San Carlos Tennis Club

SCTC Needs You!

Members - We are now taking nominations for the SCTC Board for 2023.  Please consider serving on the board.  You can make a difference with your ideas and your vote.  A list of board positions is here.

Please contact any of the Nomination Committee Members for information on the commitment expected for each position, and to submit your nomination or suggest another candidate:

Carol Rhodes, Past President - rhodes.carol08@gmail.com

Hugh Burroughs, Drop Ins - hcburroughs@sbcglobal.net

Jack Hesotian, President - hesotian@gmail.com

Mirella Bucci, Web Master - mirellabucci@yahoo.com

Patrick Harshman, Fun Days - pharshman12@icloud.com

Lisa McKenna, Vice President - lisa-mckenna@hotmail.com

Fall Club Tennis Leagues 

These leagues have started play.  There are a few openings on Tuesdays for 4.0 men and women. Check out the Events page and sign up.  See the announcement below about NEW men's and women's singles tournaments, starting in the spring.

Get Away to Paso Robles Oct 14-15; DEADLINE approaching

Looking for a getaway that's all set up for you, AND you get to play as much tennis as you like? Then you should plan on attending the not-to-be-missed event: 2 days of tennis and off-court fun in Paso Robles, home of great restaurants, wineries, and serenity. Our annual Away Trip includes really fun, competitive doubles tennis (and lots of it!) in a gorgeous setting at a friendly club over a Friday and Saturday in October. The registration fee of $210 includes all the tennis you can play, lunches both days.

We also offer a dinner-only option, for those who want to bring non-tennis-playing guests, including non-members. Non-playing guests can hang out at the sports club or enjoy local wine tasting and other activities, and join us for the banquet dinner on Saturday evening too.

Next Spring, our thoughts turn to Singles

Starting in Spring, 2023, we will be holding a monthly Singles Tournament for Men and Women on alternating Sundays from 8:30AM - 10:45AM at Arguello Courts. Any players interested in volunteering to host the event will receive automatic registration.  Volunteers needed. Please contact Laureen at ladders@sancarlostennis.com.

Getting Serious about Getting Better?

From Scott Howard, Tennis Coach at Mission College in San Jose:play days, and a banquet dinner as we wrap up the tournament (with prizes!). Registration now open. Register here nowThere are only 5 playing spots left, as of the last weekend of August. 

"Are you interested in taking inexpensive high-level tennis clinics on brand new courts?  I am teaching two fall classes at Mission College beginning next week.  What a great bargain!!

KIN 038E  Mon & Wed 11:50-1:15pm and KIN 094  Mon./Tue./Thr.  5:30-7:25pm.    If you can't come to most/all of the classes, do not worry.  You can take the class Pass/No Pass and you can create your own schedule (i.e. come one morning and one evening)." Contact Scott with your questions.

USTA Sectionals Results

Our club sent 7 teams to Sectionals over the last 2 weekends. Congrats to all the players and captains that earned the right to battle on the blazing courts of the Central Valley. All results below.

Vicki Leong-Ping's W4.0 team (shown below) had a great weekend at Laguna Creek in Elk Grove. Our ladies played well and had a wonderful time off and on the courts.


Ashi Labousse captained 3 teams, ALL of which played at sectionals.  "The 55+ W7.0 team team had a blast over the last weekend in July despite the grueling Sacramento heat. The 18+ 3.5W Weekend and Daytime teams both played on the same weekend, which was challenging as it’s basically the same players on both teams. Both teams won all their matches in the first two days and advanced to finals. Alas, both finals were at the same time on Sunday, so a defaulted singles match for DT may have cost us the win. The weekend team lost the final 2-3 (with two lines losing in supertie…so close!) and ultimately both teams came in at second place—yet more silver plates."

18+ 3.5W weekend and daytime teams together.

55+ W7.0 team


Previous reports in last week's Buzz;:

In the 18+ league, the W2.5/3.0 DT Grateful REDi, led by Jeanine Diaz La Rivera, brought home Second Place hardware.  They swept 2 of their opponents, 3-0, and lost to the third, 1-2. 


