Ex-York Suburban state champ Laura Glitz to compete in Mixed Doubles Charity Classic
- Laura Glitz, who won the 1984 PIAA girls' tennis singles title, is back in action in this weekend.
- Glitz will team with Dallastown High standout Holden Koons in the Mixed Doubles Charity Classic.
- The event is set for Saturday and Sunday at the Country Club of York.
- Funds raised from the tournament will help to fight the opioid crisis in York.
Laura Glitz doesn't play a lot of tennis anymore.
The 1984 PIAA state singles champion from York Suburban High School, who went on to play at Arizona State and on the professional tour, spends plenty of time on the courts, but not playing.
For the past 11 years, Glitz has been the head women's tennis coach at Purdue University. Before that, she coached at Cornell and Princeton.
"Coaching was always in the back of my mind, and I started at Princeton to test it out, and see if I liked it," she said. "I really enjoyed it."
Glitz also still enjoys playing when she gets the opportunity.
She'll have a chance this weekend.
Glitz is entered in the Mixed Doubles Charity Classic, which is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at the Country Club of York. Her partner is Dallastown High School star Holden Koons.
"My dad still lives here, and I was here last year during the tournament," Glitz said. "Mark Koons (tennis professional at Country Club of York and Holden's father) touched base with me then and said he would get me in the tournament next year.
"My movement is not very good. I told Mark to tell Holden he'll have to cover a lot of court."
Following the York tournament, Glitz will do some scouting before working her way back to Purdue.
"There are so many hats you have to wear as a coach," she said. "You have to be a nutritionist, a psychologist, an instructor, and with eight players, I have to design a practice to accommodate each player."
Then, there's recruiting.
"Recruiting is a huge challenge, and it's gotten more international," said Glitz, who's traveled to Croatia, Slovenia and Ecuador.
Coaching has its challenges, but Glitz was also quick to point out its rewards.
"To come in contact and work with so many players from different cultures is rewarding," she said. "One of our girls, who was on the Big Ten championship team, got married, and it was great to see the players and how they're successful and contributing to society."
Tournament details: Sixteen teams are entered in the Mixed Doubles Charity Classic.
Punch Maleka and Charlotte Sikora are the top-seeded team. Maleka, who's originally from South Africa, is bidding for his third straight title. He and Sikora won the championship two years ago, while Maleka teamed with Delia Mask to take the crown last year. Mask and Ilia Shatashvili are playing together in this year's tournament.
York teams entered in the event are: Lauren Duffy and Nathan Gambino and Lisa Bornt-Davis and Evan Andrews. Carrie Moyer of York is teamed with Matt Taylor, from Maryland, and Phil Myers of York is team with Ellah Nze of Philadelphia.
Play will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday with Round-of-16 matches. The quarterfinals are scheduled for approximately 3 p.m. Saturday. The semifinals are listed for 11 a.m. Sunday, with the final to follow.
Following are the Round-of-16 matchups: Charlotte Sikora-Punch Maleka vs. Lauren Duffy-Nathan Gambino; Aurora Davis-Tyler Donde vs Yulia Bolotova-Nic Dorfling; Ilana Gomez-Diaz-Carlos Gomez-Diaz vs. Carrie Moyer-Matt Taylor; Laura Glitz-Holden Koons vs. Sarah Huah-Daniel Chang; Lisa Bornt-Davis-Evan Andrews vs. Margarita Sadovnikova-Tomas Christian; Jacquiline Wong-Jaleel Khan vs. Elene Tsokilauri-Kamala Kannan; Ellah Nze-Phil Myers vs. Marta Drane-Jeff Wiedemann; and Cara Passalacqua-Adam Lawton vs. Delia Mask-Ilia Shatashvili
There is no admission fee to the tournament.
Funds raised during the event will be used to fight the opioid crisis in York.
"We have a lot of sponsors," Mark Koons said. "A lot of people are passionate about the cause, and all the money raised will stay in the community."
Koons said that UPMC Pinnacle pledged $10,000 to the tournament.
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