LIMA — The key to successful tennis matches with windy weather is to keep the ball in play.
Local tennis players gathered Friday at the Collett Street Courts for the third night of the Lima City Doubles Tournament.
In the men’s open division, John Kidd and Alex Swick defeated Eddie Adkins and Joe Nott 6-0, 6-0.
Kidd and Swick will take on Jeff Brown and Gustavo Rueda in the men’s open championship at 9:30 a.m. today.
“We basically just have to play our game and serve well and return well,” Kidd said. “We can’t make too many mistakes and we’ll be right in it with those guys.”
Swick, who will be attending the University of Pennsylvania, was happy to have his partner back. The former LCC duo were state runners-up in 2011 and 2012. Kidd will be a sophomore at the University of Findlay this fall.
“We didn’t miss a beat,” Swick said. “It feels like we’ve been playing together constantly even though we haven’t been together in a year. It’s nice having him on your serve. It helps having him at the net.”
Mary Lou Roush and Ruthie Huffman defeated Jeanna Haggard and Barb Prince in the women’s open division 6-4, 6-2. Roush and Huffman will square off against Jessie Adkins and Jessie Stambaugh today.
Roush was in a good mood as she was playing because she just had her grandson delivered Thursday.
“Together we worked sort of front and back and we felt like we were consistent,” Roush said. “The wind was blowing a bit so we had to watch the dynamics. Ruthie did a great job at the net, which made the difference.”
Huffman realizes their chemistry will hopefully work in their favor as they head into the championship match.
“I think we’re just going to continue to work together and talk a lot,” Huffman said. “We have to know where each other are.”
The men’s 50-plus division had two matches going on and the winners of the two matches made it to the championship match. Mike Klock and Robin Farris defeated Phil Newland and Glen Raider 6-0, 6-4. Brad Kelly and Steve Deblasis beat Ron Huber and Kevin Page 6-1, 7-5.
Kelly/Deblasis will face Klock/Farris at 9:30 a.m. as well.
Klock, who is the girls tennis coach at Wapakoneta, was happy to have his high school buddy as his partner.
“It was pretty windy today and both of them were good tennis players but Rob and I jumped out on them quick,” Klock said. “We got a good lead and then took it from there. If we play aggressive I think we’ll be fine.”
Farris, who lives in Louisville, Ky., enjoys playing with his friend when he visits his parents in town.
“We went to high school together and although we didn’t play tennis together, we have played in some tournaments in Dayton,” Farris said. “Every time I come to town and visit my parents in Wapakoneta we get out and hit a lot.”
Kelly and Deblasis are playing in their first tournament as a team. Even though they don’t have the experience that some other teams have, they still feed off one another.
“We’ve actually never played together although we do play in a league during Thursday nights in the winter,” Kelly said. “We’re getting used to each other. Our games complement each other well. He likes to be back, and I like to be up at the net and it works out pretty well.”
Deblasis realizes he and Kelly have their work cut out for them, but he is confident that they’ll continue to play well.
“I think we have a tough match,” Deblasis said. “Getting this far we know that we’ll play the best players out here. We just have to play our game and not their game.”
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