Birchwood Swim and Tennis Club Team Wins USTA National Tennis Championship

(l to r) Denise Stogsdill, Kelly Slomsky, Stephanie Casper, Jackie Leopold, Jennifer Sheehy, Alice Coleman
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
by Rob Rauch

A women’s tennis team from the Birchwood Swim and Tennis Club in Chappaqua, NY won the USTA League Adult 18-and-over 2.5-Level National Championships held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, CA on October 17 through 19, 2014.  Representing the Eastern Section of the US Tennis Association (USTA), Birchwood’s team won the national title by edging out the Northern California Section team from Diablo, CA, 2-1, in the championship match.

The national championship caps a season which began back in May.  Birchwood’s team, which calls themselves the Racquettes, went 9-0 in league play against other club tennis teams around the county.  They then went on to win the Westchester/Rockland play-off, the Southern Regional, and USTA Eastern Section championships.  “It’s awesome. Our team had a great time. We really enjoyed ourselves. Everyone played their best,” said team captain Kelly Slomsky. “We just had a blast.”

“We are excited for the team and congratulate them for all their hard work and success,” stated Birchwood’s Club President Ron Jendzejec. “Our tennis programs are thriving under the leadership of our head pro Thad Hughes and Tennis Chair Rob Rauch and the board is committed to providing the full range of tennis activities for our members—from kid’s camps to developmental clinics to adult competitive leagues.  This year we hosted 10 competitive adult tennis teams participating in the USTA and MITL leagues.” 

About Birchwood Swim and Tennis Club

Birchwood Swim and Tennis is located in historic Chappaqua, New York.  The club is a not-for-profit community club composed of 325 families as members that offers numerous programs for members of all ages. Eight Har-Tru tennis courts, a large pool for adults and older children, a children’s pool, ping-pong, playground equipment, and a snack bar offering full meals as well as light snacks are some of the many amenities members enjoy. For those interested in competitive swimming, diving and tennis, we offer teams for all three sports. Our extensive tennis program offers a dedicated staff of teaching professionals and coaches, with both competitive and teaching programs for children, juniors and adults.  The Club was organized in 1961 and it is situated on an expansive property surrounded by protected Audubon Society land that is landscaped with mature, stately trees, flowerbeds and stone walkways.

For more information, contact Rob Rauch
Birchwood Tennis Chair
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