VTC women’s team beats Falmouth in season opener

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Victoria Scott got some pointers from Nick Bolletieri. — Photo Courtesy of Scott Smith

Michelle Bettencourt and Cathy Lattanzi came back from a deficit in their first set on October 28, to beat Kim Gazal and Linda Jarvis, 9-7, 4-2, when time ran out.

Doreen Rezendes and Diane Morgan fought through a bunch of deuce games only to lose their edge and fall, 4-6, 2-6, to Michelle Prestly and Cynthia Kelley. Deb Rosenthal and Kathy Forrester held their ground, 6-4, 6-3, to keep the lead over Martha Murphy and Anne Monteiro, and Connie McHugh and Sarah Rosenthal came back strong in the third set to hold on for a win, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

Interclub play continues when Falmouth travels to the Vineyard for a home match on Saturday, December 14.

Tips from a master tennis teacher

Victoria Scott of Edgartown met and got a brief lesson from world-famous tennis coach Nick Bollettieri last weekend, at the Manchester Athletic Club. Victoria was a part of a group that received group instruction from the legendary pro. “It was a once in lifetime experience, being on the same court as Nick, and I received some great tips,” Victoria said.

In his long career, Nick Bollettieri has coached 10 number one players, including Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, and the Williams sisters. Vineyard Youth Tennis director Scott Smith worked for Nick in the 1980s and says he hopes to persuade Nick to come to Vineyard Youth Tennis to speak with young Island players.