Thursday, July 17, 2003

McCarthy: 4 hours on court, 3 victories

Met tennis: Indian Hill grad wins one match in singles, two in doubles

By Shannon Russell
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Ryan McCarthy barely had time to catch his breath.

In four hours Wednesday, the Furman University junior-to-be wrapped up a postponed singles match and two doubles wins in the Thomas E. Price Cincinnati Metropolitan Tennis Championship at Lunken Playfield.

But he wasn't about to admit that the sun - or the 85-degree weather - were tough to handle.

"I'm not tired," said the 20-year-old McCarthy, an Indian Hill graduate. "I think (Tuesday) night was the rough night. And now that it's toward the end of the week, everybody's a little beat-up."

McCarthy, the No. 7 seed in singles, led 10th seed Matt Poulos 6-7 (4), 6-3, 5-2 in a three-hour match Tuesday that was suspended by rain. It took just 10 minutes Wednesday for McCarthy to finish the win at 6-3.

McCarthy didn't take a break before his successive doubles matches, staying on the clay court to meet partner Jason Zimmermann. Seeded third in the doubles bracket, the duo outlasted 12th-seeded Rey Puentes and James Tyler 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the doubles semifinals.

For the next 30 minutes, McCarthy and Zimmermann watchedtheir semifinal opponents - No. 6 seed Cedric Kauffmann and Brian Nester - upset No. 2 Mike and Matt Dektas 7-6 (2), 7-5.

"We got lucky because they were still playing," said McCarthy.

McCarthy and Zimmermann exhausted Nester and Kauffmann 6-4, 6-3 as night fell and will play defending doubles champs Dan Kronauge and Jeff Wolf at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

BACK ON TRACK: After sitting out last year's women's singles competition for a right shoulder injury, Lindsey Molony returns as the No. 3 seed.

And, for the first time in three Mets, she can't meet her sister - defending singles champ and three-time Met winner Kara Molony-Hussey - in the singles semifinals. The sisters are playing in opposite brackets.

"It's neat playing here, but I'd rather play somebody else besides my sister. I can concentrate better," Lindsey Molony said.

Molony defeated Ashley Bothen 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 Wednesday and plays Katy McPeek today.

A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE: Angela Farley Wilson, the 1988 Met women's singles champion, won her first Met match in 12 years Wednesday by defeating Kate Weightman 6-1, 6-1.

Wilson, the No. 4 seed, said she doesn't feel the pressure that dogged her in her younger years. Being the mother of four has organized her priorities.

"I think I have better perspective now. It's tennis. I just go out there and play as hard as I can and then it's over," Wilson said. "After that, I make peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches and make sure no one is playing in the streets."

SCHEDULE: Men's and women's singles quarterfinals begin at 5:30 p.m. today.

All eight men qualifying for the singles quarterfinals are seeded. Zimmermann, the No. 2 seed, plays No. 7 McCarthy at 5:30 p.m. Isaac Yarrell (4) plays Rob Altenau (13) at 5:30 p.m.

Josh Osswald (3) faces Rob Bakker (5) at 7 p.m., and No. 1 Kauffmann plays Eric Thomas (8) at 7:30 p.m.

Women's singles play features No. 1 seed Tanya Luzhanska and No. 2 Molony-Hussey.

Luzhanska plays Michelle Evans at 5:30 p.m. and Molony-Hussey plays Kelly Fischer at 7:30 p.m.

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