TAMPA — The Green Machine beat the Fighting Spirakises Sunday morning, and now have their sights set on next week’s tiebreaker with Brandon for the league championship.
The Green Machine improved to 7-1 on the season, and already have a 1-0 lead on Brandon in the makeup of their match from last week.
Brandon was apparently so concerned with the Green Machine, one of its players mysteriously showed up at the matches. Claiming he thought Brandon was playing at Arbor Green, and he got his Greens mixed up, and then asking a host of questions and taking DNA swabs of three Green Machine players as well as writing down license plate numbers in the parking lot, the Brandon spy was eager to extract information during John Slatniske and Sharon Patterson’s win at No. 3 singles.
But it hardly mattered, said captain John Cotey.
“He seemed to care about who is playing next week, but quite frankly, the Green Machine is deep and I almost offered to let him pick his own poison,” he said. “Who you want? Me and Nini? The Slatniskes? Shaun and Janene? Cotey and Janene? Erik and Sharon? Slatniske and Laura? Phuong and Cooley? Cooley and Cooley? Cotey and Sharon? Erik and Cindy? Sylvie and Chris? Erik and Laura? Shaun and Nini? Cotey and Laura? Erik and Phuong? Slatniske and Cooley? Erik and Lara? WHO YOU WANT?”
On Sunday, the Green Machine beat the Fighting Spirakises, or HG6, by a 3-0 score. That wraps up the HG6 season, so let’s give it up for that crew. They won more lines than we thought they would, got better as the season went on and tackled a 7.0 league, which took some chutzpah. Bravo.
At line 1, Cotey and Nini Torres improved to 3-1 on the season with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over J.R. Daws and Marisa Martin. It was another solid performance for the GM duo, using aggressive net play to force errors and taking care of winners when the chances were presented. It was the kind of performance that drove their opponents to violence.
At No. 2, Phuong Cotey and Shaun Cooley won 6-3, 6-0. Phuong used her blistering backhand and giggling to keep the team of Scott and Jennifer Jankes off balance, and Cooley turned enforcer to keep things in the Green Machine’s favor. While captain John Cotey did not approve of the non-traditional ping-pong training methods employed by Cooley before the match, he couldn’t argue with the results.
And at No. 3, John Slatniske stepped in for an ill Erik Hajek, and teamed up with Sharon Patterson for a big win. Patterson, who had already won a 3-set match with the 8.0 team, picked up her second win of the day and has now won eight straight mixed doubles matches dating back to the 40-over season, winning four times with Santiago Romero, twice with Peter Boutell and once each with Hajek and Slatniske.