First for Fireballers
The weekend of July 16-17th, the MV Fireballers, consisting of team players: Captain, Beth Sawyer & partner Paul Ulyatt, Captain Shawn Schofield & partner Michelle Bettencourt and Pavla Rego and partner Skip Dostal participated in the USTA Mixed doubles 40 & over Sectional Tournament at the combined 8.0 level. The tournament began on Saturday July 16 at the Bass River Tennis Club in Beverly, MA. There were 4 separate flights and MV Fireballers won 8 out of 9 matches to lock-in 1st place for their flight. The team advanced to the semi-finals held on Sunday July 17 at the Woburn Racquet Club in Woburn, MA. The competition was fierce and many opposing teams put forth a stronger 4.5 man with a 3.5 woman in hopes to get an edge. MV Fireballers stayed focused, hydrated and gave everything they had in the semi-finals match. During the match, Pavla and Skip split sets and were up 5-1 in the 3rd set tie-break and lost 10-8. Shawn and Michelle lost the first set and were up 5-3 in the second set, but fell 7-5. Beth & Paul were up against a powerhouse team and played their hearts out to a 2 set loss. Only two out of the three teams needed to win to advance to the finals and the MV Fireballers came up just short of that chance. All participants commented on how much fun they had over the tournament weekend on and off the court!