Bob Wilkie and I teamed up on Sunday vs. the very solid team of B. Manning (my Open partner) and Nick Ourusoff for the Chargers Club Senior A Division Championship.
On the way to the match, I told DeDe that the key to what happens will be how Nick played; because he is a nationally-ranked singles specialist and just now fine tuning his doubles game. Well, Nick played very well; so the match was just about even.
In the first set we had trouble holding Bob’s serve and struggled to squeak out at 7-5 win. We held my serve easily – not because of my serving; but because of Bob’s great net play.
I firmly believe that, when you try to figure out “which way are we stronger” and who should serve first, it is not only the serve that should be considered but how well your net man plays. It is that COMBINATION of factors that makes up a better chance of holding serve for your TEAM.
The second set play was equally close; but my steady play and Bob’s aggressive net play allowed us to break serve when we needed and close out a straight set victory for the championship, which is our third consecutive year as winners.