On February 23 the BALL match between the Rossmoor Buckeyes and the El Cerrito Club was as close as the scores indicate with both teams playing excellent tennis and battling hard. It was a strange morning of tennis with several of the scores looking like mirror images of each other and ending in a tie. In Line one, Carol Pillsbury and Terry Quinlan battled valiantly but lost 4 - 6, 2 - 6. Line two was very hard-fought and happily ended with Eileen Plotkin and Gery Yearout winning in the 10- point tiebreaker after splitting sets. In Line three, Anna George and Dorothy Watkin had a huge win which mirrored the scores in Line 1. They won 6 - 4, 6 - 2. In Line four, Nelly Sawczuk and Joan Gardner lost in the 10-point tiebreaker after splitting sets 4 - 6, 7 - 5. Team captain Barbara Blum and the team thank Barbara Schwartz for arranging the refreshments and expressed appreciation for the strong play on both sides of the net.
The Rossmoor Men's Tennis team took on the Round Hill Country Club squad in a Senior Men's Interclub League (SMIL) match on February 5 at the Buckeye courts in Rossmoor. There was not a cloud in the sky, and the sun was shining very brightly. This condition made lobbing an even more effective tactic than usual!
The Rossmoor team prevailed 3-1. The results for each line were as follows: At line 1, Chris Slee and Bernie Wolf won a hard fought contest 7-5, 6-2. At line 2, Larry Barclay and Al Peters won their first set 6-3 and were ahead 5-4 in the second set when their opponents retired. At line 3, David Hickey and Barry Brian won 6-2, 7-5 by fully employing the "lob into the sun" strategy. At line 4, Chris Christopher and Nicky Abdolhosseini played a tough match but lost 4-6, 4-6.
Ken Steiner was the Rossmoor captain for this match and shared these insights into his team’s victory. The next match for the Rossmoor Men will be March 4 at home at 11am. The team welcomes all who would like to come out to watch some entertaining tennis.
On Saturday Feb 1, in a thick fog, the Rossmoor Tennis Club held its first Wild Card tournament of 2020. Twelve men and twelve women played on slightly damp courts in very hazy conditions without complaining at all.
Three men tied for third place. Allan Tam, Dave Corliss and John Corwin each had 18 points. In second place was Rick Sterling with 19 points. The winning man was Gayl Westendorf with a very strong 23 points. For the women, in third place was Laura Kim with 18 points. In second place was Eppie Ying with 20 points. The winning woman was Susan Mann with a great score of 22 points.
A Wild Card tournament is held the first Saturday of most months and is open to all tennis players in Rossmoor. Play consists of 7 rounds of a combination of mixed, women’s and men’s doubles.
Thanks to Barbara Blum and Ken Haley for hosting a great event!
The Men's Team secured a victory on Jan 22 over Moraga Country Club. The start of match play was delayed due to wet courts and many of the team members came out early to help dry off the courts so that they could be playable. The teams then enjoyed their lunch while waiting for Mother Nature's help with the sun to finish drying off the courts. By noon the play began under clearing skies and bright sunshine.
At line 1 Larry Barclay and Al Peters lost in a third set tiebreaker, 7-5, 1-6, and 4-10.
Sadly, line 2 with Ken Steiner and Dave Hickey could not be played as one of Moraga's players was injured in a fall early in the first set. Rossmoor's Nick Abdolhosseini stepped up to give the group a game.
Line 3 was Dave Kern and Stuart Coffey. This went to a third set tiebreaker also with Rossmoor winning, 4-6, 7-5, and 10-2. Finally at line 4 Barry Brian and Dave Besenfelder also went to a third set tiebreaker winning 6-7, 6-2 and 10-5. The team thanks acting captain Bernie Wolf and all the other team members who came out to help ready the courts and cheer the team on.
Rossmoor Tennis Club Buckeyes Senior B-2 team faced Walnut Creek Seniors in the Bay Area Ladies League (BALL) match on Monday January 20, at the home courts.
The Buckeyes put together a strong team against Walnut Creek but Walnut Creek prevailed. Team 2 Eileen Plotkin and Margaret Logwood split sets and lost in a very close tiebreak. Team 3 Micki Remedios and Nelly Sawczuk also split sets but won in another close tiebreak.
Teams 1 and 4, Terry Quinlan/Carol Pillsbury and Mary Hickey/Trudy Tuan, both lost but fought hard and had many very close games.
The scores weren’t always close but they did not reflect the good competitive play, with many deuces. Despite the loss everyone agreed that it was a fun day of good challenging tennis.V
On Wednesday January 8, captain Jerry Quinlan took the Rossmoor Men’s Tennis Team to Oakland for a match against the Oakland Hills Tennis Club. Oddly enough, the Oakland Hills club is located in the hills of Oakland. The view from the tennis courts was breathtaking as we looked westward across the bay and the bridges towards San Francisco, but not as beautiful as the views we share everyday here at Rossmoor.
The match was scheduled to start at noon but due to wet courts the first game was postponed until 12:45 for the first game. Line 1 for Rossmoor was Larry Barclay and Steve Graham who lost to the Oakland Hills team 6-2 6-4. The score is not indicative of the great game played by the team from Rossmoor with Barclay's solid serving and Graham's play at the net.
Line two was more successful with David Besenfelder and David Kern coming out on top 6-4 6-4. The win made possible through Besenfelder's aggressive overhead slams and Kern being able to return any ball hit in his area.
Line 3 was a quick match for Bernie Wolf and Chris Slee, overcoming Oakland Hills men 6-2 6-1. This was the first match finished. Wolf and Slee are not only Rossmoor neighbors but do very well next to each other on the tennis court.
Line 4 had a solid performance from Al Peters and David Hickey. After a tough start losing the first 3 games to Oakland Hills, Al's left handed play and David's consistent ground strokes allowed them to come back and win the match 6-3 6-1.
Line 5 was the most difficult match of the day being won by Stuart Coffey and David Corliss. Oakland Hills won the first set 6-2 but the Rossmoor men won the second set in a close tie breaker 7-5. Having split the sets, a 10 point tie breaker was then played to determine the overall winner and the good guys again stood strong with an inspiring 10-6 win.
Overall it was a wonderful day in Oakland. We would like to thank the Oakland Hills Tennis Club for a fine day of tennis, good views from the tennis courts, great friendship, and especially a wonderful lunch overlooking the San Francisco bay.