La Familia: Journey to Nationals
A small core of our team have been friends and playing together on various teams for over 10 years! However, it has been since 2012 or so that we’ve been together on this mixed team. Sarah and Liliana (co-captains), as well as Anadi, went to nationals in 2014 and 2016. Gerri, Chi, and Tuan joined them at nationals in 2016, however, this will be the first trip for some of the team.
Our coach, Nadia Choqri-Sablon, started mixed doubles teams at Dedham Health & Athletic Complex (DHAC). She coaches many teams in other leagues and has coached multiple mixed teams in the past. However, she has consistently been with us since our start.
We renamed our team
to La Familia this year. We have some spouses on the team, but non-playing spouses and kids all support us as well. We genuinely like each other and have fun together at team gatherings such as our St Patrick’s Day Round-Robin (yes we wore all green) and Breakfast at Wimbledon (we wore all white).
After losing in the 7.0 finals of both 18+ and 40+ last year, we were even more motivated to play well this year. We were all extra determined to deliver the win to honor our coach, who was in a car accident a couple of weeks before districts.
We’re feeling great and we can’t wait to visit the national tennis center in November!!
– Sarah, Captain of La Familia