It would seem that steely concentration did not necessarily run in the Evert family...
DISTRICT TENNIS PREVIEW: AQUINAS GIRLS NIP NOVA
The Miami Herald
Friday, April 15, 1983
If Thursday's St. Thomas Aquinas High-Nova girls' tennis match was a preview of next week's District 14 tournament, St. Thomas should win for the second consecutive year. But not by much.
Aquinas won Thursday's three-hour battle of unbeatens, 4-3, on a three-set No. 2 doubles victory by Julie Sica and Alysia Wilson on Nova's wind-blown courts.
"The district is going to be unreal," Aquinas Coach Jeanne Dubin said. "It will be exciting. It's up for grabs, our district title."
Aquinas' unbeaten record appeared in jeopardy when Nova took a 3-2 lead after the singles. But Aquinas' Clare Evert and Jill McKinnis beat Cheri Berger and Denise Fisher, 6-3, 6-3, at No. 1 doubles and Sica and Wilson beat Danielle Webster and Stacy Bloom, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, to clinch the Raiders' ninth victory. Nova fell to 10-1, but Coach Nick Galante is looking forward to next week.
"I'm very happy -- not about the result, but from what I've seen out there," he said. "I think we can beat St. Thomas in the district. Our success depends on Berger improving and our No. 2 doubles improving. We just have to work harder."
Aquinas took control early, as No. 1 Evert and No. 2 Sica recorded victories. But victories by Webster, Berger and Stacy Bloom put Nova within a victory of clinching the match. Going into the doubles, the coolness associated with her surname hardly described Evert.
"I was a nervous wreck," said Evert, sister of Chris Evert Lloyd. "I didn't know if Alysia and Julie would pull it out. I went out on the court more worried about the No. 2 doubles. They proved to me they could do it."
Sica and Wilson jumped to a 3-2 lead in the third set, then broke serve to make it 4-2. Nova also broke serve, but a double-fault at game point gave Sica and Wilson a 5-3 lead before Sica served out the victory.
An equally tense match was Webster's victory over the fiery McKinnis, who is one of her close friends. The 7-5, 7-5 decision at No. 3 took an hour and 45 minutes.
Evert beat Fisher, 6-1, 6-2, in her first match since suffering an ankle injury two weeks ago. Evert was in control nearly the entire match. The exception was when she received needling from students walking to school buses parked near the courts. Evert double-faulted, slammed a ball against the fence where the students were gathered, then said, "You want to get these people out of here?" to school officials.
Evert later added, "They were making smart comments, and I wasn't appreciative of that. They started with, 'Oh, there's Chris Evert 's sister.' Then it got worse. It's so hard to concentrate with so many people around."
No. 1: Clare Evert (STA) d. Denise Fisher, 6-1, 6-2; No. 2: Julie Sica (STA) d. Susan Emmer, 6-2, 6-0; No. 3: Danielle Webster (N) d. Jill McKinnis, 7-5, 7-5; No. 4: Cheri Berger (N) d. Alysia Wilson, 6-2, 6-4; No. 5: Stacy Bloom (N) d. Shirley Beal, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3; No. 1: Evert-McKinnis (STA) d. Berger- Fisher, 6-3, 6-3; No. 2: Sica-Wilson (STA) d. Webster-Bloom, 6-2, 6-2.
Gulfstream Athletic Conference Championship at Pine Crest -- Team Totals: 1. (tie) Pine Crest, Miami Gulliver 14, 3. Miami Ransom-Everglades 7, 4. (tie) Westminster Christian, Miami Belen 5, 6. Coral Shores 1, 7. Marathon 0. Individual -- No. 1: Jeff Baxter (Gull) d. Jay Stephens (PC), 6-1, 2-6, 7-5; No. 2: John Burnham (PC) d. John Campbell, 6-0, 6-0; No. 3: Anton Serafini (Ransom) d. Lou Schwartz (Gull), 6-2, 6-0; No. 4: Jason Bell (Gull) d. Scott Greenwald (Ransom), 3-6, 6-4, 7-5; No. 5: Jim Horky (PC) d. Andre Urera (Gull), 6-2, 7-6. No. 1: Burnham- Stephens (PC) d. Shelfer-Torres (WC), 8-1; No. 2: John Horky- Larry Bergere (PC) d. Quintanna-Dalman (Belen), 8-6.
Hollywood Hills 5, Chaminade 2 -- No. 1: Dean Goldfine (Cham) d. Scott Warner, 6-2, 6-3; No. 2: Greg Donner (HH) d. Mike Wallace, 6-4, 6-1; No. 3: Jeff Henschel (HH) d. Tyrone Edwards, 6-2, 6-2. Hills finished 13-2.
Fort Lauderdale 4, Taravella 2 -- No. 1: Mike Goch (FtL) d. Howard Berk, 6-3, 6-3; No. 2: Cliff Harris (Tara) d. Mike Cohen, 6-1, 6-3; No. 3: Ed Kilgus (FtL) d. Jeff Michaelson, 6-1, 6-2. Fort Lauderdale is 9-4; Taravella is 3-6.
University 7, Fort Lauderdale Christian 0 -- No. 1: Jay Karmen (U) won by forfeit; No. 2: Mike Geller (U) d. Todd McDowell, 6-2, 6-3; No. 3: Jack Genser (U) d. Todd Balfoort, 6-0, 6-0. University is 12-2.
Miramar 7, Western 0 -- No. 1: Steve Jones (Mir) d. Todd Richardson, 6-0, 6-0; No. 2: David Liebowitz (Mir) d. Tim Kiernan, 6-0, 6-0. Miramar is 8-4.
Broward Christian 4, American Heritage 3 -- No. 1: Jimmy Gonzalez (BC) d. Jason McPharland, 8-0; No. 2: Jerry Gonzalez (BC) d. Rodney Milson, 8-1; No. 3: Jeff Silverstein (AH) d. Gerald Hagins, 8-1. Broward is 15-1; Heritage is 4-6.
South Plantation 4, Madonna 3 -- No. 1: Dina DeRosalia (Mad) d. Liz Starr, 6-1, 6-0; No. 2: Carrie Hacker (SP) d. Jeanne DiBenedetto, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2; No. 3: Mary Kay Fanning (Mad) d. Carolyn Skinner, 7-5, 1-6, 6-4.
Western 5, Miramar 2 -- No. 1: Laura Gordon (West) d. Angela Jacobs, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3; No. 2: Shelley Katz (Mir) d. Teri Childs, 6-4, 7-6 (5-1); No. 3: Michelle Seymour (West) won by default. Western is 7-7.