The Kingsmill men’s age 65-and-over, 8.0-combination-rated team recently repeated as the Mid-Atlantic Section champs.
Team captain Rich Nelson, John Wendell, Fax McCandlish and Gary Burger went unbeaten for the year, and Bruce Stewart, Fred Wells, Dan Sims and Roy Carrithers also are on the squad.
From Sept. 7-9 in an all-doubles format at Huntington Park, Kingsmill won 3-0 against Montgomery County (Md.) and Northern Virginia without losing a set.
As it did last year, Kingsmill qualified for the sectional by winning a league including Richmond teams.
--Good weekend for college tennis
If you're a local tennis fan, two events around town this weekend are worth a look.
(I selfishly like this event -- our Daily Press office is so close, I practically could walk to it.)
Many teams from the state and East Coast, mostly in Division I, will be present. Christopher Newport, Virginia Wesleyan and Hampden-Sydney will provide some of the D-III representation.
Meanwhile, at William and Mary, the 20th annual Tribe Invitational will showcase 10 women’s teams: the Tribe, Norfolk State, Old Dominion, Penn, Penn State, VCU, Harvard, James Madison, Kansas and Marshall.
I wonder if Thomson is the first coach in any sport to leave the Big Ten for an equivalent job in the Colonial Athletic Association. His move speaks well to W&M's excellent tennis tradition and facilities such as McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center. It's also warmer in Williamsburg than Minneapolis.
--HRA starts well
By beating St. Catherine's of Richmond earlier this season, Hampton Roads Academy avenged a loss from last season and put itself into the discussion as not only the best team in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association's Division II, but perhaps the entire VISAA.
Marvin Hedgepeth, perhaps the most successful Peninsula District coach ever with Menchville, retired from Newport News Schools after last spring. Now he's greatly enjoying his first year with HRA as a science teacher and coach -- he'll guide the HRA boys in the spring.
Two-time Daily Press Player of the Year Maureen Slattery of Newport News, in her third year with the Navigators, expects to announce her college decision within two weeks. She has been virtually untouchable at No. 1.
Wiktoria Plawska, a junior, transferred from York after winning the state Group AA singles championship last spring and is a strong No. 2.
Freshman Joyce Fields of Newport News, who has some national-level experience, is coming into her own at No. 3. Grace Prillaman of Newport News, who has junior titles around the area to her credit, is No. 4 but would be No. 1 at most schools.
No. 5 Brittany Duguay, Claire Bresee and Manpreet Dhindsa round out the key contributors.
HRA's match at Cape Henry Collegiate on Oct. 9 should decide the Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools regular-season title. Last year, HRA won the TCIS tournament but lost to Cape Henry in dual matches in the regular season and the VIS D-II final.
--Dan McCain's book
Local tennis coach Dan McCain has finished his new book "The I Formation: A Journal on Tennis, Goals, & Life," longtime area tennis coach Darryl Cummings said. The book can be purchase on Amazon.
We're used to the National Tennis Rating Program's 7-point scale, which is used to set up USTA leagues.
A raw beginner is 1.0, while a world-class pro is a 7.0. Those are pretty broad terms. There are regular leagues from 2.5 to 5.0, and Huntington Park often is lucky enough to host state and sectional championships in these categories -- just look at the note on the Kingsmill team above.
A more exact rating -- primarily for top-notch juniors and pros -- has been pioneered by Dave Howell and others connected with the Old Dominion program: the Universal Tennis Rating.
Each tournament result for a player alters his or her rating.
Level 15 has top-level college men, such as U.Va.'s Mitchell Frank, or accomplished young pros, such as Jack Sock.
Anybody who cracks double digits in this system is pretty doggone good.
The Virginia Beach Tennis Patrons Association, one of the area's most active tennis organizations, has launched a new website, as Cummings noted.
Elizabeth Manor Golf and Country Club in Portsmouth is hosting a round-robin doubles event from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 13, to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization.
Men, women and juniors of all ages and ratings are invited in this fund-raiser to fight breast cancer.
You can sign up by calling 757-488-4591 or 757-839-4040, or by emailing email@example.com -- that's Elizabeth Manor pro Mike Miller.