Region embraces Colonial Invitational tennis tournament
By Malcolm Shields
Monday, October 9, 2017
EDENTON — In previous years, the Colonial Invitational tennis tournament was held during the hot summer month of August.
The 2017 edition of the Colonial had to wait a couple of months to crown champions.
The second and final day of the tournament was held on Sunday on the tennis courts of John A. Holmes High School.
For first-year tournament director Tanner Brusko, the two-day event was a success.
“It has been fantastic,” he said. “We had over 50 entrants, which is pretty good.”
In terms of weather, there was overcast skies, comfortable temperatures with a short stretch of very light rain.
Brusko, a 2012 graduate of John A. Holmes, is aware of the history of the tournament as he played in the tournament in his youth.
The region embraces the annual event.
Brusko noted that the event featured participants from Kitty Hawk, Manteo and New Bern to name a few.
“The whole area comes together,” he said. “It's a lot of fun.”
The reason for the change in date for the tournament was because the tennis courts at the high school were in the process of being resurfaced.
Brusko noted the more comfortable temperatures of early October were beneficial to the players.
Brusko didn't rule out the possibility of the tournament moving from August.
“A lot of people like it this time of the year,” he said.
In the women's open singles final Emma Cobb defeated Anna Bass 6-4, 6-2. It was a busy day for Cobb, who is a freshman on the Lawrence Academy girls tennis team.
Later in the afternoon, Cobb won the girls under 15 singles final with a 6-0, 6-1 result against Perris Clayton.
Cobb, a resident of Roper, was pleased with her effort in the women's singles final.
“I'm happy that I pulled out a win,” she said.
Cobb and Bass had met last month during the high school tennis season.
Bass, a junior on the John A. Holmes girls tennis team, won the first matchup.
Cobb had a long week of tennis as she noted that she had practice and matches with her high school team for most of the week and played during the first day of the tournament on Saturday.
“I guess my body is use to it,” she said.
Cobb, who has been playing tennis since she was in sixth grade has previously played in the tournament.
What does Cobb enjoy about the Colonial?
“I enjoy playing more tennis and enjoy meeting new people,” she said.
Results: Lilly Bunch defeated Bryson Perry 6-0, 6-1 in the girls 15 and under singles consolation final; Josh Harward defeated Kermit Nixon in the men's open singles final 2-2 with Nixon withdrawing after four games; Tomasz Buchta defeated Lane Corbett 6-4, 6-2 in the men's open consolation final; Jessica Copeland defeated Rachel Welsh 6-2, 6-1 in the women's open singles consolation final; Kermit Nixon and Josh Harward defeated Mark Noneman and Mike Arnold 6-3, 7-6(7-5 for the second set tiebreaker) in the men's open doubles final; Ben Rinehart and Seth Overman defeated Sam Moore and Rich Ferragina via forfeit in the men's open doubles consolation final; Kathy Cale and Clare Absher defeated Ann Fourman and Linda Parrish 2-6, 6-0, (10-0 in third set tiebreaker) in the women's open doubles final; Deanna Chesson and Ellie Rinehart defeated Jackie Kretzer and Jackie Haskett 6-2, 6-1 in the women's open doubles consolation final; Mark Noneman and Linda Parrish defeated Tomasz Buchta and Alicja Lulek 6-1, 3-6, (10-6 tiebreaker) in the mixed open doubles final; Peter Geocke and Kim Mascolo defeated Gary Lowry and Ann Fourman 6-4, 7-5 in the mixed doubles consolation final.