Committed to Promoting Tennis in Napa Valley          June 2016    Volume 8, Issue 10










2016 Napa Valley Tennis Classic--Huge Success!



NVTA & Starmont: A Perfect Pairing!

The 39th 4th of July NVTA Tennis Classic was a great success again this year! A huge thanks to Laurence and Rene Schlatter and Starmont Winery and Vineyards for their continued support as our main sponsor.

Thanks to our volunteers and sponsors who made this year's event a success!

(See more articles below.)


A Message from our President....


Hello NVTA Members! 

It is with great excitement that I join all of you as the new NVTA President as we head into another year of great tennis, socials, competition, camaraderie, and fun!  There is so much to be thankful for in our tennis community ... and so many people to thank!  


Lorraine Fazzolare organized and successfully orchestrated the 39th Napa Valley Tennis Classic with the help and support of numerous volunteers and players.  Thank you Lorraine and all for making this USTA event a huge success!


The resurfacing of all eight courts will be completed today, Friday, July 26, and they look beautiful.  We have been looking forward to this for some time and thank both Bruce Lamoreaux and Bob Walsh for their diligence and leadership in achieving this goal.


If you have some items that you would like addressed or ideas that you would like to share with us, please feel free to email me directly at  We are looking forward to meeting and exceeding your expectations and creating a great "club" for all of us to enjoy the game of tennis for a lifetime. Our club thrives on involved, engaged and enthusiastic members ... so please do share with us!


See you "down the line" ...


Thank You!


Ericka Iten, Board President


Welcome New Members!


logoNew Members:


Denise Navarro 

Rhonda Wheatley 




Full-year membership for individuals is ONLY $100.

Full-year membership for family is ONLY $125.

One-team membership is $50, for the first team. Full membership required afterwards.

Join or renew now for the full year and play on multiple teams!


This is a 100% Volunteer organization! Membership dues go towards maintaining our club. Please send your check to NVTA, PO Box 2225, Napa, CA 94558, drop off your check at Sportabout or go to the NVTA website to pay via PayPal:


Your NVTA Membership Dues is tax-deductible. NVTA is a 501(3)c non-profit-- Don't forget to include this donation on your taxes in April.


****If you are having difficulty seeing all the great photos in our newsletter, please be sure to click on"Display Images" on your computer.**** 


New Playoff Rule

New rule: if Playoffs are not completed by the dates given by USTA Norcal, the decision to advance is now subject to a Coin Toss...NO EXCEPTIONS.. per USTA Office.


All Players Must be NVTA Members 

Please make sure all your team members are current NVTA members and have paid their annual dues.

Reserving Courts for Matches

Captains: PLEASE email Victoria, our court scheduler, of cancelled matches so she can take the match off the calendar. It is inconvenient for other captains and  NVTA members who check the calendar to see if matches are scheduled. Twice this week, two captains asked for courts for make up matches but neither had notified Victoria that they didn't need the courts for the originally scheduled match. 

Please be considerate of your fellow captains and all NVTA members.


Save The Date-Tennis Social and Round Robin


 Let's celebrate our newly resurfaced courts!!

Come to NVTA's Mixed Doubles Round Robin social followed by a Pot Luck party! 


Sunday August 28, at 1pm, for check in and warm up.  


Please bring your favorite beverage to share with fellow members and something for the Potluck (see below using the first letter of your last name):

o    A--G  - salad

o    H--Q  - side dish

o    R--Z   - dessert

To participate, please email Matt Forbes at with:

o    Your Name

o    Your Partner's Name

o    Level of Play for you and your Partner

If you don't have a partner, please let Matt know and he will try to find you a partner.


Thanks to all our Sponsors, you're the Best!




....and The Best Volunteers!


What would we do without our great volunteers? It's not fun and games for everyone over 4th of July Weekend.

The NVTA Board Members work hard all year preparing for this tournament. This year, our new president, Ericka Iten, took the helm at organizing the planning stages that lead up to this great tournament. Every board member takes on a key role each year to make our event enjoyable and successful.

The NVTA Roadies--the 6am set-up crew and 6pm clean-up crew--make the event run seamlessly. They stay under the radar, you don't see them, you don't know who they are, they don't expect a pat on the back; they just take care of everything including: setting up the score boards and singles sticks, water coolers on courts, tents, tables, chairs, flags, electricity  and signage. They are so reliable and efficient--you guys are the best: Al Facchini, Fred Facchini, Matt Forbes, Dan Hunt, Bruce Lamoreaux, Chuck Simonds, John Swenson and Bob Walsh.

