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  • Nideffer/Spence Nasim, Juliani/Pendo, McEvoy/Dixon & King/Wasser (corrected) Win Gold at the Level 1 Women’s Hard Courts Sunday

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    Ros Nideffer/Debbie Spence Nasim (1) beat Dina McBride/Tracie Currie (2) to win gold at the 50 Hard Courts. They dominated the division, never dropping more than 5 games in any match. Jenny Rens Keller/Jen Dawson (3) took the bronze over Vicki Buholz/Gayle Prejean.

    In contrast to the 50s, an unseeded team won the 60 doubles, Sue Pendo/Julie Juliani, taking out local favorites Una Davis/Lucia Romanov in a match tiebreak. They were the only unseeded players to win gold this year. The bronze went to Colleen Clery Ferrell/Tracey Thompson who beat Julie David/Gail Warden in straight sets.

    The 70s title went to Vicky McEvoy/Judy Dixon over Kathy Barnes/Carol Gay. Sue Bramlette/Cindy Babb (who lost 11-9 yesterday to McEvoy/Dixon in a final set MTB) took bronze with a straight set win over Barnes/Gay. Interestingly, the two teams who played a MTB instead of a full third set yesterday, won in straight sets today.

    Roz King/Dorothy Wasser (2) beat top seeded Suella Steel/Sheila Weinstock by default (Suella hurt her Achilles I believe…it was a lower leg injury of some sort which forced her to retire in the final). Charleen Hillebrand/Sheila Palmer took bronze over Lorna Brooks/Jean Ainger.

    Ann Young placed 9th in the 60s beating Kim Dean 10-8 in a MTB, her 2nd straight 10-8 MTB win. Christen Bartelt was 9th in the 50s. Gloria Melendez was 9th in the 70s (though there was a lot of attrition in that division…lots of injuries). Dorcas Miller took 9th in the 80s.

    And that’s a wrap for this year’s edition of the USTA Level 1 Women’s 50-80 Hard Courts. It was a different sort of tournament with no beach or cocktail party (but nightly happy hour, complimentary food). The format for Level 1 doubles was different to the dismay of many players, but dictated by the USTA National Adult Comp Committee not by the tournament. (Since the men’s event was a Level 5, the section, not the national committee determined the format…but it was confusing). It was great to see far flung friends again. Till next time…happy hitting.

    Clockwise from top left: Camilla Sutherland, Joan Avedian, Lorna Brooks; Andrea Rice, Conan, Nancy Hilliard, Lucia Romanov/Una Davis & Ann Young

  • Rice, Nideffer, Dixon & Hillebrand Win Singles Titles in La Jolla

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    Andrea Rice put on a dominating performance in the final of the 50 Hard Courts, beating top seeded Nancy Hilliard 61 62. Dina McBride finished third (winning the 3/4 playoff by default). Mariko Atoji finished 5th.

    Ros Nideffer won the 60s in equally dominating fashion, beating Fran Chandler 60 63. Vicki Buholz beat me 62 64 in the 3/4 playoff and the consolation is still ongoing. Ann Young edged Terri Thyssen in a match tiebreak 10-8 and faces Kim Dean who ousted Ginny Beneke in straight sets.

    Judy Dixon cruised past everyone in the women’s 70s, beating first time national singles finalist Barbara Hubbard 63 61. Barbara is a player from Hawaii who has been playing national tournaments for year, gradually improving from losing first or second round, to now, in the 70s reaching singles finals…a gold ball will follow some day! Cathie Anderson took the bronze and Carol Gay finished 5th; the 9th place playoff is ongoing.

    Charleen Hillebrand ousted Suella Steel to win the 80s; Hillebrand led 5-2 when Steel retired with a leg injury. Lorna Brooks finished 3rd, beating Susanne Clark by default (Clark pulled a calf in the 2nd set tiebreak of her semifinal against Steel).

    The 50 doubles final will be #1 Nideffer/Debbie Spence Nasim (who ousted Jenny Keller/Jen Dawson) vs McBride/Tracie Currie (who beat Vicki Buholz/Gayle Prejean).

    In 60 doubles, La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club members Una Davis/Lucia Romanov are in the final after beating Colleen Clery Ferrell/Tracey Thompson in a match tiebreak 10-7. They will take on unseeded Sue Pendo/Julie Juliani who ousted Julie David/Gail Warden.

    The 70 doubles semis were a bit odd though extremely competitive. The USTA has mandated a new format for doubles involving round robins leading to a knockout draw and has dictated that all doubles matches be decided by match tiebreaks. The USTA has mandated that the same format be used for all Level 1 (gold ball) tournaments. The top seeds, Kathy Bennett/Liane Bryson played Kathy Barnes/Carol Gay (3)…and Barnes/Gay won 63 16 76 (7)…they played a full third set due to umpire error. (The Level 5 men’s event is playing out the third set of singles and doubles and the same umpires are used for both events.) The #2 seeds Vicky McEvoy/Judy Dixon faced #4 Sue Bramlette/Cindy Babb and they also split sets (the score isn’t correctly reported but each team won a set) and then played a match tiebreak won 11-9 by McEvoy/Dixon. Both were great matches and it was unfortunate that an umpire error marred the results.

    In 80 doubles, Steel/Sheila Weinstock will play Roz King/Dorothy Wasser in the final while Lorna Brooks/Jean Ainger take on Hillebrand/Sheila Palmer.


  • Semifinal Friday at the USTA Level 1 Women’s Hard Courts

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    Bill Kellogg/Carolyn Lane; Tina Karwasky, icing her knees; Andrea Rice (red skirt) & Dina McBride (white skirt) played a great 50 singles semi.

