The fall Junior Team Tennis season's 12 and Under Girls' winning St. Mary's County team, the SMC Acers, advanced to compete in the Mid-Atlantic Single Gender JTT Championships on Dec. 3 & 4 at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Team members Abby Fielder, Natalie Fielder, Manasa Iswara, Rinu Patel and Leslie Pope played lots of singles and doubles matches against players on other 12U girls teams. The other teams came from Montgomery County in Maryland and from Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Chesapeake in Virginia. The format of 4 singles and 4 doubles individual sets in each team match enabled all players to get experience playing a large number of opponents from all over Maryland, DC and Virginia. Thanks to JTT coordinator and team coach Brian Abell and all the parents and players who made the weekend a success! In the accompanying photo, SMC Acers Rinu, Natalie, Abby, Leslie and Manasa (left to center) stand with Montgomery County team members (center to right).
SMCTA launched a fall season of single gender Junior Team Tennis from Oct. 2nd through Nov. 20th on Sunday afternoons at St. Mary's Ryken HS. Teams in 12U Boys, 12U Girls, 18U Girls and 18U Boys divisions practiced and competed in singles and doubles match play. 12U head coach Brian Abell and 18U head coach Derek Sabedra were assisted by able parent volunteers, including Nathan Andaya, Diane Krasznay, Jill Huntington, and Susan Sokoloff. The winning 12U Girls team, the SMC Acers, advanced to the Mid-Atlantic Single Gender JTT Championships on Dec. 3 & 4 at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA (see article). In the accompanying photo, fall JTT players are joined by coaches Dr. Derek Sabedra, Diane Krasznay, Nathan Andaya, Jill Huntington, and Brian Abell (l to r, adults in back row).
The Junior Team Tennis Fall Rally, held on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 at St. Mary's Ryken HS, had 16 players participate, including 10 players brand new to JTT. The theme was County Fair Favorites, and team names in 18 and Under, 12 and Under and 10 and Under divisions were chosen based on that theme. The St. Mary's Team Team beat the Gators in the 18U division, and the Fries teams beat the Mules teams in the 12U and 10U divisions. A full afternoon of fun action was capped with medals and prizes for all participants. Many players chose to continue with the fall season of Junior Team Tennis that started the following week. In the accompanying photo, Stevie Krasznay (right) reaches for the ball in a match against Julia Andaya (center), while Coach Nathan Andaya (left) encourages play.