4th time we’ve held this event, with Coach Sheryl Bon organizing the event.
We had a number of our juniors visit Baylor University (among other colleges) this week to witness college tennis matches in action and visit colleges out in Texas this week!
Former DTC players that were playing: Audrey Boch-Collins (Baylor Bears) Tate Schroeder (TCU Horned Frogs)
Current Players (As Pictured): Kennadee Semenik, Arianna Van Howeling, Maryn Ryan, Taylor Nelson, Summer Van Howeling
New hats & visors: $20 each
Look out for new apparel coming soon!
Select merchandise 50% off the listed sale price! We have added new inventory to the 50% off rack!!!
A great thank you goes out to the Grotz Family, the Harding Family, and the Lodge Taverns of Las Vegas for their ongoing support of The Darling Tennis Center, The Rising Stars Foundation, and the growth of tennis in the Las Vegas community!
Special thanks to continued support over the years! We can’t do this without you!
The trio of Taylor Nelson, Arianna VanHouweling, and Summer VanHouweling went 10-0 over the weekend in St George.
Written by Coach Keith
Banner weekend for DTC High Performance kids at The Battle for the Border, in St. George, Utah.
Summer Van Houweling, Hi’Ilani Williams, Aiden Benoulaulid each went 0-2.
23 young women and men that train with the DTC High Performance Program took to the courts at the recent USTA Intermountain Level 3 Closed Fall Championships, and DTC KIDS CAME AWAY WITH 64 WINS DURING THE EVENT!!!
Missing from photo is Suzie Sanchez.
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