Thursday, October 28, 2021

Marco Tennis Team Wins USTA Champs

Submitted Photos | From left, front row: Ramsay Erickson, Mary Mastrogiacomo, John Valenti; Row 2: Mark Waks, Sam Lewis; Row 3: Brita Swanson, Roberto Pericoli; Top row: Ray Gauch, team captain.

The Marco Island YMCA 7.0 Mixed Doubles 55+ tennis team captured the State of Florida USTA Sectional Championship the weekend of November 15-17 in St. Petersburg, Florida. 

In the championship match Marco Island defeated the Brevard County team from Melbourne, Florida 2-1.

Team members that participated in the state tournament were Roberto Pericoli, Brita Swanson, Sam Lewis, Peggy Chandler, John Valenti, Mary Mastrogiacomo, Mark Waks and Ramsay Erickson. The team captain is Ray Gauch.

Other team members during the season who played a vital role in winning the local league included Susan Nimmo, Mark Bunecky, Karen Lewis, Anthony Tarakdijan, Connie Johnson, Chuck Schmidt and Isabelle Adly.

The Marco team went 8-3 to win their local league during the season and then were a perfect 5-0 in the State Tournament.

By virtue of the Florida Section Championship the Marco Island team will now advance to play in the USTA National Championships in Vancouver, Washington in April, 2020.

Congratulations to all players as it was a total team effort.


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