Doubles time: Record turnout brings high level of competition to 33rd annual Tahoe Tennis Classic |

Doubles time: Record turnout brings high level of competition to 33rd annual Tahoe Tennis Classic

The mother-daughter team of Carol and Holly Tretten volleys a shot as Jeanette Berry awaits in the Tahoe Tennis Classic 9.0 women’s final Sunday, July 31, at Zephyr Cove Tennis Club.
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ZEPHYR COVE — As temperatures soared in Lake Tahoe, the level of competition at the 33rd annual Tahoe Tennis Classic also heated up. Zephyr Cove Tennis Club’s signature summer all-doubles event played out on the South Shore Courts over four days, July 28-31.

The finals on Sunday, July 31, brought out exceptional tennis. Spectators were treated to a caliber of tennis often not seen at the club level.

“This was one of those tournaments where many of the No. 1 seeds prevailed,” tournament organizer Ray Fugitt said. “Everyone had to overcome the heat, smoke from distant fires and incredibly tough competition.”

For the second year in a row, a tournament record was established for the number of doubles teams who played with 124, three more than a year ago. The 184 players ranging from 12-81 years old came from nine states to play across 12 divisions — by the end of the tournament, more than 150 matches were played on the ZCTC courts.

Donna Rockwood of South Lake Tahoe, Christy Wurster of Placerville, California, and Holly Tretten of Reno, Nevada, were the big winners from the classic. All three players won twice during the tournament.

Rockwood took home the women’s 7.0 title with partner Becky Darrow of Zephyr Cove, and won the 7.0 mixed with husband Craig Rockwood. It marked the second straight year Donna Rockwood has won the women’s division.

In the women’s 7.0, Rockwood and Darrow were the No. 1 seeds in the tournament that started Thursday, July 28. They overcame the No. 3 seeded duo of Liz Bissell of El Dorado Hills, California, and Lorraine Segala of Stateline 6-0, 7-6, to win the title.

The Rockwoods were the No. 1 seed in mixed doubles. They beat the No. 2 team of Carolyn Wright of Zephyr Cove and Rich Sheldrew of Minden, Nevada, 6-2, 6-3.

Wurster teamed with Sara Catania (Incline Village, Nevada) to take home the women’s 8.0 trophy. That duo defeated Patty Yamano (Henderson, Nevada) and Shelley Ware (Fort Bragg, California) by a score 7-6, 6-2 — the runner-up tandem met for the first time at this tournament.

Wurster then paired with Mark Silva (Shingle Springs, California) to win the 8.0 mixed title. They downed the team of Jim Billicki and Lorraine Daniel from Rancho Mirage, California, who retired in the second set with the score 6-3, 4-3.

Tretten and her mother, Carol, were out for some revenge this year after finishing runner-up in the 9.0 category in 2015. In the championship, they rallied from a set down to beat fellow Reno players Jeanette Berry and Laura Pierce 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

In the mixed 10.0 division, Tretten teamed with South Lake Tahoe’s Ryan Johnston to outlast Kim Iliffe (Mill Valley, California) and John Wlcek (South Lake Tahoe) 6-2, 6-3.

Other Tahoe Tennis Classic results:

Men’s 50 doubles: Chris Long (Reno) and Trent Nolan (Reno) def. Dick Johnson (Ballwin, Missouri) and Ted Yukawa (Palm Desert, California), 6-4, 6-4

Men’s 65 doubles: Dan Bohannon (Orange, California) and Mark Peterson (Truckee) def. Ross Rittiman (Zephyr Cove) and Hersh Herschman (Zephyr Cove), 6-2, 6-1

Men’s 7.0: Thor Spargo (Fair Oaks, California) and Murray Yoffee (Gardnerville, Nevada) def. Kent McCarthy (Rancho Mirage) and Ryan Solberg (Truckee), default

Men’s 8.0: Randall Osterhues (Reno) and Steve Reid (Reno) def. Denis Diehl (Reno) and Jim Kumpel (Reno), 3-6, 6-4, 7-5

Men’s 10.0: Tony Matkulak (Reno) and Kevin Strawn (Reno) beat Johnston and Mohamed Irfan Lakdawala (San Francisco), 6-4, 6-4.

Women’s 10.0: Iliffe and Keri Mills (Davis, California) beat Penne Burgess (Carson City, Nevada) and Serena Quarelli (Sonoma, California) 6-1, 2-1 (ret.)

The four-day tournament is sponsored by the nonprofit Zephyr Cove Tennis Club Foundation, and is the biggest fundraiser for the club. The foundation, in a partnership with Douglas County, is responsible for the upkeep of the six courts — which this year included resurfacing the courts — and putting on programs for juniors and adults.

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