LAS VEGAS - Over the years the UNLV women’s tennis team has faced regional rival Pepperdine in a lot of different settings ? playing in Malibu just yards from the Pacific Ocean, under the warm sun here in the desert, a dozen times in the regular season and twice in the NCAA tournament. In fact, the two tangled just last month at the Los Angeles Tennis Center as part of an ITA team kickoff event. There was one constant during the long series, however, as in all 14 previous meetings the perennially powerful Waves defeated the Lady Rebels.

Not this time.

The 30th-ranked Rebs continued their impressive non-conference surge by notching a seventh consecutive victory (or every match since a gut-wrenching 4-3 loss to this same Pepperdine squad on January 30) with a 4-3 thriller over the 37th-ranked visitors on a sunny but breezy Sunday at Fertitta Tennis Complex.

UNLV, which is a perfect 10-0 at home this season, improved to 10-2 overall while the Waves fell to 4-6 after playing their fifth consecutive match away from home.

OWNER S.P.O.R.T.S. (Scott Pensivy Orthopedic Rehabilitation Therapy Services)

Many tennis athletes have a shoulder syndrome that is created by muscle imbalances. Over the years, tennis elbow has made its way into medical terminology; a layperson knows it and in the medical field it is called lateral epicondylitis. Lateral epicondylitis, or tennis elbow, is the inflammation of a tendon secondary to overuse, poor mechanics, or trauma to this area. Few of us have heard of tennis shoulder, a term I have named while assessing many athletes including national and mature-ranked players. This term comes from an observation I have made in these professions; this pathology is not only elbow pathology, but more importantly a shoulder complex pathology. The term is not a misnomer. Having worked with these gifted athletes, I have discovered consistent patterns across the board regardless of gender. I have seen significant overtrained shoulders of internal rotators and pectoralis muscles, along with biceps, of the dominant arm of a tennis player, thus demonstrating undertrained muscles of the right arm. Specifically, external rotators and rotator cuff muscles. I see this often with my young players and old players alike. This condition increases the imbalances as a person increases his or her activity.


Juniors and adults must compete in at least two designated tournaments in 2010 in order to get a year-end ranking. Here are the tournaments that were awarded designated or Level1/Grand Slam status in 2010:


New Tournament Categories & District Ranking Requirements for 2011!


  1. "Grand Slam" Tournaments.                  2. "Challenger" Tournaments.
  1. "Futures" Tournaments.                        4. Quikstart Tournaments.


Due to the large growth in the Las Vegas tennis community over the past ten years, the USTA Tournament Calendar has become quite crowded. In order to address this situation and add excitement to the tournament calendar, the Tournament Committee for Southern Nevada has developed new tournament sanction levels and sanctioning criteria. 

The USTA-Nevada Annual Meeting will be on Tuesday, January 5, 2009. All USTA members are invited to attend.

The place of the meeting will be the Boardroom of the USTA-Nevada office, located at 1333 North Buffalo Drive, Suite 130, Las Vegas, Nevada 89128, phone 702-792-8384.

The time is 6:00 P.M.

Alyse Lysgaard of Las Vegas, Nevada a senior and member of the Laurel Springs School National Honor Society, has been nominated to compete in the National Honor Society scholarship. The National Honor Society is a program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

Marilyn Mosley, founder and executive director of Laurel Springs School today announced the nomination, which places Lysgaard in the national competition. This year the program will once again award $200,000 in college scholarships. As a feature for the 2008 program, special recognition and additional awards will be presented to state and regional winners, along with the selection of one national recipient who will receive a $13,000 award.

"We are proud to have one of our top tennis players also achieve such great things in the classroom," said USTA-Nevada Executive Director Ryan Wolfington. "With great tennis and great gardes that often leads to a great college scholarship."

Our unique beliefs, backgrounds and experiences shape the way we view the world, the way we view one another, and the way we approach our work each day. The impact of these differences on how we interact is universal.

At USTA-Nevada Tennis Association, we are committed to embrace these differences and realize the value they bring to our organization. We acknowledge that diversity is an important business discipline that improves our organizations ability to compete in the marketplace, and strengthens our strategic priority of recruiting and retaining emerging leaders, volunteers and players to the tennis community.

Our vision for every employee is to grow through awareness, while working to incorporate diversity throughout the fabric of the organization. In realizing this vision, diversity becomes business as usual.

Our growing commitment to diversity and inclusion is exemplified in our efforts to hold diversity training for our staff and cultural connections as an integral part of the employee experience. This is our framework for developing an inclusive environment, and establishing a workplace of choice.

At USTA-Nevada, our goal is to reflect the community of people we serve. We believe this dedication will support our efforts of greater inclusion, as we seek to attract, recruit, develop and retain a skilled work and volunteer force to accomplish our mission "To Promote and Develop the Growth of Tennis."

By Ashley Newell

Boys 18s Doubles Finalists L-R A. Kalhorn & T. Frost
The ITA Great Pumpkin is played by many people all across the Intermountain six state region. A total of 132 juniors from Las Vegas played in this tournament. The children of Las Vegas did quite well in the well-known tournament.

The winner of the boys 18s singles division was Ashton Kalhorn, the fourth seed, who is currently residing in the city of Vegas and is coached by David Pate. Ashton also trains at the No Quit Home School Academy at Lorenzi Park.

Also doing well in this division was Jeffery Vongman of Team Agassi , making it to the quarterfinals, and Patrick Kawka of the No Quit Academy, winning the consolation. Kawka also won the boys 18s doubles division with Devin Lane, playing Ashton Kalhorn and Tyler Frost in the finals. Kawka will be playing for BYU next year on a scholarship.

Also representing Las Vegas in the doubles division were Jeffery Vongman with Kristofer Yee , and Dillon McNamara with Club Sports Devon Morrissey.

By Olivia Demarta

This year, Faith Lutheran played their second year of 4A tennis. The girls team finished the season out 7-3 and the boys team finished 6-4. Overall they did a great job for it only being their second year ever playing the 4A sport.

The girls went undefeated against Virgin Valley, winning 18-0. They also beat Centennial in a close match of 10-8, with Nikki Pizzoferrato and Olivia Demarta going 3-0 for that day. The girls team also defeated Cimarron 12-6, with Alex Edelman, Renee Vogel, Olivia Demarta, Nikki Pizzoferrato, and Aubrey Astle going 3-0 for that day as well. The Faith Lutheran girls team did very well this year and have a lot to be proud of. Although they just missed the cut to go to regionals, they fought hard and will be back next year to show everyone what they are capable of doing.

The boys team went 15-3 against Shadow Ridge with Jake Benowitz going 3-0. They also beat Cheyenne 14-4, Mojave 10-2, and Virgin Valley 14-4. The boys fought hard against Arbor View and won 10-8. Tom Trowbridge, Sam Taylor, Kyle Harper, and Jake Benowitz all went 2-1 for this match. All of the boys on the team fought hard and played their best. The boys didn’t make it to regionals as well, however they will come back next year and fight to do better.

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