    The top seeds in the women’s 50 singles advanced by vastly different paths. Andrea Rice, the 2nd seed, had to rebound from a 6-0 first set drubbing to beat Dina McBride (3) 06 64 62. Andrea sliced and diced off her forehand, drove her backhand and showed off her excellent net skills in the win. Nancy Hilliard beat Marlo Carruth (4) by default (injury).

    60s: Ros Fairbank Nideffer (1) beat Vicki Buholz 61 62 to adance to the singles final where she’ll face Fran Chandler (5). Fran beat me for the umpteenth time. The first set was close but once Fran closed that out her errors disappeared and her aggressiveness and movement increased…she won a well deserved 64 60 match.

    70s: Judy Dixon (1) blitzed Cathie Anderson (5) not allowing Anderson a game. She’ll face Barbara Hubbard (5) in the final. Hubbard upset #2 seed Kathy Barnes earlier in the tournament and today beat unseeded Marianne Saibara.

    80s: Local star and club member Suella Steel, unseeded, took out #2 Susanne Clark. She’ll face a familiar foe, Charleen Hillebrand, who beat 2019 champion Lorna Brooks 61 62.

    50 doubles: Vicki Buholz/Gayle Prejean beat #4 seeded Deb Higa/Jami Jones in a match tiebreak; Jen Dawson/Jenny Keller (3) held off Julie Silveira/Mary Beth Williams 62 76; Nideffer/Debbie Spence Nasim (1) beat Christen Bartelt/Amy Alcini in a fun to watch match 63 62 and Tracie Currie/McBride edged unseeded Jodi Rea/Christine Paulson in a match tiebreak.

    60 doubles: Tracey Thompson/Colleen Clery Ferrell edged 2019 champions and the top seeds, Susan Wright and Shannon Gordon Carney 61 57 1-0 (7)…those match tiebreaks in this new doubles format are a challenge! Una Davis/Lucia Romanov (5) beat #4 seeded Tina Karwasky/Jennifer Shorr 3,4 and those two teams play each other in the semis. Meanwhile, Julie David/Gail Warden advanced via default (Kathy May pulled a calf); Susan Pendo/Julie Juliani advanced via default (Kathy Vick broke a bone)…

    70 doubles: Seeds 1-4 advanced without dropping a set to the semis.

    80 doubles are still in the round robin stage. I saw a bit of Roz King/Dorothy Wasser (2) vs Charleen Hillebrand/Sheila Palmer (4); the latter team were up 4-1 in the first and 4-2 in the 2nd but lost in straight sets.

    There were some good consolation matches today particularly in the 60s; Ann Young took out Maria Nunez 3,1; Kim Dean played great in beating Tracey Thompson 67 64 1-0 (8)…Tracey also played well, it could have been a main draw quarter or semi another time. And Shannon Gordon Carney edged Tina Karwasky in the 5-8 playoff and plays Susan Wright in the 5/6, another tough match.


  • Successful 2021 Level 1 Debut

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    Top: Mariko Atoji, Annemarie Brigandi, Jen Dawson, Rainy Miller; bottom from left: Shelly Works, Dee Williams-Horne, Gayle Prejean, Dee & Tracey Thompson
    Dina McBride & Tracie Currie

    One thing I noticed today: The tournament for the first time in the 26 years I’ve played it, is using Wilson regular duty balls…normally reserved for indoor and clay. The women at the US Open used regular duty balls but use 6 balls per match and get new ones every 7/9 games. We get new ones only for third sets…and the regular duty balls wear out QUICKLY on outdoor hard. (Apparently containers of goods are going overboard from ships at record rates this year, over 1000 lost at sea already in 2021 per the UK Telegraph).

    Here are the singles results; there weren’t doubles upsets today in the women’s divisions. There were a few upsets in the men’s division, notably the top seeds in men’s 75 doubles lost today. And TD Bill Kellogg is still in 60 & 65 doubles and 70 singles. He’s a great multitasker!

    In the 60s, there weren’t any upsets but there were a couple of three-set tussles and #5 seed Jennifer Shorr defaulted to Tina Karwasky with a leg injury she suffered in her 76 76 marathon win yesterday. Doubles partners Shannon Gordon-Carney and Susan Wright had to battle hard in singles to advance to the quarters. Shannon took on former San Diegan Tracey Thompson (now of Las Vegas) and had to regroup after losing the 2nd set 60, winning 64 06 63. Shannon said Tracey just blew her off the court in the 2nd set. Susan took on Maria Nunez who displayed her much more consistent game, which is always tricky since she is a lefty using plenty of spin. Maria won the first set, closing it out 64 after leading 52. Susan won the second set 61. The third set looked to be a continuation of the 2nd, but Maria rallied from 25 down (despite taking a big tumble during the set) to serve at 4-5, but Susan closed out the set and the match 64. I beat Terri Thyssen of Texas 60 63, but the 2nd set was tricky and play another Texan, Kathy Vick in the quarters. Kathy beat Lynn Young 63 64. Fran Chandler plays Susan; Ros Nideffer plays Tina and Shannon plays Vicki Buholz (who is playing 3! Events here).

    In the 50s, Christen Bartelt (5) lost to Regina Melosch of La Jolla, Wendy Elliott advanced when Jenny Rens Keller (5) withdrew from singles and the remaining seeds won in straightforward manners.

    There were no upsets in 70 singles though Marianne Saibara advanced when Sue Bramlette (5) had to pull out due to a knee injury.


  • USTA Level 1 Women’s Hard Courts: Day 1

    Tuesday May 11, 2021, San Diego, CA

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    Today the Women’s 50-80 Hard Courts , the first seniors Level 1 of 2021 began on a cool day in La Jolla, CA. (The accompanying Men’s Level 5 began yesterday).

