Both the Red Flames and Orange Crushers, playing the Grey Ghosts and Blue Angels, respectively, had five match wins and only one loss this past Thursday.

The matches between the Orange Crushers and Blue Angels were closely competed with four of the six matches being decided in third set tie-breaks. Three of the four were won by the Orange Crushers.

The last match of the evening was the most hard-fought match of the competition to date. Each of the first two sets between Paul Wennermark and Pat Gruet playing Chuck Scott and Carl Chambers went to 6-6 ties and had to be decided by the 7-point set tie-break. The first set was won by Carl and Chuck (Blue Angels) 7-5 but the second set, 7-4, and the tie-break, 10-7, were won by Paul and Pat for the Crushers. The 10-7 score in a match deciding tie-break was the second of the evening for Pat Gruet. Earlier he and Gisela Reinhardt defeated Dee Harper and Dick Gillen after splitting their sets 2-6 and 7-5. The third match win for the Crushers that was decided by a tie-break came from Eric Daum and Ron Levora, 1-6, 6-3, 10-4, playing Paul Forkapa and Bert Reinhardt.

The ladies team of Carole Forkapa and Sue Powell won their match 6-1, 6-1 against Sharon Peskett and Bev Hemmerich. The 10-7 tie-break score seemed to be the benchmark for the evening's play.

It was the winning score for the Blue Angels mixed doubles team of Carolyn Karl and Tom Lusk playing Connie Dove and Larry Hilleman. They had split their sets, 2-6 and 7-5.

The Red Flames team has been leading the competition since the first night and tonight they added five more wins to their total. Charlotte Lintelman and Marilyn Stubella started the evening with their 6-2, 7-5, win over Pat Kane and Sharon Miller. The team of Jim Lamastus and Jim Gunter played and won twice for the Flames. Their first win, 6-3, 6-2, was with Art Kane and Glenn Harper. Their second match with Mike Spitler and Bill Powell was won 6-2 and 6-4. Pat Tingle and Hank Bartos were successful in their match with Susan Spitler and Dan Tingle, 6-3, 6-2. The fifth win of the night for the Flames came from Marty Wennermark and Larry MacDonald, 6-0, 6-1 playing Donna Clark and Glenn Talbott.

The winning match for the Grey Ghosts was provided by the team of Mary Kelly and Dan Rothberg, 6-3, 6-3, against June Levora and Bob Thurman. With the results of this fourth week in the books, the Red Flames remain in first place with 17 wins; the Orange Crushers have moved into second with 13 wins, followed by the Grey Ghosts with 10; and the Blue Angels have eight. Only two more weeks remain on the schedule for this winter session of team tennis. Come and cheer for your favorites next Thursday.

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