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Regular-season play is wrapping up for Valley League teams, who next play in USTA championships

July 28, 2008 10:20 PM
by The Republican Sports Desk
Saturday July 26, 2008, 6:53 PM


Before Valley League teams can begin play in the USTA Adult League Tennis New England Red District championships, scheduled Friday through Aug. 3 at Western Massachusetts clubs, we have some unfinished regular-season business.

The Valley League's senior and summer leagues recently wrapped up, and there are several teams that qualified for their own postseason tournaments.

The top senior teams mentioned below move on to the New England sectional tournament, scheduled Aug. 15-17 at venues in Western Massachusetts.

In women's senior play, Tennis Buddies, out of Enfield Tennis Club and co-captained by Cynthia Larareo and Nina Zaleski, won a tight three-way battle for the 3.0 title with 21 individual wins. Seniorellas (Ludlow Tennis Club, Marguerite Brennen) and In The Pink (Berkshire West Athletic Club in Pittsfield, Maureen Flanagan and Nedra Parry) tied for second at 20 wins, with the Seniorellas advancing to postseason play via the first tiebreaker, sets lost, 23-25.

Net Flashers (Enfield, Marie Roncalli) won an amazing four-way race for the women's 3.5 crown, finishing in first with 26 wins. Totally Smashed (Ludlow, Felicity James) took the second sectional spot with 25 wins. I Can't Remember (Berkshire West, Betty Bean), with 24 wins, and Hot Shots (Berkshire West, Eileen Christman), with 23, just missed advancing.

Perwrinkles (Arthur Carrington Tennis Academy in Amherst, Carol Cahillane) was the lone qualifier in women's 4.0 play.

The Ludlow Rockets (Ludlow, John Golonka and Rolly Ciocca) won the men's senior 4.0 title with a 7-1 record. The Amherst Aces (Carrington, Daniel Griffith and Nathaniel Whitaker) advanced with a second-place finish at 6-2.

In men's senior 3.0, The Classics (Ludlow, Larry Tiberio) battled No Fault Guys (Ludlow, Bob Kay) to matching 3-3 records, but won the tiebreaker with 10 individuals wins.

In women's super senior 7.0, it went down to the games lost tiebreaker before Savvy Seniors (Grande Meadows Tennis Club in Longmeadow, Nancy D'Amato) were declared champs over Evereadys (Berkshire West, Eileen Christman). Savvy Seniors advance to the sectional championships Aug. 9-10 in Beverly.

What A Racquet (Grande Meadows, Debra McCarthy) won the women's 3.5 summer flight 1 with 35 wins, and Charlie's Angels (Enfield, Karen Glick and Marie Roncalli) advanced to Red District play with 28. Carpe Diem (Berkshire West, Ann Clarke-Gerrity), with 30 wins, and 40-Love (Ludlow, Dawn Fleury and Ann Maccarini), with 28, advanced from 3.5 flight 2.

Check out all the Western Mass teams who have qualified.