Chattanooga to Host World Deaf Team Tennis Championships, July 14-19

Emily and Daniel Hangstefer on USA Squad

Friday, July 11, 2014

From July 14-19, Chattanooga will host the #1 world-ranked doubles combo of Emily Hangstefer and Laura Chapman who will lead the USA Deaf Tennis delegation into the 2014 Dresse and Maere Cups (DMC).

Competing in a Davis Cup-Fed/Wightman Cup format of country vs. country at the Champions Club, each match will consist of two singles and one doubles.There are an expected 91 of the best deaf and hard of hearing athletes from 13 countries. The draw for pool play will be announced Sunday night.

Opening ceremonies are set for 9 a.m. Monday with the first matches to be played at noon.

12 Men's Countries: There will be four pools of three men's teams each with the semifinals Friday and the finals Saturday.

8 Women's Countries: There will be two pools of four with the top two teams advancing to the semis Friday and finals Saturday.

Local Players: Signal Mountain natives Emily Hangstefer and her brother John Hangstefer are on the USA team.

Emily and Chapman (Columbus, Ga,) won the 2013 Deaf Olympics women's doubles gold medal. John is the head tennis coach at Metro State (Colo.)

Katie Hangstefer is the USA women's coach while former U. of Toledo player Brad Mimms is the American men's coach.

The DMC is recognized by the International Olympic Committee, but unlike the Paralympics and Special Olympics, there are no rule modifications or special classifications in the Deaflympics.

Athletes with a hearing loss of 55 decibels or greater in their better ear are eligible to participate in international competition for the deaf. All athletes must remove any hearing apparatus prior to entering the court for any match play.

USA Men's Team

Name: Howard Gorrell

Hometown: Yakima, Wash           

USA Deaf Tennis Function: Organizing Committee Tennis Leader      

Athletic Background: 1969 & 1973 USA Deaflympian (Track & Field), USA Deaf Tennis director since 1978

Name: Chuck Bridges

Hometown: Georgetown, Texas

USA Deaf Tennis Function: Reserve player & Organizing Committee member

Athletic Background: College basketball player at University of Redlands; Redlands MBA; USPTR Certified Instructor since 1998 (inactive); former high school coach. Thirty years competitive tennis experience.

Name: Brad Minns

Hometown: Orlando, Fla

USA Deaf Tennis Function: Team Captain (Dresse Cup) & Player

Athletic Background: Played #1 at University of Toledo from 83-87. Gold medalist at World Games for the Deaf in 1985 & 1997, Member of 1995 Dresse Cup (Davis Cup equivalent) Championship team. 25 year member PTR. 1995 PTR Player of the year. Current Resident Tennis Professional & Personal Trainer (Orlando, FL), accomplished author & motivational speaker

Name: Katie Mancebo

Hometown: Spartanburg, S.C.

USA Deaf Tennis Function: Team Captain (Maere Cup)

Athletic Background: Played tennis at UTC, coached at Covenant College & Wofford College, currently head tennis coach at Converse College, USPTR member

Name: Daniel Hangstefer

Hometown: Signal Mountain, Tenn.

USA Deaf Tennis Function: Player

Athletic Background: Played #1 for Lipscomb University, Head Coach – Metro State University (men & women); Silver Medalist at 2013 Deaflympic Games – Mixed Doubles (with Emily Hangstefer)

Name: Javier Molinar

Hometown: Corpus Christi, Texas

USA Deaf Tennis Function: Player

Athletic Background: Former Sul Ross University tennis player, won conference Doubles Championship. 2013 USA Deaflympics (tennis)

Name: Emily Hangstefer

Hometown: Signal Mountain, Tenn.

USA Deaf Tennis Function: Player

Athletic Background: Current #1 world ranking in Women’s Doubles; Gold Medalist at 2013 Sofia Deaflympics; played #1 for UTC .... was nationally ranked in USTA Juniors

Name: Laura Chapman

Hometown: Columbus, Ga.

USA Deaf Tennis Function: Player

Athletic Background: Current #1 world ranking in Women’s Doubles ... Gold Medalist at 2013 Sofia Deaflympics; completed career at Columbus State University where team advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2014 NCAA D-II national tournament

Name: Marie Benson

Hometown: Lexington, Ky.

