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Congratulations 18+ 3.5 Women’s League Nationals Finalists!
October 7, 2021

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.

Faith Lutheran HS Tennis 2021 Senior Night
October 5, 2021


Copied From the Faith Lutheran High School and Middle School Tennis Teams Facebook Page


“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!

It was a GREAT night to be a Crusader!”
Celebrating DTC’s Eleni Ciulla’s HS Tennis Success!
October 4, 2021

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!

We are very proud of you!
Congratulations Coach Jeff Foley for your 300th HS Coaching Win!
October 3, 2021

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.

Both the Girls and the Boys teams have qualified for the post season in every season with Jeff at the helm, and overall they have had nine combined State Tournament berths, finishing as State Runner Up three times and capturing the Girls State Championship in 2014! They have won all four Summerlin Team Cups they have played in, and this season they won their first California Classic.

Overall, Jeff has a 301-84 record as Faith coach, for a winning percentage of .782 under the Foley regime.


Go Crusaders!
Prize Money Round Robin – Doubles Only
March 7, 2021

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. 

Thank you to all who played!
DTC Junior College Trip
March 4, 2021

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

Pro Shop Merch Sale
March 2, 2021

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!!!

Special Thanks To Our Sponsors
February 28, 2021

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!

February 2021 Saint George, Utah Results
February 15, 2021
Written by Coach Keith

The trio of Taylor Nelson, Arianna VanHouweling, and Summer VanHouweling went 10-0 over the weekend in St George. 


Taylor and her doubles partner won a round in G16 doubles before the event was stopped. She won three matches in G16 singles, as well, before play was stopped at the semis.
Summer won three matches in G16 singles before play was stopped at the semis.
Arianna got a bye and then won three matches, making it to the finals before play was stopped.
January 2021 Saint George, Utah Results
January 24, 2021

Written by Coach Keith

Banner weekend for DTC High Performance kids at The Battle for the Border, in St. George, Utah.

Five DTCHP (high performance) players ventured to St George and the results were excellent:
David Papa won three matches en route to capturing the CHAMPIONSHIP of the Boys 12’s North Division in the compass draw format. He was 3-1 overall for the event.
Bengalie Turay advanced to the quarterfinals in Boys 16’s and then captured the Co-CHAMPIONSHIP of the Boys Northeast Division in the compass draw format. He was 2-1 overall for the event in singles.
Maryn Ryan won three matches en route to capturing the Co-CHAMPIONSHIP of the Girls 16’s North Division in the compass draw format. She was 3-1 overall for the event.
Summer Van Houweling won four matches on her way to WINNING HER FLIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP in the Girls 16’s.
Arianna VanHouweling got a first round bye and then defeated three foes to CAPTURE THE CHAMPIONSHIP of the Girls 18’s division.
All in all, DTC players went a scintillating 15-3 overall, with one of those losses coming when two DTC players squared off.
Things also went quite well in doubles, as the VanHouwelings notched two wins in the Girls 18’s division to WIN THE TITLE while Bengalie teamed with a player from Utah to upset the top seed in the first round and advance all the way to the Finals before dropping that decision – thus earning the RUNNER UP prize!
That 4-1 showing in dubs pushed the DTC tally to 19-4 overall, with ALL FIVE PLAYERS COMING HOME WITH HARDWARE!!!
Nicely done.
2021 Level 4 Phoenix Junior Open Results
January 19, 2021
Summary by Coach Keith


Summer Van Houweling, Hi’Ilani Williams, Aiden Benoulaulid each went 0-2.

Henrik Jordaan, Aiden Benolualid lost opening round, won one consolation round, then lost next round match.
Arianna Van Houweling lost her first match, won two in the consolations, then lost in consolation Quarters.
Anna Jordaan won her first round match, lost in the round of 16, then went on to win her first consolation match, then lost in the consolation Quarters.
2020 USTA Intermountain Level 3 Closed Fall Championships
November 11, 2020
Written by Coach Keith

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!!!


