This is the weekend that our age 55+/ 4.5 USTA doubles league team is in Daytona to play the sectionals vs. five other teams from around the state of Florida. We are playing a round robin format of one three-court match vs. each of the other teams; and the one with the best record is the winner.
Therefore, that means there will be five matches for our eight-man team… two on Friday, two on Saturday and one on Sunday morning. Although two of our best players (Bob Wilkie, who went back to New Hampshire and silver-ball-winning Howie Ames had to go to a convention), we have a fairly solid team.
Friday vs. Jacksonville area
Our first match this morning saw our #1 team of Jim Katerfield and Steve Shreiner (the other half of the silver ball winning team) win in straight sets. Steve Morris and I (pictured) played at #3 (Willy Hoffmann was unable to come at the last minute) and played a solid team of TWO LEFTIES (isn’t there some USTA rule that limits a team to only one lefty?!); and we lost a close one 6-3, 7-5.
On our second court, George Dalphon and assistant Captain Rick Barletta won the first set, lost the second set, and lost a close ten-pointer for the match. So our team lost 1-2.
Friday p.m. vs. Ft. Lauderdale area
In the afternoon, Steve Morris and I sat out while Jeff Boston and Rick Parker teamed up at #3; with our same pairing up on the first two courts.
All three matches went to deciding ten point tiebreakers!
While we lost at #3, both first two courts came back from losing their first sets to win the second sets AND take their ten point tiebreakers.
So we won the afternoon 2-1. And tomorrow at 8 am we play the Tampa/St. Pete area team.
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