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Conrad Weiser Hits for Hope wraps up successful week of tennis

The annual Conrad Weiser Hits for Hope Tennis Tournament was a success on and off the court this year.

Along with a record-setting number of participants, the tournament raised $5,250 for the IM Able Foundation.

“Hits for Hope 2024 will always be remembered not only as one of the crown jewel tennis events in Pennsylvania and beyond for its record setting numbers of 313 players, but more importantly for the lives we have impacted through the IM Able Foundation to allow people with disabilities to live healthier and more productive lives,” said Hits for Hope Tournament Director Ryan Knarr. “Together with our players, sponsors and tournament volunteers we have continued to put forth our mission to ‘Play for something bigger than ourselves’ and use tennis as a platform to make the world we live in a better place”.

On Saturday night at the Hits for Hope Night of Champions presented by the Berks County Tennis Association, Hits for Hope donated $5,250 to the IM Able Foundation for who aim to remove obstacles for paralyzed and wheelchair bound individuals and give them opportunities through access to programs and activities to promote a healthy life.

Also honored Saturday night was 2024 BCTA Berks County High School Players of the Year Armaan Malik and Emma Perkins, both of Conrad Weiser.

The 2024 BCTA Community Aces Award went to Bill McClain, head coach of Antietam High School for his efforts to overcome and persevere with his program after the devastating floods that ravaged the school district and tennis courts last July.

The BCTA also inducted two new members into the Hall of Fame.

Kyle Bailey, a former Wilson High School standout and two-time Berks County champion, was inducted along with former Berks County and District 3 singles champion Whitney Simcik-Ravesloot, who played at Exeter.

Bailey, who lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, is the head men’s tennis coach at UNC-Charlotte.

After playing at Exeter, Simcik-Ravesloot played t the University of Connecticut and now lives in Tucson, Arizona.

The BCTA Merv Heller Memorial Scholarship recipients were Zachary Schrader of Reading High and Emma Perkins of Conrad Weiser.

Dr. Andre Fick won his sixth men's singles title in the Hits for Hope Tennis Tournament. (Photo courtesy of USTA Middle States)
Dr. Andre Fick won his sixth men’s singles title in the Hits for Hope Tennis Tournament. (Photo courtesy of USTA Middle States)

Tournament results

Men’s Singles: Dr. Andre Fick, a 2014 Wyomissing state champion and former St. Joseph’s standout, won a record sixth title. He beat former Kutztown University standout and local tennis professional Kaushik Das 6-1 1-0 (retire injury). The men’s singles draw had 54 players and had the largest field in this year’s tournament.

Men’s doubles: Tom Mastromarino, a Berks Tennis Hall of Famer and one of the best tennis players in Berks history, partnered with Dylan Tull, current No. 1 player at Millersville University, to defeat Kaushik Das and Alvernia head tennis coach David Emkey 6-3, 6-3. Emkey is a member of the Berks Tennis Hall of Fam and former Berks County champion.

Mixed Doubles: Caitlin Le, of Souderton and Christopher Coo, of Upper Darby, both from the Temple Club Tennis Program, Kaushik Das and Emma Perkins in the semifinals before beating former Conrad Weiser standout Alex Pancu and Liviu Trifoi, a former former Berks champion, 6-1 6-1 in the championship match.

Women’s Doubles: The 2020 PIAA championship duo from Conrad Weiser of Emma Perkins and Alexandra Pancu defeated Sarah McComas, of Hanover, and Katie Berra, of Harrisburg, 6-1. 6-1 in the finals.

Women’s Singles: Caitlin Le defeated Alex Pancu 6-2 6-1 in the championship match.

Other championship match results

Men’s 45-plus Doubles: Chris Von Nieda and Chris Wentling, both of Reading, defeated Revy Meny, of Lebanon, and Chairry Ung of Roanoke, Virginia.

Father/Son Doubles: Former Albright standout Matt Muoio and his father Joe Muoio, of West Chester, defeated Charlie and Jeff Robbins, of Lebanon,  for their record sixth father/son doubles title.

Men’s 35-plus Singles: Former St. Jospeh’s University sStandout AJ Garabedian, of Philadelphia, defeated Bill Neal of Bethlehem.

Tournament Most Valuable Players

Junior Most Valuable Player: Juliet Perkins from Conrad Weiser captured the Hits for Hope Junior MVP award for the second straight year.  She won five draws (Girls 12U Singles, Girls 14U Singles, Girls 12U Doubles (with partner Natalie Nelson), Girls 14U Doubles (w/ partner Ariana Plevrakis), and Mother/Daughter Doubles (with mother Erin Perkins) and was a finalist for two more draws in Coach/Player Doubles (with Coach Kausik Das) and 18U Mixed Doubles with partner Armaan Malik.

Adult Most Valuable Player: Caitlin Le, the former Souderton High School player and standout on the Temple Club tennis team captured both the Women’s Open Singles Championship and the Mixed Open Doubles Championship with partner Christopher Choo.

The 313 players in this year’s tournament hailed from six states and the number of players topped the old tournament record of 300 set in 2016.

From left: Ryan Knarr, Hits for Hope Tournament director, Sherry Marchinkowski, IM Able board member, Brian Sutherland, of IM Able, and Sheila Scola, IM Able board member, with a donation from the BCTA. (Photo courtesy of USTA Middle States)
From left: Ryan Knarr, Hits for Hope Tournament director, Sherry Marchinkowski, IM Able board member, Brian Sutherland, of IM Able, and Sheila Scola, IM Able board member, with a donation from the BCTA. (Photo courtesy of USTA Middle States)

 


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