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The Thrivent Financial Tennis League is a casual league that's free to join for all Thrivent Financial employees, open to all skill levels, and plays matches once a week during the summer at Appleton area tennis courts. If you are interested in joining, please see Steve Hale for more information.
2013 Season

2013 League Group Photo

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League News
9/16: Thanks to the entire league for coming out to our fun night on Wednesday Sept 11. The group photo taken during the event is now posted on this page as well. Hope to see everyone again in 2014!

9/9: Congratulations to Dave Shepard, who beat Sunil 6-0 6-2 to win the league championship for the second year in a row! Brian beat David N. for the consolation championship.

8/16: Dave I. had a great idea about trying to get all of us together for an evening and play some doubles or a quick round-robin, depending on how many of us can make it. Look for a meeting invite after our tournament ends. If a particular day of the week works best, let me know.

8/12: Tournament seedings are finalized. See below for your first-round match opponent.

7/23: Postponing the start of the tournament another couple weeks so those coming back from injury can complete most/all of their matches. I would like to begin the tournament the week of August 12th so we can be finished before September.

7/9: Steve was the first person to complete all of his regular season matches. Who will be next?

7/8: Added a couple more make up weeks, so July is now a "make up month." Really hoping people get in most/all of their matches by July 26 if at all possible.

6/21: Added an extra week to the end of the regular season to give everyone a little more time to get in their matches before the playoffs begin in mid- July.

5/8: We have an eighth player this season, Sunil Gandra! Say good-bye to the bye week!

5/7: Schedule is released with play beginning next week (May 13-17). Also with seven players, am proposing a tournament to end the season, rather than a second round-robin.

4/22: Gathering player interest for the new season, which will hopefully start the week of May 13th.

First Round:
#1 Dave Ihssen vs #8 Steve Hale
#2 Sunil Gandra vs #7 David Nichols
#3 Rachel Sawall vs #6 Kevin Grady
#4 Dave Shepard vs #5 Brian Mellberg

Second Round:
Winners Bracket:
#1 Dave Ihssen vs #4 Dave Shepard
#2 Sunil Gandra vs #6 Kevin Grady

Consolation Bracket:
#5 Brian Mellberg vs #8 Steve Hale
#3 Rachel Sawall vs #7 David Nichols

Winners Bracket:
#2 Sunil Gandra vs #4 Dave Shepard
WINNER: Dave Shepard (6-0, 6-2)

Consolation Bracket:
#5 Brian Mellberg vs #7 David Nichols
WINNER: Brian Mellberg (4-6, 6-3, David retired)

1 - Steve Hale
2 - Dave Shepard
3 - Rachel Sawall
4 - Kevin Grady
5 - Dave Ihssen
6 - David Nichols
7 - Brian Mellberg
8 - Sunil Gandra
May 13: 2-7 3-6 4-5 1-8
May 20: 1-2 7-3 6-4 8-5
May 27: 3-1 4-7 5-6 2-8
June 3: 1-4 2-3 7-5 8-6
June 10: 5-1 4-2 6-7 3-8
June 17: 1-6 2-5 3-4 8-7
June 24: 7-1 6-2 5-3 4-8

July 1-August 11: Finish any missed matches

August 12: Tournament - Quarter-Finals
August 19: Tournament - Semi-Finals
September 3: Tournament - Finals

Standings (as of 8/8)
Sets Won
Sets Lost
Average Per Match
Dave Ihssen
Sunil Gandra
Rachel Sawall
Dave Shepard
Brian Mellberg
Kevin Grady
David Nichols
Steve Hale
Scores (as of 9/9)
Brian beat David N.: 4-6, 6-3, David N. retired
Dave S. beat Sunil: 6-0 6-2
Brian beat Steve: 6-1 6-0
David N. beat Rachel: 7-6 6-3
Sunil beat Kevin: 6-2 6-4
Dave S. beat Dave I.: 6-4, Dave I. retired
Kevin beat Rachel: 6-4 6-2
Dave I. beat Steve: 6-1 6-0
Dave S. beat Brian: 6-4 6-1
Sunil beat David N.: 6-1 7-5
Dave I. beat David N.: 6-1 7-5
Sunil beat Brian: 6-2 6-1
Dave I. beat Sunil: 6-2 3-6 6-3
Sunil beat Dave S.: 6-3 6-4
Sunil beat Rachel: 6-4 6-4
Dave I. beat Rachel: 6-3 6-1
Dave S. beat David N.: 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 6-3
Dave S. beat Kevin: 6-2 6-1
Steve beat David N.: 6-7 (6-8), 6-1, David retired
Brian beat Steve: 6-4 7-6 (7-5)
Rachel beat Kevin: 6-3 6-2
Dave I. beat Steve: 6-3 6-4
Dave S. beat Brian: 6-3 7-5
Dave S. tied Dave I.: 2-6 6-4
Kevin beat Steve: 6-4 6-1
Rachel beat Dave S.: 2-6 6-3 6-4
Sunil and Dave S.: 5-5 (delayed)
Rachel beat Brian: 6-2 6-1
Rachel beat Steve: 5-7 7-5 6-1
Rachel beat David N.: 6-1 6-2
Dave S. beat Steve: 6-3 7-5
Sunil beat Steve: 6-2 6-3
Dave I. beat Kevin: 6-1 6-1
Each tennis match will be best two-out-of-three sets. A tie-breaking third set can be played up to three games instead of six if mutually agreed upon with the other player. Players will receive one point for each set won, with a maximum of two points per match. Losing a set in a tie-breaker will earn the player a half a point, with the standard full point being awarded to the winner of the tie-break set. It is up to you to schedule your date/time/location matches with your opponent for the week. You can play at any location that is mutually agreed upon with your opponent. If you know you will be out of town or unavailable for a length of time, you are encouraged to play several matches in one week to avoid having to get in a flurry of matches late in the season.

After a make-up week to finish out any remaining matches, we will have a tournament to determine the league champion! The #1 seed will play the #8 seed, with #2 vs #7, #3 vs #6, and #4 vs #5. The #4/#5 winner will play #1/#8 in the second round, and the #2/#7 winner will play the #3/#6 winner. The final match will take place once these semifinal matches are completed.

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