Marco YMCA men's doubles team wins state USTA championship

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The Marco Island YMCA doubles team won the Florida USTA 7.0 men’s team title last weekend. In front, from left, Bob Ahearn, Nat Holmes, Rick Rupp, Sam Lewis, Alan Zuckerman and Ray Gauch. Back row, George Hayden, Ken Quinn and Conrad Donelson. Not shown, Ed Neal.

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Submitted photo The Marco Island YMCA doubles team won the Florida USTA 7.0 men’s team title last weekend. In front, from left, Bob Ahearn, Nat Holmes, Rick Rupp, Sam Lewis, Alan Zuckerman and Ray Gauch. Back row, George Hayden, Ken Quinn and Conrad Donelson. Not shown, Ed Neal.

Marco YMCA men’s doubles team wins state USTA championship

By Roger LaLonde

rjlalonde@marcoeagle.com

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The Marco Island YMCA men’s 7.0 tennis team capped off its adventure by winning the USTA Florida Adult 65 & Over Doubles Championship at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach last weekend.

The team first won the Collier County the winter season, then defeated the fall champ, Naples YMCA, 2-1 in matches.

In the match against Naples, Marco’s Bob Ahearn and Conrad Donelson edged Roger Abvelsgaard and Paul Sutcliffe. The match went the distance, with Ahearn-Donelson winning a tiebreaker.

Ray Gauch and Rick Rupp lost to Naples Robert Jozwiak and Christian Sachs, 2-0 in sets.

The deciding match was Alan Zuckerman and George Hayden, tying 1-1 in sets, then winning the tiebreaker over Mario Ortiz and Steven Mazurka.

In the state finals Marco Island YMCA downed Ft. Myers Racquet Club, 2-1 in matches.

The No. 1 Fort Myers doubles team of Stephen Romaine and Masahiro Kumamoto defeated Marco’s Ahearn and Donelson in two sets.

No. 2 doubles Marco team of Holmes and Gauch downed Timothy Louis McClar and Ed Brockwell in two sets.

The No. 3 doubles team of Zuckerman and Rupp took Edmund Marcelo and Richard Fell in two sets, clinching the championship.

Members of the Marco team included Alan Zuckerman, captain, Robert Ahearn, Ed Neal, Sam Lewis, Rick Rupp, Kenneth Quinn, Ray Gauch, Nathan Holmes, Conrad Donelson and George Hayden

The adventure to the state championship was exciting, Zuckerman said.

“Overall there were seven tiebreakers,” Zuckerman said,

There was excitement off the court too, that involved Donelson and wife Jennifer.

They were coming from Erie, Pa. to Cleveland and going on to Orlando, but inclement weather caused flight delays in Erie, It looked like the Donelsons would not make their connection in Cleveland.

As luck would have it, famous journalist Bob Woodward also needed to make a Cleveland connection. He rented a limousine and offered the Donelsons a lift so they could make their Cleveland connection.

“He told the limo driver he would give him an extra $100 if he got them to Cleveland in less than two hours,” Donelson said. “And he did.”

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