A steady Peninsula team captured the 7.5-rated combination league mixed doubles state (district) championship over the weekend in Charlottesville.
Mixed Trouble won all five of its team matches on Boar's Head Sports Club's indoor hard courts to conclude their season. Ron Morrison of Newport News and Sidney Heathcock of Hampton each went 5-0 amid a format in which each team contest consisted of three mixed doubles matches.
Each tandem could have no higher combined rating than 7.5. So the most common pairings were of a 4.0 and a 3.5 player on the National Tennis Rating Program's 7-point scale, on which touring pros are 7.0s.
Martha Cuevas of Yorktown won all four of her matches, accompanying Heathcock in those victories. Ana Bossman of Yorktown and Cecilia Schulz of Virginia Beach were 3-0 apiece.
Beth Morrison of Newport News, Maurice Pascual of Virginia Beach and Tim Yoder of Yorktown also competed for Mixed Trouble at the district event. In Flight A play, Mixed Trouble won 2-1 against teams from Northern Virginia and Richmond and 3-0 versus Lynchburg.
The Peninsula-based squad won 2-1 over Three Chopt, a Richmond-area team, in a semifinal before shutting out the Bouncers Club of Northern Virginia 3-0 for the championship.
That 3-0 match was plenty competitive, though, as Mixed Trouble won two matches despite losing the first set. No full third sets were played -- a match tiebreak (the first to 10 points, with at least a margin of two, wins) instead were in vogue.
Ron Morrison and Schulz won 6-3, 7-6; Pascual and Beth Morrison won 3-6, 7-5, 1-0; and Bossman and Heathcock prevailed 4-6, 6-4, 1-0.
Mixed Trouble's roster also includes Diane Steele of Newport News, Michael Rampmeyer of Newport News and Patty Kalabsa of Hampton.
The squad -- 13-1 over a little more than four months of play -- earned its ticket to Charlottesville by going 8-1 in the regular season. It easily won a four-team Tidewater league as the only team above .500.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times