Tahoe Classic finals go the distance
Since budding pro tennis star Martina Hingis rarely allows a three-set final, South Shore fans had an alternative in the Tahoe Classic last weekend.
The 15-year tournament provided long, competitive three-set matches as the three-day tournament came to a conclusion on Sunday.
It truly has become a tournament of quality and quantity, according to tournament directors Hersh and Sheryl Herschman and Greg Painter.
The always popular Century division lived up to its expectations with a nail-biting three-set match and tourney-ending tiebreaker. Hersh Herschman of Zephyr Cove teamed with Butch Stillman of Gardnerville to win the decisive third-set tiebreaker 7-2 from Jim Moss of Incline Village and last year’s Men’s A winner Dave Radford of Reno. Set scores were 2-6, 7-5, 7-6.
Stillman pulled a calf muscle in the semifinal round but responded with the heart of a lion and carried the team to victory, according to Herschman.
The big hitters in the Men’s A division lived up to their seedings and reputations as Ray Woolley and Keith Cisar of Reno proved victorious over local pro Cal Waite and Mammoth Lakes teaching pro Russ Chessler, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. It was a very exciting victory for the dominant Woolley, who has won the Men’s A class and Mixed A division three years running.
The women’s class crowned a new champion.
South Shore’s Abby Killebrew and Karin Blom, who had teamed to win the event the past three years, were defeated by the tandem of Carol Tretten of Reno and Penne Burges of Carson City, 6-4, 6-0.
In a thrilling women’s consolation final, South Shore’s Andy Davis and Karla Dornhecker of Sacramento outlasted local duo Sharon Doisharp and Joyce Youngs, 7-5, 7-5.
In the equally competitive Men’s B division, which had three-set matches sprinkled throughout the drawsheet, Dennis Stroebel and Jeff Weise of Auburn came out on top. They defeated the Sacramento team of Barry Jacobsen and Keith Miller, 6-2, 6-2. In the Men’s B consolation final, another three-set war evolved. Sacramento’s Walt “Scoop” Yost and Vaughn Shell squeaked out a victory over Bill Farrell and Tom Barry of Auburn, 7-5, 3-6, 6-1.
The Mixed A class followed form as top seeds Woolley and Burgess claimed the title with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Russ Chessler and Julie Clarke of Mammoth Lakes. Larry Hawe and Karla Dornhecker of Sacramento won the Mixed A consolation title with a hard-fought victory over Daryl Whitaker of South Lake Tahoe and Sally Stolzfus of Mammoth Lakes, 7-5, 7-5.
Three sets was also essential in the Mixed B class as Victor and Sarah Betancourt of Incline Village triumphed over Doyle Whipple of Gardnerville and Lou Kemper of Reno, 6-4, 0-6, 6-4. South Shore’s Paul and Louise Proffer made Tahoe proud with their win over Geno Delgado and Beverly Smith of Reseda, Calif., 7-5, 6-2 in the Mixed B consolation finals.
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