LIMA — There were no secrets in Thursday’s championship match of the under-50 age bracket of the Lima City Mixed Doubles Tennis Tournament at the Collett Street Courts.
All four participants of the finals hailed from Lima Central Catholic and two of them were doubles partners in high school.
The brother-sister combination of Alex and Ashley Swick took on the brother-sister duo of John and Elizabeth Kidd.
The Swicks prevailed in a hard-fought two-set match, 6-4, 6-4 to take the title.
“It could have gone anybody’s way,” Alex Swick said. “The sets definitely were not straight-forward double sets. There were a lot of breaks. There were a lot of games we were down like Love-40 and came back to hold. Then, other games we would be up 40-Love and got broke. So, it was back-and-forth the entire way.”
For Ashley Swick, just being able to play on the same court with her brother and the Kidd’s, was a thrill.
“It was definitely nice to be able to play with him (her brother) again,” Ashley said. “The two of them — both John and Alex — I watched them play in countless tournaments. So, to be on the court with both of them was kind of nice. I’m glad we had a chance to do it.”
Alex Swick and John Kidd teamed up in high school for doubles and finished runners-up at the state tournament, twice.
Kidd is going to be a sophomore at the University of Findlay, where he plays tennis. Swick just graduated from LCC, where he was a four-time state competitor.
Ashley Swick, who was a standout at LCC for four years, recently graduated from Boston University.
Elizabeth Kidd will be a senior this coming school year. She plays on the Thunderbirds’ tennis team.
“She’s improved a lot,” John Kidd said about his sister’s progress on the tennis court. “Her athletic ability has carried her a long way. She just needs to tweak a few things here and there and she’s going to be a star.”
Terry Hilborne and Emily Sprague beat Kaitlin Snider and Chelsea Myer 6-2, 7-6 to claim third place in the under-50 tournament.
In the 50-and-over championship match, longtime City Tournament participant Mary Lou Roush and partner Brad Kelley, defeated Ray Howard and Margie Quillen 6-4, 6-2.
“That was probably one of the tougher finals in mixed doubles,” Roush said. “There was never a 40-Love game. Ray was really steady. He had a lot of top-spin on the ball. When he started to hit that top-spin, I started to climb the fence.
“But, you have to be ready for that. …You to be off the baseline and ready to hit it. Brad had a lot of poaching, though. He should get the ‘Poacher of the Year Award.’”
This was the first time that Roush and Kelley have teamed up for doubles in a tournament setting.
“I’m happy I answered the phone when she called,” Kelley said with a smile.