Dave Valouch of Vernon and Kristian Kiland of Prince George each claimed two tiles in the 89th Hankey Cup Doubles Tennis Championships hosted by the Kalamalka Country Club.
Spectators were entertained to some high-caliber tennis last weekend with brothers Jim Condon and Kristian Kiland defeating Al Lincoln and Daniel Kotai of Kamloops 6-3, 3-6, 10-5 in the men’s A doubles final.
In the semis, Condon and Kiland won over Jeremy Bell of Vernon and West Martin-Patterson of Salmon Arm 6-5, 4-6, 10-6, while Lincoln and Kotai grounded Jason Shumay and Jerry Reinhardt of Vernon 6-1, 6-1.
Bell and Martin-Patterson led 5-2 in the first set and a loss for Condon and Kiland seemed inevitable. The brothers fought back valiantly and took the first set in a tiebreaker (played at 5-5).
The second set went to Bell and Martin-Patterson, forcing a 10-point tiebreaker. The brothers’ post-match victory celebration was entertainment in itself.
This is the first time in several years where the title has not been held by a competitor from Vernon. The friendship and rivalry between the players will resume again in Kelowna where the Alpha-Zulu Tournament takes place July 17-19.
In the men’s B doubles finals, the Kal Club twosome of Morris Vardabasso and Dave Valouch dispatched David Claeys (Lavington) and Ben Johnson (Lake Country) 6-0, 6-1. Mark Corbett and Pat Hughes of Kal placed fourth.
In the ladies A doubles, the results were determined by placements in the round-robin. Meryl Ogden (Kal Club) and Kristina Lidster (Kamloops) ruled with set scores of 7-1. Krista Martin and Suppa Phonechiangkwang of Kelowna were second at 5-3.
The ladies B doubles featured an all-Vernon final with Barb Klopfenstein and Lisa Sousa brushing back Linda Borger and Wendi Varley 6-5, 6-1.
Karalee Drdul and Pam Davidson, both of the host club, finished fifth.
Pro set scores were used for mixed doubles. In the mixed A finals, five teams had 3-2 records and the winner was determined by which team won the most games. Fran Mann of Kelowna and Kiland topped the pool by winning 37 games.
The mixed B doubles final was captured by the Vernon pair of Sandra Leidl and Dave Valouch, who lost only one set (8-1).
Tournament directors Ray Kimoto and Gordon Mann praised their hard-working tennis committee of Karalee Drdul-Mann, Dave Valouch, Gary Davidson and Alice Kimoto, the kitchen crew of Nadine Poznanski and Jill Holmes, groundskeeper Lee Noonan and Voets Coffee.