In a match of biblical proportions on a rainy, windy Saturday, the “dia de los muertos” featured “Neon” Deion Reed and Chris “Debonair” Debonnet against Lamont “Can’t Lose” Cosby and “Stormin'” Norman Jones. The match started with all the hallmarks of good competitive tennis, rapid fire points, and solid first serves. Through six games, everyone held serve, then at 3-4, with Deion serving at 15-all, Lamont tracked down an angled volley by Chris and bunted it back as he ran into the west fence. Chris tried to finesse the shot over, but caught the tape, giving Norm and Lamont a leg up. With that small advantage, Norm hit a solid return to force an error to go up 15-40. Deion came back and hit an excellent forehand through the middle to make it 30-40. Once again, Norm produced solid tennis to force another mistake as Jones / Cosby took the break to go up 5-3. Norm served out the set in fine fashion at love, giving them the set 6-3.
The second set was very touch and go, as the players tried to eke out an advantage, but no one could take advantage of the few break points there were. Big serves produced many return errors as both teams held to 5-5. The pressure was palpable. Deion served to maintain their one game advantage, but after a couple missed shots, suddenly Lamont and Norm were up 0-40, with four break points in the no-ad format to come. Chris and Deion slapped away the first 2 breakers with a strong overhead and a good serve, however, Deion netted a shoe-lace volley, finally conceding the first break of the second set. With Lamont set to end the match with another hold, the spectators were bound to be disappointed as they wanted more good tennis in the form of a second set tiebreaker. After a double fault and a missed volley, Norm and Lamont were down and it seemed possible a tiebreaker was in the offing. Sure enough, a solid shot by Chris and another by Deion produced errors that led to a break, giving the fans exactly what they hoped for.
In the tiebreak, Norm and Lamont built a 3-1 advantage, but an errant forehand, let Deion and Chris back in. At 5-5, Norm hit a wide serve and Lamont put away a floater across the middle to arrive at match point. Deion hit a solid serve to Norm’s lefty forehand. Norm hit a sharp angled return that sent Deion over the fence and his shot into the tape. Lamont and Norm were triumphant 6-3, 7-6(5). It was a wonderful match with good sportsmanship and plenty of tension. Congrats to all the players for showing what great athletes they are.