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2nd Annual Mixed Madness Tournament

Get ready! We’re ringing in the New Year with our 2nd Annual Mixed Madness Tournament! This mixed doubles flex tournament is open to members and non-members. It’s a great way to stay active, meet new people, and have fun!

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Here are the details:

  • There are A and B divisions, and the tournament is open to members and non-members.
  • Jared will make up the draw by January 1, and then teams will schedule their own matches any time during the week for the first round through to the semi-finals. You’ll have a couple weeks to get each round in. Then everyone is invited back on Saturday, February 28 for the tournament finals, a free round robin, and the party.
  • The tournament cost is $20 / member and $30 / non-member. There are no additional court fees for any of the preliminary rounds or the finals/round robin. So basically everyone is guaranteed to at least one match during the tournament and then the round robin on Feb. 28. Please pay the desk prior to your first round match.
  • When scheduling your matches, reserve the court for two hours.
  • Both teams bring a new can of balls to the match. Winner takes new can.
  • Play a 10-point tiebreaker in lieu of a third set if you split sets.
  • Report scores to the front desk.
  • Phone numbers and email addresses will be available at the front desk. Winners of each round should contact their opponents to schedule their next match by the deadlines (when draw becomes available).
  • February 28: A & B Finals, Free Round Robin, and Pizza!
  • Have fun!

If you’re interested, sign up at the front desk. There is a sheet for people who already have set partners. (Perhaps husband-wife, father-daughter, or mother-son combos…) There is another sheet for people who are interested in the tournament but don’t have partners yet. Sign up there if you’d like to be paired up or if you’ll ask around yourself.

You can also register by calling the club at 860-739-6281.

 

Here are photos of last year’s winners:

Steve, Jared, and Lauren

A Division Champions Steve and Lauren with Tournament Director Jared.

Stan, Jared, and Abi

A Division Finalists Stan and Abi with Tournament Director Jared.

B Finalists

B Division Finalists Dalton and Roisin and Champions Javier and Carolyn with Jared.

Victor Niezrecki Honored for 10 Years of Volunteer Service

Lyme Shores member Victor Niezrecki has also been recognized for his ten years of volunteer service to the USTA. Victor has not only played on and captained several USTA teams, he has also helped coordinate and promote league programs in Eastern Connecticut (ECT) with Nan Pongsriwat.

Victor Niezrecki

According to Nan, “[Victor] has helped me with schedule conflicts of various tennis clubs. He has also helped run the captain meetings, attended all meetings regarding ECT, and has made sure our ECT USTA is run smoothly.”

Victor’s immense dedication to the sport is evident to all who know him at Lyme Shores. He is a regular at the club on evenings and weekends, often organizing opportunities for people to play (like the Mixed Social on Fridays at 7pm).

Congratulations, Victor!

Nan Pongsriwat Named League Coordinator of the Year

Nan PongsriwatNan Pongsriwat, the USTA league coordinator for Eastern Connecticut, has been named League Coordinator of the Year by USTA New England!

This honor, awarded to the person who has shown exemplary initiative in growing tennis in the local area, is long overdue. Nan has volunteered for USTA New England for 11 years. And year after year, she has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to building up the USTA league programs in our area.

Nan first started playing tennis with the encouragement of Janet Rogers. They were both living in New Hampshire at the time when their husbands were on the USS Alexandria for the Navy. When the boat returned to Groton, Nan looked for a tennis club so she could continue playing. She decided on Lyme Shores.

According to Nan, “When I moved to Connecticut, I found no one wanted to play with beginners, and there was no league to play in.  Thames Valley league was more for advanced players.  That is what gave me the incentive to start the USTA League for our area.”

Due to Nan’s passion and persistence, the fledgling program developed into what we have today. Eastern Connecticut now has over fifteen different leagues that include various age ranges and rating levels for men, women, and mixed.

The expansion and coordination of all the leagues require a tremendous amount of time, effort, and skill to pull off. Nan collaborates with club managers and captains to schedule court time for all the teams at various clubs.  She serves as a liaison between the USTA New England and league captains, fielding questions about ratings, rules, and regulations. Her main goals include responding to emails within 24 hours, working closely with new captains so they get a good start, ensuring new players get placed on teams, and starting more levels (4.5 and 9.0 e.g.) so that everyone has the opportunity to participate.

According to Paula Passarello, a USTA league veteran, “It is not just Nan’s talent for organizing all these leagues that make her so important to USTA. We all know tennis players are not the easiest people to satisfy. But Nan has a gentle, persuasive personality to bring a calm solution to any tennis crisis.”

And for the past few years, Nan has done all this from Washington state and California!  When her husband Rex was transferred by the Navy to the west coast, Nan continued volunteering as Eastern Connecticut’s league coordinator. Throughout the year, she stays in touch via phone and email, and at least once a year, she makes a trip back to Connecticut to convene face-to-face with captains and USTA New England officials.

Victor Niezrecki, Nan and Rex

Victor Niezrecki, Nan and Rex

“As Navy life happens, we were again forced to move.” said Nan. “I could have easily just said goodbye to the Eastern CT coordination.  However, the friendships I developed were so strong that I was determined not to forget the people here in New England, both our tennis players and my USTA New England contacts.  That motivated me to continue to serve as the USTA Coordinator in CT.  It made my job a little harder, but I was determined for the people here to make Eastern CT the best USTA league.  And now I have experienced the leagues in Washington and California and how they conduct business.  That experience has brought even more to the table of what I can offer to Eastern CT.”

Lyme Shores and the other Eastern Connecticut clubs are lucky to have such an asset. Nan’s dedication to the sport and to the people in the area is a true force.

“My experience with the Eastern CT Leagues has meant so much. I am so grateful to the players that recommended me for the award.” said Nan. “In the traditions of Thailand where I was born and grew up, friends are not just here one day and forgotten the next.  I hope that my friendships here continue and grow with new people.  Some day I will move back to CT and when that happens I know I will have a great family here to enrich all of our lives.”

A big congratulations to Nan!

Pickleball Turkey Tourney a Success

Lyme Shores hosted its first ever pickleball tournament on November 29-30, and it was a huge success. All six courts were filled with pickleball action.

“The courts were hopping!” said Tournament Director Margo Chase-Wells. “We ended up with 44 people including folks from CT, RI, MA, NY, and NJ.”

The tournament was round robin-style, so players never had to wait long to get on the courts. Prizes were awarded in 22 different divisions. Everyone who participated is eager to return for next year’s event!

Pickleball Turkey Tourney

Tournament Directors Kathy Reidy and Margo Chase-Wells

Pickleball Turkey Tourney

Pickleball Turkey Tourney

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Pickleball mixed doubles winners

Mixed doubles winners

Pickleball after party

After the Tourney at Monkey Farm

If you are interested in pickleball, we have drop-in pickleball every Monday from 1-3pm for $6. We also host a pickleball party one weekend night a month. Visit our pickleball page for more info.

USTA Year End Ratings Published

Year End NTRP ratings have been published on TennisLink. You can log in to your USTA account to see your 2014 Year End rating.

A player on an Early Start League team may play at their rostered level until December 12th. If you got bumped up, you may not be eligible to play for that team. Contact your team captain to confirm. If you would like to appeal your rating, you can log in to TennisLink and click the automated appeal link just below your rating. You will receive an immediate response either granting or denying your appeal. Appeals other than the automated appeal will not be accepted until January 1, 2015.