As icing on the cake, Rye Racquet Club also won the A division of the MITL’s end-of-season Barbara Williams Cup. And following the club’s MITL success was yet another victory, a championship for the C2 team in Flight 1 of the Hudson Valley Tennis League, which the team shared in a three-way tie.
The club’s MITL A team ended the season with 21 points, only three points ahead of the Saw Mill Club.
“We had a midseason wake-up call when we lost to New Rochelle 0-4, although three of the four matches went to three sets,” said Carolyn Cruz of New Rochelle, captain and Rye Racquet Club’s director of tennis and operations. “We then knew we had to win the next two matches, 4-0, which was not an easy task, but the team rose to the occasion in their usual fashion and won the next eight points."
“We were deep in all three MITL divisions,” said Kit Byron, Rye Racquet Club owner and team coach, noting that the A team, champions for the past eight years, had a strong and steady season with a solid group of players. “The B season was a horse race, as it usually is, but we spread it out toward the end and always against good competition, and the C team ran away with it.”
The B team finished with 34 points, an eight-point lead over New Rochelle. The C team lost one match and celebrated the season with 27 points, a 9-point lead over Mount Kisco. “This is our fifth year in a row to take our flight so we are pretty happy about our winning streak,” said Young Kim of Rye, C team captain, noting that there were eight returning players and two new members who all trained with Byron since the fall. “So we are raring to go come the MITL season.”
In the MITL Barbara Williams Cup, Rye Racquet Club’s duo of Joy Cummiskey and Corinna Bode defeated Erin Mills and Susan Padgett of Westchester Country Club in the A finals, while Margaret Grasso and Alex Nicklas were finalists in the C division.
For the C2 team, the HVTL provided a season of surprises and close matches yet no losses to any teams, according to Rye Racquet’s Go Inagawa, team coach.
“It was an exciting season,” said Andrea Mancini of White Plains, captain. “We weren’t in first place until the very last match.”
Then it was determined that Rye Racquet, Chestnut Ridge and Kela Tennis each accumulated 18 points, and all three were declared winners.
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