The bronze ball matches (the 3/4 playoffs) were held on a beautiful sunny day Saturday at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, along with feed-in consolation matches and a very strong local men’s tournament.
Sherri Bronson started strongly against Karwasky, winning the first two games and having a point for 3-0. Tina’s coffee apparently kicked in then, and she went on to win 62 61. Sherri said Tina hit hard and played great to win the 60s bronze ball in singles. In 60 doubles, Colleen Clery Ferrell won her first ever USTA ball with Una Davis over last year’s finalists Andrea Barnes/Leslie Murveit 63 64. Una commented that she was so nervous because Colleen had never won a ball and she wanted to win one for her partner. The second set was tight too…Una and Colleen led 3-0 before Andrea and Leslie rebounded to level the set. They had an ad to go up 4/3 but Una/Colleen stopped the run and served it out 5/4.
Shelly Works and Natalie Herreman Bagby played for the bronze in the 50s, and Natalie won a well played match 64 64. You won’t find any better sportsmanship than that displayed during their match and the tennis was good too.
Carol Gay upset Cathie Anderson 63 62 to take the 70s singles bronze in an all San Diego county match. Carol Clay commented that it was a well played match by both.
Kathy Langer added a singles bronze to her doubles silver, ending the tournament on a high note. She beat 2015 world 80s champion Burnett Herrick 63 62.
The 90s finished with Rita Price dominating the division…as she would tell you, she can run (and dance…and sing). Betty Cookson/Rita won the 90 doubles too.
Yesterday I also watched quite a bit of a good 50s consolation match. Andrea Rice/Sheila Walker played Judy Newman/Lucia Romanov. The teams split the first two sets, and played a match tiebreak for the third, won 10-8 by Newman/r\Romanov, who were then to play Erika Smith/Mary Dailey. However Newman had a flight to catch and so Dailey/Smith took fifth by default.
Andrea Rice, who gave Ros Nideffer her only tight match in the tounament (she lost 62 64, earning more games than the rest of Ros’ opponents combined) won the back draw over Vicky Cosio in the 50s.
Colleen Ferrell took fifth in the 60 singles with a 76 61 win over Debbie Burgess.
Mary Alice Pisani placed 5th in the 70s with a default win over Carmen Almodovar.
Lyn Tietz won the 80 consolation over Ingrid Rehwinkel 62 62.
Placing fifth in doubles in the other divisions were Sherri Bronson/julie David (60); Carolann Castell/Peggy Andry (70) and Sheila Palmer/Mary John Lynch (80).
Friday these seats were all filled to capacity with other spectators standing…today they are empty and the club is getting back to normal.
Thanks Bill Kellogg, Pierrette Featherby, the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club members and staff, the volunteers and everyone who made this tournament a great event. See you next year!