Our new board member Pam Bellefeuille (with the guidance of Barbara Pahl and Bruce Lamoreaux) was in charge of the food stand this year. This includes all the food and beverages sold at the event as well as providing the bagels and bananas for the players. Special thanks to Ericka Iten, Barbara Blakeley, Yong Willendrup and Pam for making special treats to sell at this year's event. I hope some of you were able to try the chicken satay, guacamole, Korean noodles and chicken Caesar salad.

Thanks to the volunteers who helped out with the food sales: Mike Ball, Nancy Baty, Richard Cameron, Cindi Glasier, Heejoo Lee, Liz MacDonald, Deniece Malloux, Jane Matijesic, Kate Pudewell, Audi Rice, Ken & Dana Stokes, John & Ingrid Swenson,  Tiffany Vannoy, and Cathy Witters.

Sharon Howell, for the past few years, has made sure everything runs smoothly during the day by having volunteers scheduled throughout the three days.

We couldn't use the college courts this year because they were deemed unacceptable by the USTA official and are in dire need of resurfacing. NVTA thanks Greg Coleman (Las Flores) and Jeff Jacklich (Napa Valley Country Club) for offering their courts for our tournament.

As for me, Lorraine, I am fortunate to have to have my longtime NVTA friend help me at the tournament desk. Sheila Chapman drove down from Redding to help at the registration desk for the entire weekend. Thanks to Cindi Glasier who assisted me the first morning; when you're never sure what obstacle will pop up at 7:30am.  We worked so effectively together as we checked in players, distributed the new visors, gave court assignments, recorded scores, kept the draw-sheets at the tournament site current with the winners & their scores and updated the website with scores throughout the weekend. Please forgive me if I forgot to mention anyone that volunteered.

This year, Starmont Winery & Vineyards donated two tickets and parking passes each day to the Bank of the West Tennis Tournament, which were raffled off to the players. Saturday's winner was Dan Wodarcyk, Sunday's winner was Ron Tabtab and Monday' winner was Kathy Joachim. Every player, upon checking in, received free "Tastings Anyone?" tickets to a wine tasting at Starmont Winery and Vineyards. If you haven't been there yet, please stop by; it's a beautiful tasting room, the surroundings are gorgeous as you can sit outside on comfortable lounge chairs and admire the vineyards while sipping wine! 

Thanks to our USTA Referee, Chris Moore, for all her help and support, and USTA Official Linda Kikunaga


Our NVTA Winners!


Winners are holding the bottle of Starmont Wine.

Left to right, top to bottom: 4.5 Women's Doubles: Ericka Iten, Barbara Blakeley, Yong Suk Willendrup, Caroline Price;  4.5 Men's Doubles Finalists: Andrew Werner, Eric Grigsby; 3.0 Men's Doubles: David Lara, James Hendricks; 4.0 Women's Singles: Heather Burnham, Marina Wills; 4.0 Men's Doubles: Joelle Miller, William Lay, Mike Connerly, Rudy Heurtelou; 2.5 Women's Singles: Jan Gates, Mary Burklow; "The Guys": Bob Walsh, Til Noeggerath, Bruce Lamoreaux; 4.5 Men's Doubles Winners: Henry Schlangen, Doug Stanton; 3.0 Women's Doubles: Angeli Stanwick and Ingrid Swenson; The Happy 2.5 Women's Doubles winners; At the Tournament Desk: Sheila Chapman and Lorraine Fazzolare; 4.5 Mixed Doubles: Eric Corley, Annie Moore, Blain Wong, Veronica Lynch (and Sophia); 3.5 Women's Doubles: Sue Hanson, Maureen Healy; 4.5 Women's Singles: Nancy Tracy, Ericka Iten.

Congratulations to all of you!


It's your Membership Dues that paid for the Resurfacing of our Courts!


They sanded, they filled the cracks, they patched the cracks, add some blue and green paint substance, add some lines....and that's is how it's done!

The first four players on the newly resurfaced courts. L to r: Jan Gates, Ingrid Swenson, Cris Kelly, Jane Matijesic.


Update your Member Profile


Take Full Advantage of your NVTA Membership!


