Cornhusker State Games Results

tennis tournament results Cornhusker State Games ResultsThe Cornhuskder State Games Tennis Tournament was held July 17-19, 2009 at Lincoln, NE. There were 190 competitors, including Mixed Doubles which will be played next weekend.

Brian and Dana Mark were the only Fremont area players participating. They might have set a new record for 3rd set tiebreakers, although the official record has not yet been located.

3.5 Singles
In the 1st round, Brian, the 3rd seed, played Larry Abel from Lincoln, losing in straight sets, 4-6, 0-6. It was a tough draw for Brian, as Abel ended up winning the championship. In the consolation bracket, Brian had a very close match and the first of his 3-set tiebreakers, losing to Nolan Dewispelare of Lincoln, 7-6, 5-7, 6-7.

Dana played against Matthew Binderup of Omaha in round one, losing in straight sets, 2-6, 2-6. In the consolation bracket, Dana had the first of his 3rd set tiebreakers, losing to the # 2 seed, Keith Bucknell of Lincoln, 2-6, 7-5, 6-7.

So, in singles, Brian lost to the eventual champion, and Dana lost to the runner-up.

3.5 Doubles - almost a Bronze Medal!
In doubles, Brian and Dana played the # 2 seed team, Matthew Binderup and Paul Rios of Omaha. They lost a 3-setter with the 3rd set a tiebreaker. Score: 5-7, 6-1, 6-7. In the consolation bracket, Brian and Dana pulled out a win in with a 3rd set tiebreaker, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 over Bob Branchaud and Richard Robison of Lincoln. In the consolation finals, playing for the Bronze medal, Brian and Dana lost with another 3rd set tiebreaker to Donald Ediger and John Keller of Lincoln, 7-6, 3-6, 6-7. The final tiebreaker score was 8-10, and a disheartening loss.

So, Brian and Dana fought valiantly, but in the end five 3rd set tiebreakers proved to be one to many, and they fell just a few points short of bringing home a medal.

Next weekend, Dana and Renate Mark will participate in the 8.0 Mixed Doubles portion of the Cornhusker Games.

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