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« on: March 02, 2005, 03:49:05 PM »
I never played college tennis so I have never had to deal with having to play service lets.  Anyone out there play college and have to play the lets?  Is it weird?

I remember watching an Ohio State University match live last year.  And I could of swore that a few serves hit the net and no one was calling lets.  Then one obviously hit the net and they guy ran up to try to get it since it landed so short.  Then it hit "duh" they need to play the lets.

I imagine it is weird to get used to at first.  Unless you are the one with a high percentage of your serves hitting the net  :)
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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2005, 06:48:43 PM »
Imagine how awesome that would be if someone hit one of those net-chord lets where it hits the tape and bounces up really high only to land right over the net and HIGH. I would love to run all the way up there and smash it down without having to rally before getting the easy shot.

How gr8.

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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2005, 08:38:23 PM »
lol, you can overhead someones serve, sweet indeed!
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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2005, 09:07:45 PM »
Last year Jeffro and I went to the Ohio St - Indiana match and the same thing happened to me.  One time I could've sworn the serve hit the net but the guy played it, so I thought, oh well, he must not have heard that.  Then the next time I new something was up.  Luckily, the scholarly Jeffro was there to 'splain to me what's happening.
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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2005, 05:32:59 AM »
I think the let rule is pretty indefensible.  I see no reason for it at all.  

In D-3 the rule doesn't apply, but when we played D-1 schools it did and I had no problems with it.

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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2005, 10:34:56 AM »
When I played college D-3 back in the late 70's early 80's I remember hearing about playing service lets but we did not. In my senior year due to travel matches being far away and dwindling daylight we did play a few NO AD matches which in a game when you got to 3 points each (normal duece point) with the receiver choosing which court he would return from. In doubles on this sudden death point the receiving team could pick which player they wanted to receive the serve. Is the NO AD done in any college level matches today?

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« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2005, 10:38:36 AM »
We play no ad in our 4.5 USTA leagues.  I hate it.  I have been in 2 doubles matches that came down to the sudden death point at 4-4 in the 3rd set tie-breaker and the other team was serving both times.  We lost both matches that way.  I hate 9 point tie-breakers, but they usually come with the territory of no ad scoring matches.

If you are not a good pressure player then the no ad is nto for you.  3-3 in each game makes you play some very important points.  I seem to do better at the 3-3 points in singles rather than doubles.  But I have been playing singles a hell of a lot longer.
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« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2005, 01:08:08 PM »
Scott,

Thanks for letting me know that about the USTA Leagues. I want to join but right now I can't devote that much time to the game unfortunately. When I played in college the format was 6 singles matches followed by 3 doubles matches. In my last match as a senior at 2nd singles, I played well and won easily my singles match. The rest of the five singles matches were still in progress and because it was starting to get dark already, they decided to start the doubles matches with only 1 court available, the 1st doubles team was asked to start. Since I was half of the 1st doubles team and the 1st singles player was my partner and was still playing the only team member we had left to play was our backup who was only a freshman. I carried the freshman throughout most of the match but without my regular partner we were in trouble as the other team's 1st doubles were not any of their singles players, just a solid team. Late in the third set we had a match point at 5-2 3 points a piece. The last few service return games before that point playing from the ad court my backhand return had taken a vacation. All of a sudden I could not buy a backhand return. I choose to let the freshman receive serve on match point, and I could see my coach frustrated on the sideleine with my decision. The freshman hit the bottom of the net. The freshman then dumped his serve at love with a couple of double faults. At matchpoint again 5-4 3 points a piece I told the freshman that he would take the serve as he had been returning well with his forehand from the deuce court and the server had been recently placing the ball to his forehand. I told him to take a good crack at it. I announced to the other team that the freshman (I can't remember his name) would receive serve. My coach got up and walked away, he couldn't look, maybe he choked on his cigar that he was smoking. Anyway the server went to the forehand and as he followed it in to the net he could only look down in amazement as the freshman ripped the forehand right down the middle of the court for a clean winner. At the time we finished our match was the 5th and deciding win for the team victory as our other doubles team still left on the court was losing. We won the team match 5-4. My coach still tried to give me the business but I would have none of it, it was my final match and I did what I thought was best for the team and the freshman. The best part of what happened is that the freshman who was going to quit because he was not a starter, decided to come back the following year. I do not know how he did but I felt happy to let him have that thrill of victory on that day!!!

