Yulia Bolotova won the 35s singles, finishing off a round robin draw that was riddled with defaults. Kristen Diehl finished second. Yulia and Kristen also won the doubles. We need more 35s players!
Julie Cass played nearly flawlessly in beating Shelly Works 60 63, hitting so deep in the court, and volleying so well that even the fleet footed Works couldn’t track down her shots. Cass then combined with Alissa Finerman to win the doubles, beating Works/Julie Ogborne 62 61. Cass/Finerman only lost a handful of games in the tournament even though Finerman played the deuce side for the first time in a long time. Anna Zimmermann took the singles and doubles (with Jami Patterson) bronze.
Susan Wright was also stingy with games, dropping seven all week in winning the 55 singles here for the second time in as many attempts. She beat me 61 62 today. She started with four winners in the first game; serve, short return by me, winner by Susan. She also volleyed very well and came in at the right time. Meanwhile I seemed to come to net only to watch the ball go past me or over my head. We had some better points in the second set, but it was all over quickly 61 62.
Meanwhile Kathy Vick beat Kim Zebot 61 60, with their only discussion being one about the score; Kim thought it was 50 in the second, while Kathy thought it was 40 (she’s always looking for more court time, but according to spectators, Kim was correct).
The marathon woman today was Donna Drosner in the 55s. She beat Kim Lackey 26 63 75, then, in a rematch of their first round battle she beat Sheila Chiricosta 26 63 61. She told me earlier in the week that she was in really good shape; she was right.
Many many thanks to all the sponsors: Kenwood Painted Metals, Ross Cosimano @ Homewood Drive in Cleaners; Marge Quitter & Carey Westberg; Fely Ong & Arnie Villagomez, Sue Aurelio @ Aurelio’s Restaurant, Patricia & Alan Ledsham and Mary Lou Daniels (also see the sponsor list below) and especially to Sylvia and Nancy for putting on a great tournament. Thanks also to volunteers Chuck and Alice Vallese, Marge Quitter and Fely OngThe draws were small, but the doubles matches in particular were terrific and drew good crowds. The tournament was a lot of fun, offered lunch every day and dinner on Thursday and unlimited indoor practice from Wednesday to Saturday.