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From left, Skip Dostal, Paula Rego, Michelle Bettencourt, and Shawn Schofield after the Winter Tennis Classic. –Photo courtesy of Connie McHugh

Paula Rego and Skip Dostal won the Winter Tennis Classic held at the Vineyard Tennis Center after taking their final match in a tiebreaker against Michelle Bettencourt and Shawn Schofield this past weekend.  Their scores were 5-7, 6-4, 10-5. Ms. Rego and Mr. Dostal ended up in the finals in another tiebreaker, beating Darren Belisle and Lucia Hayman 6-2, 3- 6, 10-7.

Leo McHugh and Susan Staudt were the champions of their draw, beating Susie Schofield and Kye Howell in the finals. They had an easy road to the last match, defeating Edie Blake and John Hayes 6-0, 6-0.

Kye Howell and Susie Schofield played a tight match with Sally Segal and Peter Norris, ultimately edging them out in a tiebreaker 6-3, 5-7, 12-10.

Each player contributed funds to the Island Food Pantry. A silent auction raised $1,000.

The Vineyard Tennis Center will host Love at First Set, a mixed doubles tournament, Feb. 7 and 8.

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Jack Lionette, left, and Hannah Rabasca after their tournament victories. – Photos courtesy of Scott Smith and Kris Rabasca

Vineyard Youth Tennis players Hannah Rabasca and Jack Lionette won their respective tournaments over the holiday weekend. Hannah won the girls 14 and under level 7 event at the Manchester Athletic Club by scores of 6-1, 6-0, 6-0. She has won her past four USTA tournaments, and is currently ranked 91 in New England. Jack Lionette won his boys 12 and under level 7 tournament at the Sportsmen’s Tennis Club in Dorchester, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

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Chris Ferry is presented the 2014 Pros Award at Vineyard Youth Tennis. — Photo courtesy of Scott Smith

Chris Ferry won the 2014 Pros Award presented at Vineyard Youth Tennis in a ceremony on Monday, December 8.  The Pros agreed that Chris’s listening, effort, dedication and overall attitude was the determining  factor in winning the award, according to a press release. Although there were a few others who were in the running, Chris definitely stood out among his peers. Chris’s name will be permanently displayed in the VYT lobby, and he will receive an all-expenses-paid stay at a tennis camp this summer.

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The bubble at Vineyard Youth Tennis (VYT) will come down Saturday, May 3, at 8:30 am. This is an annual undertaking in which volunteers graciously help. Anyone who has ever benefited from the VYT’s free tennis program is encouraged to help. For more information or to sign up, call 508-693-7762.

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Senior captain Patrick McCarthy rallied for a three set win over Fairhaven's Anthony Joseph at first singles. — Ralph Stewart

The two-time defending state champion Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School boys tennis team is off to a 3-0 start under new coach Josh Schaan.

“It was a really good first week,” Coach Schaan said. “Fifteen matches played with only one loss: it’s definitely a good sign. This young group that we have is exciting for the future. Patrick [senior captain Patrick McCarthy] is doing a good job encouraging the younger players. He has the good qualities that you like to see in a captain.”

Monday, the Vineyarders defeated host Sandwich, 4-1. The Blue Knights are the first team in the young season to register a point against the Purple. They did it in the first singles match as Matt Martin topped Patrick McCarthy 6-3, 6-0. The Vineyarders turned the tables by winning both doubles matches, 6-1, 6-2. Zak Danz and Dunovan Belisle defeated James O’Brien and Justin Leach at first doubles, while James Kelliher and David Webster beat Jack Caseli and Jack Condin.

The final two singles matches were tough, but the Vineyarders prevailed. Connor Downing won, 6-3, 6-4, over Christian Rossomando at second singles, and Max Hammond outlasted Vincent Tanguilig, 4-6, 6-1 and 10-8, at third singles in a third set tie-breaker.

“We have some tough competition coming up,” Coach Schaan said. “Sandwich was a good test because they’re a bigger school.”

The Vineyarders won, 5-0, over Fairhaven in a non-league match Friday in Oak Bluffs. Patrick McCarthy, the lone starter from last year’s team, struggled early, losing the first set, 6-1, but rebounded impressively, 6-2, 6-3, to beat Anthony Joseph at first singles. The rest of the young Vineyarders rolled in straight sets. Connor Downing defeated Ted Bonnette, 6-0, 6-0. Max Hammond won the third singles match, 6-1, 6-2, over Alex D’Abruzzo.

Both Vineyard doubles teams posted big wins. First doubles tandem Zak Danz and Dunovan Belisle scored a double bagel against Connor Powers and Noah Aurelio, while James Kelliher and David Webster downed Theo Hennen and Andrew Bulhoes, 6-1, 6-1, at second doubles.

Wednesday afternoon in the home opener against Norton, the Vineyarders blanked the Lancers 5-0. Freshmen Max Hammond, Zak Danz, James Kelliher, and David Webster all picked up their first varsity career wins.

With the same lineup as Friday’s match, Patrick McCarthy defeated Brandon Jenkins, 6-0, 6-3; Connor Downing beat Robbie Douglas, 6-0, 6-0; Max Hammond topped Sean Murphy, 6-2, 6-0; Zak Danz and Dunovan Belisle defeated Alex Belinsky and Tony Chen, 6-1, 6-0; and James Kelliher and David Webster bested John Munger and Devin Kalnicki, 6-2, 6-0.

Coach Schaan cited Connor Downing’s win as the performance of the day and praised the aggressiveness and solid defense of both doubles teams.

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Penny Franklin hustles to chip back a volley. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Vineyard Tennis Center hosted the 18th Annual Love at First Set mixed doubles tennis tournament last weekend. Gene Erez and Maggie Mae took highest honors in the “Kisses” draw. They came back from match point down to surpass Lynn Blake and Leo McHugh 4-6, 6-3,11-9.  

Sandy Nadelstein and Penny Franklin trumped the upper level “Hugs” draw over the new pairing of Cathy Lattanzi and Doug Korrell, 6-3, 6-2.

The club offered a “Re-Gift” Silent Auction to the tournament proceeds that benefit Dana Farber Cancer Institute this year. All told, the event raised more than $2,000.

Husband-and-wife teams dominated the team makeup this year.  Todd and Marilda Hollister played their opening round, sliding past Kathy and Ron Forrester, 6-4, 6-4, before bowing to Bev Mazza and Chuck Scott.

Shawn and Susie Schofield pushed through a third-set tiebreaker to overcome Steve and Robin Mussell, 6-4, 3-6, 10-6. The Schofields moved on to the semi-finals and fell to Gene Erez and Maggie Mae, 6-4, 7-5 .

Maggie Mae and Gene Erez outplayed Susan Garrett and John Potter 6-3, 6-3, to earn their berth in the semi-finals. Leo McHugh and Lynn Blake worked their way into the finals, taking Roger and Sharon Spinney, 6-3, 6-0,  then squeezed by Chuck Scott and Bev Mazza, 6-0, 5-7, 10-8.

The Hugs draw recruited some top players into new pairings. T’jark Aldeborgh and Mary Breslauer surpassed Skip Dostal and Lili Cooperrider, 6-1, 6-4, before losing in a tie-breaker, 7-5, 4-6, 10-4,  to Cathy Lattanzi and Doug Korell.

Elizabeth McBride and Ken Armsted put up a tough fight to hang on, 6-4, 6-4, over Paul Ulyatt and Paula Rego. Top seeds Sandy Nadelstein and Penny Franklin entered the finals topping Ken Armsted and Elizabeth McBride, 6-4, 6-1.