Friday, September 25, 2020

A Big Victory for Women’s Tennis Team

Front row from left: Captain Neli Nelz, Jeanette Thevening, Rosie Harrington (holding racquet), Lucienne Valcourt,  Eva Dotti, Stephanie Opel, Monica Elena Novotny and Lorraine Graefenstein. Back row: Lisa Zumstein and Annie Potts. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Front row from left: Captain Neli Nelz, Jeanette Thevening, Rosie Harrington (holding racquet), Lucienne Valcourt, Eva Dotti, Stephanie Opel, Monica Elena Novotny and Lorraine Graefenstein. Back row: Lisa Zumstein and Annie Potts. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Samantha Husted

The Treviso Bay 3.0, 18 and Over Tennis League recently represented Collier County at the sectional playoffs in Altamonte Springs, Florida.

Comprised of several Marco Island residents, these ladies competed and won each of the three league sessions in the 2015 season. They advanced to the Collier County league championships this past summer and won. At Altamonte Springs they competed against teams from throughout the State of Florida and came in at third place, an impressive victory. This feat made even more impressive due to the fact that they played on hard courts, as opposed to clay, which they’re accustomed to.

Representing the team were: Monica Elena Novotny, Rosie Harrington, Elizabeth Aristizabal, Annie Potts, Lucienne Valcourt, Stephanie Opel, Lorraine Graefenstein, Eva Dotti, Jeanette Thevening, Lisa Zumstein and team captain Neli Nelz. Also present was 3.5 league captain, Andrea Washak, lending her support.

Marco Island has several United States Tennis Association (USTA) league teams. This allows players to compete at different levels on varying teams and helps players advance through the rankings. Several players from the Treviso Bay team were advanced this past August to the 3.5 level. The players included: Stephanie Opel, Rosie Harrington and Elizabeth Aristizabal.

“We set out to go to the state finals last summer and everybody really stepped up and did what they had to do for us to even be a contender,” said team captain Neli Nelz. “Everybody stuck together and we worked hard. When we were out at Altamonte Springs everybody did what they had to do and that’s huge.”

The players’ hard work paid off with their tremendous achievement, and they look forward to the upcoming 2016 USTA season, which begins in October.

Congratulations ladies on an immensely successful season.

 

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