Soyuzivka hosts USCAK-East tennis tournament

by George Sawchak

KERHONKSON - Soyuzivka was again the site of the USCAK- East Singles and Doubles Tennis Tournament held during the Fourth of July weekend. The 48th annual event attracted 35 players, 40 entrants, making it one of the best attended USCAK-East tournaments in recent years.

Play was conducted in four singles groups, in men's doubles and in mixed doubles. Dennis Chorny was declared the men's singles champion when his finals opponent, Andrij Charchalis, could not compete because of an injury incurred during his semifinal win over George Sawchak. In the semi-finals, Chorny defeated Steve Sosiak 6-0, 6-3, and in the quarters, he beat Mykola Nalyvajko 6-2, 6-2.

Nor was there a final in the women's group. Thirteen-year-old Katrusia Charchalis was declared the women's champion when her opponent, Luba Voinov, failed to show for the finals. In the semifinals, Charchalis defeated Tanya Petrykevych 6-2, 6-1, while Voinov defeated Lidia Zablocka 6-0, 6-0. In the quarter-final round, Petrykevych beat Natalka Troyan 6-2, 6-1, and Voinov won over Svetlana Goletz 6-2, 6-1.

Defending USCAK champion Ivan Durbak became the USCAK-East senior champion when he defeated George Hrabec in the finals 6-1, 6-2. In the semis, Durbak beat Milan Obradovych 6-0, 6-1, and in the quarters he beat Walter Dziwak 6-1, 6-1. Hrabec had a harder route to the finals, defeating George Petrykevych in the semis 7-5, 6-3 and Iwan Shwanyk in the quarterfinals 6-1, 6-0.

Partners Ihor Lukiw and Steve Sosiak became this year's USCAK-East doubles champions when in the finals they defeated the Kusina brothers, Yuri and Bohdan, 6-1, 6-1. In the semis, Sosiak/Lukiw won over Oleksiuk/Legeckis 6-0, 6-4, and the Kusinas beat the young pair of Stroynick/Kostyk 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. The latter pair advanced with the score of 3-6, 0-5 after Yuri Kolb and George Popel decided not to play the next round of the tournament.

The mixed doubles championship went to Vera Popel and George Sawchak. In the finals they defeated the young pair of Katrusia Charchalis and Andrij Charchalis 6-4, 6-1, and in the semis the husband and wife team of Svetlana and Peter Goletz, 6-0, 6-3. The Charchalis team defeated Laryssa and George Hrabec, the latter winning a marathon match over Tanya and George Petrykevych 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

The men's consolation winner was Mykola Nalyvajko, who defeated Bohdan Kutko 7-6, 4-0 retired. The women's consolation tournament went to Svetlana Goletz with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Lidia Zablocka.

The tournament was hosted by the Carpathian Ski Club (KLK) of New York, and was conducted by the USCAK tennis committee: Messrs. Popel, Hrabec and Sawchak, director.

The next Ukrainian tennis tournament this year will be USCAK's National Singles Championships held also at Soyuzivka during the Labor Day weekend, September 4-6.

Copyright © The Ukrainian Weekly, July 25, 2004, No. 30, Vol. LXXII

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