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Army Captures Armed Forces Team Tennis Tournament

By Master Sgt. Stephen Barrett, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 1996 – Army tennis players chalked up 22 wins in 30 matches to win team honors at the 1996 armed forces tennis championships, held Sept. 12-18 at Fort Eustis, Va.


The tournament was an Army invitational with the top finishers going to the Consiel du Sport Militaire in Moscow Nov. 10-19.


Teams played head-to-head during the first three days of the competition, with 15 matches in five categories to compile a team score. In singles play, competition consisted of four men's open matches, two women's open, two men's junior veterans (ages 35-45) and two men's seniors (ages 45 and above).


Doubles competition included two men's open matches and one doubles match in the women's, junior veterans and seniors categories. 


Army (2-0) took 12 of 15 matches against Navy in its 12-3 victory Sept. 13. It defeated Air Force 10-5 the following day to clinch the team title. Air Force (1-1) finished second, sweeping Navy (0-2) 15-0 in their head-to-head competition Sept. 12. The Marine Corps did not compete.


Players winning four matches included Army 2nd Lt. Kristin Argus (women's singles and doubles) and Spc. Jeffrey Wood (men's open singles and doubles) -- both from Fort Hood, Texas. Argus defeated Air Force's Capt. Kim Green (U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.) and Navy Chief Petty Officer Caitlin Root (Norfolk Naval Base, Va.) for her singles wins. She then teamed with two different partners in winning a pair of doubles matches.


Wood had no problems with Navy Petty Officer James Lowes (Norfolk), but needed three sets to defeat Air Force 2nd Lt. James Thrulby (Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.). He then teamed with Capt. Chris Lowry (Schofield Barracks, Hawaii) for two doubles victories.


Army Lt. Col. Stanley Morris of Heidelberg, Germany, and Air Force Capt. Scott Corby of Warner-Robbins Air Force Base, Ga., also captured four wins each. Corby won twice in men's open singles, then teamed with 2nd Lt. Jerry Ledzinski (Los Angeles Air Force Base) to win a pair of open doubles matches.


Morris, competing in men's senior competition, scored a pair of singles wins, then combined with Master Sgt. Robert Richards (Fort Myer, Va.) for his doubles victories.


Taking three wins in the team competition were Ledzinski, Air Force 1st Lt. Bruce Ybarra of Andrews Air Force Base, Md.,  Army 1st Lt. James Malakoff of Fort Hood and Army Sgt. Robert Beckvall of Fort Carson, Colo.


The armed forces tennis championships continued Sept. 15-18 at Fort Eustis with individual singles and doubles competition.



DAY 1: Air Force 15, Navy 0

Men's Open Singles

 2nd Lt. Jerry Ledzinski, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., def. Lt. Chris Thompson, Norfolk Naval Base, Va., 6-3, 6-3.

 Capt. Scott Corby, Warner-Robbins Air Force Base, Ga., def. Lt. Matt Hermstedt, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., 7-6, 6-3.

 1st Lt. Bruce Ybarra, Andrews Air Force Base, Md., def. Lt. Zuben Clemente, Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base, Va., 6-0, 6-0.

 2nd Lt. Trace Thrulby, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., def. Petty Officer 3rd Class James Lowes, USS Eisenhower, 6-0, 6-0.

Women's Open Singles

 Capt. Kim Green, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., def. Chief Petty Officer Caitlin Root (N), Norfolk, 6-0, 6-0.

 1st Lt. Christine Rilovick, W.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., def. Lt. Cmdr. Leyda Hilera (N), Norfolk, 6-1, 6-0.

Men's Junior Vets

 Tech. Sgt. Jose Rivera, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, def. Lt. Cmdr. Brent Filbert (N), Norfolk, 6-3, 6-3.

 Capt. Tom Barth (AF) New York City, def. Cmdr. Brad Baylor (N), Norfolk, 6-1, 4-6, 7-6.

Men's Seniors

 Capt. Dave Cox, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., def. Lt. Cmdr. Mike Owen (N), Norfolk, 6-3, 6-0.

 Lt. Col. Barrington Brumley (AF) Yokota Air Base, Japan, def. Master Chief Petty Officer Abe Galon (N), Norfolk, 6-1, 6-0.

