World Deaf Team Tennis - Day Three Results

USA Women in Friday's Semis

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

With pool play completed, four men's and four women's teams move to Friday's championship semifinals in the World Deaf Team Tennis Championships at The Champions Club with the championship finals set for Saturday.

Women's Semifinals (Friday 8 a.m.) -  Led by Emily Hangstefer (Signal Mtn.) and Laura Chapman (Columbus, Ga.), the United States defeated Russia, 2-1, Wednesday to win Pool A and faces Pool B runner-up Spain, while Pool B champion Chinese Taipei takes on Pool B runner-up Germany. Katie Hangstefer is the USA women's coach.

Pool Play - Top two countries advance to semifinals (No.1s vs. No.2s)

 Pool A -  United States (3-0) and Great Britain (2-1)

Pool B - Chinese Taipei (3-0) and Spain (2-1)

Friday's Semis: 8 a.m. - USA vs. Spain ... Chinese Taipei vs. Great Britain...

(same format as pool play .. No.1 singles, No.2 singles, doubles)

Men's Semifinals (Friday 8 a.m.): Austria, France and Germany are each 2-0 and pool play champs and advance to Friday's semis along with Russia as the wild card team.

Pool Play: champions advance with one wild card

Champions: Austria, France, Germany

Wild Card: Russia

 Friday - Men's Semifinals: 8 a.m. - Germany vs. Russia; France vs. Austria

Consolation Matches: The United States men led by Daniel Hangstefer (Signal Mtn.) are 1-1 and play a consolation semifinal Thursday morning vs. Great Britain. The Americans beat Great Britain, 2-1, Tuesday, and lost to Germany, 3-0, today.

National Team Member ... Chinese Taipei's No.1 player, Chiu-Mei Ho, started playing tennis at 13 years of age ... member of national team from 1975 to 2001 and played No.1 for the first five years ... 

Hearing Loss: Chiu-Mei Ho has lost some of her hearing over the years and led her country to the Deaf World Team Tennis Championship in 2007 ... She won a bronze medal in singles in the 2009 Deaf Worlds and won a 2013 Deaflympics silver medal in singles.

Kudos to Chattanooga: "The Champions Club is a great place to play tennis and the people who are on the local organizing committee have been very helpful to make sure any of our requests are taken care of as soon as possible," said Tobias Burz of Germany who is the director of tennis for the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD).

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


Bushnell Poll Has Dalton State Men's Golf At No. 10 In NAIA

The Dalton State men’s golf team is ranked No. 10 in the Bushnell NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll released Friday by Golfweek. Defending national champions Coastal Georgia received six of the seven votes for No.1 but is two points in back of William Woods of Mo.  Dalton State is voted No. 10 in the Bushnell. ... (click for more)

Dalton State Women Picked 5th In NAIA Golf

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  – Defending national champion Keiser (Fla.) is the No. 1 team in the 2015 NAIA Women’s Golf Preseason Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Friday. The Seahawks claimed 14 first-place votes and 405 points overall. This is the second time that Keiser, formerly Northwood, starts the season atop the poll, dating back to 1999. The Seahawks ... (click for more)

Hutcheson Medical Center Takes New Cost-Cutting Measures

Hutcheson Medical Center has announced new cost-cutting measures as it tries to stop ongoing losses. A trustee has asked that the Fort Oglethorpe hospital's bankruptcy process be dissolved, saying it has accumulated over $5 million in debt during the 10 months it has been in bankruptcy. The board of directors for Hutcheson Medical Center voted Wednesday evening to suspend ... (click for more)

East Ridge Council Rejects Bids For Road Work For Bass Pro Shop Development

The Bass Pro Shop development at East Ridge has hit another snag as the bids for widening Camp Jordan Parkway came in higher than expected.   Officials said the two bids were $2,597,003 by Talley Construction and $2,670,375 by Brown Brothers. Improvements to Exit 1 of I-75 are due to be bid later.   Vice Mayor Marc Gravitt said the council had ... (click for more)

Vote To Save Graduate Medical Education Funding

As a resident physician at UT College of Medicine Chattanooga, I know first-hand the impact Medicare financing for Graduate Medical Education has on physician education and access to care for patients in our community and communities all over the country.  GME funding provides medical school graduates the opportunity to complete the required years of clinical residency training ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Quaker Oats & Stuff

Some genius in the Quaker Oats marketing department came up with a novel idea last summer with the theme: “What if you had the chance to do something you have always wanted to do … but you had to start today?” Somehow Michael Hope and his family – that includes three children – got to be interviewed and, when his 10-year-old daughter Lauren was asked, she said she always wanted ... (click for more)