What began a week ago with 128 players from eight countries and five continents ended yesterday with two very good friends playing a final-set tie breaker.
Norm Schellenger's game did not look pretty at times--easy forehands way over the base line, flubbed volleys--but at 6-6 in that third-set tie breaker, it all came together.
Schellenger's timely work earned him a 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 7-6 (8-6) victory over David Livingston and the Capital City Championships title. The fast asphalt courts at the University of Maryland were, said Schellenger, "more to Dave's liking," but you couldn't tell that by watching.
Livingston had outplayed his doubles partner much of the match, but when Schellenger forced a missed forehand from Livingston and then put away a volley of his own, he won the match.
"I was getting a little tired there in the second set, but I got my wind back in the third," said Schellenger, 21, a junior at Virginia Commonwealth University.
In the day's other final, Australian Karen Smith made quick work of Joan Lebedoff, 6-1, 6-4, to win her second title in two weeks.