Team Franklin-Nadelstein win Valentine’s Day tennis tourney

The winners of the Love at First Set tournament, from left to right, Sandy Nadelstein and Penny Franklin and the runners up, Skip Dostal and Lili Cooperrider before their match. — Photo by Susan Safford

The new team of Penny Franklin and Sandy Nadelstein were victorious over the tough, seasoned duo of Lili Cooperrider and Skip Dostal, 6-3, 6-1, in the finals of the 17th annual Love at First Set mixed doubles tennis tournament “A” flight late Friday afternoon. The action at The Vineyard Tennis Center took place 12 days after the tournament began, thanks to weather-related postponements.

Ms. Franklin said that it was a fun but tiring match with many long points. “We moved to the net well, which was our goal and that seemed to work,” she said. “It was a challenging match.”

Mr. Dostal agreed. “It was a competitive match. We played hard, but there were too many errors from our side. A lot of good gets from both sides. Sandy and Penny just kept the ball in play.” The winners took home bottles of wine.

The B flight final was won on Saturday, Feb. 16, by the team of Shawn Scofield and Susan Stevens who over-powered Cathy Lattanzi and Gene Erez, 6-1, 6-2.

Martha’s Vineyard Regional High school tennis team members Julia Cooper and Sean McAndrews took the consolation round final with a close 7-6, 7-5 victory over the more senior team of Paula Rego and Steve Mussell.

The tournament raised $1,700 to fight Alzheimer’s and was hosted by the VTC. A total of 36 people entered the tournament, 16 in the A flight and 20 in the B flight.

Scheduled for the weekend February 9 and 10, the snowstorm of Friday, February 8, and the subsequent travel advisory on Saturday pushed the beginning of the action to Sunday and the following two weekends. The early round matches were all played on the first Sunday.

Neither of the A flight semi-final matches was very close. The Franklin-Nadelstein team won 6-3, 6-1 over Megan Farrell and James Ferry and the Cooperrider-Dostal team was victorious 6-0, 6-4 over the late charging team of Lynn Blake and Jeremy Simon.

In the B flight semi-finals the Scofield and Stevens team overpowered Al Woolacott and Lisa Reagan, 6-3, 6-2. The team of Lattanzi and Erez won their semi-final match leading 6-3 after the first set when their opponents retired because of an injury to Chris Forbes. Mr. Forbes’s partner was Robin Mussell.