Session #2 got underway Thursday. John Van Lokeren won his upper level court and moved up a spot in the standings. He is now tied for #5 with a 13.27 average in 11 sessions. Scott Vaaler also won a court outright and two other courts had ties for first place. Click for current standings or week #9 results.
Ryan Baxter & Zach Held from Indianapolis won the "Battle at the Mudhole" summer platform tennis tournament at Elysium Tennis Club in Columbus. Baxter & Held defeated Platform Tennis Leaguer Rob Bakker & partner Eric Miller (Charlotte, NC) 6-4, 6-1 in the final. Bakker & Miller defeated the #1 seeds Scott Kahler (Pittsburgh) and Randy Lofgren (Charlotte) in three sets in their semifinal. Baxter & Held defeated Brian Heil & Mark Barry from Columbus in their semifinal 6-3, 6-2. PT Leaguers Doug Jones and Wil Lofgren finished 5th. The 4th Annual event featured the strongest field to date with numerous nationally ranked players and teams: Kahler #5, Baxter #11, Bakker #19, Heil & Barry #27, Held #36 and the Lofgrens #43.
Two teams survived round robin group play and two elimination rounds to advance to the finals of the Platform Tennis League's Summer A/B Tournament. Olivia Capannari and Wil Lofgren will face off against Richard Canelas and Sheri Frey in a two-of-three set final.
Results: 2017 Summer A/B Tournament
Canelas/Frey d. Van Lokeren/Lofgren 6-3
Hensley/Bonekemper d. Jones/Hladky 6-2
Teufel/Glenn d. Jones/Vu 7-5
Lofgren/Capannari d. Liu/Wise 7-5
Canelas/Frey d. Hensley/Bonekemper 7-5
Lofgren/Capannari d. Teufel/Glenn 6-4
Canelas/Frey v. Lofgren/Capannari - TBD
Battle at the Mudhole
Elysium Tennis Club - Columbus