Sizzling competition on Zephyr Cove courts
As the temperatures soared at Lake Tahoe last weekend, the level of competition at the 33rd annual Tahoe Tennis Classic got equally as hot.
The finals on Sunday brought out exceptional tennis and fans at Zephyr Cove Tennis Club were treated to a caliber of tennis not often seen at the club level.
Donna Rockwood of South Lake Tahoe, Christy Wurster of Placerville and Holly Tretten of Reno were the big winners, all three winning twice.
Rockwood took home the women’s 7.0 title with partner Becky Darrow of Zephyr Cove and won the 7.0 mixed with her husband, Craig Rockwood. This is the second consecutive year Rockwood has won the women’s division.
Rockwood and Darrow were the No. 1 seeds in the tournament that started on Thursday. They overcame the No. 3 seeded duo of Liz Bissell (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) and Lorraine Segala (Stateline) 6-0, 7-6.
The Rockwoods were the No. 1 seed in mixed. They beat the No. 2 team of Carolyn Wright (Zephyr Cove) and Rich Sheldrew (Minden) 6-2, 6-3.
Wurster teamed with Sara Catania (Incline Village) to take home the women’s 8.0 trophy. They defeated Patty Yamano (Henderson) and Shelley Ware (Fort Bragg, Calif.) 7-6, 6-2. Yamano and Ware met for the first time at this tournament.
Wurster then paired with Mark Silva (Shingle Springs, Calif.) to win the 8.0 mixed. They overcame Jim Billicki (Rancho Mirage, Calif.) and Lorraine Daniel (Rancho Mirage) when they had to retire in the second set with the score 6-3, 4-3.
Tretten and her mom, Carol, were out for some revenge this year after being runner-ups in the 9.0 category in 2015. They came from a set down this year to beat fellow Reno residents Jeanette Berry and Laura Pierce 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
In the mixed 10.0 division Tretten teamed with South Lake Tahoe’s Ryan Johnston to outlast Kim Iliffe (Mill Valley, Calif.) and John Wlcek (South Lake Tahoe) 6-2, 6-3.
“This was one of those tournaments where many of the No. 1 seeds prevailed,” tournament organizer Ray Fugitt said. “Everyone had to overcome the heat, smoke from distant fires and incredibly tough competition.”
Other Tahoe Tennis Classic winners were:
Men’s 50 doubles: Chris Long (Reno) and Tren Nolan (Reno) beat Richard Johnson (Ballwin, Mo.) and Ted Yukawa (Palm Desert, Calif.) 6-4, 6-4.
Men’s 65 doubles: Dan Bohannon (Orange, Calif.) and Mark Peterson (Truckee) beat Ross Rittiman (Zephyr Cove) and Hersh Herschman (Zephyr Cove) 6-2, 6-1.
Men’s 7.0: Thor Spargo (Fair Oaks, Calif.) and Murray Yoffee (Gardnerville) beat Kent McCarthy (Rancho Mirage) and Ryan Solberg (Truckee) because of a default.
Men’s 8.0: Randall Osterhues (Reno) and Steve Reid (Reno) beat Denis Diehl (Reno) and Jim Kumpel (Reno) 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.
Men’s 10.0: Tony Matkulak (Reno) and Kevin Strawn (Reno) beat Johnston and Mohamed Irfan Lakdawala (San Francisco) 6-4, 6-4.
Women’s 10.0: Iliffe and Keri Mills (Davis) beat Penne Burgess (Carson City) and Serena Quarelli (Sonoma) when they had to retire because of an injury. The score at that time was 6-1, 2-1.
For the second year in a row a record was established for the number of doubles teams who played – 124, which was three more than a year ago. The 184 players – ranging in age from 12 to 81 – came from nine states to play in 12 divisions.
At the end of four days, more than 150 matches had been played.
The four-day tournament is sponsored by the nonprofit Zephyr Cove Tennis Club Foundation. This is the biggest fundraiser for the club. The foundation in a partnership with Douglas County is responsible for the upkeep of the six courts, which included resurfacing the courts this year and putting on programs for juniors and adults.
Go to the club’s website at http://www.zctennis.com/ to learn more about the Zephyr Cove Tennis Club.