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« Reply #140 on: July 23, 2006, 06:03:22 AM »
GOOD LUCK!!

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« Reply #141 on: July 23, 2006, 11:20:43 AM »
We won 6-2, 6-3.

I warmed up as bad as I ever have.  I missed every other volley, all my overheads and hit crappy groundies.  I also landed 3 of about 20 serves in warm up.  It did not help me being a 9:00 a.m. match.  But once the match started I tore into them pretty good.  The warm up scared me though.
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« Reply #142 on: July 23, 2006, 12:06:32 PM »
It should be noted that yesterday drilling was on hard court and today's match was on clay, so if it only took you through the warm-up to get used to clay then that is not too bad.  I'm starting to wonder if I will ever be able to compete at the level I want to on the dirt?  Good win today yo!!!  I sense you and V's confidence building!!!!!

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« Reply #143 on: July 29, 2006, 01:13:41 PM »
V and I played more doubles today.  It was cool out but the humidity was insane.  It was basically a 2 1/2 hour long match and that was with a 10-point tie-breaker for the 3rd set.  This match took forever...

We start out and we are just getting punished.  0-4 to start.  Yuck.

We finally get 2 holds and a break and we are at 3-4.  From there we stayed on serve and they win the set 6-4.

Second set was all holds, no one could break.  I was hurting on my service games though.  I was doing a lot of running and it took me forever to catch my breathe today.  I tried to take as much time inbetween points without doing it Nadal style.

We get to a second set tie-breaker and win it 7-0.

They ask to play an abbreviated 3rd set since we had been there forever and everyone was about cooked.  We played a 10 point tie-breaker.  We won it 10-3.  I hit an awesome angled winner with two guys both at the net for match point.

But the point of the day for me was this...

Second set.  I am serving.  I serve to the ad side and come in.  I hit a volley and close the net.  They lob my partner.  I go back all the way behind the baseline and throw up a good topspin lob over the net man's head.  He hits a super short defensive overhead into the duece side alley.  I was still well behind the baseline getting ready to defend this 6'-4" tall dude's overhead.  Once I saw how short it was I can up the doubles alley and spank it down the line.  The guy lunges for it and volleys it cross court away from me and towards my partner who is on the baseline for some reason.  But I wanted none of that, so I just kept on running and poached it down the middle for a winner.  My teammates were laughing at me calling me speedy and such after that point.  Bad news is it took me forever to catch my breathe after that one...
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« Reply #144 on: July 29, 2006, 09:44:50 PM »
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V and I played more doubles today...


You were playing doubles with Venus???!!!??? :Bleh:
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« Reply #145 on: July 31, 2006, 12:48:50 PM »
Way to go ...you and V.  W and I whipped up on J & M yesterday.  J made a lot of good shots, M served out of his mind, but W-ster and me were just too much  ..-) .

In all seriousness, we played 2.5 hrs and the court temperature had to be 120-130 degrees.  AND it was humid as anything.  That's about as tired as I've ever been after playing 3 measly sets of doubles.
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« Reply #146 on: August 06, 2006, 11:51:05 AM »
Well, my partner and I got mopped up at Districts but it was fun.  We never really played like we wanted to, we were both kinda mediocre, but that happens...

We lost our first match 4-6, 4-6.  They hosed us badly on a call that gave them the first set break and that stunk but they just out payed us.  This is the one that hurt the worst because if we played well I think the score would have been flipped in our favor.

We got creamed in the second match 2-6, 3-6.  One fo the guys has a 5.5+ serve, he is nasty.  He is also a lefty.  He is from Columbus as well.  He is a 5.0+ player but throws games in the USTA league to stay in the 4.5 league, it really sucks.  He is tough to play against, we did all we could.