    No singles seeds played today in the 50/70/80 divisions but there were four seeds in action in the 60s. #5 seed Jennifer Shorr fought off a determined Ann Young (Pellow), winning a pair of tiebreaks to advance to the round of 16 where she faces Tina Karwasky, her doubles partner this week, for the 2nd time in a month.

    In 50 doubles, Amy Alcini/Christen Bartelt upset #5 seeded Shelly Works/Rainy Miller in a round robin match. #5 seeds Julie Silveira/Mary Beth Williams just got by Lisa Crisafulli/Brianna Sullivan 2-6 60 1/0 (12). [Match tiebreaks are being played in lieu of 3rd sets in doubles due to the number of matches in the round robins.] Jodi Rea/Christine Paulsen upset #5 seeded Lisa Taylor/Krista Oconnor. However the 1-4 seeds advanced without incident.

    In the 60s, Sue Pendo/Julie Juliani beat #5 Cindy Abel/Kim Dean in a match tiebreak. Kathy May made a sterling return to tournament play, combining with Carolyn Lane to oust Fiona Taylor/Sue Sprague with the loss of only a game.

    There were no upsets in the 70 doubles.

    And that’s a wrap for today. I play singles tomorrow morning…

    Always a pleasure to play at the LJTBC


  • USTA Level 1 Women’s 50/60/70/80 Hard Courts (& Men’s Level 5) Start May 11 with Strong Draws

    Draws are here

    The first Level 1 tournament of the year for women is taking place this week at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club in La Jolla, CA. For many players this is their first event in over a year. The 50 & 60 draws are particularly strong.

    Here are the seeds for the 60 women. Note that notable unseeded players are Tina Karwasky, Tracey Thompson, and Ann Young (Pellow). Former world champions Ros Nideffer and Fran Chandler are making their 60 debuts along with Vicki Buholz.

    1. Nideffer, Ros2. Wright, Susan3. Nichols, Carolyn4. Gordon-Carney, Shannon5. Buholz, Vicki5. Chandler, Frances5. Shorr, Jennifer5. Vick, Kathy

    The 60 doubles features some excellent teams including 2019 champions Susan Wright/Shannon Gordon-Carney (#1) and Carolyn Lane/Kathy May (former top 10 player and mother of ATP #31 Taylor Fritz) as the 2nd seeds.

    Here are the singles seeds for the 50s:

    1. Hilliard, Nancy2. Rice, Andrea3. McBride, Dina4. Carruth, Marlo5. Atoji, Mariko5. Bartelt, Christen5. Kaus, Christina5. Keller, Jenny

    Andrea Rice was a 2019 finalist here and Dina McBride has won the 40s (and was a 40s finalist twice only to tear one of her Achilles’ tendons in the final…she’s resilient).

    The doubles is even stronger I think than the singles with Nideffer/Debbie Spence Nasim seeded 1, Tracie Currie/McBride at #2 and defending champs Jen Dawson (of pickle ball fame) and Jenny RENs Keller at #3 followed by Jami Jones and Deb Higa…

    The 70s seeds are here:

    1. Dixon, Judy2. Barnes, Kathy3. Gay, Carol4. Clay, Carol5. Anderson, Catherine5. Bramlette, Susan5. Harris, Lois5. Hubbard, Barbara

    The 80s seeds:

    1. Hillebrand, Charleen2. Clark, Susanne3. King, Roz4. Weinstock, Sheila

    The men’s draws are very strong for a Level 5 (there are 7 levels with Level 1 being the “gold ball” level). Bill Kellogg, the TD for the tournament is playing in his first 70s tournament and is the top seed.


  • La Jolla Hard Courts: 40s Men & Women, Father/Son & Grandfather/Grandson Cancelled due to California Regulations

    Sadly, the Men’s and Women’s 40 Hard Courts, Father/Son Hard Courts and Grandfather/Grandson Hard Courts have been cancelled, another victim of Covid-19.

    From the email I received yesterday (from Pierrette Featherby of the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club):

    “Greetings,

    I was hoping this day would never come, but it has, so sadly I must inform you we have been forced to cancel the USTA 40 & over Men’s, Women’s, Mixed & Father/Son, Grandfather/Grandson Designated Open Sectional Hard Court Championships. Because of the rising number of COVID-19 cases San Diego County has shifted into Tier 1 otherwise known as the Purple Tier. Tennis tournaments will not be permitted.

    This being said, we would still love to have you come; play some tennis, relax and have a good time.  If you choose to do so we will offer you the tournament rate and help you arrange some tennis matches.

    Below is a message from Bill Kellogg (which you may also read on the tournament website)

    Unfortunately, we have learned that the State of California is currently not allowing tennis tournaments to take place. In addition, the County of San Diego has returned to the most restrictive purple COVID rating, Given the way the rating system works, it will not be possible, even under the best circumstances, for San Diego County to return to the Red Level anytime soon (earliest would be four weeks from 11/20/20 – i.e. after Thanksgiving). We had expected We had expected that the rules relating to sporting events would be relaxed by the first week in December, but that is not a possibility now. For those reasons, we will not be able to hold this tournament.

    A number of people made room reservations at our special tournament rates. We will, of course, refund your room deposit upon request. However, if you would like to stay at the club during the originally scheduled tournament dates and take advantage of the tournament rates we offered participants, you are welcome to do so. You will be able to play tennis while staying on property and we would be happy to arrange tennis matches while you are here if that is of interest to you. Just contact our reservations department and let them know what you want to do.

    If you have questions, please feel free to call Bill Kellogg at 858-735-6500 or Conan Lorenzo at 619-846-3094.

