Sunday, November 2, 2014

Finals set in Sacramento Clay Court League

   The doubles team of Justin Garcia and Jeff Shin on Saturday reached the open final of the Sacramento Clay Court League for the second straight year.
   Garcia and Shin advanced by default over Eric Roberson and Yasmin Schnack in the losers' bracket of the doubles-only league at Ben and Mary Combs' house in the Sacramento suburb of Orangevale. 
   Garcia and Shin will face Whit Livingston and Scott Colby today at 1 p.m. for the title. Livingston and Colby edged Roberson and Schnack 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the winners' bracket last Sunday.
   Play will begin today at 9:30 a.m., when Bryan Paveglio and Steve Scurfield defend their 40-and-over title against Chris Gerety and Todd Stanley. In the 50-and-over final at 11 a.m., Mike Smith and Bob Deller will oppose Ben Combs and Mark Tappan.
   Finalists in the three divisions will compete for a total of $2,000.
   The public is invited to attend the matches, including a barbecue lunch, at 8582 Westin Lane. Donations will benefit the Sacramento Community Tennis Association and its Sacramento Junior Tennis Fund, which provides lessons for underprivileged children.
    Roberson, a 28-year-old former Boise State standout from Sacramento, won last year's open title with Darrin Cohen, who did not return, and mixed doubles crown with Schnack. Mixed doubles was not offered this year.
   Roberson and Schnack, a 26-year-old resident of Elk Grove in the Sacramento area, won a national playoff last year to earn an automatic wild card in mixed doubles at the U.S. Open. They fell to Slovakians Janette Husarova and Filip Polasek 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the first round.
   Shin won the 2012 open title in the Sacramento Clay Court League with Kevin Vieira.
   For more information, click on sacramentoclaycourtleague.com.

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