40+ 3.5 Districts Bound:
April 22, 2017
Congratulations to the 40+ team for closing out the 2017 league season with a win in the final playoff against Los Gatos Swim & Racquet. This win demonstrated the strength of this team, and proved that we are the right team to represent Lower Peninsula league at Districts in two weeks. This team is outstanding! I’ll be providing more details about districts in other emails, but for now, let me get to the recap.
Easter weekend did not get in the way and Los Gatos came prepared with a very strong line-up, just not as strong as Morgan Hills. Not sure who was first off the courts (does it really matter), but likely Dale & Kevin playing at D1. Kevin played fantastic; great serves, passing shots and covered a lot of court. Unfortunately, Dale was a bit hobbled and Kevin just couldn’t compensate makeup enough for Dale’s lack of mobility. Regardless, the match competitive with MH going down in two sets 4-6 3-6. MH behind 0-1.
Peter was next off playing at S2. This match was up for grabs in the early playing with the first set standing at 4-4. This was when Peter stepped it up and took control. He closed out that set 6-4 and then took the second set 6-3 to even the team score at 1-1.
Chris came off the court next, playing at S1. I didn’t see any of Chris’s match, but the result was a decisive win for MH, 6-2 6-4 giving MH a 2-1 team lead.
The 4th match to finish was George and John, playing at D3. After a bit of a slow start, going down 2-5 in the first set, they were finally able to get the fire burning and take control. With 5 straight games they came back to win the first set 7-5 and then closed out the 2nd set 6-4. So, with MH up 3-1 in match score we had officially claimed the district berth.
The highlight of this match (for me) was Ed and Paul playing at D2. I did get to watch a number of their points, and there were some great ones. LG seemed to have some difficulty handling Ed’s serve and Paul was getting some great opportunities with overheads which he seemed to connect with regularly. Still, there were down a break for much of the 1st set and battled back to a 1st set tie break which they closed out to take the lead. The momentum seemed to continue for MH in the 2nd set although LG kept it close, ultimately taking the 2nd set to a tie break. MH came out on top in the 2nd tie break as well 7-5, taking the match 7-6 7-6. Icing on the cake as MH took the match 4-1.
Great match by all. The team heads to Districts in Sacramento the weekend of 4/28 – 4/30. Lets Wish them Luck