Homecourt advantage helps at Tahoe Tennis Classic
Special to the Tribune
Women’s 8.0: Donna Kaneko of San Jose, Calif., and Lauri Selover of San Jose defeated Karen Frederick of San Jose and Patricia Spratt of San Jose 2-6, 7-6, 6-2.
Women’s 6.0: Nancy Cumming of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., and Jean Van Well of Incline Village beat Kari Beronio of Zephyr Cove and Carol Romero-Bergren of Zephyr Cove 6-2, 6-3.
Men’s 10.0: Tony Matkulak of Reno and Kevin Strawn of Reno beat Ryan Johnston of South Lake Tahoe and Mohamed Irfan Lakdawala of San Francisco 2-6, 7-6, 6-2.
Men’s 8.0: Fernando Quinones of San Francisco and James Reed of Modesto, Calif., beat Duane Catania of Incline Village and Vincent Catania of Elk Grove, Calif., 6-2, 6-1.
Men’s 6.0: Carl Bergren of Zephyr Cove and Ted Cloward of South Lake Tahoe beat Mike Riley of Incline Village and Dan Smith of Zephyr Cove 6-1, 6-2.
Men’s 50 doubles: Geoff Garret of Rocklin, Calif., and Ken Vowell of Lincoln, Calif., defeated Lee Shin of South Lake Tahoe and John Wlcek of South Lake Tahoe 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
Men’s 65 doubles: Kurt Chan of Gold River and Tad Yukawa of Palm Desert, Calif., beat Dan Bohannon of Orange, Calif., and Mark Peterson of Truckee 6-4, 6-2.
Men’s 70 doubles: David Heldt-Werle of Reno and Steven Privette of Sparks beat Brian Silvestri of Stateline and Brian Streck of Galveston, Texas, 6-1, 6-2.
Mixed 8.0 doubles: Andrew Stinnett of South Lake Tahoe and Joyce Youngs of South Lake Tahoe defeated Fernando Quinones of San Francisco and Amy Warden of Modesto 6-3, 6-1.
A little bit of home court advantage might have played a factor in the annual Tahoe Tennis Classic as several Zephyr Cove Tennis Club members either won their division or made it to the finals.
This all-doubles tournament did not disappoint when it came to nail-biting drama on Sunday, the fourth and final day. A record 215 people played in the 34-year-old tournament.
Carolyn Wright of Zephyr Cove and Kim Iliffe of Mill Valley, Calif. were the big winners, both finishing atop the two divisions they entered.
Wright teamed up with Barbara Cooper of South Lake Tahoe in the women’s 7.0 division. They cruised to an early first set win, but were then put to the test in the second. They beat Denise Higgins of Gardnerville and Rhoda Shaponik of South Lake Tahoe 6-1, 7-5. All four have been teammates on the Zephyr Cove Tennis Club 3.5 USTA team.
In the 7.0 mixed Wright and Thor Spargo, who is from Fair Oaks, Calif., but plays at Zephyr Cove Tennis Club in the summer, defeated last year’s champions Craig and Donna Rockwood of South Lake Tahoe 6-3, 6-2. Donna Rockwood had just been cleared by Barton physical therapy to return to tennis after suffering a knee injury.
The other double winner, Iliffe, paired with Michael Kiskinen of El Dorado Hills, Calif., in the mixed 10.0 to get the best of David Hardern of Gold River, Calif., and Amanda Walker of Gold River 6-7, 6-4, 6-3.
Iliffe and Keri Mills of Carmichael, Calif., retained their title of champions in the women’s 10.0 division by beating Jeanette Berry of Reno and Laura Pierce of Reno 6-2, 6-3.
Berry and Pierce also made it to the finals in the 9.0 division. It took them three sets to beat Penne Burgess of Carson City and Shannon Schuld-Gray of Carmichael, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.