By Rob Kiser
It was a rematch in the men’s open finals of the Piqua Open tennis tournament held over Labor Day weekend at the tennis courts behind Piqua Junior High.
And while Kosal Tith again defeated Tim Ungericht, he was quick to point out the 6-1, 6-2 score didn’t reflect the competitiveness of the match.
“There were a lot of deuce games,” Tith said after winning the title Sunday for the second straight year. “There were a lot of close points. I play big points well. Tim (Ungericht) played much better against me this year.”
Ungericht, a 44-year old legend of the tournament, would give Tith no argument on those points.
“If you noticed, there were a lot of close games and deuces in the first set,” Ungericht, in his first season as Lehman girls tennis coach, said. “Whenever he was serving in those situations, he came up with a big serve. And my first serve percentage was pretty low and he took advantage of that. He plays the big points very well. I am playing more. And I am around the game coaching Lehman girls. So, I am playing better.”
Tith, also playing doubles, said Saturday’s heat made things tough.
“Today wasn’t as bad,” Tith said. “But, yesterday the heat really made things difficult.”
Tith had cruised into the final by defeating Henry Chang 6-0, 6-1; and Chris Hufford 6-0, 6-0.
“You never know (how matches are going to go),” Tith said. “I just enjoy coming out and supporting the community in the tournament. I see a lot of people I know from Troy and just enjoy playing in the tournament.”
Ungericht had a tougher patch to the finals.
After defeating Tyler Lavey 6-0, 6-0; he faced Isaac Anderson in duel that lasted almost three hours.
Ungericht survived the match 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (7-4), 10-4, with third set being a Super Tie Breaker.
“I beat a 28-year old (Isaac Anderson) who kicked my butt last year,” Ungericht said. “At 44, that is pretty good. I would definitely say I had a good tournament. And that match didn’t affect me at all today.
“I love this tournament. It is in my hometown and I have been playing in it since I was 15. My problem is I keep running into these monsters in the finals. I have made 10 finals and won three times.”
Hank Stick won the 35-and-over singles, defeating Joe Verstraten 6-4, 6-3; and defeating Jeff Steineman 6-3, 7-6.
Steineman defeated Verstraten 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 to take second.
Bernie Palmatier won the 50-and-over singles
In the semifinals, Palmatier defeated Charles Beam 6-4, 3-6, 6-4; while Jim Kinsinger defeated Eric Weibel 6-3, 6-7 (7-5) retired.
Palmatier defeated Kinsinger 6-3, 6-2 in the title match.
Griffin West won the boys 16-and-under singles title.
West defeated Jacob Lewis 6-1, 6-0; and Branson Leigeber 6-0, 6-0.
Leigeber defeated Lewis 4-6, 6-3 (10-4) to take second.
Henry Johnston won the boys 12-and-under singles title.
He defeated Grant Hoying 6-0, 6-3; and Luke Blake 6-0, 6-0.
Hoying defeated Blake 6-2, 6-0 to take second.
Thorpe and Lee won the 35-and-over men’s double title, defeating Steineman and Steineman 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.
In the women’s open singles, Sunshine Bricker outlasted Maggie Thomas 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 for the title.
In the semifinals, Thomas had defeated Kim LaPole 6-4, 6-3; and Bricker had defeated Annette Ross-Gray 6-1, 6-4.
In the women’s open doubles, Raiyanasuk and Ishida won the title.
They defeated Bricker and LaPole 6-0, 6-0; and Davis and Kramer 7-6, 6-0.
Davis and Kramer defeater Bricker and Lapole 6-3, 6-0 for second place.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.