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Experienced Treasure Island wins title

By NANCY MORGAN
© St. Petersburg Times
published June 5, 2002

The second time around was perfect for the Treasure Island Tennis and Yacht Club 4.0 women's super senior squad.

In last weekend's USA Tennis Florida State Championships for players at least 60, Treasure Island posted five team wins en route to the title.

"Last year was our first time to participate, and we didn't really know what to expect," TI captain Jane Lee Cobb said.

"This year, we knew better and were better prepared," she said. "We had confidence and felt comfortable on the court and with our partners."

Treasure Island took its first two matches 3-0, with Margie Scheidt and June Ide winning in No. 1 doubles and Lynne Hesse and Cini Malone at No. 3. Faye Bates and Cobb recorded a victory at No. 2 against Ocala, and Shari Green and Janice Stone won at No. 2 over Tallahassee.

"When we won those first two matches, that really got us going," Cobb said. "We felt we could go all the way. After the next win, we knew that unless we lost all three positions, we would be in the final."

Against Ormond Beach and Titusville, Sheidt and Ide were victorious in the No. 1 spot. Hesse and Malone won at No. 3, giving Treasure Island 2-1 victories against both opponents.

"After our first match where we won 3-0, we decided to pretty much stay with our lineup," Cobb said. "We actually had three different combinations with eight of our players, but we felt it best to stay the same.

"In our final with Lakeland, who we hadn't seen play at all and didn't know them, we went with the lineup that had been working for us," she said.

Scheidt and Ide lost their first match of the tournament in the final, 6-3, 6-4. Bates and Cobb evened the team score in the No. 2 position with a 6-0, 7-5 win.

With the championship resting on the shoulders of Hesse and Malone at No. 3, they produced their fifth consecutive victory, 6-0, 7-5. "It was phenomenal and so exciting for all of us," Cobb said. "Lynne and Cini were 5-5 in the second set after winning the first easily and won the next two games to give us the team win.

"It was unbelievably exciting. For many of us, we've been friends for a long time, and that makes this win even more meaningful for us."

Rounding out the Treasure Island squad are Betty Crockett and Marcia Sedwick.

MORE STATE CHAMPS: Other area teams earning titles in the super senior event were Westin Innisbrook Resort's 3.5 women and Phil Green Tennis Academy's 3.5 men. Naples won the men's and women's 3.0 crowns, and Sarasota took the men's 4.0 championship.

ROUND 1: The first week of USA League Tennis men's playoff action produced wins for Renaissance Vinoy and Treasure Island Recreation Center (3.5 round robin) and Seminole Lake Tennis Center (4.0).

In the 3.5 division, the Vinoy squeaked out a 3-2 victory over Phil Green Tennis Academy and TI Rec edged Feather Sound by the same score.

Wins from the Vinoy's Terry Brett (No. 2 singles) and Paul Haggar and G.W. Keller (No. 1 doubles) placed the team victory on the shoulders of Dean Lampe and Jeff Szilage in No. 3 doubles.

Lampe and Szilage's 6-4, 6-3 decision gave the Vinoy its first victory in the three-match series.

Treasure Island Rec and Feather Sound were neck-and-neck in the regular season. Feather Sound captured first in the division, and TI received the playoff wild card.

In last week's matchup, TI Rec netted a point in the No. 1 position on a straight-set win by Ken Arlinghaus and another from Tim Wolf and Brett Jones (No. 1 doubles) in a third-set tie-breaker.

Feather Sound evened the score at 2 on the play of Tom Wilson (No. 2 singles) and Peter Hinkle and Rich Dolson (No. 2 doubles).

TI's Bill Pullen and Dale Eckholm pulled out a third-set tie-breaker for the victory.

This week, the Vinoy plays host to Treasure Island Rec and Feather Sound entertains the PGTA.

In the 4.0 playoffs, captain Dan Callahan's Seminole squad scored a 4-1 win over McMullen. A second Seminole team, with Red McGarry as captain, lost 3-2 to Countryside Country Club.

Mike Collins and Scott Chambers (No. 2 doubles) were the first off the court with a victory for the Callahan squad, followed by Doug Allen in No. 2 singles.

The third win was produced by Isaac Vicente and Gary Lucke (No. 3 doubles), then Jeff Mars (No. 1 singles) recorded the fourth point. McGarry's Seminole squad earned its two points from Robert Schultz (No. 1 singles) and Ron Klieve and Mauro Rodriguez (No. 1 doubles), but Countryside's three points accounted for the team victory.

Saturday, Callahan's Seminole squad plays host to Countryside and McGarry's team entertains McMullen.

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