We lost our third and final match this morning 4-6, 6-3, 8-10.  We again played mediocre but it was still fun.  

it was great to finally qualify for 4.5 districts.  I think we will be there again soon enough.
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« Reply #147 on: August 06, 2006, 12:57:47 PM »
Congrats on being there!  Now just build on it and kick tail next year.
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #148 on: August 06, 2006, 02:10:26 PM »
It was good experience for next year.  We will be going, I am planning on it.
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« Reply #149 on: August 08, 2006, 08:42:15 PM »
Played in the first round of a tournament today in doubles.  I knew both of my opponents.  It was a father son combo.  The son is 4.5, painfully solid and the dad is a 4.0.  I lost two USTA league matches this summer both losses were delivered to me by the son.

We come out playing well.  We break to go up 3-1 and hold the rest of the way to allow me to serve out the set 6-4.

Second set I just crumbled.  I started the serving and hit 3 double faults and missed an overhead.  So bad.  I never recovered from that.  I blew two overheads in my partners service game to get broke and then I served two more double faults to get broke yet again.  We lost the second set 0-6.

Third set.  I came out solid again.  We broke the 4.5 guys serve right away and then I held serve.  We then broke the dad's serve and then my partner held serve.  Here is where things get funny.  We are up 30-40 on the 4.5 guy serving.  My partner hits an overhead around the baseline, I could not tell if it was in or not.  The dad at the net asks his son if the ball was in or out, the son does not know.  The dad calls it out.  What!?!?!?!?  Weird.  The son then says he couldn't tell (the son was ON THE BASELINE when the overhead was hit so he had a better look) and so they start to switch sides, 5-0, sweet!  I pick up my jug of water to drink and the dad said the ball was out.  lol, really?  This is very weird, not to mention not really ethical.  Whatever, we are up 4-0 and I like both of these guys so why cause a scene.  They hold serve for 4-1.  That was really a bummer because I wanted another insurance break.  I serve and hold for 5-1 and then we broke to take the match.

It was a fun match, a real sea-saw at the end I guess.  I lost focus in the second set and the other 4.5 lost focus in the third set.  He looked very flat footed in the end.  We tried to freeze him out of the match the best we can.  We hit a ton to the 4.0 player.

Next up we play (2) 4.5 players who are very solid.  Should be fun.  I have played one of them a few times and always lost, but it has been a while.  I think I have only played him once in a USTA league when I had a 4.5 partner.  I have never played the other guy and he has a painfully nice singles game.  He is fun to watch, his strokes look like monet was painting them.  He is very smooth.  He is good at doubles but I think he is better at singles.  They will probably beat us fairly easily but I am not going down without a fight.  They better bring their "A" game.
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« Reply #150 on: August 09, 2006, 07:35:22 PM »
I got the call today to play Friday at 10:00 a.m. on the grass.  SWEEEEEEEEEEET!!!  I loved that grass court tennis and I am pumped to get to play on it again.  Stay tuned...  :)
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« Reply #151 on: August 11, 2006, 06:22:41 AM »
How did you do in the semis last night?  The tournament's stinkin website's not working right.
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #152 on: August 11, 2006, 07:07:33 AM »
We lost 2-6, 4-6.

They played well, we did OK.  We both struggled returning last night.  In the second set I had to start playing chip and charge.  We broke them once in the second set but it was not enough.  I held all night but once, my partner got broke all but once.  We tried.  They returned my partner's serve like it was chump change.  Eric was carving it so nasty is was not even funny.  Still fun.  I am anxious to see how you guys do.
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« Reply #153 on: August 11, 2006, 07:20:55 AM »
2 & 4 is a nice showing against those guys.  Good job.  I didn't think your partner would be able to hang with you 3 but sounds like he did ok.  Nice of you to partner up with him again.  I know he enjoys having you as a partner and he is a great guy.

