Victory, Schmictory. At least we got pictures!

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Patrick Rairigh’s Irish eyes are smiling, even if the Green Machine couldn’t pull off another weekend sweep.

So, apparently, West Meadows has our number in 7.0 mixed tennis.

On Sunday, they handed the Green Machine the worst loss in, well, ever, with a 3-0 pasting.

Slatniske and Laura Baker played heroically but lost by the slimmest of margins 7-5, 7-6. It couldn’t have been any closer.

Rudy and Julie Sakre won the first set 6-1 before Rudy hurt his right arm, and the duo couldn’t hold on for the victory.

And Marisol and Cotey fell prey to the lob game. Marisol did a great job getting the lobs back, but the guy on West Meadows completely outplayed the guy on Hunter’s Green and that was the difference in a 6-4, 6-3 loss.

FUN FACT: The Green Machine is 1-5 in lines won this season against West Meadows; however, it is 12-0 against everyone else. Clearly, we do not like hard courts, and they got to host both matches against us.

Here’s the Kinda-good-Not-as-terrible-as-it-seems news: the loss completely wipes out our once-massive tiebreaker advantages but doesn’t damage any sectional dreams we might harbor.

West Meadows remains a threat…they are currently 1-1 against BSAC in last week’s match, and are playing the final line Monday night at West Meadows. A West Meadows win puts them in first place for the time being, but they have none of the tiebreakers. A BSAC win means basically, we still have to win out (preferably by 3-0 scores), and we have to beat BSAC again. Nothing has really changed, that’s how great of an advantage we had built up. Yay us?

But yeah, hopefully that is our one egg laid this season. Now, let’s never speak of it again.

ONE STEP CLOSER: The 6.5 combo ladies, or the Phighting Phuongsters, played one of their best matches of the season in defeating a very tough Riverhills team that came with a loaded lineup hoping to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Despite a nice try, it was not to be as the Phighting Phuongsters won 3-0.

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Laura Baker moves in for the kill.

At line 2, Laura Baker and Marisa Martin turned in arguably the effort of the day, winning 7-5 and 6-3. Captain Phuong Cotey said she’s never seen Baker play a better match, as she effectively used all the tools in her toolbox to outwork and outplay the competition.

At line 1, Nini and Julie Sakre rebounded from a sleepy second set to win 6-4, 2-6, 1-0. and at line 3, Cindy Cooley and Joy “Pump Pump It Up” Alee gritted their teeth during a tough third set to eke out a 6-3, 7-6 win.

With one match remaining, the Phighting Phuongsters are now 5-0, with an impressive 13-2 record in lines won, and only 82 games lost. While they haven’t clinched the sectional berth just yet, it would take perfect play and two 3-0 wins by Harbour Island and a complete collapse by the PP to prevent the ladies’ dynasty from accomplishing their goal.

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Julie Sakre unloads one of her vaunted backhands.

STILL PERFECT: The 6.5 and 7.5 combo men remain unbeaten, after posting 2-1 wins over Tampa Palms and Avila respectively.

IMG_0723At Tampa Palms, the OG Green Green Machine dropped a line at No. 1 singles, but the comeback kids (and by kids, we mean really old dudes trying desperately to hang on to their youth by playing adult tennis while not getting hurt) picked up dramatic wins at line 2 and 3.

Ron Reiter and Bob Schmidt unleashed a fabulous rally and posted a 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 victory at No. 2, and at No. 3 Jeff “The Next Generation” Lucas made his USTA debut by teaming up with Jimmy Dice for a 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 win.

FUN FACT: Bobby Schmidt, shaking off the rust from some inactivity due to saving people’s lives at Moffitt, snapped a six-match losing streak with his win Saturday, dating back to April 23. “Don’t call it a comeback, I been here for years, Rockin my peers and puttin suckas in fear,” Schmidt said. 

Lucas, who won $3,000 playing $2 on himself across the board and taking full advantage of his -250 underdog betting line, enjoyed his victory aferwards with a delicious chicken sandwich with white cheddar in the newly remodeled TAC afterwards.

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Thumbs up for me. Thumbs up for my chicken sammich.

In 7.5 action, Cotey teamed with Chris Ricketts for a win at No. 2 doubles, and Slatniske played with Greg Morrissey at line 3. Both wins were easy straight setters as the HG Smash 7.5 squad improved to 3-0.

And here ya go, a nice photo gallery from all of Saturday’s action. Enjoy! (Pro tip: If you click on a photo it will show you a large version and allow you to click through all of them.)

 

 

 

 

 

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About johncotey

John was a sportswriter and columnist for the St. Petersburg/Tampa Bay Times for 25 years, before being pushed from the Titantic, and hopes all of you non-subscribers are happy reading your free news on the internets while his journalism brethren suffer. Not that he's not bitter or anything. His real true joys, however, are his wife, kids and tennis, though not necessarily in that order. Unless his wife is reading this. Then DEFINITELY in that order.
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