Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Lee Takes 2nd Annual Land Sharks Battle of Champions

Land Sharks Lee County Team
The Second Annual Land Sharks Tennis Battle of Champions took place over the past two weekends, with the last installment ending yesterday, July 1. Team captains Frank Fourgeau and Art Nowakaski led Lee County to a 15-5 victory over Collier County, captained by Orlando Ferrer and Tye Myers.

Frank Fourgeau
Frank played with Elliott Debolt in 10.0 Doubles, and posted a straight-set victory over Kevin Dwyer and Troy Rush. Art played with John Ramsey in 4.0 Doubles and prevailed in a super tiebreak over Orlando Ferrer and Lee (last name not provided). Lee County won four of the five matches played on Saturday the 23rd, and all four matches played on the 24th. Five of those first eight matches went to third-set super-tiebreaks, with Lee taking four of them!

Ben Berven
Resumed this weekend after postponement due to rain last weekend, Collier had a steep hill to climb to get back in the mix. They made things a little closer this weekend, winning three of the remaining seven matches. Sadly, I was one of those three, losing 6-7, 3-6 in 5.0 Singles to Ben Berven.

Tyler Owens & Orlando Ferrer, Jr.
In the other 5.0 Singles match, Tyler Owens continued his winning streak, needing almost three hours to defeat Orlando Ferrer, Jr. When I was walking off the court, a mere two hours after starting, T.O. and Orlando had just split sets. Tyler took the super-tiebreak 10-2. Let’s hope T.O. can keep that streak alive when he and his Dad Mark play the Father-Son Nationals later this month.

When all was said and done, the “overwhelming” victory that Collier posted last year was evened by this year’s results. The tally is now 1-1, and the teams will be looking forward to getting a leg up in the Third Annual next year.

Art Nowakowski, Jeff Hossler,
Frank Fourgeau, & Orlando Ferrer
Regarding the event itself, the players were treated to a terrific venue, thanks to the efforts of Jeff Hossler and his compatriots at Miromar Lakes, and event organizer Orlando Ferrer of Land Sharks Tennis. The Captains (Frank Fourgeau & Art Nowakowski of Lee, and Orlando Ferrer and Tye Myers of Collier) also did a fantastic job of recruiting and getting their players to the show on time. The Lee-Collier Battle of Champions appears to be a new tradition in the making.

Event Results (Lee in blue)
Women's Doubles
Katrina Ramsey & Paula def Holly Vaughn & Cyndi Burge 6-4, 6-3
Shelly Freshwater & Charleen Bridgett def Alice Briggs & Patty Duquette 6-4, 7-6
Wendy Hechler
Wendy Hechler & Virginia Reid def Sunny & Lynn Albert 6-0, 6-2

Joana Fish & Debra Lamb def Lisa Kitner & Joan Lake 2-6, 6-1, 1-0
Men's Doubles
Tye Myers & Jicham Zaatinin def Sergio Rebolledo & Zander 6-1, 6-3
Frank Fourgeau & Elliott Debolt def Kevin Dwyer & Troy Rush 6-2, 7-5
Joel Hampton & Corey Knapp def Joe Parr & Brian Lord 6-1, 7-6
Tom Fisher & Jim Katterfield
John Gillette & Andy Potts def Jim Katterfield & Tom Fisher 6-4, 6-3, 1-0
Art Nowakowski & John Ramsey def Orlando Ferrer & Lee 6-7, 7-6, 1-0
Lance & Ken Johnson def Grady Myers & Scott Gill 6-2, 6-0
Mixed Doubles
Erin Sowerby & Larry Gagnon def Maja Angeli & Alex Priddy 6-1, 6-1
Rene & Ed Przygodzinski def Holly Vaughn & Mimo Mustafa 2-6, 7-6, 1-0
Regan Colas & George Newton def Jamie Collins and Eric Fussganger 6-4, 6-3
Maggie Rehban & David Dakeermaker def Liza Hogan & Bruce Rosenblatt 2-6,   6-0, 1-0
Men's Singles
Tyler Owens def Orlando Ferrer, Jr. 5-7, 7-6, 1-0
Ben Berven def T. A. Niles 7-6, 6-3
Matt Maloney def Christian Padgett 6-4, 7-5
Parker Woodall & Warren Ebert
Parker Woodall def Warren Ebert 6-2, 7-5
Jeff Hossler def Steve Campolo 7-5, 6-4
Serge Rampezotti def Hector Properi 6-7, 6-3, 1-0

For additional pictures please check out Frank Fourgeau's Facebook page. For more information on Landsharks Tennis please visit the Landsharks website

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