    May I wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving and that 2021 will see the end to Covid-19!

    In the meantime please stay healthy and safe.

    Best regards,

    Pierrette Featherby”


  • Jane Lutz Wins 90 Singles and Doubles at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club Saturday

    Jane Lutz, 90, played six sets of tennis today to win the USTA 90 hard court singles & doubles titles. Rita Price also played six sets of tennis today and came away with a singles silver and doubles gold for her efforts.

    Jane won the singles 26 75 64 over Price and Jane and Rita won the doubles 75 46 63 over Janet Hubbard/Pat Wiedenmann.

    I repeat…Jane is 90, Rita is 92 and they played for over four hours on hard courts no less.

    The photos below are courtesy of Mary Johnson

    • Photos (more will be added)
    Jane Lutz and the class fun maker Rita Price
    Rita Price
    Jane Lutz

  • Finals Day, National Women’s Hard Courts, La Jolla: Two Marathons in One Day!

  • Friday was finals day at the USTA National Hard Courts at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. I didn’t get to see much tennis because I was on court most of the day from about 11:30 till about 8pm. Susan Wright and I played our second marathon in a month, and it was a tough match. I came away with the 26 75 76(4) win in about 3.5 hours (was down 41 in the third but kept on fighting). Susan is as gracious in defeat as in victory, the sign of a champion. About 90 minutes later Robin Harris and I took on Susan and Shannon Carney in the doubles final. Three hours later Susan and Shannon came away with a well deserved 57 63 62 win.
  • Shannon won the 3/4 playoff over Cindy Johnson in a match tiebreak 14-12. Their tiebreak (they were playing next to us) seemed to go on forever, though I think their match was shorter than ours. Erin Boynton/Abbi Neuthaler won the bronze over Una Davis/Tracey Thompson. Kathy Vick took 5th and Erin Boynton took 7th. (The tournament had a quarterfinal playoff and then a 7/8 playoff for the quarterfinal losers who lost their first match in the playoff, a first.
  • Jen Dawson was the only double gold winner of the week, edging top seeded Andrea Rice in a grueling 75 75 win. I saw a little of the beginning of the match and it was fantastic tennis. Jen is a rock at the baseline and Andrea played athletic all court tennis. You won’t find two nicer competitors anywhere (Shelly Works, you have competition for this title in these two!). Dawson teamed with Jenny Rens Keller to win the doubles over Rice/Anna Zimmermann 62 62. It was Jenny Keller’s first gold ball.
  • Conan Lorenzo, Andrea Rice and Jen Dawson with TD Bill Kellogg, photo courtesy of Mary Johnson
  • Kristen Kepler won the 50 singles bronze over Keller; Deb Higa/Jennifer Lyons took the bronze over Kepler/Neuthaler.
  • Judy Dixon won the 70 singles with an emphatic 63 60 win over #2 seeded Molly Hahn. I believe it was her first singles gold ball. Liane Bryson/Kathy Bennett won the doubles over Dixon/Vicky McEvoy 64 63. Sue Kimball edged Carol Gay in three sets for the singles bronze but Carol Gay/Sheila Johnson came away with the doubles win against Hahn/Kimball to win the doubles bronze.
  • Lorna Brooks, unseeded, won the 80 singles 62 64 over top seeded Dorothy Wasser. She did it the hard way too, beating the #3, #2 and #1 seeds en route to the title. Brooks is from Wyoming now but used to live in Exeter, in the Central Valley of California and we used to practice together about 35 years ago… I knew how good she was then and so wasn’t too surprised when she won. She was one of the top 2 juniors in SoCal as a youngster (Sally Huss was the top junior). She played with her hair down, which amazed some of the spectators (it doesn’t move). Lola O’Sullivan/Barbara Oldfield were the surprise doubles winner. For Barbara it was her first USTA ball of any color! They beat Claudia Giacommini/Dorothy Matthiessen 76(4) 63 for the gold.
  • Burnett Herrick won the 80 singles bronze by default (injury) over Carol Wood; Herrick/Wasser beat Lynn Tietz/Wood for the 80 doubles bronze.
  • The 90s final is this morning at 9am between Rita Price and Jane Lutz, followed by the de facto doubles final (it’s a three team round robin between the two undefeated teams) scheduled for 1pm.
  • Draws are here.
  • Day 1 Blog
  • Day 2 Blog
  • Day 3 Blog
  • Day 4 Blog
  • Photos (more will be added).

  • Semifinal Day: Loooong Day on Court

    I was on the court at least 6 hours today playing matches…started singles around 1:30, finished at 5pm then played doubles from about 6:15 to 9pm. That’s a lot of tennis. We started late because of morning rain, but as predicted it stopped around 11 or 11:30 and the courts were dry by 12:30. We had to wait a bit for a consolation match to finish. I played Shannon Gordon Carney from St Louis. She’s a former All American from UCLA and currently coaches a college team in St. Louis. She’s a counter puncher, I’m a counter puncher, we had long rallies despite a very stiff and persistent cross wind. I won 63 36 61…took five match points though in the last game. Susan Wright dispatched Texan Cindy Johnson 61 60. In doubles Robin Harris and I had a long battle which began in sunlight and finished under the lights. We won 36 61 64 against Una Davis/Tracey Thompson and it was a tough match with a lot of excellent points. We play Wright/Carney in the doubles final tomorrow…they took out Abbi Neuthaler/Erin Boynton 76 62.

    In other divisions, Lorna Brooks (my pre tournament dark horse pick in the 80s) reached the final with a 61 76 win over #2 seed Burnett Herrick. She plays top seeded Dorothy Wasser in the final; Dorothy edged Carol Wood in two tight sets.

