Treasure Island women's squad breaks even in Naples
By NANCY MORGAN
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Treasure Island Tennis and Yacht Club's 4.0 women's super senior team faced stiff competition in last weekend's USTA Florida Section Championships in Naples.
In a flight of five squads, Treasure Island earned a 2-2 record and narrowly missed a chance to advance to the state round.
"Our first match against Lakeland was a hard one, and especially since for most of us this was the first time to go to a state tournament," said Jane Lee Cobb, Treasure Island's captain.
Lynne Hesse and Cini Malone, at No. 3, scored the only Treasure Island win against Lakeland.
In Treasure Island's second match, it blanked Sarasota with another victory from Hesse and Malone and wins from Margie Scheidt and June Ide at No. 1 and Cobb and Shari Green at No. 2.
On Day 2 against Naples, Hesse and Malone won but Cobb and Green lost. The No. 1 match determined the winner.
Scheidt and Ide split sets with Naples to force a third-set tie-breaker. The battle resulted in a 10-8 Naples victory.
The fourth flight match and the second in the same day pitted Treasure Island and Ormond Beach. Green and Scheidt won at No. 2, and Hesse maintained her unblemished record with Ide at No. 3. Although Janice Stone and Cobb lost at No. 1, Treasure Island won 2-1.
Treasure Island finished second in its flight, and Naples advanced to win the title match against Titusville.
In all, 26 women's teams in three divisions and 24 men's in three levels competed. Area teams scored one state title and three runner-up awards.
Finishing first among 11 squads in its division was Safety Harbor Spa's 3.5 men's team. The runners-up included Westin Innisbrook Resort's 3.5 women, and Timber Pines Tennis Club's 3.0 men and women. CHARITY WINNERS: The Charity Tournament at East Lake Woodlands over Memorial Day weekend included 51 mixed doubles teams, 32 women's doubles pairs and 39 men's squads.
Surviving three-set mixed doubles finals were Judi Esteppe and Mark Taylor, in the French Open division, and Donna Szazynski and Kevin Manning, in U.S. Open competition. Straight-set champions were Diane Gabay and Ron Bedlack, in 4.0, and Laura Midden and Tom Frank, in 3.5. The husband and wife team of Howard and Laurie Kahn finished first in the 3.0 round robin.
Keli Messinetti teamed with Susan Swenson to win the 3.5 women's title and were joined by Jan Sebba and Charlene Bartlett in 3.0 and Carol Cotney and Pam Thomas in 4.0 as straight-set champions. The mother and daughter squad of Bonnie Resmondo and Jody Garner won the open division's round robin.
Howard Kahn earned a second title when he teamed with Joe Assenheim in the 3.0 division for a 6-3, 6-3 decision. Also winning in two sets were Albert Alhadeff and Sam Tamcredid, 4.5, and Rafael Muzquiz and Tim Shadrick, in open. Tom Frank and Steve Squitiro, 3.5, and John Beda and Red McGarry, in 4.0, battled three sets to earn wins.
JUNIORS: Christina Liles, in the girls 16-and-under division, and Fred Johnson, boys 16, defended their top seeds in the Memories in Clearwater at Seminole Lake Tennis Center.
Liles rebounded from a first-set loss to defeat No. 4 Brooke Allen 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Johnson eliminated Valrico's Justin Whitford in straight sets. Jonathan Bonner was a finalist in the 14 class, as was Marco Andres Pineda in the 10. David Barr won the boys 10 consolation contest in the state-sanctioned singles event.
Bugsy Bauer, last year's Peach State Junior Tennis Classic girls 14 champion, won her first match in the 16 division before falling to No. 1 Natalie Frazier of Georgia.
Frazier was the eventual winner, but Bauer won four matches in the consolation draw to reach the final with No. 5 Jessica Kirkland of Ohio. Bauer won in straight sets for the title.
George Navas finished third in the boys 14 designated singles tournament in Delray Beach.
Jonathan Bonner was a consolation finalist in the 14 division, as was Joel Samaha in the 12. Girls 10 No. 8 seed Alexandra Cercone reached the semifinal round before falling to No. 2 Chloe Smith of Naples. Cercone was scheduled Tuesday for a third-place playoff. This weekend, a junior singles and doubles tourney is planned at Safety Harbor Spa.
Hosted by the Phil Green Tennis Academy based at the Spa, age-division competition for boys and girls begins Saturday. Call Green, (727) 724-7729, to enter. NET NOTES: Bob Meyerdierks of St. Petersburg participated in the Bitsy Grant Cup, a veteran team tournament, in Perth, Australia. The U.S. squad finished third. ... Top singles players in the Lydick Family Tennis Benefit last weekend were Marion Fierrod, in 3.5, and Noel Dougherty, 4.0, among the women; and Dick Lambert, 3.5, Wouter Vanderhorst, 4.0, and Jason Horowitz, 5.0, among the men.
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