McCabe/Powless Dominate Men’s 80 Doubles; Finals set in the 35 & 45 Doubles at Homewood; Kim Jones Has a Very Long Day; Tracy Houk Upsets 2011 La Jolla Champion to Reach Final

Men’s 80/85/90 Indoors.

The men’s doubles are completed at the indoors: George McCabe/John Powless won the 80 doubles; Tony Franco/Graydon Nichols won the 85s and WT Mathes/Howard Kuntz won the 90s. McCabe advanced easily over Saul Snyder to face Jack Bradshaw who had a three set tussle with his doubles partner, Joe Russell, before prevailing.

Women’s 35/45/55 Indoors:

Amy Alcini is the only seed standing in the 35s; the #2 seed withdrew and the 3 and 4 seeds lost yesterday (#4) and today (#3). She combined with Mary Beth Williams to reach the doubles final against Joanne Russell/Julie Ogborne.

In the 45s, by contrast, the top four seeds reached the semis. Gretchen Magers plays her doubles partner, Jennifer Lyons and Anna Zimmerman plays Shelly Works.  Works had to do a lot of running before prevailing over Erika Smith. Shelly was wearing bright red today too instead of her usual gray. In doubles, world champions Alissa Finerman/Smith edged Jami Patterson/Anna Zimmerman in the first set 75 and won the second more comfortably, 62. They face Lyons/Magers in the final tomorrow.

And in the 55s, Kim Jones hogged Court 9 for the better part of the day, first playing a lengthy and tight three setter against #2 seed Pat Purcell, and then a doubles match with Barbara Huss against #4 seeds Debbie Burgess/Donna Drosner, which went three sets as well. The match with Purcell, four courts down from the viewing area, was a good one. Purcell won the first in a breaker, then Jones won the second and went up 50 in the third, match points…only to watch Purcell rally and win four straight games. Jones had more match points at 5-4, Pat again held them off…the 5-5 game was tight, Jones won it on a let court passing shot and went up 40-0 in the next game…Pat won the next point, and Jones finally finished with a passing shot on the line. I played Mary Firek and lost the first 4 games, Mary came out firing…then won the next 12 and I play Jones tomorrow. Susan and I won our doubles against Firek/Gail Muryama 60 60. The other half of the draw was still playing when I left.

Women’s 50-90 Hard Courts:

Tracy Houk rebounded from a long day on Wednesday to beat Fran Chandler, in a rematch of the 2011 50s final. She won 64 60. She will face 2012 World Champion Ros Fairbank Nideffer in the final. Houk combined in doubles with Lisa Namu to reach the final, beating Chandler/Myke Loomis in straight sets. They face the #1 seeds, Tracey Thompson/Robin Harris in the final.

In the 60s, Mary Ginnard edged defending champion Martha Downing, rallying from a set down to win. She faces her doubles partner, Tina Karwasky, the 3rd place finisher in the 50s last year, who is routing the 60s. Karwasky advanced to the final with the loss of only a game! The second seeds, Kathy Bennett/Downing, withdrew from doubles due to an injury, and Hamburg/Morgan advanced in their stead to the final.

In the 70s, Cathie Anderson continued her fine play, beating local star Suella Steel 64 61. She faces Charleen Hillebrand, who beat Lurline Fujii in the semis in what will be a rematch of the clay semis.

In the 80s, Margaret Canby upset Jane Lutz in three sets, avenging her loss to Lutz at the clay. She plays #2 seed, Louise Russ, who advanced convincingly over Carol Cofer 62 62, in the final.

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