Men's Open Doubles

 Ledzinski and Colby (AF) def. Thompson and Hermstedt (N), 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.

 Rivera and Ybarra (AF) def. Clemente and Lowes (N), 6-3, 6-1.


Women's Open Doubles

 Green and Rivolick (AF) def. Root and Hilera (N), 6-1, 6-0.

Men's Junior Vet Doubles

 Barth and Capt. Jim Schwenke, Washington (AF) def. Baylor

and Filbert (N), 6-2, 6-2.

Men's Senior Doubles

Cox and Brumbley (AF) def. Owen and Galon (N), 7-5, 6-3.

DAY TWO: Army 12, Navy 3

Men's Open Singles

 1st Lt. James Malakoff (A), Fort Hood, Texas, def. Thompson (N), 6-3, 6-1.

 Hermstedt (N) def. Spc. Christopher Lowry (A), Schofield

Barracks, Hawaii, 6-3, 6-3.

 Capt Chris Waters (A), Fort Hood, def. Clemente (N) 6-0, 6-0.

 Spc. Jeffrey Wood (A), Fort Hood, def. Lowes (N), 6-1, 6-0.

Women's Open Singles

 2nd Lt. Kristin Argus (A), Fort Hood, def. Root (N), 6-2, 6-0.

 1st Lt. Michele Pauli (A), Heidelberg, Germany, def. Hilera (N), 6-1, 6-0.

Men's Junior Vets

 Filbert (N) def. Staff Sgt. Cameron McBride (A), Heidelberg, Germany, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2.

 Baylor (N) def. Sgt. Robert Beckvall, Fort Carson, Colo., 7-5, 6-0.

Men's Seniors

 Lt. Col. Stan Morris (A) Giebelstadt, Germany, def. Owen (N) 6-3, 3-0 (retirement).

 Maj. Glen Anderson (A), Heidelberg, Germany, def. Galon (N), 6-0, 6-0.

Men's Open Doubles

 Malakoff and Waters (A) def. Thompson and Hermstedt (N), 7-5, 6-2.

 Lowry and Wood (A) def. Clemente and Lowes (N), 6-3, 6-1.

Women's Open Doubles

 Argus and 2nd Lt. Allyson Toce, U.S. Army Europe, def. Root and Hilera, 6-2, 6-4.

Men's Junior Vet Doubles

 Capt. John Etterbeck, Fort Stewart, Ga., and Beckvall def. Baylor and Filbert, 7-5, 6-0.

Men's Senior Doubles

 Richards and Morris (A) def. Owen and Galon, 6-0, 6-1.

DAY THREE: Army 10, Air Force 5

Men's Open Singles

 Malakoff (A) def. Ledzinski (AF) 3-6, 7-6, 7-6.

 Corby (AF) def. Lowry (A) 6-2, 6-2.

 Ybarra (AF) def. Waters (A) 6-1, 6-1.

 Wood (A) def. Thrulby (AF) 4-6, 6-4, 6-0.

Women's Open Singles

 Argus (A) def. Green (AF), 6-2, 6-7, 6-2.

 Pauli (A) def. Rilovick (AF) 6-3, 7-5.

Men's Junior Vets

 Rivera (AF) def. McBride (A) 6-4, 6-0.

 Beckvall (A) def. Barth (AF) 7-6, 6-4.

Men's Seniors

 Richards (A) def. Cox (AF) 6-2, 6-1.

 Morris (A) def. Brumley (AF) 6-1, 6-1.

Men's Open Doubles

 Ledzinski and Colby (AF) def. Malakoff and Waters (A) 7-6, 6-3.

 Lowry and Wood (A) def. Rivera and Ybarra (AF) 7-6, 1-6, 6-3.

Women's Open Doubles

 Green and Rivolick (AF) def. Argus and Pauli (A) 6-4, 6-4.

Men's Junior Vet Doubles

 Beckvall and Etterbeek (A) def. Barth and Schwenke (AF) 6-2, 7-6.

Men's Senior Doubles

 Richards and Morris (A) def. Cox and Brumley (AF) 6-3, 6-2.

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