Vincent team wins Saturday to move up at doubles finals

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 30, 2003

NATCHEZ &045; After losing all three individual matches on Friday, the Vincent team from the southwest region have stormed back in the 2003 USA League Tennis Mississippi State Mixed Doubles Championship.

Led by team captain Darla Vincent, this team won three team matches in the Level 7.5, Flight II on Saturday at the tournament headquartered at the Duncan Park Tennis Center, including a key team match over the Weeks team from Jackson in the late afternoon.

&uot;We lost that one the other day (Friday),&uot; to the Brown team form the Delta region, Team Vincent member and former Trinity tennis coach Adam Cardneaux said. &uot;We pretty much dominated today. I believe everyone won in two sets.&uot;

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Noreen and Derek Pyron lost in a third-set tiebreaker. Vincent and John Moffett their match lost 4-6, 4-6. Cardneaux and Suzan Hogue also lost in a third-set tiebreaker.

After that, the Vincent team came back with a vengeance on Saturday.

Team Vincent won three individual matches and lost none to both the Echiburu team, also from Jackson, and the Meek team from North Central to start the day.

&uot;We just started playing our kind of tennis,&uot; Vincent said. &uot;We had a hard match yesterday. The sun was in our eyes and it was tough to see. We regrouped and came back.

&uot;The match we have at 4 p.m. (against the Weeks team) is against the team we have to beat. They’re undefeated.&uot;

The first two matches went to a third-set tiebreaker and set up a dramatic finish in this flight.

First, Cardneaux and Hogue defeated Todd Dalton and Susan Bellan, 6-4, 0-6, 10-8.

&uot;We were lucky,&uot; Cardneaux said. &uot;Suzan played well. We played very well the first set. The second set we didn’t play so well. The third set tiebreaker they got tight. It’s not necessarily the best team wins in this format.&uot;

Vincent and Clark McCain lost to Jeff Boyles and Lisa Walters, 5-7, 7-5, 1-0 in a three-set tiebreaker, which meant the team of Moffett and Nancy Laird had to defeat Penn Majors and Rebecca Smith to give Team Vincent a much-needed team point.

And that’s just what they did, winning in straight sets but having to go to a tiebreaker in both sets, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) to give Team Vincent three team points going into today’s action.

&uot;We were down in the first tiebreaker 5-2 and came back and won,&uot; Laird said. &uot;It was very tough. It was lots of fun.&uot;

The win by the Vincent team over the Meek team was also important because that team won a team match in the afternoon to tie them with three team points.