August 13, 2021 – A Captain’s Choice Super Tiebreak was the deciding point to send Team RDUTennis to the Playoffs and end Team Mosquito Authority’s season. Its hard to believe the defending champions were at the bottom of the standings going into the match and at risk of not making the playoffs, but that is the nature of the Raleigh Pro League.
On the Men’s 2 court, Mosquito Authority’s Sean Ferreira and Jose Velazquez cruised through the 1st set 6-1, but RDU’s Josh Franceschina and Carlos Garcia came back to win the 2nd set 6-3 forcing a 3rd set tiebreak. Ferreira/Velazquez played tough in the tiebreak to win 10-8 and give Mosquito Authority the first point of the evening. The Women’s court finished next as RDU’s Tessie Choo and Nena Day battled it out with Mosquito Authority’s Michelle Dasso and Macy Fisher winning 6-2 7-5 to tie up the team match at 1 court each.
The Men’s 1 court was close the entire match as Mosquito Authority’s Michael Ogden and Jas Schmitt stayed strong throughout the match and bested RDU’s Kyle Spencer and Philip Faulkner 7-6 7-5. With Mosquito Authority up 2 courts to 1, everything came down to the Mixed court where RDU’s Joanna Nalborska and Brian Rosenthal were in a battle and tied at 5-all with Mosquito Authority’s Mia Bobrowski and RJ Clement after winning the 1st set 7-5. Nalborska/Rosenthal would win the next 2 games to take the court and force the match into a Captain’s Choice Super Tiebreak to decide who would advance to the playoffs.
Nalborska/Spencer were selected to represent Team RDUTennis and Dasso/Ogden selected to represent Team Mosquito Authority. The tiebreak was tight as expected. Dasso/Ogden took the advantage at 8-6 and looked as if they would close it out for Mosquito Authority, but Nalborska/Spencer did not fold and came back to win the last 4 points and send RDUTennis to the playoffs.
It was obvious by how close each court was that both teams left nothing behind in this match and a fitting conclusion to the regular season. Congratulations to Team RDUTennis for advancing their season and congratulations to Team Mosquito Authority for a good 2021 season with plenty of great tennis for the fans and spectators to enjoy this year. Many thanks to everyone who came out to the Cary Tennis Park and braved the heat to cheer the players on.