Snowmass doubles duo secures bid to Las Vegas
The Snowmass II mixed doubles 8.0 team, after winning the championship of a local league consisting also of Snowmass I, Aspen Club I and Aspen Club II, went to play in Colorado Springs the weekend of Oct. 9-10 in the Intermountain Section Colorado District Championship.
After two long days of tennis action, Snowmass II walked off with the championship and qualified for the Sectional Championships to be held in Las Vegas on Nov. 6-7.
Snowmass II will now be competing against teams from Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Kansas and Idaho for the right to move on to the national tournament.
On the first day of action in Colorado Springs, Saturday, the Snowmass II team of Todd Grange and Laura Maine won their first-round match in two sets.
Teammates Steve Sand and Gigi Lyssogor did likewise, and then Chad Yates and Esmeralda Sanjust won in two sets as well to complete a first-round sweep for the team.
In the second round, against a team from Longmont, Grange and Maine again won in two sets, and Yates and Sanjust won in three sets.
Lyssogor and Sands fell in a third-set tiebreaker after learning that the team would be moving on to the third round. Teams had to win two of the three matches to move on.
On Sunday, in the third round, Peg Devan arrived to take over for Lyssogor, and she and Sands won their match in two sets.
Not to be outdone, Grange and Maine and Yates and Sanjust won both of their matches in two sets as well, propelling the team into the finals.
Playing against a strong Greenwood team that employed some shifty tactics in an effort to create favorable match-ups, Snowmass II nevertheless prevailed, with Sands and Devan winning 7-6, 7-6.
Grange and Maine continued to roll, beating their opponents 6-2, 6-4, and Yates and Sanjust, when they heard their teammates celebrating, lost their focus and a three-set match. But the team won the championship.
The Snowmass II team, captained by Sanjust, includes Yates, Grange, Maine, Sands, Devan, Lyssogor, Igor Lyssogor, Julie Fees, Dave Durant, Gesine Crandall, George Kaye and T. Torre.
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