WFDF DDC Championships / AZ States
11/06/08 - 11/09/08 in Phoenix, Arizona
|1||Conrad Damon / John Greensage|
|2||Harvey Brandt / Dave Hesselberth|
|3||Tony Pellicane / Rick LeBeau|
|3||John Kirkland / Cody Kirkland|
|5||Randy Aiu / Mark Horn|
|6||Carlton Howard / Richard Paschal|
|7||Jon Cohn / Dan Roddick|
|8||Jon Freedman / Bill Wright|
|9||Chris Horn / Ray Trevino|
|10||Jim Elsner / John Elsner|
|11||Randy Lahm / Shahid Islam|
|12||Doug Korns / Cade Loving|
|13||Andy Lemann / Bethany Sanchez|
|1||Kristine Spekkens / Amanda Carreiro|
|2||Tita Ugalde / Beth Verish|
|3||Lori Daniels / Alex Polderman|
|1||Conrad Damon / Lori Daniels|
|2||Beth Verish / Jon Freedman|
|3||Amanda Carreiro / Bill Wright|
|3||Harvey Brandt / Tita Ugalde|
|5||Jon Cohn / Bethany Sanchez|
|6||Kristine Spekkens / Dan Roddick|
|7||Mark Horn / Susie Horn|
Tournament Level: D
As usual Harvey and Suzan with a little help from their friends (Judy, Conrad,
Bill and Rick) put on a fabulous show.
The fun kicked off with Mixed DDC on Thursday. The only thing cooler than mixed
DDC is the fact that folks traveled to AZ early for another day of DDC!
That's amazing, particularly when one understands that there were 7 teams in
Damon / Daniels, Brandt / Ugalde, Carreiro / Wright, Freedman / Verish, Cohn /
Sanchez, Roddick / Spekkens, and M. Horn / S. Horn.
Early pool play saw Brandt / Ugalde go undefeated at 6 - 0. Followed by
Freedman / Verish at 5 - 1, Damon / Daniels and Carreiro / Wright at 3- 3,
Cohn / Sanchez at 2 - 4, and Roddick / Spekkens-M. Horn / S. Horn both at 1- 5.
Round 2 saw Freedman / Verish storm to the top with 10 - 2 record. Nipping at
their heels was Brandt / Ugalde (8-3), Damon / Daniels (7-4), with
Carreiro / Wright rounding out the top 4 at 6-6.
In the semis, it was Damon / Daniels defeating Brandt / Ugalde – 21-17 and
Freedman / Verish defeating Carreiro / Wright – 21-14.
The finals saw Freedman / Verish take the first game over Damon/Daniels
15 - 11. But in games 2 and 3 Conrad and Lori took the World DDC Mixed title
with scores of 15 -11 and 15 -10.
Final Mixed Standings:
2) Freedman / Verish
3) Brandt / Ugalde - Carreiro / Wright
4) Cohn / Sanchez
5) Roddick / Spekkens
6) M. Horn / S. Horn
Friday dawned beautifully and brought on the Women's and Open DDC competitions.
After all the dust settled the Women's World DDC Champions were Mandy Carreiro
and Kristine Spekkens!! (Apparently, the dust covered up the score sheets from
Here are the final standings for the Women:
1- Mandy Carreiro / Kristine Spekkens
2- Tita Ugalde / Beth Verish
3- Lori Daniels / Alex Polderman
Open Pool Play = Thirteen Teams!!!!
Exciting early play, with nearly perfect conditions made everyone glad they
came!! Though we had hoped for more teams we were fortunate to have a baker's
dozen (in this economy)!
LeBeau / Pellicane were their usual exciting selves, exiting the pool in style,
with very solid seed-busting play at the top spot. (THIS, after Tony's car had
a window busting moment, thanks to a cleat thief!) Brandt / Hesselberth wormed
their way to spot number 2, very impressive considering that Dave had just
gotten stitches out of his left hand only 10 days prior. Damon / Greensage were
their normal machine-like selves...always fun to watch and to play against. Team
Kirkland proved that Cody's win (with Harv) at VA States was no fluke. Solid
play the whole pool long.
Big surprises were the seed busting and the re-emergence of Randy Aiu as a
force...as he and the always ready Mark Horn played seed busters. They absolutely
tore apart Howard/Paschal in their first pool game. It was a sign of things to
come. (Welcome back Randy!!!) Other seed news? The Elsners also topped Team
Carolina....with their usual consistent and pesky play. Everyone agreed that Cade
Loving (The Alaskan!) may soon be a force to be reckoned with. It was great
to see Shahid Islam back again as well. It was also nice to see Randy Lahm
again...once he FINALLY made it to the fields!
After the exciting round robin...here were the rankings:
1) LeBeau / Pellicane 11- 1
2) Brandt / Hesselberth 11- 1
3) Damon / Greensage 10 - 2
4) C. Kirkland / J. Kirkland 10 - 2
5) Aiu / M. Horn 7- 5
6) Howard / Paschal 6 - 6
7) J. Cohn / Roddick 6 - 6
8) Freedman / Wright 6 - 6
9) C. Horn / Trevino 4- 8
10) Jim Elsner / John Elsner 4 - 8
11) Lahm / Islam 2- 10
12) Korns / Loving 1- 11
13) Andy Lemann / Bethany Sanchez 0 - 12
That left the semis and finals for Sunday morning! (Though Saturday saw pickup
play from noon until dark!)
LeBeau/Pellicane were the leaders going into the semis and thus got to pick
their opponents and choose Brandt/Hesselberth...which proved to be a VERY unwise
choice as Dave and Harv dispatched them in 2 games rather handily. 21 - 9 and
21 - 15. The normally superhuman LeBeau/Pellicane appeared a bit listless,
making quite a few unforced errors. Dave and Harvey played solid defense and
exhibited patient,crisp attacks. Kind of what they are known for!!
The wind was a factor and it affected both matches differently, since the courts
were laid out perpendicularly to each other...due to a field restriction.
In the other semi Damon/Greensage paired off with the Kirklands. They squeaked
by in game one 21- 19, but won rather handily in the second game, with the
score being a not-as-close-as-it-looked 21- 15. The wind seemed to affect the
Kirkland clan a bit more...they left shots short and out on a repeated basis.
The finals were an anticlimactic 3 of 5 as Damon/Greensage had a fairly easy
time with Brandt/Hesselberth. Winning in a 3 games. (15- 6, 15- 8, 15 - 11)
Harv and Dave simply had an uncharacteristic showing in the final 3 games, with
quite a few drops and a seeming inability to keep Conrad and John deep in the
court. That allowed for some very crisp attacks, the wind had picked up a bit
more at this point, and it seemed as if Conrad and John took excellent advantage
of that increased breeze.
That left Conrad Damon and John Greensage as the 2008 World DDC Champions!!!
Jump to the site and see the actual pool sheets:
Get out your 2009 calendars now and mark November 12 - 15th, 2009 down now!!
Those are the dates for AZ 2009! Harv and Suzan promise to make next year even
better. (We'll Thai one on, on Saturday night!!)
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