Written by Joe Scotchie Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:00
Roslyn tennis star Dawn Bernstein has had a superlative year on the courts. As team captain, she led a Glen Cove-based team to the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) Eastern Section championships. From there, the team advanced to the national championships, held last month in Tucson, Ariz.
The team won the Eastern Section title at a tournament in Schenectady, NY. In Tucson, the Glen Cove squad had a 2-1 team record, but only a 7-8 individual record as a team from the La Habra Tennis Center in southern California took the national title.
Still, the season was an unqualified triumph for the Long Island squad. The team has been playing together for more than 10 years, but this year was the first time they advanced to the national finals. Joining Bernstein on the 16-woman squad was Melani Weitz of Roslyn.
“I’m so happy that our team came together to get here,” Bernstein told USTA.com. “It’s great for us to get away, and it’s the perfect excuse to get away together as friends as well as competitors. We all want the same thing and everybody came together to accomplish this.”
The trip to the nationals was not without a melancholy moment. On the eve of traveling to Tucson, longtime team member, Lelibeth Gloria of Queens Village, succumbed in a long battle with cancer. Lelibeth’s spirit was with the team as they advanced to the national title rounds and the camaraderie the team achieved in this breakthrough year should inspire to greater heights in the future.