Longboat Key Saturday

chuck dubsIt is rare for me to be hanging around a CAT II tournament on the weekend, but Chuck and I played our semifinal doubles match this afternoon.

Our opponents were the team of Terry Tetzlaff and Reinaldo (Oscar) Valor (Steve D. take note!) of Clearwater, Florida. Yesterday they easily knocked off the #1 seeded team of Huff and Thomas (who slide in when Hank Irvine and Evert Jonsson dropped out).

The Match

We were struggling some in the first set and couldn’t take any kind of lead. When we served at 4-5, we quickly got broken for the set.

When we started the second set, our key word was “offense.” We had to take it away from them and control the net and the points. We did and ran off five straight games! They held serve; but we served it out for a comeback 6-1 second set.

Match Tiebreaker: Chuck and I played solidly again in the match tiebreaker and won it by the same score as in our first match… 10-4. For a 4-6, 6-1, (4) victory.


Our hope was to have a rematch with our good friends and #2 seeded Paul Veltman and Rich Tarantino (who upset us at World Tennis last season); but they lost a very close semifinal 4-6; 6-3; (10-7).

Their opponents (and ours in Sunday’s finals) are national platform tennis champions Jim Bishop (Geneva, IL) and Michael Hanna (Fairport, NY).

Other Matches of Note….

Men’s 60 Singles
SF (2) Bill Marshall d. (5) Daniel Simos 6-7; 6-4; 6-2
SF (1) Bill Ashley d. (5) Carl Sechen 6-4; 6-4

Men’s 65 Singles
SF (2) John Mayotte d. (3) Marc Mazo 6-4; 2-0Ret (inj)
SF (1) Larry Turville d. (4) Les Buck 6-3; 6-2

Men’s 70 Singles
SF (5) Ralph Grieco d. (4) Robert Stock 5-7; 6-4; 6-2
SF (1) Jody Rush d. Thomas La Penna 6-2; 7-5

Men’s 75 Singles
F (1) Joseph Bachmann d. (2) Frank Hagelshaw 6-2; 6-4

Men’s 80 Singles
SF (2) Ronald Fenasci d. (4) Leonard Lawrence 6-1; 1-1Wd (inj)
SF (1) Gordon Hammes d. (3) George Pittas 6-0; 6-0
Men’s 60 Doubles
SF (2) Gagnon/Landauer d. Davis/Sawyer 6-1Ret (inj)
SF (1) Ashley/McClure d. (4) Meigs/Simos 6-4; 6-1
Men’s 65 Doubles
SF (4) Dalphon/Wendt d. (2) Burris/Dahm 3-6; 7-6; 10-7
SF (1) Florian/Mazo d. (3) Deptula/Mayotte 7-5; 6-1

Men’s 75 Doubles
F (2) Anderman/Hagelshaw d. (1) Mathias/Poist 6-3; 6-4
Men’s 70 Singles Consolation
F Walter Peckinpaugh d. Klaus Essele 6-1; 6-2

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3 thoughts on “Longboat Key Saturday

  1. Nice going – you two can do it! Doubles is becoming your specialty!

    Nick – thanks. How are things in Siberia?? george

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