PHOTO GALLERY: Couples escape with tennis titles

Two couples breezed through the Island Escape Mixed Doubles Championships at the City Racquet Center on Saturday.

Joe Magdalener teamed with Betsy Sanford to win the 45-and-over title, while Mace and Linda Koole combined to win the 55-and-over competition.

“Competitors kept there cool in the heat with teamwork and plenty of Gatorade,” Racquet Center manager Bill Van Glabek said. “The players enjoyed themselves to the extent that after the finals were played they stayed and played more tennis.”

Magdalener and Sanford jumped out early for easy wins. They downed Walt Lesak and Darlene Roddy, 6-0, 6-0; topped Jackie Pham and Peter Trang, 6-1, 6-1 and put away Mark Schusterman and Rachel Schenk, 6-1, 6-2.

Trang-Pham downed Schusterman-Schenk, 6-4, 6-2, while losing to Lesak-Roddy, 6-4, 7-6. Schusterman-Schenk edged Lesak-Roddy , 6-7, 6-1, 10-8 in tiebreaker.

The Kooles had a tough battle with George Gueterbock and Brenda Rielly, winning 6-4, 6-2. They then toppled Eric Martin and Marilyn Debbs, winning 6-0, 6-2.

Martin and Debbs lost to Gueterbock-Rielly, 6-1, 6-1.

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