Women's Classic, Tucson, Ariz.
USHA Women's Classic held in conjunction with the Hall of
Fame Handball Championships
TUCSON, Ariz. - “It’s all about patience,” Lisa Gilmore
said between the first and second games of the final. “That 10 seconds
(between points) seems very fast to me, but it must be like an eternity to
her (Yvonne August).” Gilmore put enough winning points together to win
the first game of the final in the Women’s Classic on Sunday.
When August got off to a good start in the second, Gilmore decided to let the
game go and then get low on her serve in the tiebreaker. “I tried to
conserve energy and hit a lob,” Lisa said, “but they were so bad
when I kept hitting the sidewall. Then her serve kept coming around the backwall
and I couldn’t miss.” Gilmore came back a little at the end to
score 10 in the second game. She collected herself for the final 11 point game
and scored all 11 points, five in a row on crack serves.
“I told myself to stay low on the serve and it worked,” Lisa said
after the 11-0 final. “I never got a chance to play in the tiebreaker,” August
said in an accurate assessment of Gilmore sharp serving display. Courtney Peixoto
couldn’t play on Sunday after having her shoulder checked out at the hospital
on Saturday night. “The shoulder’s probably OK,” but she can’t
play,” Marjorie said on Sunday. Thus, Allison Roberts took third by default.
Jennifer Schmitt took fifth over Jessica Gawley and Sydell Smith outlasted Holly
Jonely for 7th.
The Hall of Fame event has hosted three women’s classics and each one
has resulted in the Marty Decatur Sportsmanship Award going to a woman. Newcomer
Alethia Mendez impressed tournament directors with her willingness to help
at all times and gave her this year’s award. Kay Sleeper is the “Queen
of raffle sales,” and sold the $1,500 prize to a group back in Chicago.
Charlie Wicker bought a ticket at the very end of sales and took the $500 prize.
Results: First Round: Kathy Lenning (Shoreline, WA)
d. Stacy Rittmuller (Tucson), 1, 9; Maureen Bike (Tucson) d. Kay
Sleeper (Chicago), 1, 4; Alethia Mendez (New York) d. Marjorie Peixoto
(Watsonville, CA), 1, 0; Cindy Miller (Golden, CO) d. Tin Apolinario
(Watsonville), 16, 10.
Round of 16: Lisa Gilmore (Winnipeg) d. Lenning, 3, 4; Holly
Jonely (Amarillo) d. Maggie Grelle (St. Louis), (20), 16, 9; Jessica
Gawley (Regina, Can.) d. Katie Sedgwick (Lake Forest, IL), 7, 4;
Allison Roberts (Lake Forest) d. Bike, 6, 5; Jennifer Schmitt (Tucson)
d. Mendez, 5, 6; Courtney Peixoto (Tucson) d. Tracy Davis (New York),
4, 10; Sydell Smith (New York) d. Terry Bowman (Phoenix), 11, 8;
Yvonne August (Castro Valley, CA) d. Miller, 1, 0.
Quarterfinals: Gilmore d. Jonely, (20), 11, 4; A. Roberts
d. J. Gawley, (17), 7, 10; C. Peixoto d. Schmitt, (9), 19, 2; August
d. Smith, 15, 9.
Semifinals: Gilmore d. Roberts, 12, (7), 10; August d. C.
Peixoto, 9, (14), 10.
Final: Gilmore d. August, 16, (10), 0.
Third Place: A. Roberts d. C. Peixoto, default.
Fifth Place: J. Schmitt d. J. Gawley, 14, 13.
Seventh Place: S. Smith d. H. Jonely, (17), 9, 6.
A Singles (9th Place): First Round: Apolinario d. Sleeper,
4, 10; Lenning d. Bike, (17), 14, 10; Mendez d. Miller, 8, 3; Rittmuller
d. M. Peixoto, 13, (7), 2.
Quarterfinals: Grelle d. Apolinario, 6, 1; Sedgwick d. Lenning,
6, 13; Davis d. Mendez, 8, 11; Rittmuller, default.