    In doubles, Lola. O’Sullivan/Barbara Oldfield, the #3 seeds, upset #2 seeded Lynn Tietz/Carol Wood and take on #4 seeded Claudia Giacommini/Dorothy Matthiessen in the final. Claudia/Dorothy upset Wasser/Herrick in a long tough three setter.

    In the 70s Judy Dixon advanced to the final with a tough 3-setter over Carol Gay. I am not sure who won the other semi; the tournament website says Molly Hahn, but another press release says Sue Kimball…stay tuned. Update: Hahn won 63 62.

    I do know though that Dixon/Vicky McEvoy are in the doubles final against Kathy Bennett/Liane Bryson.

    In the 50s, the top 2 seeds, Andrea Rice and Jennifer Dawson advanced in straight sets to the final; Rice/Anna Zimmermann upset #1 seeded Deb Higa/Jennifer Lyons 62 75 and Dawson/Jenny Rens Keller ousted Kepler/Neuthaler.

    As expected Jane Lutz and Rita Price are in the 90 singles final.

    Live cam from ct 2: Court 2: https://www.ipcamlive.com/ljbtc

    Draws: https://m.tennislink.usta.com/TournamentHome/tournament.aspx?t=222471


  • Quarterfinal Day at the USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Courts

    There were a lot of great matches at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club today in La Jolla, CA.

    In the 50s, Kristen Kepler edged #4 seeded Anna Zimmermann in three sets, a reversal of their result last month on clay. La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club member, and an altogether great person (I mean, her nickname is “Bubbles” because of her bubble personality…she’s never met a stranger), Jenny Rens Keller upset #3 seeded Michelle Saunders 62 46 61; in the second set Jenny stopped attacking but she rectified that in the third. She joins her doubles partner Jen Dawson, and Andrea Rice in the semis.

    Rice/Zimmermann lost the first set to Krista Oconnor/Lisa Traylor before rallying for the win; Oconnor/Traylor play together a lot whereas it’s Rice/Zimmermann’s first tournament together. They face Deb Higa/Jennifer Lyons in one semi while Abbi Neuthaler/Kepler take on Dawson/Keller.

    In the 60s, the match of the day was that between Tina Karwasky and Cindy Johnson. Johnson quickly won the first set 60 and seemed on the way to a straight set win, leading 3-0 in the second; but Karwasky, the consummate professional, fought back strongly, forcing a third set, which was tight all the way. Johnson prevailed 64, using all of the court to earn the win. Kathy Vick played a good first set, and lead 5-3 but came up just short against Susan Wright, 5-7; Susan played a flawless second set winning it 60. Shannon Gordon Carney outplayed Colleen Ferrell Clery 61 62 and I beat Erin Boynton in a tough match (the score doesn’t reflect the quality of the points and games) 62 62. I play Shannon tomorrow.

    In doubles, Johnson was also involved in the match of the day. She teamed with Vick to take on Una Davis/Tracey Thompson. Johnson/Vick won the first set 62 and seemed on the cusp of victory after rallying from 3-5 down in the second to level it at 5-5, but Davis/Thompson relaxed, changed their strategy a bit and won 26 75 61. Robin Harris and I won 60 60; Wright/Gordon Carney won a tough match against Karwasky/Carolyn Lane 64 76 and Boynton/Neuthaler beat Sherri Bronson/Kim Dean.

    In the 70s, Carol Gay of San Diego blitzed Ann Loose (who played consecutive 3-set singles the past 2 days) 60 60; Judy Dixon won in straight sets; Molly Hahn overcame a set deficit to beat Mary Alice Pisani and Sue Kimball also rallied from a set down to beat Barbara Hubbard. In doubles, the top four seeds advanced; only Gay/Sheila Johnson dropped a set (to Diana Kitt/Pisani).

    In the 80s, Lorna Brooks knocked off Dorothy Matthiessen 63 60 to set up an interesting semi with Burnett Herrick. Carol Wood beat Kathie Meyering in a first time meeting and faces Dorothy Wasser next.

    In doubles, all four seeds prevailed though Tietz/Wood and O’Sullivan/Oldfield had tough three set wins to reach the semis; they face each other tomorrow. Wasser/Herrick beat Palmer/Brooks and take on Giacommini/Matthiessen in the semis.

    Lutz and Price sailed past Sally Fuller/Joyce Vanderpol; both Joyce and Sally had very long three setters yesterday.

    All draws and results are here.

    Monday round up

    Tuesday round up.

    Live cam for court 2 here.


  • National Women’s 50-90 Hard Courts: Tuesday, Day 2

    Let’s start with the 80s…Lorna Brooks from Wyoming (but a SoCal native), playing her annual national tournament (where she meets up with friends from the Central Valley of California where she lived for many years) aged up to the 80s this year (you’d never know it). Lorna played #3 seed Lola O’Sullivan (also hard to believe she’s in her 80s) and won 61 61. Next up, the legendary Dorothy Matthiessen…talk about a tough quarter! In contrast, top seeded Dorothy Wasser from Florida won 2/1 today (Bonnie Champion pulled a hamstring…ouch!) and then takes on Betty Hill tomorrow…Betty won a marathon 3-setter today, lasting well over three hours. Carol Wood will play Kathie Meyering, who had a three setter as well today. Burnett Herrick won over Sheila Palmer who withdrew with an injury.

    In doubles there are some intriguing matches tomorrow; Wasser/Herrick face Brooks/Palmer; Meyering/Smith play Tietz/Wood; and Katie Koontz making her return to national play after over a decade’s absence faces O’Sullivan/Barbara Oldfield.

