Vandy's Gonzales Austin Looks for Three TVOC Titles

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

Vanderbilt junior Gonzales Austin made school history in May by becoming of one of two players this season (Ryan Lypman was the other) to be the first ‘Dores players ever to earn All-American honors in singles and doubles in the same year.

Sunday, he has a chance to add to his trophy case as he is in three finals; men’s open singles and doubles and mixed doubles.

“I have never been in three finals in the same tournament,” said Austin with a smile shortly after he and Vandy teammate Cameron Colton won the mixed doubles semifinal match late Saturday afternoon.

“I took a couple of weeks off after the NCAAs, but I feel I am in shape and will be ready to play three finals Sunday.”

Austin’s triple header schedule shows men’s open (9 a.m.), men’s doubles (noon) and mixed doubles (2 p.m.)

Lots of Vandy Black: At noon, Colton and VU teammate Marie Casares are in the women’s open doubles, while Austin and Elliott Orkin (No.5 singles at Florida as a freshman) are in the men’s doubles final on a nearby court.

World Champs Face Off in Men’s 45s:  A pair of age division world champions (Wesley Cash and Ned Caswell) face each other in the Men’s 45s Doubles finals at 2 .m. … Top-seeded Cash-Ken Koelling take on Caswell and Robert Evans.

UTC in Mixed Open Finals: It’s UTC vs. Vandy in the Finals … Unseeded Pavels Grigorjevs and Samantha Caswell take on the No.1 seeds from Vandy, Gonzales Austin and Courtney Colton …

UTC Duo: Caswell is a rising freshman after an All-American prep career at Baylor School, while Grigorjevs is a rising senior for the Mocs … Grigorjevs-Caswell defeated No.4 Ian Chadwell-Kayleen Chadwell in the quarterfinals and No.2 Will Reynolds-Marie Casares in the semis.

Austin was a 2014 All-American in singles and doubles, while Colton lost in the first round of the NCAA doubles.

Busy Day on the Court: Sue Bartlett is running a GPS summer tournament and also teamed with Mike Parker to win the Mixed 45s Doubles.

* Men’s 35s Doubles

Semifinals: Ben Fisher-Bill Harris def. Jim Jenkins-Philip Johnson walkover; Ned Caswell-Robert Evans def. Mesa Carlson-Bryan Humphries, 6-4, 6-3

Finals Sunday 11 a.m.

* Men’s 45s Singles

Semifinals: Bayly Taff def. (1) Ken Koelling, 6-2, 6-3; (2) Richard Johnson def. (4) Stephen Crofford, 6-1, 6-0

Finals: Sunday 9 a.m.

* Men’s 45s Doubles

Semifinals: (1) Wesley Cash-Ken Koelling def. Steven Riley-Gino Bulso, 6-3, 6-0; (2) Ned Caswell-Robert Evans def. Stephen Crofford-Bill Davis, 6-1, 6-4

Finals: Sunday 2 p.m.

* Men’s 55s Singles

Semifinals:  Geoff McDonald def. Keith Belcher, 6-2, 6-1; Robert Fisher def. (3) Hank Ream, 6-4, 6-1

Finals: Sunday 9 a.m.

* Men’s 55s Doubles

(1) Ken Koelling-Scott Shepherd def. Richard Johnson-Clive Kileff, 6-0, 6-3 (2) Robert Fisher-Daryl Massengill def. Rob Healy-Thorny Strang, 6-4, 7-5.

Finals: Sunday 11:30 a.m.

* Men’s 65s Singles

Semifinals: Marci Anthony def. (3) Chuck Maland, 7-6 (5), 2-6, 10-2; (2) Dennis Strickler def. (4) Ken Campbell, 7-6 (10-8), 2-6, 10-8

Finals: Sunday 9 a.m.

* Men’s 65s Doubles

Semifinals: (1) Chris Brown-Clive Kileff def. Bill Brown-Morrow Chamberlain, 5-7, 7-5, 10-6; (2) Chuck Maland-Dennis Strickler def. Ken Campbell-Darrell McDonald, 6-0, 7-5

Finals: Sunday Noon

* Men’s 75s Singles

Semifinals: Jack Myers def. Lamar Hooker, 7-5, 6-4; Don Smith def. Ken Nelson, 6-4, 2-6, 10-7

Finals: Sunday 9 a.m.

* Men’s 75s Doubles

Finals: Sunday Noon – Darrell McDonald-Don Smith def. Lamar Hooker-Ken Nelson, 7-5, 6-2

(Note: McDonald-Smith rallied in both sets to win … they trailed 5-2 in the first and 4-1 in the second set before winning in straight sets.)     

* Women’s 45s Doubles

Finals: Susan Bevil-Caroline Bentley def. Maria Iarossi-Kelly Matone, 7-5, 6-3

* Women’s 55s Doubles

Finals: Nancy Miller-Carol Smedley def. Janice Forsyth-R Stimson, 6-3, 6-1

Mixed 45s Doubles

Champions: Mike Parker-Sue Bartlett

Parker-Bartlett def. Cynthia Jones-Randy Stephens, 6-3, 6-0

Parker-Bartlett def. Karl Gifford-Linda Hancock def.  6-3, 6-3

Cynthia Jones-Randy Stephens def. Karl Gifford-Linda Hancock, 6-1, 0-6, 10-6

* Mixed 55s Doubles

Cynthia Jones-Randy Stephens def. Carlson-Warren, 6-4, 6-1; Carol Smedley-James Smedley def. John Hartman-Judy Pratt, 6-0, 6-1

Finals: Sunday 9 a.m.

* Mixed 65s Doubles

Finals: Judith Siracusa-Pat Siracusa def. Deborah Wilhelm-Wayne Wilhelm, 6-1, 6-0

* Men’s Open Singles

Semifinals

1 Gonzales Austin def.  Carl Abalos, 6-3, 6-4; (2) Wayne Montgomery def. (4) Forrest Edwards, 6-2, 6-1

Finals: Sunday 9 a.m.

* Men’s Open Doubles

Semifinals: (1) Elliott Orkin-Gonzales Austin def. Vikram Hundai-Evgeny Silitski, 3-6, 7-5, 10-7; (2) Wayne Montgomery-Eric Diaz def. Carl Abalos-Salif Kante, 6-3, 5-7, 10-6

Finals: Sunday Noon

* Women’s Open Singles

Semifinals:  (1) Marie Casares def. Carmen Blanco, 6-2, 6-3; (4) Natalia Maynetto def. (2) Courtney Colton, 6-0, 6-1

Finals: Sunday 10:30 a.m.

* Women’s Open Doubles

Semifinals: (1) Marie Casares-Courtney Colton def. Samantha Caswell-McCall Morgan, 6-0, 6-1; Kelsey Coots-Kayla Jones def. (2) Carmen Blanco-Natalia Maynetto, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 11-9

Finals: Sunday Noon

* Mixed Open Doubles

Semifinals: (1) Gonzales Austin-Courtney Colton def.  (3) John Hangstefer-Kayla Jones, 6-0, 6-0; Pavels Grigorjevs-Samantha Caswell def. (2) Marie Casares-Will Reynolds, 7-6 (5), 7-5

Finals: Sunday 2 p.m.

contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@comcast.net


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