| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff






USTA Eastern Long Island Region 26th Annual Awards Dinner Journal
May 3, 2016

5:30 p.m.         Registration & Photos
6:00 p.m.         Cocktail Hour
7:00 p.m.         Awards Ceremony
8:00 p.m.         Dinner & Raffles

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Thank You!
We are grateful to all of our sponsors and supporters for helping to make the 26th Annual USTA Long Island Region Awards Dinner a success! Special thanks to:

►ProHEALTH Care Associates, sponsor of tonight’s awards ceremony
►​World Gym, sponsor of the 55-inch TV
►​Eastern Athletic Club, iPad sponsor

A complete list of sponsors will appear on LongIsland.USTA.com and in the July/August 2016 issue of Long Island Tennis Magazine. Proceeds from raffle ticket sales will be contributed to the Junior Tennis Foundation, which raises funds for junior tennis and tennis for special populations within the Eastern Section.


President’s Letter
Dear Members and Friends:
Welcome to the 26th Annual U.S. Tennis Association Eastern Long Island Awards Dinner. On behalf of the volunteers on the Long Island Regional Board of Directors, it is our pleasure to host this terrific celebration of the wonderful achievements of 2015.

One of last year’s highlights was the gala LI premiere of the documentary “Althea,” celebrating the life of tennis great Althea Gibson. It was an honor to host this star-studded event with the Gold Coast International Film Festival. Another 2015 highlight was the number of USTA League Teams who competed at their national championships—we had 10 teams!

We had a busy year, reaching out to kids, and were gratified to help our Junior Team Tennis program grow to more than 20 teams Island-wide along with the continuing expansion of 10-and-Under Red, Orange and Green Ball tennis. We introduced many children to the sport by partnering with the Inwood Country Club, Inwood Charities Fund and World Gym Setauket to host Nassau and Suffolk Kids Days, and by offering 10-and-Under lessons at events throughout the Region.

At the High School level, Long Island girls swept top honors in singles and doubles at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships, while our boys won second place in singles, and second and third place in doubles at their state tournament. It is always a pleasure to support these athletes by giving sweatshirts to all LI participants at States. Six LI students were chosen to participate in Camp Eastern, and more than three dozen of our high school tennis players committed to play on college tennis teams. Kudos to our many high school tennis teams who gave back last year, holding fundraising and awareness campaigns including the Commack girls, who raised $1,700-plus for breast cancer awareness; they also held a tennis clinic for student athletes with disabilities. The Manhasset girls held a clinic and fundraiser for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, and several Nassau girls teams wore pink for breast cancer awareness.

Our college teams enjoyed much success, headlined by the Farmingdale State Women, who won their third consecutive Skyline Conference Championship. Four players received all-conference honors and Head Coach Adam Waterhouse was named Skyline Conference Coach of the Year. The NYIT men captured their third straight East Coast Conference Championship; the women also topped the ECC. Stony Brook’s Women had their best showing in their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance, earned their first-ever national ranking and won their fourth straight America East Title.

In Community Action, we joined Carefree Racquet Club to host a CPR/AED training class, while Eastern Athletic Club Blue Point raised $13,500-plus at its Hope House Ministries Fundraiser. World Gym Setauket helped raise money for the St. Charles Foundation for Stroke Rehabilitation. We were pleased to support many programs by providing grants. We helped the Locust Valley Library Courts resurface their HarTru courts, supplied equipment to launch a new program for children at Circulo de la Hispanidad camps in Hempstead and Long Beach, and we helped Robbie Wagner’s with its 10U after-school program at several elementary schools.

Congratulations to the Port Washington Tennis Academy as it celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016. Not only have the Academy and the Zausner family been fixtures in the LI tennis community for over five decades, but their contributions to the sport of tennis have been outstanding.

Looking ahead, we have many exciting programs and events on the horizon and look forward to continuing to support existing activities by providing grants, supplying volunteers and helping to promote and market your events. Check LongIsland.USTA.com for updates.

Thank you for your support of LI tennis. Congratulations to all of our award winners and thank you for your enthusiasm! Special thanks to the USTA Eastern Section and all of the volunteers on the USTA LI Regional Board of Directors.