Congratulations to Adaan, Aiden, Anna, Arina, Arianna, Bangalie, Eleni, Evelyn, Garen, George, Hendrik, Kenadee, Keon, Levon, Mandalay, Marinn, Remi, Rohan, Ryan, Sam, Stewart, Summer, and Taylor for all the great effort in the event.
Special mention goes to:
-Kenadee Semenik – After a first round loss Kenadee stormed through the Consolation Round, winning six matches to claim Consolation Champion honors in the Girls 18’s. She won two tight third set tiebreakers during that run!  Kenadee was also a Finalist in Girls 18’s Doubles.
-Anna Jordaan won five singles matches in the Girls 16’s division, finishing in 3rd place in that ultra tough division. Anna was also Finalist in Girls 16’s Doubles.
-Garen Spicka won three matches and finished 6th overall in the Boys 18’s division.
-Adaan Tarquino made it to the Quarterfinals of the Boys 14’s.
-Arianna Van Houweling posted four wins, two each in the Main Draw and the Consolation, to earn Consolation Finalist accolades in the Girls 18’s.
-The Conso Final in the G18’s pitted two HP players against each other in Arianna and Kenadee, and our High Performance Director Saad Ashraaf called it “some of the prettiest tennis I have seen in some time. Both girls were just great. Kenadee won the match, but Ari was incredible.”
-Keon Howard won three singles matches and also notched three doubles wins, thus making the Semifinals of the Boys 18’s dubs.
-Ryan Pool made the Quarterfinals of the Boys 16s Doubles.
-We also want to shout out both Stewart Goodson and Aiden Benoualid. Aiden played an excellent first round match, taking a set off a player that had soundly beaten him earlier in the  year. In doubles, Aiden and his partner upset the #1 seed on the way to making the Quarterfinals. As for Stewart, he may have only notched one win on the weekend, but he played exceptionally well. He posted a dominating first round win and the took the opening set from an excellent player before dropping a super tough tiebreaker. His Consolation Round match was another one against a very, very good player, and he did quite well. The scoreboard doesn’t always tell the full story, and that was the case this week for Stewart!
We work hard, and it shows!
Go Team DTC!!!
High School Standout Claire Angle
September 24, 2018
Five years ago, in the summer before her 8th grade year at Roy Martin Middle School, Claire came to our HS/MS Summer Camp, and got bitten hard by the tennis bug.  Fairly new to the game, she had some struggles early on but kept coming back every day with a great attitude and eagerness to learn. She kept coming to clinics and summer camps, and started taking private lessons with DTC Instructor Keith Fridrich, getting better and better every year. This past summer Claire was in the top group at camp, and even spent some time in the DTC High Performance Program! Now a senior that intends to play tennis in college, Claire attends A-Tech and plays for Valley High School. She has been a four year starter, earning 2nd Team All Sunrise as a Sophomore, and this week was named by and the Girls Tennis Player of the Week! DTC is very proud of Claire and wishes her luck for the rest of her Senior season!
Coach Brian Wilson Rejoining The Darling Tennis Center High Performance Staff
July 24, 2018
We are proud to announce that esteemed junior coach Brian Wilson will be rejoining our staff starting in the middle of August! Brian will be at Darling Tennis Center on Thursday July 26th @ 9:30am for a meet and greet with students and parents.
Jack Kostrinsky Wins Ambassador of Hope Award
April 25th, 2018
Jack Kostrinsky was entered into the Student of The year Contest where a select few students compete in raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Jack organized a 2 Ball 3 Ball Tournament at the Darling Tennis Center and it was a huge success. He was awarded the Ambassador of Hope Award and received a scholarship. Congratulations Jack!