Perhaps you want to play with new players or need to find some players for your Sunday foursome?  This is why we encourage you to log on to the NVTA website and update your profile!  You can list your phone number, email and level of play and we encourage everyone to do so!  Here's how:


1. Go the NVTA website (

2. Go to Member Login in the bottom left corner of the page and log in (if you have not created one, you will need to)

3. Once logged in, in the bottom left corner is User Menu. You may update your Profile here and view the membership list.


So the next time you are trying to put a match together, invite a new member or someone you haven't played with by going to the membership list.  If each of us takes the time to update our levels and contact information, it will be a great tool for our Members.  Thank you!


Recycle Your Tennis Balls


The recycling bins are located next to courts 4 & 5, at the courtyard entrance.

So far we have sent about 1600 balls to Rebounce for recycling.  The only unfortunate part is that some of our members insist on including trash and other types of recyclable materials in the ball containers.  It makes it much easier to recycle these balls if we don't have to sort through the trash.


Captain's Corner


USTA News -- 4.5 Women going to Districts!


The 4.5 Women's team is heading to Districts! Captain Yong Suk Willendrup led the team through a difficult season and two very tough playoff matches. We are ready for Districts at Johnson Ranch!

Pictured l to r standing: Lisa Miller, Nancy Tracy, Ericka Iten, Caroline Price, Peggy Henry, Captain Yong Suk Willendrup, Co-Captain Lorraine Fazzolare, Gila Freeberg, Barbara Blakeley, Pam Shephard and Phoebe Holbrook. Not pictured: Laurie Gholson, Veronica Lynch, Laurence Schlatter, Liz Shafer, Susan Shifflett, Marie Torkelson, Jackie Williams and Nancy Wong.   




The 2015-16 Sonoma/Napa/Marin Women's Tennis League (SNMWTL) season has drawn to a close.  NVTA fielded three teams--one at the Division 6 level and two at the Division 4 level.  In Division 6, the team captained by Joan Sibley came in at a respectable fourth behind three teams who had the exact same number of points.   Sharon Howell's Division 4 team placed second, and Rosemary Quinn's team came in at ninth.  All in all, the NVTA teams did very well and will be back next year.


The SNMWTL is a day league with practices and matches on weekday mornings.  If you are interested in playing on one of the teams, please contact Nancy Gardner at 707-944-1345 or


Sportabout is Our local Tennis Shop!


tom and logoBuy local and support our friends at Sportabout!

Sportabout is clearing the decks of many discontinued models of racquets.  You will save not only HALF OFF of many great racquets for players of all levels, but the $30 to $40 cost of stringing will be $0.  


 We just put another 15 styles of Sandals on SALE! Keep your feet COOL with these HOT Deals!!


Finally, remember to get a fresh grip when you get your racquet restrung.  We have dry, tacky and mega-tacky grips and overgrips of all kinds.  


See you soon-on the courts and at Sportabout........Tom


The NVTA Board would like to thank Tom Steinman, the owner/manager of Sportabout for all the assistance he provides to the NVTA.


3204 Jefferson St., Napa
phone 255-8784


Advertising Corner ~ Support fellow Members!


Thinking of buying or selling a home this summer?  

If so, please ask me about the discount I offer exclusively to all NVTA Members.
Additionally, I donate $100.00 from each transaction to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

 Marcus Perry

Real Estate Broker/Owner
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707.812.8280 phone 

BRE# 00847003


Advertising Corner ~ Support fellow Members!



About Advertising 


100% of the proceeds from advertising in the Newsletter will go towards NVTA's High School Tennis Scholarship Fund. We encourage you to support our fellow NVTA tennis members.

If you are interested in advertising, please contact Lorraine at


Please Keep the Gates Closed!! 


If you are the last to leave the courts, please make sure the gates are closed and locked. We have found them left open overnight several times recently as well as the clubhouse doors.

Vandalism has been a big problem in the past and we have spent a great deal of money on secure fencing and motion lights. PLEASE help keep your courts in good condition by locking up! None of us want extra repair expenses, right?

Also, please remember to return the NEW rollers to the protective covers hanging on the fences.



The NVTA Court Reporter newsletter will be published monthly. Please submit articles and photos to Lorraine Fazzolare at


See you on the courts!


lorraine fazzolare

napa valley tennis association



napa valley tennis association, PO Box 2225, Napa, CA 94558