The SoCal 55s successfully defended their title in Florida on clay today, beating Florida at home behind the strong play of Robin Harris and Chris Ramsower-Pearlstein, both of whom put their games into overdrive when their backs were to the wall today. Harris played Mary Ginnard. Ginnard fought back from a break down in the 2nd set to force a third set and went up 4-1 in the third. Harris saved her best tennis for that part of the match, winning the final 5 games to take the match. Chris played Tracy Viebrock and staged not one, but two comebacks, first from 25 down in the first and then from 15 down in the third, running her opponent till she had no more gas in the tank. It was HOT today…I know it’s November, but it was in the mid to upper 80s and extremely muggy, really humid. I lost to Kerry Young who managed to hit every line multiple times (that’s what they are there for according to Agassi) and she played very well. After the singles SoCal needed only one doubles win and Robin and I got it, winning 63 63 against Ginnard/Cindy Leprevost. Icing on the cake was the win by Kathy Bennett/Jackie Heston over Lil Peltz-Petow/Betsy Savitt. Mary Firek and Ruth Young were great teammates and coaches throughout the week and particularly busy today!
NorCal beat Mid Atlantic to place third.
In the 65s, Florida edged Southern 3/2 to win and SoCal placed third. According to captain Carol Clay, Lynn Thompson and Betty Wachob were the stars, with each winning their singles and combining to win their doubles 64 in the third.
The SoCal 35s won today; the seeds in the 45s start play tomorrow.
I don’t have anything to do with posting the results on the USTA website, that’s the job of the referee, Larry Eichenbaum and staff.
Gala dinner was tonight at the Embassy Suites hotel and was excellent.