Weather wins out again Tennis tourney pushed back because of rain

May 12, 1998|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Carroll County tennis tournament was postponed for the third straight day yesterday, and officials are scrambling to find ways to get it played in the face of mounting obstacles.

The tournament was originally scheduled for last Friday and Saturday at North Carroll, but every attempt to play has been rained out.

North Carroll girls coach John Lynam, who's running this year's tournament, said he hopes to start today at 2 p.m. To increase chances of getting the event completed, Lynam said the tournament has expanded to a total of 10 courts at North Carroll High, North Carroll Middle and the township of Hampstead.

If play can start today, Lynam hopes to finish late Wednesday afternoon. He said the courts are playable.

The problems would start if play is called off today. Lynam said they'll have to realign the entire structure of the tournament. They will try to start Wednesday around 8 a.m. and get it all in during one day of competition.

Another twist comes because several players are taking Advanced Placement tests that day. They will start the morning on the courts, go back to take tests, and return to play.

But how much tennis will they play? Lynam said a one-day tournament will mean a change in the scoring system. They now use a 10-game pro set in the early rounds and move to a best-of-three set style later, but Lynam said they will change to something else, possibly just a one-set match.

If rained out Wednesday, there would be real problems because the county is sending players to the region tournament Friday and Saturday at North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown. A determination would then need to be made about playing Thursday and/or who to send to the next round.

"If we're rained out Tuesday and Wednesday, an administrative decision would have to be made about what to do," said Lynam.

Pub Date: 5/12/98

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