Juneau tennis players claimed the Capital Cup trophy after competing in Whitehorse, Yukon on July 11-13. The team defeated Whitehorse 195-158 on the outdoor courts amid sun, wind and occasional sprinkles.
The annual Capital Cup competition began in 1983 and is a friendly rivalry between the sister cities that uses an 8-game pro-set format (first player to reach 8 games).
First-time Capital Cup participant Stan Lujan posted a perfect five win and no loss record (40 games) and Jason Lescelius tallied a 4-1 record (38 points). Team captain Mark Poplis inspired the team with a 4-2 record (39 games).
Other Juneau team members included Juanito Senarillos (41 games), Art Dee (30 games), first-timer Gerry Carrillo (27 games), Brian Vandor (26 games), Randy Hurtte, Erica Hurtte and Mona Yarnall.
Ten Juneau players from the Alaska Club completed over 35 matches, mostly in singles and some doubles action. Games won by each player regardless of win or loss were applied to the team score.
The event featured close to 35 participants including players from the youth tennis camp, which preceded the Capital Cup tournament.
Juneau eighth-grader Erica Hurtte impressed camp coaches and local talent with her all-around strong play and positive attitude on and off the court.