September 29th, 2009 by Kyle
Let me start this off by thanking John Ellis, Larry Steiner (pres. CSRA), Michelle Stone, Jesse Serna, Steve Cook, Sierra Sport and Racquet Club, two random girls in Halloween costumes, the sponsors who make this event possible and of course the many others who helped out and made sure everyone had a good time. Chris Crowther & Tim Doyle from E-Force made the trip up to the 2009 CSRA State Doubles Championships and ended up victorious against John Ellis and Jose Rojas to take the State Doubles Open title. There was plenty of food and beer all day long which made the craziness of all day racquetball a little more enjoyable. Ben did well with his new partner Geoff Arnold paying a lot more attention to his serves and focusing on shots a little more. My little brother Casey and his partner Kody Fudenna went on to win the C doubles bracket and as a result are moving up to the B division in the future.
As for myself and Jon Berezay, what can I say…. I was excited to have Jon on my team for two reasons: 1) I know what he is capable of and when he’s hitting good, he doesn’t miss, 2) He is a very calming influence on me when in the heat of battle. He knew exactly what to say when I was getting frustrated and carried me many times throughout the tournament. We eventually ended up losing in the A consolation bracket but ended up winning our 24-/25+ age division by beating the team that won A doubles. It was a big victory for us after losing the first game but coming back to win 11-9 in tiebreak. After a long weekend of playing, my body felt worn out, my mind was exhausted and I was ready to get home. Without the help of Jesse Serna (John Ellis’ trainer and friend), I would not have been feeling as well as I did on Sunday. Thanks to his expertise and magic touch, Jesse was able to keep me loose and actually able to move through the end of the tournament. Winning that last championship match was the one thing that could have rejuvenated me and sent me home smiling the whole way. My folks, grandma and sister in law drove over to watch my brother and I play but on Sunday everyone left early except for my dad who stuck around until late Sunday afternoon to watch my last match and was really happy to get a win for him. He just had rotator cuff surgery on his shoulder and was forced to watch all of our matches from the sidelines (which I know was very difficult for him).
Overall, the tournament was a great success and love the big family that California Racquetball is. I look forward to working with the CSRA on growing the California State Championships into the grand events I know they could and should be. Maybe next year we’ll try to entice Rocky Carson and Jason Mannino to show up and represent California Racquetball. We’ll see if they have what it takes to take away the championship from Chris and Tim……..