    In the 90s, the co-#1 seeds, Jane Lutz and Rita Price lounged while their semifinal opponents both played three-setters to get to the semis; fortunately they have tomorrow off from singles. Jane plays local Sally Fuller while Rita will play Joyce Vanderpol. Sally and Joyce will play Rita and Jane in doubles though tomorrow in the first of 3 round robin doubles matches in the 90s.

    In the 50s #3 seeded Michelle Saunders had a challenging second set from Yumi Hansen but prevailed 62 75. She faces local star Jenny Rens Keller in what should be a good counterpunch/punch match. Jennifer Dawson will make her singles debut against Yvette Kruger. And Anna Zimmerman, the #4 seed has a rematch with Kristen Kepler; they played a month ago at the clay courts and had a good match.

    In doubles there were two upsets of 5-8 seeds; locals Anna Palmer and Tammy Stephens cruised past #5 seeds Andrea Wiggins/Andrea Thomason. Mary Graber/Trina Lee Molatkly edged another #5 seeded team, Darice Carneje/ Monica Sweet, getting stronger with each set.

    In the 70s, Ann Loose played and won a three setter for the second straight day, upsetting #5 Gwenda Ward 64 in the third. The remaining seeds won easily. Diane Kitt/Mary Alice Pisani upset #5 seeded Ward/Loose (maybe Loose finally ran out of gas) in two close sets. The remaining seeds dropped very few games.

    And finally the 60s. I beat Leslie Murveit, who played very well after she warmed up…the second set we had some long games and long points, but I prevailed 60 63. All eight of the seeds advanced without losing a set; several lost no games including Shannon Gordon Carney who won today and yesterday 60 60.

    In doubles, the match of the day once again featured Leslie Murveit, who with Colleen Clery Ferrell took on Cindy Abel/Kristen Stanton. It was also the last match of the day and Abel/Stanton were able (see what I did there) to come back from a 1-set deficit to finish off the upset 64 in the third…they had many remarkable points, especially the one on set point in the first set where Leslie came out of the back field to run down a sharp angle and return it for a winner. Cindy was a backboard; Kristen has nice hands and Colleen made some super volleys and overheads. Kim Dean/Sherri Bronson were pushed to 3 sets to win; the other seeds won in straight sets.

    There was a player dinner tonight. Those seagulls were not aimlessly flying around, they were periodically pouncing on untended plates. The dinner was on the beach and very nice.

    Draws are here.

    Photos are here.

    Monday Blog Post


  • National Women’s 50-90 Hard Courts/ITF Grade A/USTA Cat I; La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club

    The USTA Hard Court Women’s 50/60/70/80/90 National Championships began today at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club in La Jolla, California.

    This year it’s also an ITF Grade A (for those who have an IPIN; if you don’t, go to itftennis.com/ipin to sign up. It’s $25 for 2019).

    Draws are here.

    There weren’t many singles seeds in action today except in the 60s which had six; they all advanced without complication. The match of the day was that between NSWTA (National Senior Women’s Tennis Association) president Leslie Murveit and Sherri Bronson. They played a marathon here two years ago, won by Sherri; this year Leslie avenged that loss with a 63 26 63 win in just over two hours. I play Leslie tomorrow.

    The 80s has a full 16 draw and is super strong…former world champion Dorothy Matthiessen is unseeded; Lorna Brooks, new to the 80s and flying under the radar, takes on third seeded Lola O’Sullivan who hits a hard ball; and Dorothy Wasser is the top seed for the first time in singles.

    The round of 16 takes place in all divisions tomorrow followed by doubles. Consolation matches start at 8am.

    There’s a player dinner on the beach in the early evening.


  • DeVries Wins 80s Battle; Lutz Takes 90 Crown at National Hard Courts

    Dori DeVries won a long battle against her friend and doubles partner Roz King to win the gold ball at the USTA National 80 Hard Courts Sunday. She battled back after dropping the first set 61 to win the final sets 64 76(5). The two played a month ago at the National Clay Courts where King won with the loss of only two games. Dori looked pretty down after that match and a bit perplexed, but obviously found another gear today. The duo won the doubles, beating Burnett Herrick/Dorothy Wasser to claim the title.

    Jane Lutz won her final round robin match to clinch the 90s title. Her toughest match was the first one, against Rita Price, which she won 75 in the third.

    In women’s 70s, there was another battle from behind to win. Carter/Wachob, the #2 seeds, lost to Bennett/Bryson 64 64 at the Clay. Here the second seeds reversed the outcome, winning 06 75 62.

    In 60 doubles, Robin Harris and I were up a set against Susan Wright/Tracey Thompson when it rained last night. Today we started at 9am and it was still a bit drizzly. We got started after a slight mist delay around 9:30 and won the 2nd set 63, even though I never held served the entire match! Robin though was only broken once today…no one else held serve. The conditions were heavy and slow. That and apparently we had stellar service returns! Robin played great and was everywhere on the court.

    There were quite a few consolation matches today and there are a few tomorrow in the 80s, but for me, that’s a wrap on this year’s national hard courts.

    Again, a sincere thank you to Bill Kellogg, Conan, Pierrette, Marilyn, Bob and the entire staff of the LJBTC, and to the Beach Club members for allowing this tournament to use all the courts.

    ◦ Court 1 matches are streamed here: https://www.ipcamlive.com/ljbtc

    ◦ Results can be found here: https://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=205807#&&s=7Draws21

    ◦ Photos are here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/xE8s7qfPu3d6au33A

    ◦ Fans can tune-in to RadioTennis.com on Friday, May 11 at 9 a.m. to listen to live audio play-by-play of the day’s matches on Court No. 1. Tennis broadcaster Ken Thomas will provide the live web cast commentary at https://radiotennis.com/.