When Eric is playing well he can be nasty.  Last yr I played them in the finals w/ Mark T and we had a match pt at 5-4 in the 3rd AND LOST!!!!  IF IF IF we both play well it will be interesting.  If we (mainly me) play like we/I did the other night it will be over in a hurry.  But I haven't played since (resting the foot).  Will practice Sat. and a little bit early Sun. before the match.
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« Reply #154 on: August 11, 2006, 07:59:56 AM »
Good luck Sunday!  I am very anxious to see the outcome.  If I had the time I would come and watch!

My partner didn;t hang very well but he did fine.  Him and I returned about the same until I picked it up a little in the middle of the second set.  They were hurting us with their serve.  But they really hurt him on the return.  I thought since his serve is flat they might struggle with it more than mine, little did I know.

Always fun.  We will get them next year, if my partner will pair up with me again.  I like playing those tourneys over there with him.
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« Reply #155 on: August 11, 2006, 10:25:46 AM »
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I got the call today to play Friday at 10:00 a.m. on the grass.  SWEEEEEEEEEEET!!!  I loved that grass court tennis and I am pumped to get to play on it again.  Stay tuned...  :)


You can't be done yet but you are logged on?????????  So, how did the grass treat you this 2cnd time?  Inquiring minds want to know!

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« Reply #156 on: August 11, 2006, 12:15:35 PM »
I had interns on my pc and this is my homepage.  If they jumped online they would have logged me in.

I had the weaker partner today.  We had set points in the first but the big serve served his way out of it.  They then broke my partner and served it out.  We lost 5-7, 4-6.  Then me and the other 4.5 guy teamed up and mopped up 6-2.

I never lost serve today, I am unbroken in grass court tennis.  :)

It was fun.  I did not return as well as I had liked to but I did what I could.  I got better as the match went on.
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« Reply #157 on: August 11, 2006, 09:18:56 PM »
hey scott, they say that there's nothing wrong w/ eating fatty foods DIRECTLY AFTER a match. It's a way to put back what u lost in the match.
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« Reply #158 on: August 15, 2006, 09:34:17 AM »
Got out to hit last night, but it rained on us after an hour.  We finally got the 4 guys out we wanted to.  My partner and I and our #1 doubles pair on our league (Freebird and OSU Buckeye).  They struggled with their returns and we jumped ahead 5-0, it was 5-2 when it started raining.  You can never count those two out so I would not have been happy with that set until we won it.  My partner and I returned well and I feel I served very well.  I have been hitting the triceps lately with some weights and I think it is paying off.  I have been getting more kick on my serve.  I am trying to work on getting more kick on my second serve, although I think that is more mental than anything.  My second serve is not bad, but I think it can be better.

My right knee is still achey here and there which sucks.  I really notice it when I run a ball down hard core.  OSU Buckeye hit a drop shot off of a volley last night that I ran for (and never got to) but I could really feel it after that.  The good news is that it does not affect me on the court, yet...
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« Reply #159 on: August 15, 2006, 11:46:19 AM »
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Got out to hit last night, but it rained on us after an hour.  We finally got the 4 guys out we wanted to.  My partner and I and our #1 doubles pair on our league (Freebird and OSU Buckeye).  They struggled with their returns and we jumped ahead 5-0, it was 5-2 when it started raining.  You can never count those two out so I would not have been happy with that set until we won it.  My partner and I returned well and I feel I served very well.  I have been hitting the triceps lately with some weights and I think it is paying off.  I have been getting more kick on my serve.  I am trying to work on getting more kick on my second serve, although I think that is more mental than anything.  My second serve is not bad, but I think it can be better.

My right knee is still achey here and there which sucks.  I really notice it when I run a ball down hard core.  OSU Buckeye hit a drop shot off of a volley last night that I ran for (and never got to) but I could really feel it after that.  The good news is that it does not affect me on the court, yet...


Sorry holmes!!!  Last thing I want to do is hurt the teammates.   BTW, that drop volley happened because you hit a heavy topspin groundie that dove just over the net.  I was happy to volley it any way but it was one of those times that calls for "THE DROPPER".