Déjà vu all over again? On Thursday, Tom and I had a rematch with #4 seeded Larry Albritton and Mike Melnik, who we played two years ago.
At that time in the Naples/Ft. Myers Challenge, they won 9 of the first 10 games (6-1, 3-0) before Tom and I clawed our way back to an incredible victory. This time, they won 8 of the first 9 games (6-1, 2-0) before Tom and I started our come back.
We did a much better job of returning serve and taking control of the net. We broke serve several times to get us to be serving 5-4 set point for the second set. Unfortunately, we didn’t convert and lost that game.
We were able to break their serve again and served for the set again at 6-5. And once again, they survived to bring it to a tie-breaker.
They took the early lead and had two match points at 6 points to 4. We won both of those. But then lost the next two points for a 6-1, 7-6 (6) loss.
Some other matches of note:
• 70’s doubles: #1 seeded Naples team of Matt Davie and Dick Valentine had a “barn burner” vs. Jim Lazenby (he of the two-handled racquet) and Steve Lunford (he of the left and right forehands). They split the first two sets and the third set went to an exciting tie-breaker. Unfortunately, our Home Town Boys ended up losing.
• Fred Drilling and Clive cruised.
• In the 65s, last-minute Naples pairing of George Morton and Paul Veltman beat the #5 seeds of Tony Williams and Rick Schultz (Pelican Bay)
• Also 65s, the teams of Spike Gonzales/Joe McAleer, Chuck Kinyon/Don Long, and Mike Dahm/Bailey Brown all cruised to two-set wins
• In 60 singles, Larry Turville bageled his opponent and Naples’ Bob Wilkie lost to another former tour player Jared Chase (W. Palm Beach).
• In 65 singles, #3 Mike Dahm cruised into the semis, while Norm Chryst (who beat me in three sets) took #2 seed Don Long to three sets, but lost.
• 70 singles, #1 seed Fred Drilling is cruising.
• In the 75s, #1 Naples Super Senior Gordon Hammes easily moved into the semi’s.