Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard tennis tournament serves love

Bob Fitzgerald reaches for a volley as partner and son Brian Fitzgerald looks on. — Photo by Patrick J. Cashin

Updated Thursday, 6:30 am.

The All Island Tennis Championship to benefit Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard held Monday raised more than $8,000, and attracted more than 120 players who competed to benefit the Island nonprofit that ministers to those at life’s end.

Most opening rounds were completed on Friday. During the evening cocktail party that followed, players and spectators were entertained by the comedic impressionist talents of Louise DuArt and her inspirational speaker husband, SQuire Rushnell.

On Sunday, the women’s doubles finals matched state champion high school teammates Kelly Klaren and Kat Roberts against Victoria Scott and Elizabeth Williamson. A large crowd watched, issuing many “oohs” and “aahs” as balls were hit back and forth with blistering speed, and players chased down the balls to keep the point going. In the end, Klaren/Roberts were victorious, 6-2, 6-1, but the score belied the closeness of a very entertaining match.

In men’s singles, which was a round-robin tournament, Iain Macleod won first place, with Janis Krums taking second.

The tournament relied on an innovative “Compass/Waterfall draw,” to accommodate more than 120 players. The format allowed players to continue playing whether they won or lost.

Final results: Women’s doubles: Division 1: Kelly Klaren/Kat Roberts def. Victoria Scott/Elizabeth Williamson, 6-2, 6-1; Michelle Bettencourt/Jeanne Holenko def. Lynn Blake/Maya Moran, 6-1, 6-0; Division 2: Natalie Krauthamer/Anne Williamson def. Cara McCormick/Moira Shipsey, w/o; Kim Materese/Linda Trude def. Catherine Linenberg/Lucienne Sanchez, 6-0, 6-1.

Division 3: Susanne Faraca/Sarah Moore def. Dorinda Forde/Susan Staudt, 6-4, 6-1; Beverly Mazza/Jeanne Ogden def. Susan Bernier/Patti Leighton, 6-1, 6-1.

Division 4: Maria McFarland/Susie Mondry def. Suzanne Boyer/Rebecca Haag, 6-4, 6-4; Susan Herr/Susan Peltier, bye.

Men’s doubles: Division 1: Paul Adler/Tim Penicaud def. Connor Downing/Kiric Hallahan, 6-2, 6-0; Howard Honig/Randy Williams def. Patrick Caine/Skip Dostal, 7-5, 6-3; Division 2: Aksel Cooperrider/Nainoa Cooperrider def. Randolph Lindsay/Roland Marquez, 6-4, 4-6, 13-11; Chris Ferry/James Ferry def. William DiSchino/Mark Wissmar, 6-1, 6-0; Division 3: Doug Cooper/Mike Marchand def. Wayne Greenwall/Mark Jenkins, 6-4, 6-4; Fred Krokenberger/Chuck Scott def. Robert Rush/William Santo, 6-0, 6-2.

Mixed doubles: Division 1: Beth Sawyer/Ryan Sawyer def. Kat Roberts/Jack Roberts, 6-3, 6-3; Susan Kimball/Arthur Stafford def. Laura Schroeder/Roland Marquez, 6-2, 7-5; Division 2: Pam Monahan/Ken Monahan def. Lynn Blake/Gene Erez, 6-2, 7-5; Mary Breslauer/Gavin Franklin def. Jan Brogan/William Santo: Division 3: Megan Farrell/Jeff Young def. Kelly Nicol/Scott Nicol, 6-3, 7-6; Liz Peirce/Rob Peirce def. Doreen Rezendez/Sandy Ray, w/o; Division 4: Donna Fernandez/Jeffrey Fernandez def. Barbara DiSchino/William DiSchino, 6-2, 4-6, 10-7; Janice Florin/Don Barker def. Lisa Wissmar/Mark Wissmar, 6-4, 6-1.

An earlier version of this story reported that Chris Downing and Kiric Hallahan were defeated in Division 1 of Men’s doubles. It was Connor Downing and Kiric Hallahan who were defeated.