Sterling Oaks Semi’s

Friday brought nice weather and quality tennis to Sterling Oaks for semi’s in singles and doubles. Here are some highlights…

• 60 singles: (1) Larry Turville d. (3) Stephen Shortridge; and will face (2) Philip Landauer in today’s finals.
• 65 singles: (1) Mike Dahm d. (3) Larry Back, 4 and 3; and will face Winder Bill (yes, that is his name), who was leading Wolfgang Jaeger, when he retired (inj).
• 70 singles: (2) Fred Drilling d. (5) Thay Butchee, 6-4, 6-4; and will face (1) Jimmy Parker, who beat Don Long, 4 and 3.
• 75 singles FINALS: (1) King Van Nostrand d. Pelican Bay’s (2) Gordon Hammes 6-1, 6-3
• 55 Doubles: (2) Gillette/Turville d. Rick Barletta/ Steve Morris (Pelican Bay); and will face Katterfield/Redpath in today’s finals.
• 60 doubles: (2) Howie Ames/Steve Shreiner d. George Dalphon/Clay Zyerveld in three sets and will face the (1) seeds today.
• 65 doubles: (1) Larry Albritton/Frank Bova d. (3) Chuck Kinyon/Don Long; and will face Mike Dahm and Barnes today.
• 75 doubles: Dick McNaughton and Probert d. Dan Bumstead and Sam Hinkle; and will play the (1) seeds today.

#2 Seeded Tom Diehl and Jack Moter lived up to their seeding, beating John Swan and Ted Underwood, coming back from being down a break in the third set to win it. They play the winner of Michael Fenster and my match with Fred Drilling and Clive Kileff.

Our strategy going into this challenging match (they beat us 1 and 1 in the first tournament) was FFF… Frustrate Fred Frequently. In other words, try to keep the ball away from Fred and his powerful forehand to get him to overplay shots.

The strategy was basically good; but our execution was flawed. Michael and I were in almost every game in the first set; but as one might expect, they made some critical shots and we missed some critical shots, and they took the set 6-1.

In the second set, we played better and broke Fred’s serve right off the bat and then broke Clive on his first service game. Trouble was, they also broke us! So, we lost a more respectable 6-3 second set.

In one of the doubles matches, the server hit the ball down the tee and it hit the foot of the opposing net man. Neither of the serving team saw it happen; but the player who was hit volunteered that it did … and gave a critical point in the deciding third set to his opponents. Think hard now… would you have done the same?????

For full draws and times for today’s matches, click HERE.

Next week is West Coast Super Senior Grand Prix Category II at University Park Country Club and they have a total of 363 entries in all events!

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