  • Nideffer, Wright, Carter Claim Hard Court Singles Crowns in La Jolla

    “May Gray” is a think in coastal California…when the fog off the ocean hangs onshore and it’s cool and misty (while being a toasty 100+ in the Desert). Today was a May Gray sort of day, highs and lows in the 60s, but breezier than normal and the sun absent. The weather was pretty good for playing tennis though and there was lots of action on the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club courts today.

    Ros Nideffer started off proceedings with a solid 64 64 win over Andrea Rice. Rice tried a lot of things…serving and volleying, slicing and dicing, driving to Ros’ forehand…Ros was largely able to dictate with her forehand and hit some fantastic volleys too. Shelly Works beat Michelle Saunders for the bronze, rallying from 1-4 down to win 64 60. Even from a distance I could see Shelly was determined to hit balls higher than Michelle’s comfort zone. Playing Shelly when tired is a tough ask.

    Susan Wright and Shannon Gordon Carney took the court next. Susan won 63 62 but Shannon impressed with her movement and solid game; Susan served great, hit the ball early and made few errors in winning the title for the second straight year. Tracey Thompson beat Leslie Murveit 62 62 for bronze.

    Nideffer and Debbie Spence Nasim played Jami Jones/Deb Higa in a rematch of last December’s 40s final and though the result was the same, with Ros/Debbie winning 63 62, the match featured some lengthy games and great rallies. Paulson/Rice won the bronze with a three set win over Hammargren/Lyons.

    By the time our match started on Court 1 it was after 3:30 and getting darker with a light mist. We won the first set 63, and then the mist turned to rain, and play was cancelled for the day around 5:30pm. We resume play at 9am tomorrow.  The 3/4 playoff between Tina Karwasky/Carolyn Lane and Una Davis/Colleen Ferrell was a topsy-turvy affair. Una/Colleen won the first set 63…and Tina/Carolyn promptly won the second 61. On to the third where Una and Colleen went up 5-1. I went to warm up for doubles…and came back and they were still playing…a tiebreak (and Tina/Carolyn had gone up 65 before Colleen held serve to level the set). Una and Colleen finally won the set 7-5 in the tiebreak to win the bronze for the second straight year.

    Brenda Carter avenged her loss to Molly Hahn at the Clay by beating her 75 64 (rallying from 1-4 down in the first set). Betty Wachob finally had a short match, beating Brenda Winstead 62 60 to take the bronze.

    The 70 doubles will be played tomorrow morning.

    The 80s finals are set for tomorrow: King vs DeVries and King/DeVries vs Herrick/Wasser.

    Jane Lutz/Rita Price won the round robin 90 doubles gold. The last round robin matches in 90 singles are tomorrow.

    I’ll add more photos tomorrow…have to get ready for an early match now!

     

     


  • Finals Set for Women’s 50/60/70 Singles & Doubles

    It was another gorgeous La Jolla day full of lots of great tennis from 8am to after 8pm. The finals are now set for most of the women’s divisions.

    In the 50s, Andrea Rice ended unseeded Michelle Saunders’ run and Ros Nideffer beat Shelly Works to book a date with Rice in the final tomorrow. In doubles, #2 seeds Debbie Higa/Jami Jones overcame a slow start to beat #3 seeded Ellie Hammargren/Jennifer Lyons 60 in the third. Debbie Spence Nasim/Ros Nideffer’s slow start consisted of dropping 2 games in the first set vs zero in the second against Paulson/Rice. It will be a rematch of the 40 Hard Court final from last December in the final. As I left, Newman/Prejeen were playing Works Zimmermann in a 5-8 playoff match at a little after 8:30. Works/Zimmermann finally won it 63 in the third. They face Lane/Karwasky who beat Oconnor/Traylor in three sets, finishing around 8:30.

    Susan Wright continued her stellar play in the 60s, beating #3 seeded Leslie Airola Murveit without dropping a game, while Shannon Gordon Carney showed no ill effects from her 7 hours on court yesterday, beaing #2 seeded Tracey Thompson 75 61 to reach her first national singles final. Thompson/Wright advanced to the doubles final, edging Una Davis/Colleen Clery Ferrell 75 64. Robin Harris and I beat Tina Karwasky/Carolyn Lane 63 62. Robin played terrific tennis (to the surprise of no one). The marathon match of the day in this division was in the quarterfinal playoff between Andrea Barnes and Sherri Bronson, finally won 76 in the third by Bronson.

    In the 70s Brenda Carter won the battle of the Brendas, beating Brenda Winstead to advance to the final. Molly Hahn finally ended Betty Wachob’s marathon run, beating her 75 75. This final will be a repeat of the clay final from three weeks ago in Naples, Florida. The doubles final will be a repeat of the semis at that event. Leona Bryson/Kathy Bennett beat Elizabeth Barnhill/Barbara Hubbard and Carter/Wachob showed no mercy on Carol Gay/Sheila Johnson.

    The 80s moved into the semis without upsets, other than that #4 Carol Wood defaulted her quarterfinal singles match due to injury and Dorothy Matthiessen retired up a set and down 43 to Burnette Herrick.

    Next report will probably be on Saturday morning. We play at 2:30. If on Court 1 you can stream it online.


  • National Hard Courts Day 3: Long Matches, Great Tennis

    Wednesday May 9, 2018

    La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, La Jolla, CA

    The National Women’s Hard Courts continued on Wednesday, which was quarterfinal day for the women’s 50 & 60s. There were lots of long matches, great matches and a few upsets too.

    Betty Wachob won another grueling match today over Gwenda Ward, 61 57 76 (5)…the same score by which she beat Carolann Castell the day before. Luckily though her doubles was shorter…she combined with Brenda Carter to advance quickly to the semis.