Michael Andre Wins 16s National Level 2 Tournament in Long Beach, CA
February 15th, 2018
DTC standout Michael Andre had an impressive showing at the USTA National Level 2 Tournament in Long Beach, CA. He was the winner of the Boys 16 singles division and was a finalist in the 16 doubles. Congratulations Michael, Great Job!
Jason Michel storms Intermountain Sectional Championships
November 18, 2017
Some impressive results from the Level 3 Intermountain Fall Sectional Championships (formerly called the “Great Pumpkin”). This year young DTC standout Jason Michel swept both the B12 Singles and Doubles. That’s two more for Jason this year. Micah Sypert nearly achieved the same feat winning G14 Singles but coming up short as finalist in dubs with current partner Ashley Hofflander.
Mira Filberti aces Mike Agassi No Quit Level 3 tournament
November 18, 2017
Its time again for the Mike Agassi No Quit Closed Regional Championships, a Natl Level 3 event held at Las Vegas, Nevada. This year our own Mira Filiberti played true to form. Assigned the #1 seed by tournament officials young Mira took the Champions crown in Girls 12s. Mira combined with Ashley Hofflander to reach the semi final round in Doubles. Congrats to both!
Jack Kostrinsky sweeps 2016 Level 4 Tournament at Boulder
November 18, 2017
News from the Natl Level 4 Summer Masters in Boulder, Colorado. In impressive fashion Jack Kostrinsky wins the Boys 16s singles title and partners with Michael Safbom to win the doubles crown. Nice job Jack! On a side note, our young players Lindsey and Ashley Hofflander combined to win the Girls 14s Doubles title.
Michael Andre captures Singles at Air Force Academy
July 11, 2016
Boys 14 standout Michael Andre, playing the #1 seed for Intermountain, shoots down all competitors to go undefeated in Singles this month at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. “It was an honor to represent the Intermountain Section and the Darling Tennis Center this year and ‘Thank you’ to my long time Coach Saad Ashraf and the Air Force Academy for hosting this exciting event”.
Darling HP Juniors travel to Ojai, California
June 8, 2016
Head Coach Saad Ashraf was looking for a way to inspire his top high performance juniors before the Summer break. His idea… take them to compete in the annual prize money tournament held in Ojai. It was an exciting trip and the kids came back so motivated they began practicing at 6am (ouch!)
DTC Men’s 3.0 National Finalists  October 17th, 2018
Congratulations to Capt John Terry and his entire team for becoming finalists in the M3.0 USTA National Championships! Great job guys, DTC is very proud of our team!!!! 🎾🎾🎾
DTC Men’s 3.0 Sectional Champions  August 20th, 2018
A BIG congratulations to Capt John Terry and his entire team who won M3.0 Sectionals today! On to Nationals! DTC is very proud of our team!!!! 🎾🎾🎾
DTC Men’s 65 + team makes it to Nationals!
January 27th, 2018
DTC is proud of our 65 plus team that made it to Nationals last weekend in Arizona! The team competed hard and enjoyed their weekend. Way to go boys!!! 💪🎾🎾🎾💪
DTC Men’s 3.5 team takes 2nd at Natls!
October 12, 2016
Congratulations to the Darling Tennis Center 3.5 Men’s team who placed 2nd in 55+ Nationals. Great work guys! Standing left to right are: Ed Dibble, John Terry, Ernie Melo, Alex Mazzia and Mike Gifford. Kneeling in front are: Kris Qualis, Gary Miller, Keith Brennaman, Bob Campbell and Harry Jacocks.
Darling Women win Adult League District Championships
June 21, 2016
The 3.5 Women’s team from Darling won the Adult League District Championships this month. Pictured in the front row are: Suni Erlanger, Thida Blonsky, Barbie Quinn, Val Tobler, Judy Winreb, Ann Santiago, Maria Quintana. Back Row: Cheryl Landholm, Michelle Leaf, Pat Freeman, Cindy Curtis and Gail Burns.

Missing from photo is Suzie Sanchez.

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