The Queen Marys College (QMC) Boys team are through to the Hampshire Sixth Form Doubles Competition final after a nail biting shoot out against Alton in the match played at Totally Tennis’ Indoor Centre in the War Memorial Park, Basingstoke.
The team of Totally Tennis performance players Loic Armstrong, Ali Olrog, Nick Dingwall and Adam Hood were representing the college in Group A in the initial stages of the competition against teams from Alton and Farnborough. Group B has teams from Peter Symonds College, Havant and Barton Peveril. The competition then all changed when the Farnborough team withdrew and Barton Peveril did not show up to their group matches, so it became a straight play-off for a place in the final.
The format of this doubles competition is that both pairs from each team play each other once to declare the overall winning team, with a deciding shoot-out tiebreak if the teams are tied. Sarah Goldson, QMC PE teacher and Tennis Team manger switched the boys pairs around for the match with Armstrong/Olrog playing as pair one and Dingwall/Hood making up pair two. Armstrong/Olrog beat Alton’s pair two 6-1 but lost to the highly rated players in pair one, 7-5 with a valiant effort from the QMC boys coming from 5-0 down to pull the match to a level 5-5 but the Alton team edged the win. Dingwall/Hood also beat pair two this time with a 6-4 scoreline which give Hood his second doubles win of the season, but they also fell foul of the mighty Alton top pairing losing 6-0.
Yet again the boys were involved in another shoot-out this season to decide which team progressed throughout to the final stage. Olrog and Dingwall were reunited and got off to a fantastic start with both boys hitting some brilliant serves and returns and together they stunned the Alton team winning an impressive 10-1!
Goldson said ” The boys had a great win against Alton in the Hampshire Sixth Form Doubles Competition. On paper Alton’s team were much higher rated compared to ours but we took it to a shoot out and beat them 10-1! Alton were stunned, I think they thought it was going to be an easy win! Well done boys! We now face Peter Symonds from Winchester in the final.”
The boys will now face the Peter Symonds team from Winchester, who defeated Havant in their fixture, after half term at a so far undisclosed location.