Victory Moves Los Alamos Team Into Second Place In NNM US Tennis Assoc. 2016 Men’s 3.5 Over-40 League

Dave Cook of the Los Alamos Tennis Club over-40 3.5 team slices a backhand return in his singles match against Mario Moreno of a tennis team from the Jerry Cline Tennis Center of Albuquerque during a match played Saturday in Los Alamos at Urban Park. Cook won the match by a score of 6-3, 7-6. Photo by John Sarracino

Jae Chang of the Los Alamos Tennis Club over-40 3.5 team hits a winning volley against a doubles team of Briggs/Fredine from the Jerry Cline Tennis Center of Albuquerque during a match played Saturday in Los Alamos at Urban Park. Chang and his partner John Charles defeated Briggs/Fredine in straight sets 6-4, 6-1.  Photo by John Sarracino

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In a match played Saturday at Urban Park, the Los Alamos Tennis Club’s Men’s 3.5 40-and-over tennis team defeated a team from the Jerry Cline Tennis Center by the match score of 3-2. 
The Los Alamos team won both singles matches and one of the three doubles matches to secure the win. The overall match was closer than the 3-2 score indicated as three matches were decided by third set tie-breakers. Additionally, three of the 10 sets played were decided by set tie-breakers. 
The victory moved the Los Alamos team into second place in the Northern New Mexico US Tennis Association 2016 Men’s 3.5 over-40 league with a 7-1 record.  
In Number 1 singles, Xianzhu Tang prevailed over his opponent in three sets in a hard fought match, 2-6, 7-6, 1-0. Tang’s victory turned out to be the deciding result for the Los Alamos team. 
In Number 2 singles Dave Cook defeated the Jerry Cline player 6-3, 7-6. In Number 1 doubles, the Los Alamos team of Bob Benjamin and Harry Majors were defeated in three sets by their opponents, 2-6, 6-4, 0-1. In Number 2 doubles, Yu Seung Kim and Gordon Medford were also defeated in three sets, 7-6, 2-6, 0-1. Finally in Number 3 doubles, the partnership of John Charles and Jae Chang bested their opponents 6-4, 6-1.
League play continues until Nov. 7, with four matches remaining for the Los Alamos team. With today’s victory no unbeaten teams remain, necessitating a playoff at the end of the season among the top three teams to determine this year’s league winner. With Saturday’s victory, Los Alamos is in a good position to compete in the playoffs. More information is available from team Captain Joel Williams at LAtennis@swcp.com.

John Charles of the Los Alamos Tennis Club over-40 3.5 team returns a volley against the doubles team of Briggs/Fredine from the Jerry Cline Tennis Center of Albuquerque while his partner Jae Chang looks on. The match was played Saturday in Los Alamos at Urban Park. Charles and Change defeated Briggs/Fredine in straight sets 6-4, 6-1. Photo by John Sarracino

Gordon Medford of the Los Alamos Tennis Club over-40 3.5 team prepares a forehand drive against the doubles team of Rising/McClanahan from the Jerry Cline Tennis Center of Albuquerque during a match played Saturday in Los Alamos at Urban Park. Medford and his partner Yu Seung Kim were defeated in three sets 7-6, 2-6, 0-1. Photo by John Sarracino
Yu Seung Kim of the Los Alamos Tennis Club over-40 3.5 team serves during a match against the doubles team of Rising/McClanahan from the Jerry Cline Tennis Center of Albuquerque. The match was played Saturday at Urban Park. Yu Seung and his partner Gordon Medford were defeated in three sets 7-6, 2-6, 0-1. Photo by John Sarracino
Harry Majors of the Los Alamos Tennis Club over-40 3.5 team volleys a ball against a doubles team of Byrd/Nafus from the Jerry Cline Tennis Center of Albuquerque during a match played Saturday in Los Alamos at Urban Park. Majors and his partner Bob Benjamin were defeated in three sets 2-6,6-4,0-1. Photo by John Sarracino
Bob Benjamin of the Los Alamos Tennis Club over-40 3.5 team hits a high volley against a doubles team of Byrd/Nafus from the Jerry Cline Tennis Center of Albuquerque during a match played Saturday in Los Alamos at Urban Park while his partner Harry Majors looks on. Benjamin and Majors were defeated in three sets 2-6,6-4,0-1. Photo by John Sarracino
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