Locals net wins, losses at tennis playoffs
The Roaring Fork Valley was well-represented recently at the USTA National Tennis Rating Program – a skill rating system used to group tennis players and competitive events.
The Adult League District playoffs were held in Denver over the Aug. 6-8 weekend.
Four teams from the valley made the trip: the Snowmass Club Ladies 3.0 and 4.0 teams, the Aspen Club Ladies 4.5 team, and the Roaring Fork (Carbondale-area) 3.5 Ladies team. In the USTA league format, two singles matches and three doubles matches make up a team match.
The Snowmass Club 3.0 team of Courtney Keller, Renee Fleischer, Sandy Stay, Betsy Lincicome, Carol Kroschel, Meredith Hall and Tish Wenisch made their mark with a team victory over Grand Junction. The win was especially impressive given that they were a player short and had to automatically default a singles match each time. Betsy Lincicome and Carol Kroschel had the distinction of winning all three of their doubles matches.
Wenisch summed up the weekend by saying, “We feel we did the best that we have ever done, and we look forward to going back next year and bringing home the trophy.”
Competition was fierce for the Snowmass Club 4.0 ladies, who, although unable to take a team match, had several thrilling victories. Grace Huffman, Jill Seager and Suzanne Robinson each won singles matches.
As far as the doubles, captain Gesine Crandall colorfully compared the experience to “playing against a relentless backboard.” She added that the team “stacked up against some teams well but felt out-maneuvered on all fronts by others.”
The Ladies 4.5 Team out of the Aspen Club had several nail-biters, including two losses in a third set tiebreak. The two other 4.5 teams, Denver-area Monaco and Meadow Creek, provided the Aspen Clubbers with some very high-quality tennis and were just too tough. But not all was lost. As Lorna Pedersen noted, “the team was voted the most fun to play.”
The Roaring Fork 3.5 Ladies team has some contrasting results.
“There appears to be a strange correlation between the number of times played in Denver and the success you have,” said team member Sue Drinker after her first District playoff experience. Diane Zastro and Susan Ackerman, a pair of experienced veterans, each won a majority of their matches.
All involved said they expect to compete next year. The next step will be winning in Denver and advancing to the Sectionals, which are held in Salt Lake City.
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