WESTMINSTER — It appeared to be a desperation lob in the second set tie-breaker that gave David Johns a straight-set victory over Greg Zielske in the men's singles "A" finals of the Carroll County Tennis Association's open tournament Thursday night at the Westminster City Playground.
But the fact was, Johns of Upperco, Baltimore County, was making thosekind of shots all match long.
With few unforced errors and handling Zielske's strong first serve, Johns went on to capture the title, 6-4, 7-6 (12-10).
It was his second tournament win of the night. Earlier, he had paired with Nancy Rose to win the mixed doubles "A" championship, 6-4, 6-3, over Steve Powell and Maria Vailas.
Holly Reitzel of Mechanicsburg, Pa., defeated Sue Hilker, 6-1, 6-4, to win the women's singles "A" finals.
In Friday night's men's "B" doubles finals, Brad Medairy and Doug Rimel managed to beat the rain and Marco Fuggitti and Mike Farrow, 6-2, 6-2, in their final.
In the men's singles finals Thursday, Johns broke Zielske's serve in the first and fifth games to take the first set, 6-4.
"I was very worried about handling his (Zielske's) bigserve, and I just did my best to return them," Johns said.
The second set began in much the same fashion as the first, with Johns' breaking Zielske in the first game and eventually going up, 3-0.
Zielske battled back, relying on his serve and volley, and evened the setup at three and went up, 5-4, serving for the set.
But Johns broke Zielske, and the two went into a tie-breaker to decide the second set.
Johns went up, 3-0, in the tie-breaker, but again, Zielske ral
lied to lead, 5-4.
Both had opportunities to claim the set.
It was finally decided when Johns sent a topspin lob in the back right corner that Zielske couldn't catch up with.
"It was desperation," Johns said. "I knew he was all over the net so I just hoped it went in. I was delighted it didn't go three sets."
Reitzel had an easier time in the women's draw, not giving up a set in four matches andyielding only 10 games in the entire tournament. Her strong serve proved to be too much for Sue Hilker.
"I was serving very well and was confident in my backhand," Reitzel said. "The competition was good-- a lot of matches could have gone either way with a few breaks here and there."
In the men's singles "B" finals, Matt Fisher defeated Ed Gorsuch, 6-4, 6-1. Fisher advanced to the finals with a 6-3, 6-2win over Ed Horgos.
The men's "B" doubles final saw Medairy, 18, a former South Carroll High standout from Mount Airy, and Rimel, 19, once Lin
ganore's top singles player from New Market, Frederick County, breeze to the title. Medairy's serves, by far the fastest of the foursome in the competition, led to plenty of points for the winning duo.
Medairy and Rimel met one another while working as busboys at Mealy's, a Frederick County restaurant. Medairy plans to play either tennis or soccer at University of Maryland Baltimore County in thefall. Rimel attends Mount St. Mary's but doesn't play tennis there.
Two other doubles championships -- the men's "A" and women's -- were rescheduled from Friday to Saturday morning at 9 (after press time), weather permitting. Heavy showers hit the Westminster area just after the men's "B" doubles match Friday night.
The open was the last of six tournaments sponsored by the CCTA, which added a juniors tournament this summer. The CCTA also added instructional programs and arecreational league this year.
"Everything went surprisingly well," said Sue Rouiller, president of the CCTA. "We had a little difficulty at first publicizing but after the first instruction we had twiceas many come out the second time."