Friday, April 25
Today started off a bit rough, in our semi final march against Italy. Fran Chandler started out the matches, with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 win.
She started cramping at 4-2 in the second, and the gal picked it up a bit, with some fantastic dropshots. Fran had to call the trainer in the third, and he worked his magic hands during a changeover ….. Let’s just say, it worked.
I then had to jump on the court after that 3 1/2 match. It was tough to get started, from sitting around, and the girl took full advantage . I lost 6-3, 6-2.
So it was up to our doubles team of Judy Newman and Vicki Buholz to put us into the final. And they did it! Judy and Vicki
took the court for the win, 6-4, 7-5. They started off strong, and went up 4-1 in the first. Judy, was hitting blistering returns at the net girl, so they changed their strategy, and they both played back, on serve and return of serves, which gave our team a whole new look, and they came back 4-4. But, Judy and Vicki adjusted, and pulled it out.
The second set, the Italians came back very strong, and got ahead 4-2, with great lobs and passing shots. Again, our girls rallied back, and came in charging, hitting great volleys and overheads . What a great Team effort. I couldn’t be more proud, of my teammates, and how we all rallied together. Thank you everyone who has been sending out good luck wishes. We hope to bring back the Championship again !!
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