Enjoy the evening and keep the last ball in play,


Daniel Burgess, President
USTA Eastern Long Island Region


USTA Eastern Long Island Region 26th Annual Awards Dinner Honorees
Prestigious Awards
Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award: Roberta Feldman
Vitas Gerulaitis for the Love of Tennis Award: Eddie Fishkind
Arthur Ashe Multicultural Award: Victor (Tito) Perez

Sportsmanship Awards
Birdie Tarulli League Captain Award: Gail Schor
►Blane Magee League Captain Award: Bruce Lindenman
Anuj Agarwal Sportsmanship Award: Patrick Hannity
Jennifer Sherry Sportsmanship Award: Denise Lai

Excellence Awards
Adult Volunteer of the Year: Joseph McGorry
Charles Karp Memorial Award for Overcoming Adversity: Anthony DeCico
Community Service Award: Manhasset High School Girls Tennis Team/Coach Eileen Cuneo
Corporate Award: Michael Dachs/Marquee Screen Printing
Good Samaritan Award: Carefree Racquet Club (Nassau) & North Fork Tennis Tournament (Suffolk)
Innovative Program of the Year: Darrell Lopez/Lakeview Tennis Association
Junior Team Tennis: World Gym Setauket (Suffolk) & Point Set Racquet Club (Nassau)
Junior Volunteer of the Year: Alex Benanti
Madeline Zausner Junior Tournament Director: Kelvin Lastique
Outdoor Site of the Year: Village of Port Jefferson/Mayor Margot Garant
Press Service Award: Brian Coleman/Long Island Tennis Magazine
Private Club of the Year: Crest Hollow Country Club
Retailer of the Year: Julien Klein/Solow Sports
Rose Buck Scalamandre Participating Family: Cichon Family (Nassau) & Kingsley Family (Suffolk)
Special Service Award: Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran
10-and-Under Award: Circulo de la Hispanidad/Gil Bernardino and Fabiana Rezac (Nassau) & Eastern Athletic Club Blue Point (Suffolk)

►Tennis Club of the Year: Bethpage Park Tennis Center
Tennis Family of the Year: The Mosquera Family
Tennis Professional of the Year: Ahsha Rolle
USTA After-School Tennis Program: Robbie Wagner’s Tournament Training Center/Hilary Bressler

Special Recognition
Port Washington Tennis Academy in honor of its 50th anniversary.


USTA League Teams Participating in National Championships
Men’s 3.5/Sportime Lynbrook, Captains Miguel Gordon & Gabe Moreira
Men’s 4.5/Long Beach Tennis Center, Captain Sid Siddiqui
Men’s 5.0/Robbie Wagner’s, Captain Greg Lumpkin

Men’s 3.0/World Gym Setauket, Captain Phil Monticciolo
Women’s 3.5/Carefree Racquet Club, Captain Mara Mazza
Women’s 4.5/Carefree, Captains Donna Ryan & Sally Disabato

Women’s 6.0/Eastern Athletic Blue Point, Captain Kathy Sarli
Women’s 7.0/Point Set Racquet Club, Captain Ann McGrath

18+ Mixed
6.0/Christopher Morley Tennis Center, Captain Darlene Sotomayor
8.0/Long Beach, Captains Andrew Camacho & Brian Connor


2015 High School Champions
New York State Champs
Singles: Kseniya Zonova (Hewlett)
Doubles: Celeste Matute/Courtney Kowalsky (Oyster Bay)

Nassau County Champs
Girls Singles: Kseniya Zonova (Hewlett)
Girls Doubles: Celeste Matute/Courtney Kowalsky (Oyster Bay)
Boy's Singles: Yuval Solomon (Plainview JFK)
►Boy's Doubles:Dylan Granat/Daniel Shleimovich (Syosset)
Nassau County Coach of the Year: Rhonda Barsel (Lawrence)

Suffolk County Champs
Boy's Singles: Christopher Kuhnle (Shoreham-Wading River)
Boy's Doubles: Dylan Davis/Duane Davis (Half Hollow Hills West)
Girls Singles: Kimberly Liao (Commack)
Girls Doubles: Danah Han/Mina Sarcevic (Half Hollow Hills West)
Suffolk County Coach of the Year: Dennis Christofor (Port Jefferson)

Eastern Section Boys
10s: Jordan Reznik, Harrison Walker Gradin
12s: Aman Sharma, Alexander Karman
14s: Spencer Brachman, Billy Suarez
16s: Yuval Solomon, Daniel Pellerito
18s: Athell Patrick Bennett, Cuba Lubomir

