Avoca reclaims key spot on MDTA ladder

Majorcaʼs Murray Jordan barely scoops up a shot.

Avoca has reclaimed second spot on the Maryborough District Tennis Association A grade ladder following a comfortable win over Gully White last weekend.

Having been overtaken by Gully the previous week, the Avoca men wasted no time in re-establishing the pecking order as they claimed all three of their sets 8-4, 8-0, 8-7.

Their female teammates had a tougher time against the Gully women, going down 6-8 in the first two sets, as Gully’s Kate McLoughlin did her best to keep her side in the match.

Holly Beavis and Megan Howell knuckled down in the third women’s set, edging out Rachel O’Halloran and Ally Ellis in a tiebreak to give Avoca momentum heading into the mixed.

They duly romped to victory, with Nathan Field and Caitlin Howell sealing it with an 8-2 victory over Daniel Potter and Kate.

Wendy Pickering-Tyers prepares to smash a ball back across the net for Majorca.

Elsewhere, Bealiba tightened its grip on fourth position with a big win over closest rivals, Lawn Green.

The men’s trio of Patrick Jenes, Jackson Fitzpatrick and Darren Mortlock shifted into top gear as they coasted through their three sets for the loss of only two games.

Lawn claimed a set in the women’s through the efforts of Wendy Shay and Alisha Petersen, but that proved to be their only moment of joy for the day as Bealiba proceeded to sweep the mixed sets and jump 15 points clear of their defeated opponents.

For more on this story see Page 30 of The Advertiser, Friday, February 16.

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