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Kallie and Scott Hapgood Snow ‘Em at CT State Mixed
January 9, 2017
This year’s Connecticut State Mixed took place in typical conditions: a snowstorm. From the time the first ball was struck at 10:30 AM to the final point of the tournament at 8:30 PM, it was snowing.
Starting in the quarterfinals, first seeds Katie Adams and Maurice Sanchez had to come up with some magic late in the third set to dispatch newcomers, Morgan Melnikoff and Geoff LoConte 6-4 in the third. Marc Powers and his mum Denise Giordano struggled with the conditions but eventually beat the Muellers, 7-6, 6.2.
On the bottom half of the draw, the Swetts advanced comfortably against third seeds Shana Roberts and Nate deKanter, while second seeds Kallie and Scott Hapgood beat Fiona Andren and Bennett Trembicki in two sets in an entertaining match.
In the semifinals, Giordano and Powers outlasted Sanchez and Adams, 6-4 in the third in a match that had it all: blitzes, spin shots, and huge drives. The Hapgoods continued their steady play and dominance at net with a straight set victory over the Swetts.
As for the finals, the Hapgoods proved to be too much for Giordano and Powers. Kallie’s consistent backcourt play and Scott’s net coverage overwhelmed the duo, though they played a great match with Denise hitting terrific lobs and setting up Marc for big drives but in the end the Hapgoods won the match, 6-3, 6-2.
Special thanks go out to everyone who helped make this event a great success:
- To all the players for braving the conditions
- The Aspetuck Chef for delivering a great lunch
- All the local clubs for loaning the courts
- Paddletimes and Patricio Misitrano for the tournament support
- Fire Engine Pizza Truck for their excellent pizzas
- Our amazing hut commanders Alison Semple, Wendy Harris, Marina Ruiz, and Louis Volclair.
Main Draw: Kallie and Scott Hapgood def. Denise Giordano and Marc Powers
Quarter Reprieve: Shana Roberts and Nate deKanter def. Morgan Melnikoff and Geoff LoConte
Reprieve: Amy and Josh Rothman def. Connie and Matt Jones
Consolation: Deb Greenberg and Roy Marchandini def. Christina Hare and Glenn Hutchinson
Consolation Reprieve: Jackie Cameron and Felix Yamasato def. Tammy Jersey and Ricky Sanford