Nine players from Washington traveled to Tempe Arizona to compete in the 2012 National Doubles Tournament.  These players combined to bring home Nine medals and crowned Two National Champions!

One of the best matches in the entire tourney was the Men’s’ 40 finals between Jeff Stark/Dale Millhollin vs.  Jimmie Lowe/Tim Hansen.  The Crowd was one of the biggest all week to watch three very fast guys with one big slow guy have an  incredible three game battle.  Any shots you can imagine were used, along with many unbelievable saves to make it as exciting as it was.  Unfortunately, Jeff and his partner came out a few points short for the win.  Jeff made up for the loss with Gold Medal wins in both Mixed 35s and Mixed 40s.

Wanda Collins was the other National Champion with a Gold medal in the Woman’s 60s. She also took 2nd place with Beth Neff in the 45s.  Beth also brought home 3rd place medals in the mixed 35s and 45s.

Dan Pischke and George Brewer played the 50 open and Elite divisions scoring a big upset  win over a nationally ranked team in the 50s.

Dan teamed with Beth to take 3rd in the mixed 45s.

George teamed with Peter Alexander to play the Centurion B division where they played five rounds and came away with a medal for 4th place.

Vicki Panzeri medaled in all three of her events missing gold medals in tie breaker matches twice!  She also got 3rd place in the mixed 55s.  Allen Peterson and Gary Olson teamed together in the 60 and 65 opens and had tough losses in the opening rounds.

Weather was Sunny and in the high 70’s low 80’s all week.  Next year if you are looking for some tough racquetball and warm weather in February, try planning to attend the tourney.

Thanks to Dan Pischke for providing this great report on our Washington Players!

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