Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Capestany Family Receives Western Michigan USTA Award
Parents Marti and Jorge Capestany and daughter Carli Capestany have received the Family of the Year award from the Western Michigan Tennis Association, the local branch of the United States Tennis Association (USTA). The three were recognized for their significant involvement with tennis, which includes extensive connection with the sport at Hope College. The award was presented on Sunday, April 24, during the Western Michigan Tennis Association’s annual meeting and awards ceremony, held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Conference Center in Grand Rapids.
Jorge is the long-time manager of the college’s DeWitt Tennis Center; Marti works with the center as a tennis teaching professional; and Carli is a 2015 Hope graduate and former Hope player who is now a volunteer assistant coach with the women’s team.
Carli Capestany came to competitive tennis when she was 14 years old. She played at Hudsonville High School, where she compiled more than 100 wins in her career. For two consecutive years as a sophomore at #3 singles and a junior at #2 singles, Carli was undefeated upon entering the high school state tournament. She qualified for the USTA Midwest Closed championships both years that she played in the G18s division.
At Hope, she competed at the #1 and #3 singles positions. She competed at the #1 doubles position all four years. Carli finished her decorated career by breaking school records and becoming Hope's all-time career doubles leader with 78 career doubles wins and the Flying Dutch's single-season leader in doubles wins with a 27-5 record as a senior. Carli helped the Flying Dutch reach the NCAA Division III Team National Championships all four years and claim multiple MIAA regular-season and tournament titles.
As a senior, she earned Capital One Academic All-American honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America and the Karen Caine scholar athlete award from the MIAA conference. One of her most notable individual achievements occurred as a junior when she qualified for and competed in the NCAA Division III Individual Doubles National Championship in Claremont, California, with her doubles partner Nancy Benda. Carli was named MIAA Women's Tennis Player of the Week on multiple occasions and served the team at Hope College as captain during her senior year.
Marti Capestany has been a United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) certified tennis professional since 1985 and a Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) certified professional over the past 10 years. In addition to being a tennis teaching professional at the DeWitt Tennis Center since 2004, she has been a teaching tennis pro at several clubs in the Grand Rapids area and was the director of tennis at Cascade Hills Country Club for 15 years. She attended Grand Valley State University and played volleyball for two years before switching to tennis in her junior year. At GVSU, her tennis team won the conference before losing at the regional level.
Marti is a multiple winner of “Player of the Year” awards from the USTA and USPTA. She has been ranked as high as #3 in the nation by the USPTA and in the top 10 in the nation by the USTA. She has participated in women’s USTA travel teams with several district championships and sectional appearances. In 2003 her 5.0 team made it to the National Championships in Palm Springs, California, where they lost in a tightly contested final 2-1 to Southern California. She has competed several times in the USTA 35 and over National Indoors, with her best performance being a quarter-finalist in singles and doubles.
Manager of the DeWitt Tennis Center since 2003, Jorge Capestany also manages the college’s outdoor Vande Poel-Heeringa Stadium Courts, which since opening in 2012 have received national awards from both the USTA and the American Sports Builders Association. He also directs the college’s Summer Tennis Academy, and previously served as an assistant coach for the Hope women’s tennis team.