Time for intermediate, advanced women to hold court
The Tahoe Tennis Affair, a doubles tournament for women, will be played this weekend at the Zephyr Cove Tennis Complex.
Hersh and Sheryl Herschman, tournament directors, felt that it was time to recognize the need in our area for a tennis tournament that is designed exclusively for the intermediate and advanced intermediate level player. The tournament consists of two separate divisions, 3.0 and 3.5. Each division is designed to have a 16-team draw.
Even though the small number of local teams entering the tournament in the 3.5 division was disappointing to the tournament directors, there was a lot of interest at this level from out-of-town teams. Should the tournament be organized again in four years, perhaps more attention should be spent on attracting teams from outside of the area. In addition to the local Zephyr Cove/South Lake Tahoe teams, entries have been attracted from Santa Barbara, Palm Desert, Chino Hills, Santa Cruz, Phoenix, Pacific Palisades, Rancho Marietta, Sacramento, Truckee, Gardnerville, Minden, Carson City, Incline Village and Reno.
Being it is the first year for the Tahoe Tennis Affair, Hersh Herschman, tourney co-director, said the task of seeding the draw properly was very difficult. Local fire-eaters Lori Sigel and Patti Kalinowski have earned the top spot in the 3.0 division. They are both fresh off a tournament win at the Incline Open. They have both worked very hard at improving their games. They are both scrappy hard-court players with great mobility. Reno’s Jennifer Tretten and Kathy McHenry will be the No. 2 seed. Tretten led her Reno team to a league title and she and her team did very well in the District Championships this year. Locals Patti Dodge and Margaret Donnelly show their steely resolve and dependable ground strokes to earn the No. 3 seed. Reno’s Diane Hilliard and Janese Stimmel, who were undefeated as a team in their league play this year, will be seeded fourth. They both use their athletic ability to great advantage.
In the 3.5 division Carson City sends the fighting spirit of Diane Baker, who will team with Reno’s Lynn Rapp to merit the No. 1 seed. Maria Boire, Palm Desert, and Hady Schneider-Fleming, Santa Barbara, come to the Affair with their potent ground attack and mental toughness. They will be the No. 2 seed. Local Larissa LaRue, who captains the South Tahoe High School girls tennis team, will partner with Courtney Bowland as the third seed. They are both gifted ball strikers and a team to be reckoned with. Locals Lynn Peterson and Becky Darrow will team together and be the No. 4 seed. Their dedication and resilience will make them a very difficult team to beat. Two local favorites, Carol Kyle and Ann Adams, will be the dark horse contenders. They will showcase their amazing shotmaking prowess and powerful baseline game.
The tournament directors are excited about attracting players from both the South Tahoe High School and Douglas High School girls tennis teams.
It is the intent of the tournament directors to fill the draw in each division with teams that are very closely matched in ability. Doing so keeps each match very competitive and exciting. Every team has a chance at taking the Championship title.
The tournament offers a consolation round. This allows any team losing the first round a second chance at remaining in the tournament in the consolation draw. Three consecutive wins in the consolation round earns the team the Consolation Championship. In the main draw a team must win four consecutive matches to claim the Championship title.
Prizes are awarded to the champions, finalists and consolation champions in each division.
It is expected that this tournament will be very much enjoyed by the players and spectators alike.
Matches begin at 8:45 a.m. each day at the Zephyr Cove Tennis Complex.
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