BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Outing Club (BOC) has, again, run a successful singles tennis league. With over 30 participants divided into five skill level divisions, each player had five matches in a five-week period. The BOC is especially delighted to have had six players not previously associated with the BOC tennis program involved in the league.

The league playoffs were held on Saturday and Sunday, July 12-13.

In the Division I semifinals, Joe Meyer bested Rick Sullivan in a three-set match. Sullivan staged a comeback after being down in the second set but eventually lost the third set tie-break. Dan Gillard beat a hard-hitting Marc Toyloy to gain the other position in the finals and continued on to best Meyer in a well played final with his steady returns and line hitting accuracy.

In Division II, John Donaldson got an early service break, but Paul Hausman rebounded and won that match. In the other half of the draw, Soren Pelz-Walsh had an easy time with Phil Feidelseit by inflicting a strategy of murderous net play. In the finals, Hausman won over Pelz-Walsh on his steady hitting which kept Pelz-Walsh off the net. Pelz-Walsh showed he will be a force to be reckoned with in the very near future as Hausman sneaked out the victory -- 6-2, 1-6 and 10-8 in the tie-break.

Michael Jaro got a default from Alexis Chesney in Division IIIA and Steve Krane had to withdraw against Ray Hildonen after re-injuring his calf during play. In the finals of this division, Hildonen handled a much improved Jaro to claim the title.


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Larry Siegel had a battle with John Kim in Division IIIB and eventually won the semifinal match in a third set tie-break. In the other semifinal, Lyn Sperry beat her frequent hitting partner, Gwynn Yandow. Sperry’s steady hitting allowed her to recover from a 2-5 deficit in the final to grab the set at 7-6 after which Siegel had to retire and give Sperry the victory.

The interest peaked in Division IV as Victoria Kim first defeated Erin Maile and went on to defeat Loretta Palazzo (who bested Pam Ragen in the semis) in the finals. Kim had previously lost to both these players during regular league play but was determined not to let that happen in the playoffs.

The BOC is thankful to Sam’s Department Store for supporting the league with a substantial contribution to the awards in each division.

The Brattleboro Outing Club’s tennis program happens at their six clay courts at 200 Cedar Street in Brattleboro (near the Harris Hill ski jump). The club is built on volunteerism and the comradery of its members. Membership is open to all tennis players of any ability with a reduction in fees for those volunteering. Camps and clinics for juniors and adults are available with knowledgeable instructors at reasonable prices for members and non-members.

Contact Joe Meyer, chairman of the BOC tennis committee, at 802-579-3337 or leftyvt@myfairpoint.net with any questions about the BOC tennis program.

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