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P-T Tennis Classic: CP teammates face off – in two matches

Updated: August 25, 2013 6:44AM



VALPARAISO — At Crown Point High School, teammates Anthony Kendall and Lance Norenberg are good friends on the court as well as off.

But it was all business when the two met up in one of the two semifinals of the 16-and-under division Tuesday at the Post-Tribune Tennis Classic.

In a highly competitive battle between comparably-matched athletes, Kendall edged Norenberg 4-6, 6-1, 10-7. Kendall will play in Wednesday’s 9 a.m. final against Bryce Bonin of Crown Point, who defeated Munster’s Arlow Detmer 6-0, 6-1 in the other semifinal.

There was another battle between Crown Point teammates on Tuesday. In the boys 18-and-under division, the Bulldogs’ Boris Pavloski defeated Carson Hoogewerf 6-4, 7-6 to advance to today’s final against Peter Williams of Valparaiso, who defeated Crown Point’s Jack Hibbard 6-1, 6-0.

“It’s hard (to play against a teammates) because you are friends off the court,” Kendall said. “When you’re on the court, though, you’re not friends. You’re competitors, and you’re going at it. Lance had a lot of good shots today. We have a similar game of keeping the ball in play, but I think I just outlasted some of the rallies today.

“And you have to have a good mental game to win the 10-point tiebreaker.”

After falling behind 4-1, Kendall fought back for a 4-4 tie before Norenberg took the set. Kendall jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second set and kept the momentum tie breaker. Norenberg observed that Kendall was playing harder — especially in the tiebreaker.

“I was falling behind in the first set, and Anthony kept the pressure on the rest of the match,” he said. “He was lights out the rest of the way.”

Another battle: Just like match between Kendall and Norenberg, the final of the 14-and-under division was decided with an extra 10-point tiebreaker, as one-time champion Matt Jewison of Chesterton defeated three-time champion Christian Rosta of Valparaiso 3-6, 6-4, 10-8.

“We played each other two years ago here, and Christian won,” Jewison said. “I just had to play my game and stay consistent. I made a few mistakes, but I was happy with my game.”

Remaining championships: In the finals of the boys 12-and-under division Devon Stromer of LaPorte defeated Leo Ritterhoff of Germany 6-3, 6-1. In the girls 14-and-under division championship, Kristi Tinsley of Schererville defeated Amai Johnson of Chicago 6-1, 6-3.



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