L to R: Jenny Huynh, Shirley Dinh, Captain Jeanine Diaz de Rivera, Patty Coulson, Khin Tint. not shown: Susan Mangalick.  On the right: Khin and Shirley with 2nd place trophies.

SCTC's 55+ 6.0 Warrior Women, led by Tami Adachi, won 3 out of 4 matches, tying with two other teams. Number of match wins placed them in a respectable 3rd place!

L to R: Lisa Disco, Lauren Mathews, Susanna Ventura, Tami Adachi, Jen Falk, Stephanie Chu, Judy Gee, Judith Alex, Raine Oiwa, Suzy Sin. Not shown: Deana Blackburn, Lynette Lissin, Marla Lindsay, Marian Waddell, Sandra Von Lowen

On the Men's side, John Geer's 55+ M6.0 team reported: "We took 3rd place, losing the first day to the heat (and some good players). We won the second day and lost the final match 2-1." 

L to R: John Geer captain, Al Brianes, Marshall Moran, Sunny Tong, Hill Huntington, Joe Stapeman, John Spotisswood, Not shown: Chris Lum





Fall USTA league play

With the 40+ mixed USTA season up and running, it's time to plan for the next session of USTA play! SCTC has teams registered for Combo, Mixed 55+, Daytime Combo, and Daytime 70+ leagues. Play starts on August 29. Get in touch with our USTA coordinator John Swiecki, if you would like to join a team.

Women's drop-in Reset for Mondays

Thanks to SCTC member Dawn Campbell for offering to organize and revive the Monday women's doubles playing event! Ladies, we'll start Monday, June 6th, at Highlands Park Tennis Courts from 8:00 - 10:00 am.  No registration is necessary, but if you want to let Dawn know, email to dropinw@sancarlostennis.com. Ladies, start the week off with some fun doubles tennis with pals old and new.

Chutes and Ladders, Tennis Version

Move up and down the ladder by challenging players, plan matches on your own schedule, and meet new tennis buddies.  Instructions on how to register for the SCTC Men's or Women's ladders and other logistics are on the Ladders page. Also check out the Ladder Challenge Rules.

Contact Chris Guslani @ chris@guslani.com with questions about the NEW Men's ladder.

Contact Laureen Cortez at laureentc@yahoo.com regarding the Women's Ladder.

Safe Play Policies - Evolution Happens!

The new variants of COVID are transmissible even among vaccinated people, and we need to double-down on our precautions. The following rules apply whether or not you’re vaccinated. If you participate in club events or USTA leagues:

Do NOT play i
f you feel ill, even with mild symptoms.

Do NOT play if you have been exposed within the last 10 days to someone who has tested positive. Quarantine and go get tested.  Alert all those you have been in contact with if you are covid-positive.

Registering for a SCTC event or playing USTA comes with the expectation that you: 


1. Do not come onto the courts until the appointed time of event.

2. Maintain a social distance of 6 feet, including during turnovers. Do not huddle face-to-face for strategizing with your partner.  Both should face the back fence, standing apart.

3. Any refreshments need to be available in single-serving containers (like a banana!).


Drop-In Tennis

SCTC has 4 weekly Drop-In Doubles events. SCTC Drop-Ins are open to the public. Come join us - make new friends - and meet other players of all levels!  

 Weekly Schedule Drop-In Type  Time  Location   Coordinator  Contact Info
 Mondays Women's Doubles 8:00-10:00AM Highlands Dawn Campbell dropin@sancarlostennis.com 
 Wednesdays Mixed Doubles 8:00-10:00AM Highlands  OPEN dropin@sancarlostennis.com 
 Fridays  Men's Doubles 8:00-10:00AM Arguello Hugh Burroughs
dropin2@sancarlostennis.com 
 Sundays Mixed Doubles 8:00-10:00AM Burton Hugh Burroughs
dropin2@sancarlostennis.com 




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