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Carla Lavrusky and Sarah Lynch-Balint win 2017 Columbus Women's Open PCQ
By Brian Heil
February 3, 2017
Plain City Ohio
The 2017 Women's Columbus Open Viking PCQ hosted by Elysium Tennis just outside Columbus Ohio was a tremendous success. The weather was perfect and the draw was a full thirty-two teams with participants from Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Atlanta. The defending champions and number one seeds Abby Hand and Amy Heil fell in the semifinals to Carla Lavrusky and Sarah Lynch-Balint while the number two seeds Janet Mazzola and Lea Morris were ousted in the quarterfinals. The other semifinal match pitted Anneliese Adkinson and Chris Ford against Michelle Jarrett and Pam Lippy. Fresh off their upset of Mazzola and Morris, Jarrett and Lippy knocked off the number four seeds in straight sets to land a spot in the final versus Lavrusky and Lynch-Balint. In the final match, Lavrusky/Lynch-Balint stormed out of the gates to take a commanding lead and held off Jarrett/Lippy to take the first set 6-3. The tide turned a little in the second set as Jarrett/Lippy took the set 6-3. The tournament came down to one set and it was tight all the way as Lavrusky/Lynch-Balint eventually took home their first title winning the third set 6-4.
Special thanks to Worthington Hills Country Club and The Lakes Golf and Country Club for the use of their facilities. Also, thanks to our sponsors Snap Fitness of Dublin, Shadetree, Crestview Retirement, Rich Ihlendorf for the beer and wine and Total Platform Tennis for the balls. Lastly, thank you to Elysium Tennis and their staff for hosting a great tourney!
We hope to see all again next year!
Main Draw: Carla Lavrusky/Sarah Lynch-Balint def. Michelle Jarrett/Pam Lippy 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
Quarterfinal Reprieve: Dori Easdale/Jill Gilbert def. Janet Mazzola/Lea Morris
Reprieve: Allison Thornton/Kerri Vollmer def. Monica Lindberg/Sara Morracco
Consolation: Julie Bristow/Gina Saba def. Sandra Christ/Bev Gates
Consolation Reprieve: Lissette Lichtenstein/Ann McAlaerney def. Shelley Finley/Ann Liethauser