USA Deaf Tennis Function: Player

Athletic Background: Former USA Tennis Deaflympics in 2001; elected to RIT Sports Hall of Fame in 2008; Captain of USTA teams in 2011 and 2012; #1 USTA ranked (KY) in Women's 4.0 Doubles -  2012

Name: Jennifer Woyahn

Hometown: Palatine, Ill.

USA Deaf Tennis Function: Player

Athletic Background: All-Conference player at University of Wisconsin –Whitewater, 2009 & 2013 USA Deaflympics (Tennis)

Additional members of the USA delegation include Melissa Locklear, Lee Cook and Jeffrey Nardozza. David Reynolds is a member of the Dresse and Maere Cups Organizing Committee.

Dresse Cup: In 1960 the Dresse Cup was started by Antoine Dresse of Belgium in Como, Italy. The Dresse Cup is for all male deaf tennis players from different nations.

Maere Cup: team competiton for the ladies began in 1968 in honor of Germaine Hamy Maere of Belgium. The event is called the Maere Cup and is for female deaf tennis players from different nations. The Dresse and Maere Cups were held every two years after they were started, until 1987 when the two Cups were held every four years.

Unlike Olympians, Paralympians and deaf tennis players from other countries, USA Tennis athletes are without financial aid from sporting organizations or sponsors. Lack of formal financial aid for these USA Deaf Tennis athletes represents significant challenges in performing their own fundraising to help defray costs for uniforms, traveling expenses, training camp, meals and lodging while training for the upcoming Games.

 

 


UTC Wrestling: Coach Eslinger Adds Two More To Class Of 2015-16

A light weight state champ from Illinois and a junior college national champ who is a UTC wrestling legacy have signed with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for the 2015-16 wrestling season. Cody Minnick is a two-time 1A Illinois state champ and according to UTC coach Heath Eslinger he should be in the mix to replace senior and NCAA qualifier Sean Boyle at 125 and ... (click for more)

McCallie Splits Double Header At Ensworth

McCallie's Justin Glover improved to 5-0 on the season as McCallie defeated host Ensworth, 5-3, in the opener, but fell 4-2 in the nightcap in a  D-II Middle/East Region baseball doubleheader  Friday  in Nashville.   Glover scattered four hits an struck out five in five innings of work, while Corbin Brooksbank gained the save.   In the second ... (click for more)

Pedestrian Struck And Dragged An Estimated 4 Blocks Early Friday Morning Was Levi S. Youster, 22

Early Friday morning the Chattanooga Police Department responded to reports of a pedestrian struck near 400 Cherry Street.   Once on scene, officers found Levi S. Youster, 22,  suffering from serious injuries caused by being dragged by the vehicle an estimated four blocks.   He was transported to a local hospital and is expected to live. Investigators ... (click for more)

Flash Flood Warning Issued For Hamilton County; Cancellations And Road Closings Announced

A flash flood warning has been issued for Hamilton County for Thursday afternoon. It was reported t ramp from I-24 West to Cummings Highway was closed, due to flooding. The Chattanooga Fire Department reported  roads were underwater at 3rd and Roanoke. UTC softball’s Thursday doubleheader with non-conference foe UAB at Frost Stadium has been cancelled due to the ... (click for more)

Proud Of Hometown Boy Turned Global Leader, Bob Corker

Time Magazine has it right.  Not only is Chattanooga’s own U.S. Senator Bob Corker one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World,” but he is probably now the most prominent leader in the history of our city.   At a time of extreme frustration with Washington and Congress in general, Bob continues to rise above the division and rancor to build consensus and solve ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Celebrate Autism’s Victories

As I was getting my salad during lunch at the sixth annual Chattanooga Autism Conference on Friday, a simple question from a friendly kid on the other side of the buffet gave me the answer I was seeking. “Do you have Asperger’s (syndrome),” he asked in a friendly way. I told him no, but that a growing number of folks I admire did, and that’s why I joined a turn-away crowd of ... (click for more)