The Rye Racquet Club A Team, left to right: Nan Pozios, Carol Chirico, Hiromi Inagawa, Joy Cummiskey, Corinna Bode, Kathrin Blanch, captain Carolyn Cruz, Marcia Pflug, Eileen O’Connor, Suzanne Schnitta, and Stefani Shavel.

Rye Racquet sweeps MITLs

The Rye Racquet Club women’s doubles teams just wrapped up another stellar summer season, sweeping titles in all three Metropolitan Interclub Tennis League divisions, taking home top honors in the A, B and C levels of play. Since the club’s inception, this is the fifth time that the Rye Racquet Club has taken all three divisions, having done the same in 2005, 2008, 2010, and 2012.

The A team, which earned 28 out of a possible 32 points, have won the division for six straight years, while the B team shared the top spot with rival Westchester Country Club this season. The C team also finished strong to secure the club sweep. All three teams compete in the highest level, flight one, and all receive coaching from Kit Byron, club owner.

Under the leadership of captain Carolyn Cruz, director of tennis and operations for the club, the A team maintained a strong lead throughout and, at one time, was ahead by seven points. Cruz said that, while many of the matches may have seemed one-sided on the score-sheet, teams New Rochelle, Westchester, Saw Mill and Bedford all proved stiff competition for the champs.

“We had great team of players who worked really well together,” Cruz said.

Susan Choo, B team captain, was pleased with the outcome and the team’s ability to prevail despite being bit by the injury bug.

“We had to deal with three serious ankle injuries on our team,” Choo said. “Teresa Fellows injured hers a few months back, Sandy Khouri injured hers a few weeks before the season started and I injured mine after the first match. Aside from all of us sporting heavy ankle braces, we struggled to put a lineup together almost every week.”

“Our team this year was a mix of returning players and a few new players,” added Young Kim, C team captain. “Rye Racquet Club is fortunate to attract players from all over, so we are able to field a strong team. I think people like to be on Rye Racquet Club teams because of the great coaching we get.”

-Reporting by MIKE SMITH

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