August 11, 2017 – In what was one of the best matches of the season, Team Brier Creek Orthodontics beat Team White Dahlia in a Captain’s Choice Super-Tiebreak to advance to the Raleigh Pro League Playoffs. Once again, the rain did not allow the match to be played at Brier Creek Country Club and it was moved to the covered courts at Cary Tennis Park.
Both teams came ready to play and the fans and spectators in attendance were treated to some exciting tennis on all 4 courts. In a match that was tight from start to finish, Team Brier Creek Orthodontics got on the board first as Team BCO’s Kristen Kepler and Jose Velazquez won the Mixed court in a 3rd set tiebreak over White Dahlia’s Kelly Riely and Marko Zivkovic. Team White Dahlia quickly tied it up 1-all as Praveen Chandrasekhar and Justin Radloff won the Men’s #1 court over Team BCO’s IB Ilesamni and Ben Hunter in a tight match. Possibly the most exciting match of the night was the Women’s court where Team White Dahlia’s Sandhya Nagaraj and Nena Montgomery (once again) came back to win in a 3rd set tiebreak over Kim Ezzo and Tessie Choo giving White Dahlia a 2-1 lead. All eyes turned to the Men’s #2 court. Team BCO’s Michael Polasek and Gani Adelekan played excellent tennis to take the win over White Dahlia’s Jon Davis and Doug Ormsby in a fiercely competitive match putting the team match at 2-2 and forcing the Captain’s Choice Super-Tiebreak.
Tessie Choo and Michael Polasek were selected to represent Team BCO in the Captain’s Choice Super-Tiebreak and Sandhya Nagaraj and Jon Davis took the court for Team White Dahlia. The tiebreak started out close, but Choo/Polasek took the momentum and worked to a 9-5 lead. Nagaraj/Davis staged a comeback to bring the score to 8-9, but Choo/Polasek took the next point to win the tiebreak and take the team win for BCO.
Congratulations to Team White Dahlia on a great season and lots of good tennis played. We look forward to seeing all of you again next season.
Team Brier Creek Orthodontics moves on to the Playoffs as the #4 seed and will face #1 seed and undefeated Team Wake Orthopaedics next Friday at North Hills Club.
Men’s #1: Chandrasekhar/Radloff (WD) def. Ilesamni/Hunter (BCO) 7-6 6-3
Men’s #2: Polasek/Adelekan (BCO) def. Davis/Ormsby (WD) 7-6 6-4
Women’s: Nagaraj/Montgomery (WD) def. Ezzo/Choo (BCO) 5-7 6-4 10-2
Mixed: Kepler/Velazquez (BCO) def. Riely/Zivkovic (WD) 4-6 7-6 10-7
Captain’s Choice: Choo/Polasek (BCO) def. Nagaraj/Davis (WD) 10-8