HENDERSON, Ky. — The Henderson team captained by Mike Williams won the USTA Adult 55 and Over Kentucky League Championship in the 4.0 Men’s Division on Sunday.
The Henderson team defeated the Huston/Kelly/Herren team from Lexington 2 courts to 1.
With a tight semifinal win over the Purchase Hubbard team 2-1 that included two super tiebreaks, the championship match pitted the Williams team against the Lexington team.
Teammates Mike Salaman and Mike Williams defeated the Lexington team of Henry and Lewis 6-2, 6-2. After a second-set loss in a tiebreak by Jerry Howard and Kevin Wilson against the Lexington team of Holsclaw and Bargeron 6-3, 7-6, the deciding match rested on the rackets of Daryl McClellan and John Alling.
McClellan and Alling took the first set from the Lexington team of Herren and Smallwood 6-3. McClellan was serving for the match at 6-5, ad-in, when play was halted by an injury on an adjoining court. After a 5-minute game delay, play resumed with the match point resting on McClellan’s serve. After missing his first serve, McClellan’s second serve speed matched his first serve, resulting in a three-shot rally before the point was won by McClellan and Alling to secure the match and the team championship.
The Williams team will advance to the USTA Adult 55 & Over Southern Sectional Championships in Asheville, North Carolina, in September.
Team members include John Alling, Terry Clements, Jerry Howard, Daryl McClellan, Mike Salaman, Russ Scalfano, Jack Starks, Jeff Stoll, Tad Taylor, Brian Williams, Mike Williams and Kevin Wilson.
In the 3.5 Women’s Division, the Henderson Markwell team defeated the Paducah Schiff team 2 courts to 1 before falling to the Louisville French team in the finals, 2 courts to 1.
In the 3.0 Women’s Division, the Henderson Humbert team reached the semifinals before falling to the Louisville Hamilton team, 2-1.
Other winning teams were 3.0 Women: Lexington Senters, 3.5 Women: Louisville French, 4.0 Women :Louisville Hallion, 3.5 Men: Louisville Grigsby, For entire championship results, go to www.ustaky.com.
This is the sixth year that the Henderson Tennis Club has hosted this men’s and women’s doubles tournament which brought 384 men and women players on 40 teams to Henderson, playing in 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 levels.
Lexington Clinic was the corporate sponsor of this championship, and Merchant Centre Court of Owensboro accommodated the tournament by making their indoor courts available Sunday due to rainy conditions.
The Henderson Tennis Club will be hosting this tournament again in 2022.
Ongoing tennis play at The Hosbach Tennis Complex includes lessons for 7 to 12-year-olds on Monday and Wednesday mornings in June and July, and USTA Junior Team Tennis on Monday and Tuesday nights. Tennis Apprentice for new and returning adult players, and Tennis in No Time for families continues on Sunday evenings. USTA league play begins this week with mixed doubles teams of levels 6.0, 7.0, 8.0. Email email@example.com for more information.