Decent competition for our last day at Eastminster. For now it looks like we will be open Friday evening 5-9 and Sunday 9-1 at Central Catholic HS. We would appreciate your input for preferred time for our clinic. We could probably use Saturday afternoon or Sunday afternoon. Let’s review the action!
REMINDER: Clinic tomorrow from 8:30-12 at CCHS. Call to reserve your spot.
PRELIM RR: Logan Herman edged Scott in 2 games to sweep his group; Imrul lobbed down runnerup David and split with Rick to grab his title; and Shuhei blitzed his group 6-0. Chris Bond made an appearance and split with Kyeng Park to share second.
Group A – Familiar plot with a new beginning and surprise ending. Mark drops opening game to Logan’s great backhand, recovers to win 2-1. Jerry leads Imrul 2-0, 9-4 in third, but Imrul rallies to win third in deuce on a shocking edge point. Shuhei edges Scott 2-1, and all are tied at 2-1. But Jerry and Mark begin their roll, Jerry sweeping Scott and Logan, and Mark sweeping Scott and Shuhei (lucky edge in deuce). Meanwhile, Imrul continues his rise, stealing a game off Mark, then edging Shuhei, Logan, and Scott 2-1 each with some long intense rallies. He has become the true fan favorite! His performance resulted in a fine 3rd place finish, and the table was set for yet another title showdown between Mark and Jerry. In the first game, Jerry rushes out to a 7-1 lead, but Mark fights back to 7-8. Jerry seals the win with patented backhand placement. Mark comes out smoking in game 2, hits some great winners and places ball well to win big. Third game follows game 2 script, Mark runs out to A 7-3 lead, but Jerry begins to fight, ruined by a few lucky points for winner Mark. Mark has CCHS fogie crown for this week.
Group B – Surprises abound! Rick counters down Bond 3-0, and David blocks down Emeka easy 3-0. Emeka recovers to edge Kyeng 2-1; David blocks and backhands past Chris 2-1; Rick edges Kyeng and smokes Emeka. Key match boiled down to David/Rick, with David pulling off the 3-0 surprise, resulting in a nice 10-2 G2 trophy.
Group C – Alexey opens with a strong 3-0 win over Ben; and Vivek sweeps Mark B. Alexey edges Mark B 2-1, but then comes the big shock. Dan Fortier used a big RPB and forehand smash to shock Alexey 2-1. Ben masters Mark, and Vivek sweeps Dan and Ben to set up title match with Alexey. Vivek uses a nice variety of spins to pull off the sweep and the impressive 12-0 G2.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: DAVID HERMAN! Kudos to Vivek, Mark, and Imrul.
WEEK SCHEDULE: Tuesday carpool to South Park; Thursday training at CCHS 4-6; Friday open play CCHS 5-9 (tentative); Sunday league 9-1 CCHS.