    Shannon Gordon-Carney also won a three+ hour singles, upsetting #4 seeded Colleen Clery Ferrell, a local tennis director and fan favorite, 46 62 64. Her doubles though was also long and grueling, lasting over three hours against Clery Ferrell and Beach Club member Una Davis. Colleen and Una won it 67 (6) 63 64, finishing around 8:30 pm under lights. Colleen/Una had multiple set points in the first set before succumbing in the tiebreak and fought hard to win the second…points were lasting 10, 20, 30 shots even though Una and Colleen were at the net more often than not. Cindy Abel, Shannon’s partner, was just returning to national play after a long absence but was lobbing and moving as well as ever and Shannon, who played at UCLA, is a fine doubles player. The match was played in great spirit before an engaged crowd on Court 1.

     

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    In the 50s, Michele Saunders caused her second upset in a row, beating #4 seeded Alicia Rowley 76 57 63. With such long matches, it’s understandable why matches were backed up so long today! Saunders takes on Andrea Rice next while Shelly Works will face Ros Nideffer. Rice beat another Beach Club member and fan favorite, Jenny Rens in an entertaining match 64 64. Rice teamed with Paulson to upset the #4 seeds, Works/Anna Zimmermann in three sets to advance to the semis.

     

    Jenny Rens

    Jenny Rens

    Robin Harris and I beat Donna Drosner/Debbie Burgess 61 61 and take on Tina Karwasky/Carolyn Lane, who upset #4 seeds Andrea Barnes/Leslie Airola-Murveit 60 63. Colleen/Una face Tracey Thompson/Susan Wright on the other side of the draw.

    In the 70s, Brenda Winstead upset Mary Alice Pisani, the 4th seed 75 36 64. In doubles Carol Gay/Sheila Johnson ousted Molly Hahn/Suella Steel, the #3 seeds.

     


  • Keller, Saunders Cause Upsets in 50 Singles

    On the second day of play at the National Hard Courts at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club (lbjtc.com), there were some close escapes by seeded players but only two upsets, both in the 50 singles. Michele Saunders took out Anna Zimmermann, a 5-8 seed, 61 64 to advance to the quarters. Jenny Rens Keller, a La Jolla dentist and Beach Club member, played before a packed crowd on Court 8 against Ellie Hammargren. Keller, better known for her doubles prowess, proved equally adept at singles, taking out the #5 seed 46 62 64 in a grinding battle that lasted well over three hours. Hammargren had bloodied knees by the end….and a doubles match to play (which she and her partner Jennifer Lyons won handily).

    All seeds in the 60s advanced in straight sets, though Sherri Bronson had to work hard in the second set against Cindy Abel…she won 61 76.

    Betty Wachob, third seeded in the 70s, narrowly avoided an upset, edging Carolann Castell 61 57 76 to advance to the semis.

    Most impressive was the stamina of the top 90s players, Jane Lutz and Rita Price. Lutz is new to the age division and Price is the defending champion, and they are doubles partners. They battled each other for three sets before Lutz prevailed 61 26 75 in what may have been the defacto final of the round robin draw. They then teamed up to win their doubles match. All this tennis didn’t seem to slow down Price a bit as she was walking a talking a mile a minute after her matches!

    There was only one doubles upset: Andi Polisky/Leslie Zauher upset Cathie Anderson/Mary Alice Pisani, the 4th seeds, 62 62.

    Tomorrow is quarterfinal day in all divisions and there should be a ton of good singles and doubles matches.

    My doubles partner, Robin Harris and I won 61 60 today and play a 5-8 seed, Burgess/Drosner, tomorrow at 3pm. Most players seem to have gone to the barbecue on the beach this evening…burgers (meat and veggie), hot dogs, salads and deserts were on the menu…it was all very good and the setting was perfect.

    Robin Harris & Carolyn Nichols

    Tuesday Night Barbecue on the Beach

     

     


  • National Women’s Hard Court Nationals, La Jolla: Day 1

    The USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Courts are underway at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. For the first time, this tournament’s matches played on Court 1 will be streamed LIVE by going to https://www.ipcamlive.com/ljbtc. You won’t be able to smell the sea air but you will be able to see some great senior women’s (and later in the week, men’s) tennis.

    There were 30 teams in the women’s 50 doubles, and that division featured the match of the day: Carolyn Lane, returning to national play after a long hiatus/Tina Karwasky (who has never had a hiatus since hitting her first ball!) against Karen Ann Broe/Rainy Miller, two strong local players. Lane, from Arizona, adapted quickly to the much heavier sea air, and imposed herself on the match at critical times in each set, never allowing Broe/Miller to stretch a lead. Karwasky drilled returns to set up Lane; Miller was a wall especially on her returns and Broe served and volleyed beautifully. In the end Lane/Karwasky’s greater experience ruled, and they won 75 46 64 in a highly entertaining match on Court 3.

    Una Davis/Prentiss Van Den Berg a 5-8 seed, were upset by San Diegans Shelley Goodson/Karyn McCartney in 50 doubles. Una was happy to have made it to the courts at all because she thought her first match wasn’t till Tuesday.

    All draws and results can be found here.

    Below are some photos of a first round 50s match featuring club member Lucia Romanov Stark. You can see the court one camera (white) above the LJBTC logo.


  • Karwasky, Herreman Bagby, Gay, & Langer Win Bronze Singles Balls at the National Hard Courts; Davis/Clery-Ferrell Take Doubles Bronze

    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.

    Draws: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/tournamenthome/tournament.aspx?T=188290#&&s=8Results0

    Photos: https://goo.gl/photos/8eFW2ehTkKpEoZkj7

    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.

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