Deaf World Team Tennis - USA Women Take Silver Medal

USA Men Finish 5th

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

In a three-set doubles match to determine deaf world team tennis supremacy, Chinese Taipei rallied to defeat USA, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, for a 2-1 team victory today for the gold medal in the Deaf World Team Tennis Championship finals at the John Strang-Eric Voges Tennis Center at McCallie.

Playing for the Maere Cup, the two countries had split singles prior to the doubles match as Lin Chia-Wen defeated Laura Chapman (Columbus, Ga.) at No.2 singles, while Signal Mountain's Emily Hangstefer defeated Ho Chin-Mei at No.1 singles.

"It's disappointing not to win the team gold, but Laura and I plan to participate in the Deaf World singles and doubles championships next summer," said Hangstefer who teamed with Chapman to defeat Chinese Taipei for the Deaflympics doubles gold medal last summer..

Second Set: After losing the opening set, the victors broke the Americans three times in the second set. Game six with Chinese Taipei serving was a possible turning point in the set. The Americans trailed 4-1, bur had two break points. The Chinese won five of the last six points in the game to take a 5-1 lead and eventually won 6-3.

Third Set: The two teams exchanged service breaks to open the set and then held serve the next four games for a 3-3 score.

In the crucial seventh game with the Chinese serving, the Americans had a game point at 30-40, but did not capitalize and eventually lost the game and their serve in game eight to trail 5-3.

In the last game, the Americans fought off two match points  before the victors won the final two points and the title.

Team Records: The USA team was 4-1 in the championship with wins against Great Britain, Germany and Russia in pool play and Spain in the semis.

Chinese Taipei (5-0) defeated India, Japan and Spain in pool play, followed by a semifinal triumph against Great Britain in the semis and the U.S. squad in the finals.

Women's Final -  Maere Cup -  Chinese Taipei 2, USA 1

Men's Final - Dresse Cup

France defeated Germany, 2-1, for its first Deaf World Team Tennis title.

The winners arrived in Chattanooga Tues. July 8 to adapt to the humidity and time change. According to team host Darrell McDonald, the French players practiced six hours a day for five days leading up the opening match this past Monday.

"The French players did what it took to win as they practiced six hours a day before the tournament and were careful what they ate and it all paid off," said McDonald who made sure the players had transportation to and from the hotel and the tennis matches.

Last Piece of the Puzzle: Mikael Laurent of France had never won a world team gold medal until today .... he has European Championship singles and doubles gold medals and Olympic (Deaflympics) singles and doubles gold medals and now the team gold.

USA Men Take Fifth: led by Daniel Hangstefer of Signal Mtn, the USA squad defeated Great Britain today in the fifth place match.

Final Standings:

Women's Maere Cup

1. Chinese Taipei 2. USA 3. Spain 4. Great Britain 5. Germany 6. Russia 7. Japan 8. India

Men's Dresse Cup

1. France 2. Germany 3. Austria 4. Russia 5. USA 5. Great Britain 7. Chinese Taipei 8. Japan 9. Argentina

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


Biscuits One-Hit, Crush Chattanooga Saturday, 12-0

The Biscuits (13-9) brought their bats to work in a major way, thrashing the Chattanooga Lookouts (9-14) in a 12-0 rout on Saturday night at AT&T Field. The shutout was the Biscuits' first of the season, as starting pitcher Taylor Guerrieri (1-1) and reliever Buddy Borden combined to one-hit the hapless Lookouts after rain delayed the game's start by 22 minutes. Guerrieri ... (click for more)

UTC Softball Drops Two At UNCG

The Chattanooga Mocs softball team dropped a 9-8 back-and-forth contest and an 8-0 game to UNCG on Saturday in Greensboro, N.C. UTC is 27-24 and 6-8 in Southern Conference action. In the first game, the Spartans got on the board with one run during the first inning. With the first hit for Chattanooga, senior Sam Taylor singled through the left side in the top of the third. ... (click for more)

Daniel Mooney, 31, Shot On Greenway View Drive Saturday Evening; Warrants Issued For Paul Vandiver, 65

Daniel J. Mooney, 31, was shot Saturday night, and Paul Vandiver, 65, is being sought on several charges. Chattanooga Police responded at 7:17 p.m. on Saturday to  an argument in the homeless camp area near the 400 block of Greenview Way Drive. Mooney suffered a single gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital by HCEMS for non-life threatening wounds.  ... (click for more)

Rescuers Help Man After He Falls 30 Feet From Signal Bluff

Rescuers helped a man back up after he fell 30 feet on a Signal Mountain bluff on Saturday night. However, he was not seriously injured. At 11 p.m., a 911 call was made reporting the fall. Walden's Ridge Emergency Services responded to 1425 East Brow Road. When rescue personnel arrived on the scene, they reported a 25-year-old male had fallen 30 feet off the side of ... (click for more)

Being Proactive With Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s and is the 14th leading cause of death in the United States. It affects an estimated one million Americans and four to six million worldwide,  There is no cure for Parkinson’s, and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone. Source: National Parkinson’s Foundation  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden In May

Back when we were kids this day’s battle cry was, “Hooray, hooray for the First of May! Outdoor swimming starts today! With temperatures in the high 80s and we dive in to a new month, our monthly walk in a garden heavy with spring time pollen looks promising … AN ORCHID for the movie “Rocky” on its 40 th anniversary: “Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t ... (click for more)