Semifinals: Grelle d. Sedgwick, 3, 3; Davis d. Rittmuller,
Final: Grelle d. Davis, 20, 8.
B Singles: First Round: M. Peixoto d. Sleeper, 0, 13;
Bowman d. Bike, 7, 6; Mendez d. Apolinario, 1, 7; Lenning d. Miller,
Semifinals: Bowman d. Peixoto, def.; Mendez d. Lenning, 13,
Final: Mendez d. Bowman, def.
Hall of Fame Final Matches:
Open Singles: Adolpho Monreal d. Luis Moreno, 17, 9;
Cons.: Manuel Diaz d. Jesse Aranda.
Open Doubles: Steven Natale/Vince Natale d. Mike Woods/Rich
Vasquez, (14), 16, 5.
Cons.: Guillermo Pallares Sr./Guillermo Palleres Jr.
A Singles: Alex Medina d. Chris Maldonado, 8, 12.
Cons.: Pete Jorgensen.
A Doubles: Fred Lewis/Steve Campbell d. Chris Maldonado/Luis
Moreno, 20, 13.
B Singles: Leonardo Marquez d. Edgar Medina, 11, 14.
Cons.: Matt Berzins d. Matt Schilz.
B Doubles: Daniel Perez/Raul Felix d. Richard Quiroz/Edgar
Medina, 4, 5.
Cons.: Omar Felix/Luis Ramirez.
C Singles: Israel Campa d. Adam Roberts, 13, 15.
Cons.: John Yatsko d. Steve Caro.
C Doubles: Hector Flores/Cesar Quinones d. Bill Daley/Jody
Morris, 11, 13.
Cons.: Israel Campa/Daniel Cordova d. Luis Cordova/Angel Villa.
D Singles: Angel Villa d. Thomas Salinas, 14, 19.
Junior A Singles: Richie Estrella d. Juan Ruiz, 7, 11.
Junior A Doubles: Luis Cordova/Daniel Cordova d. Jesus Figueroa/Dean
Junior B Singles: Carlos Flores d. Roberto Chiquete, 6, 10.
Special thanks go to Charlie and Joan Wicker, who keep showing why they are
being honored with the Robert W. Kendler Award this June, John Ross and the
many others who made this event a success.
Saturday's Results from Women's Classic
TUCSON, Ariz. - USHA Women’s Classic, Tucson, AZ. In conjunction
with the Hall of Fame “I was trying to decide where to serve,” Lisa
Gilmore said after earning an 11-10 tiebreaker win in the semis over Allison
Roberts. “They (the twins she’s expecting) kicked me on the left
side. So, I went to the left and got an easy return.” Gilmore rallied
from 8-3 in the tiebreaker to win and will face Yvonne August in the final.
August was down 10-4 in the tiebreaker to Courtney Peixoto, who injured her
shoulder on a dive at that point. “She’s (Courtney) tough,” Marjorie
said, “but she can’t use it (right arm) anymore.” Serving
to the right on all but the final two points, August rallied for the win. The
final point was scored just as the opening scenes for the final of the Ultimate
Friday's Results from Women's Classic
TUCSON, Ariz.- USHA Women’s Classic, Tucson, AZ. In conjunction
with the Hall of Fame Lisa Gilmore, carrying twins with a due date at the “end
of June or early July,” she said, lived up to her top seed and will face
Holly Jonely on Sat. Jonely survived an 11-9 tiebreaker over Maggie Grelle
on Friday. “I got tired,” Grelle said. “She (Jonely) wore
me down.” “That’s about it,” Holly said. “I didn’t
have my shots so I had to keep the ball in play.” National Junior champ
Courtney Peixoto controlled the play against National one-wall champ Tracy
Davis in their opening round. “The ball was moving so fast around the
walls,” Davis said.
Women's Classic - Tucson, Ariz.
TUCSON, Ariz. - The Women's Classic is about to get underway at the
Tucson Racquet & Fitness Club. The Classic is being held in conjunction with
the Hall of Fame Tournament. Play begins Friday at 11:00 AM.
Check the link below to see the Women's Classic draw:
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