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Remax vs. University Grill (UG)
|Corey Knapp & Remax Captain |
|Manuel Encalada & Luke Andreae|
|Matt Maloney & Sergio Rebolledo|
|Patrick Kangwa & UG Captain |
On Court 3, Jorge Magalhaes and Dave Dooley of Remax eked out a thriller over Mark Drons and Terry See 6-3, 4-6, 11-9. If it weren’t for Christie Bradley and Dan Moenning, perennial super-tiebreak participants, this match would have sewn up “Match of the Day” honors.
|Dan Moenning & |
|Tony Martin & Sandy Miller|
Boston Retirement Advisors (BRA) vs. Gateway Dental (GD)
|"Commish" Katterfield & Bob Green|
|Jared Kalpin & BRA Captain |
|Mike Barnes & Joel Hampton|
It was a close and spirited first set, which Joel and Mike took 7-6, but the second was a 6-1 runaway.
|Steve Shortridge & Jeff Timmer|
On the Mixed Court for BRA, The Landings’ own Paul D’Amico and Kim Jones partnered against Alex Hermeto and Kerry Kendrick.
has been coming up big for GD all season (sitting at 4-1 I believe) and she did
it again this time, but it wasn’t easy. Paul and Kim took the first set 6-4, but
Kerry and Alex took the second 6-1, battled Kim and Paul tooth and nail in the
super-tiebreak, and clawed out the 10-8 win.
|Kim Jones & Landings Tennis|
Director Paul D'Amico
Babolat vs. Johnny Malloy’s (JM)
Only a half-point separates these two teams, which are in the thick of the hunt for second. Going into the match, JM was tied for second with BRA and had a half-point lead on Babolat, which was in third alone. Babolat is still third alone, but JM is now alone in fourth, only 1.5 points ahead of fifth-place GD.
|Denny Rager & Tyler Owens|
|Jeff Diggs & John Jerome|
JM’s third-doubles team of Larry “The Legend” Gagnon and Oliver Stenger is pretty much unstoppable, and that is how they played against Toni Halski and John Gillette.
In the only match that didn’t
feature at least one competitive set, at least score-wise, The Legend and
Oliver hung a 6-1, 6-2 defeat on Toni and John. It gets no easier for Tony and
John on Friday as they take on, perhaps, the second toughest three-team in the
League in D’Amico and Barnes.
|John Gillette & Toni Halski|
|Armor Persons & Erica Cossairt|
|John Ramsey & Christyn Lucas|
Coming This Friday
On Friday, first-place Remax will take on fifth-place GD (my team), second-place BRA will battle third-place Babolat, and fourth-place JM will square off against sixth-place UG. Remax has not posted fewer than 5 points in any contest thus far, while GD has scored five or more points just once, and we lost 2-5 to Remax last time. It doesn’t look like GD is the team to stop the juggernaut, but lineups will be different this time, so we will see.
The first time Babolat and BRA faced off, Babolat posted 7 points to BRA’s 3.5, but three of those matches went to super-tiebreaks and could have gone either way. With second on the line, this should be another close one on the court, and I hope on the scoreboard (hey, I want my team to have a chance to catch somebody!).
JM did to UG what Remax did to us (GD) the first time around, and unfortunately for UG, they have posted the lowest point total in three of the five dates thus far, including the last match. They will need a significant change of fortunes on Friday as JM has posted the second or third highest point total in four of the five events.
The bottom line is that the second half of the season brings with it a new day, in a new year, and the only thing that I am sure is likely to remain the same is the dramatic flair of the competition. Third Doubles and Mixed Doubles start at 4pm, First and second doubles begin at 5:30pm. I hope to see you out there on Friday! Game, set, match...T. A.