Eastern Section Girls
10s: Kira Sydney Kronenberg, Victoria Matos
12s: Rose Hayes, Ivanna Nikolic
14s: Maryam Beshir Ahmad, Rachel Arbitman
16s: Lea Ma, Merri Kelly
18s: Taylor Cosme, Claire Handa

Long Island Boys
10s: Jack Kennedy, Avery Frekhtman
12s: Jeremy Levine, Dylan D. Agate
14s: Zachary Stern, Timothy Chiu
16s: Avi Anand, Alexander Hazarian

Long Island Girls
12s: Ines Roti, Jennifer Rabinowitz
14s: Daniella Paikin, Alexis Huber
16s: Kaitlyn Schwarz, Marina Hilbert


Adult Rankings
►3.0 Singles:
 Fran Breckon
3.5 Singles: Deena Mavroudis, Maritoni Carlos
3.0 Doubles: P Annemarie Mahoney/Fran Breckon
4.0 Doubles: Maritoni Carlos/Susan Bacey
4.5 Doubles: Ilana Cohen/Beth Mercante

3.5 Singles: David Winnitzki, James Avallone
4.0 & 4.5 Singles:  Brian Katz, Jack Eichler
4.0 Doubles: Adam Lieberman/Andrew Camacho

Eastern Section/Women
Open: Joan Manfredi-Carter, Nicole Kielan
35s: Joan Manfredi-Carter
50s: Rosemary Cosentino, Eileen Walker
60s: Lydia Eitel
65s: Peggy Gluck

Open: Julia Kielan/Nicole Kielan

Eastern Section/Men

Open: Andrew Adler, Hleb Maslau
25s & 30s: Rodolfo Novello, Jack Eichler
35s: David Fischbach, Rodolfo Novello
40s: Andrew Adler, Jack Eichler
45s: Adrian Chirici, Andrew Adler
50s: Jeffrey Snow, Lawrence Kramer
55s: Walter Winnitzki, Mark Johns
60s: John Titcomb, Steven Brill
65s: Douglas Barrow, Jefry Rosmarin
70s: Robert McKenna, Bob Hoffman
75s: Raymond Rahbari

Open: Carlos Maldonado/Mclane Green, Amani Siddiqui/Naeem Siddiqui
65s: Richard Bates/Ronald Kahn

Open: Nicole Kielan/Mark Julian Baker


USTA Eastern Long Island Region
Executive Board
Daniel Burgess: President, 10 & Under Junior Team Tennis Chair
Mike Pavlides: 1st Vice President, Web Site Manager, Scholastic Representative Chair (Nassau)
Sunny Fishkind: 2nd Vice President, Public Parks Advocate, Facebook Manager
Craig Fligstein: Secretary/Treasurer
Scott Axler: Past President, Chair, Boys Ranking & Junior Competition

Regional Board
Jacki Binder: Public Relations Chair, Web Site Manager
Jay Binder: Legal Counsel
Bob Coburn: Marketing Chair
Terry Fontana: Chair, Kids Day, Awards Dinner, Community Tennis Association & National Junior Tennis & Learning Committees
Herb Harris: Chair, Volunteer & Grant Committees
Anneleis Karp: President Emeritus
Jonathan Klee: League Liaison/League Appeals & Inquiries
Eileen Leonard: Competition Training Chair
Kathy Miller: USTA Leagues Coordinator
Marian Morris: Events Planner, Awards Dinner Chair
Melanie Rubin: Community Outreach (Nassau)
Clark D. Ruiz II: Nassau County Delegate
Akiko Tohmatsu: Suffolk County Delegate
Randi Wilkins: Community Outreach (Suffolk) & Chair, Kids Day (Suffolk)

Committee Members
Steve Abbondondelo: Junior Team Tennis
Hilary Bresler: Awards Dinner
Renaire Fierson: Diversity & Inclusion
Steve Haar: PTR Liaison
Emily Moore: Diversity & Inclusion
Tito Perez: 10-and-Under Tennis
Fabiana Rezac: Hispanic Outreach
Denise Schmidt: Awards Dinner
Ed Wolfarth: Member at Large-Membership, USPTA Liaison