May 20, 2007
Home Away Score W/L Norbeck APL (Postponed until August 12)
Commentary: Norbeck couldn't field a team because their All-Member club golf tournament was on the same day. Where are their priorities!? We tried to reschedule for Memorial Day Weekend, then Father's Day, without success. The new plan is to play some Saturday or at the end of the season on August 12.
June 3, 2007
Home Away Score W/L APL Potomac Valley APL 5 Potomac Valley 0 ( Default)
Commentary: We finally get a home match with the Poolsville team so they have to make the 45 mile drive and they end up defaulting. I think our fancy new courts intimidated them. Eventually we'll get this season started.
This one counts as a win since they didn't surrender until Saturday morning. Too bad, since they've hosted us about six straight, so we owed them a match at our place. It would have also been a revenge match since they knocked us out of the playoffs last year.
June 10, 2007
Home Away Score W/L APL River Falls #1 Rob Kober Mark Daniels 5-7,4-6 L #2 Mike Kane Mike Swell 3-6,2-6 L #3 Justin Figel Abe Kader 6-2,6-2 W #4 Tim McGee Mark Plevin 2-6,2-6 L #1 Marc Kolodner/ Pablo Gottret/ 3-6,2-6 L Tamra Kober Mark Daniels #2 Mike Kane/ Pat McGowan/ 6-3,6-4 W Bud Kessler Mark Plevin #3 Ralph Brown/ Brian Rosen/ 3-6,6-3,3-6 L Tim McGee Mike Opshal APL 2 River Falls 5
Commentary: The APL team lost last Sunday in our first home match on the new courts. The courts are so new that there is no home court advantage yet. I know I was surprised by how slow they played compared to our old courts. The underground watering system really keeps them moist. Of course there was a slight drizzle on the ride up, so the courts may have been slower than normal. All things considered, the new facility is great -- the equivalent of a well maintained private club. It was nice to not need to apologize in advance to the opposing team for the playing conditions. The River Falls guys were very gracious in complementing us on the new facility.
June 24, 2007
Away Home Score W/L APL Edgemoor #1 Chris Chiu John Olson 4-6,6-2,7-6(8) W #2 Jose de Buerba Greg Merrill 4-6,1-3 (Retired) L #3 Rob Kober Jon DuBrow 6-2,6-7(5),7-5 W #4 Mike Kane Henry Kennedy 3-6,6-1,4-0 (Ret) W #1 Marc Kolodner/ Lee Rawls/ 2-6,6-7(8) L Justin Figel Robert Goldman #2 Tamra Kober/ Greg Lawler/ 3-6,6-3,5-7 L Ralph Brown Peter Lawler #3 Bud Kessler/ George Arner/ 2-6,4-6 L Mark Smalley Trevor Edgemoor 4 APL 3
Commentary: We were one sprained ankle away from sweeping the singles over the perennial powerhouse in the Sunday league. Chris showed impressive nerve by hitting some wicked forehand return winners, including one when facing match point. Ironically, Jose, our best slider on clay, sprained his right ankle when forced to approach the net. Rob outlasted his opponent who was suffering from leg and hand cramps. Mike's opponent also appeared to have some unspecified physical problems that forced him to retire. Does this mean our team is above average in fitness? Who says we're getting old? We came close in the doubles to pulling off the upset.
July 1, 2007
Away Home Score W/L APL Quince Orchard #1 Rob Kober Howard Cheris 6-0,6-1 W #2 Mike Kane Fabio Rincon 1-6,6-7(5) L #3 Tamra Kober Mario Ordonez 6-3,0-6,6-4 W #4 Tim McGee Andrew Szymczak 6-1,1-6,0-6 L #1 Rob Kober/ Andrew Szymczak/ 6-7,7-6,(10-7) W Tamra Kober Bill Szymczak #2 Ralph Brown/ Corey Druskin/ 6-4,3-6,0-6 L Mark Smalley James Textoris #3 Vlad Karasik/ John Walker/ 3-6,2-6 L Mike Kane Fabio Rincon Quince Orchard 4 APL 3
Commentary: The team lost another 3-4 match at Quince Orchard last Sunday. If I could have figured out how to get four wins out of Rob and Tamra we would have had them. Once 8 month old Christofer Kober starts playing we'll have a formidable team. What's with all of these 0-6 third sets!? Last week the opposing team faded, this week it was us. Special thanks to Vlad (a last minute replacement for Marc K.) who was playing his first ever doubles match. He said he wanted to call the balls that landed in the alley out.
July 8, 2007
Away Home Score W/L APL Norbeck #1 Rob Kober Mike O'Brien 7-5,6-4 W #2 Jose de Buerba Phil Blum 6-1,6-2 W #3 Mike Kane Martin Hakim-Din 6-1,6-2 W #1 Ralph Brown/ Mark Geier/ 2-5 (Retired) L Tamra Kober David Geier #2 Mark Smalley/ Matt Hopwood/ 1-6,2-6 L Tim McGee Andrew Balfour Norbeck 2 APL 3
Commentary: After two tough 3-4 losses the APL Team bounced back with a 3-2 victory over previously undefeated Norbeck. Rob got a couple of loose points from his opponent and that was enough to make the difference in a very close match. Jose cruised on his sprained ankle -- this against a player known for his tendency to drop shot. The remarkable two-week recovery must have something to do with playing soccer. Mike had a good match-up -- someone who misses even sooner than he does. Ralph had some heat problems at #1 doubles and from the patio it looked like Mark and Tim were winning, so the match was closer than the score.
July 15, 2007
Home Away Score W/L APL Potomac Valley #1 Rob Kober Paul Bumbry 6-0,6-0 W #2 Jose de Buerba Kenny Stewart 6-0,6-3 W #3 Justin Figel Ken Sholes 6-1,6-2 W #1 Ralph Brown/ Paul Bumbry/ 6-7,6-4,(6-10) L Marc Kolodner Kenny Stewart #2 Mike Kane/ (default) 6-0,6-0 (default) W Tamra Kober APL 4 Potomac Valley 1
Commentary: We had a routine win over the 0-7 Potomac Valley team this Sunday. It looked like our guys were a lot more comfortable on the clay. Since I sat out the singles I was able to shoot a bunch of photos of the match.
July 22, 2007
Away Home Score W/L APL River Falls #1 Rob Kober Mark Daniels 6-3,4-6,(8-10) L #2 Jose de Buerba Mike Charness 6-2,6-3 W #3 Justin Figel Pablo Gottrett 5-7,4-6 L #1 Mike Kane/ Mark Daniels/ 4-6,5-7 L Marc Kolodner Mike Charness #2 Mark Smalley/ Mark Plevin/ 6-4,4-6,0-1 L Tamra Kober Abe Kader River Falls 4 APL 1
Commentary: The team came up short on the hard courts at River Falls yesterday. Every match that we lost was close. In cases like that it's better to lose 4-1 than 3-2. That way the blame for losing can be spread around and no one needs to think "If only I'd won my match the team would have won." The River Falls team should be an inspiration to us all. They really don't have any truly dominant players yet they seem to always win the close matches. They've advanced from occasional C League contenders to their current 7-0 perch on top of the B League with essentially the same players.
July 29, 2007
Home Away Score W/L APL Edgemoor APL Postponed Edgemoor
August 5, 2007
Home Away Score W/L APL Quince Orchard APL Quince Orchard
August 13, 2007
Home Away Score W/L Norbeck APL Norbeck APL