Notebook: What’s Goin’ On

Hunter’s Green Tennis happenings:

1:  I wrote about it in a separate and long post, but the 7.0 mixed squad came as close as you can come to advancing to the finals as you can, and if they had, they would have most likely won it all based on how the team that beat the Green Machine, Leon, handled Polk County.

 Also at sectionals, the HG 9.0 team suffered an excruciating loss as well, losing 2-1 in pool play to the eventual pool win. Led by Santiago Romero, Paola Hermann, Bill Zeedyk and Allegra Campos, the team went to third-set tiebreakers at every line, dropping two of them.


Everyone seems happy on the 9.0 team. Well, except Santiago, who we believe is reliving one of his missed forehands from earlier in the day.

3 The men’s combo seasons kick off this week, as the defending champion 7.5 Green Machine hosts Fishhawk Saturday at 9 a.m. The three-time defending Green Machine champs at 6.5 will play the other HG team, the New Tampa Fusion captained by Stephen Hunter, next Wednesday on their season openers.


4 The women have a 7.5 team for the first time in recent memory, as Betsy Zeedyk’s Geaux Netters squad is 1-1 after a big 2-1 win over Harbour Island last week. The wonderful and beautiful Dong-Phuong Thi Nguyen Cotey made her 7.5 debut and teamed up with Sara Schneiders for a 6-3, 6-4 win at line 2, and Tara “Razzle Tazzle SkaDazzle” Skendziel and Cinthia Cespedes won 6-1, 6-1 at line 3 to secure the win.

5 Speaking of Betsy Zeedyk, she teamed up with Lara Slatniske, who is celebrating her 49th birthday today, to win the 4.5 division of Ultimate Tennis last weekend. SlatZeedyk won 6-3, 6-3 in the final to capture the cherished championship cube. John Slatniske, however, would like to point out that he has won TWO cubes, so his wife is only HALF as good as he is. FYI.


6 Hunter’s Green actually had quite the group representing at the Ultimate Tennis finals, which were held at Countryside.

Cotey and Slatniske had to forfeit their men’s 4.0 championship appearance due to sectionals, Stephen Hunter and Patrick Rairigh fell in the 3.5 finals 3-6, 6-2, 7-5, Hunter and Joy Allee dropped the 4.0 mixed final 6-1, 6-1 and Jimmy and Kara Hann lost in the 3.0 mixed finals 6-1, 3-6, 7-5.

It should be noted they nearly avenged earlier 6-1, 6-4 and 7-6, 6-2 losses to that same team, so bravo!

7 They may feel a little dirty about it, but Cotey and Slatniske are heading to sectionals July 28-30 with the West Meadows 3.5 team. Joined by Cotey’s bro-in-law Quyen Nguyen, the trio combined for a 16-4 record in singles and doubles to help West Meadows to a 8-1 record.

8 Nikki Spirakis’ Doubles Trouble 3.0 team thought its season was over back in December when it lost the day-night playoffs to Tampa Palms. But apparently, due a player moving away and a few others getting bumped up, guess who doesn’t have enough players to go to sectionals? Yep, Tampa Palms.

Guess who gets to go instead?

Yep, Nikki’s team. Yeehaw.


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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