ROUND six of the Gawler & Barossa Combined division one tennis season saw an in-form Xavier succumb to ladder-leader Tod Street 7-80 to 9-86 in a blockbuster battle for top spot.
Xavier opened with inspired team doubles play, and a dominant singles victory to Mel Leeflang over Jess Szulc, to take a four set to one lead.
Tod Street warrior Jose Len stepped up with a trademark marathon tie-break singles win over ultra-consistent David Weekly in the top single.
In stark contrast, Haydn Leo took an entertaining 6-3 victory over Damian McGee, with heavy serving and brief rallies the order of the day from the pair.
Routine singles victories to Simon Wundersitz and Amy Turner pegged back Xavier’s early advantage, and fighting wins to Georgie Rowett and Brianna Done established a Tod Street lead that would not be relinquished.
Last week’s hero for Xavier, Robert Polito, took two brave wins, but the Tod Street juggernaut rolled on for another week.
Meanwhile, Nuriootpa continues to keep Tanunda’s season win-less with a straightforward 13-99 to 3-46 victory.
Nuriootpa’s Dylan Sharman and Emma Keys led a bullying of their Barossa rivals to shore up fourth spot on the ladder.
In the final division one match, Kapunda moved into equal second on the table following a thorough 15-107 to 1-40 shellacking of South Gawler.
Michael Loeser, Sarah Johnson and the Matters brothers played faultless tennis, giving South Gawler few chances to get on the board throughout the day.
Division two pace-setter Willaston took on Xavier in another top of the table clash, with Willaston’s doubles guile proving the difference in the 10-87 to 6-77 win.
Angela Edwards, Tanya Pettrey and Darren Pettrey gave the young Xavier outfit a valuable lesson on the doubles court from the outset.
Youngster Caitlin Musolino, a late off-season recruit from the Two Wells Tennis Club, was the outstanding player for Xavier on the day, winning all three of her matches.
Meanwhile, Lyndoch upset Tod Street 10-86 to 6-79 to send it tumbling from equal top to fourth position on the table.
Lyndoch’s Sam Powell, Angus Magarey and Ryan Ogden dominated the men’s matches to set up the victory, supported well by ladies Julie Carmody and Karen Cocks.
Tod Street 12-year-old girl Mackenzie Leo continued to perform well in division two, winning all three matches on the day, with ever-reliable Heather Jayson contributing two wins to the cause on a difficult day for Tod
Vine Vale jumped into third on the ladder with a closely contested 9-88 to 7-71 win over Nuriootpa,
while Kapunda was on the end of a comprehensive 2-47 to 14-103 drubbing against Angaston, which now sits just outside the top four.