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« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2005, 01:14:27 PM »
That is hilarious.  I love those types of stories, maybe I am lame, but I just have a fat grin on my face reading the entire thing.

I played a 4.5 match with a 4.0 player about 5 matches ago.  He can be streaky, and he is tough to read the ball when he hits it.  When I played him singles I won 12 straight games and we went home.

Anyways...

We were at sudden death 4-4 3rd set tie-breaker.  Our team was 2-2 (Best of 5 matches) and I allowed my partner to return serve.  I like to loba a lot of returns and my lobs were shallow that day and I was out of breath from the previous two points.  Plus my partner won the point previous to get us to 4-4.

They served to his backhand, he rips it, it hits the net, leans one way, leans the other way, leans back our way and fell on our side.  Ut was the best we could do.

Funny thing was, a week before we had to play this team and me and a solid 4.5 player lost to the same team in straight sets.  Bad day though.
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« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2005, 01:43:29 PM »
Scott,

Those net cords are a killer but to have it happen on a sudden death matchpoint for victory for both teams, that takes the cake! I never really liked the NO AD scoring system, thank goodness I have only played it a few times. I remember playing in high school (No NO AD back then) and the format was 3 singles matches and 2 doubles matches. A few times I was the last person on the court for our team and between points if you asked your teammates what was the score of the match, you knew that if they did not answer you then the match was dead even at 2-2 as they did not want to add any additional pressure on you. The other way that you knew that it was 2-2 was that “everyone” would come watch your court especially so if it was a big rival. Fortunately most of these 2-2 matches that I played I had won, otherwise it was a quiet ride back home on the bus!

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Re: College Service Lets
« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2005, 01:54:59 PM »
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I never played college tennis so I have never had to deal with having to play service lets.  Anyone out there play college and have to play the lets?  Is it weird?

I remember watching an Ohio State University match live last year.  And I could of swore that a few serves hit the net and no one was calling lets.  Then one obviously hit the net and they guy ran up to try to get it since it landed so short.  Then it hit "duh" they need to play the lets.

I imagine it is weird to get used to at first.  Unless you are the one with a high percentage of your serves hitting the net  :)


Well it can be kind of wierd. Personally I have to remind myself to play the lets because during the off season I play USTA Sanctioned/ Sattelite tournamemts and you don't play the lets. There have been times that I haven't played the lets during a college match and have played the lets in a none college match. It can be confusing but the confusion where's off quickly if you loose a big point after not playing the let.
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« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2005, 02:07:01 PM »
lol @ Pacer, I bet it wears off quickly!!!  Satellite tours eh?  That is awesome!  I will want to hear more about those stories!!!  And welcome to the boards!!!

FLAG - always feels good to win a 2-2 match and enjoy the bus ride home.

I had a school match back in high school.  I was playing what turned out to be my wife's high school at the time.  We were at 2-2 team score and I was the last one on the court.  It was painfully window, I thought maybe some tornados would fly by soon.  Then it started raining when I was up 4-2 in the 3rd set.  He didn;t want to give up so we played it out and I won 6-3.  It was downpouring when we finished and super duper windy.  What a mess, and what a stupid thing to do, but I won, so BOYAH!  I rode the van back to the school and then at the school was my ACT evening study class, I walked in 30 minutes late and had no change of clothes, so when I sat down water came gushing out of every peice of clothing and my shoes.  People got a good laugh out of it.  :)
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