The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

July 30, 2013

Camerun Blaylock claims city tennis title

The Commercial-News

DANVILLE — Sunday was a day of players coming back to the game of tennis at the Greater Danville Open.

A pair of Danville High graduates, Camerun Blaylock (Class of 2007) and Colby Clapper (Class of 2009) claimed titles during Sunday’s final rounds of the city tournament.

Blaylock rallied to beat Adam Huls in the three sets, 2-6, 6-3 and 7-5 in the men’s open division.

“In the last six months, I’ve been playing a lot. I’ve been hitting outside with a couple people here in Danville,’’ Blaylock said. “I’m trying to step up my tennis game.

“I’m really happy to have won this title. This is a good way to get back into the game.’’

After dropping the first set, Blaylock admittedly made a change in his approach against Huls.

“He came out swinging from the hip,’’ Blaylock said. “He was hitting nothing but winners in that first set. There was nothing I could do. And I was getting a little frustrated.

“Slowly, he started missing a few of those shots in the second set and it gave me some confidence.’’

Additionally, Blaylock realized that Huls was trying to hit everything with his forehand.

“I was peppering his backhand a little too much, and he was waiting for it,’’ Blaylock said. “Once I picked up on that, I started going to his forehand a little more.’’

While Blaylock is looking to improve his tennis game, he is also thinking of going back to school this fall.

“I would like to get my associate’s degree,’’ he said. “I think that will help me out a bunch.’’

Clapper played with recent Danville graduate Tyler Ellis to win the men’s open doubles title. They defeated the team of Nathan Burkowski and Mitch Haas, 6-1, 6-1, in the finals.

“I graduated the year before Tyler got into high school, so we never got the chance to play together,’’ Clapper said.

Ellis, who will be attending Olivet Nazarene on a tennis scholarship this fall, decided to just play doubles in this year’s city tournament.

In the women’s open singles, former Bismarck-Henning standout Lori Haas defeated Taylor Ellis, 6-0, 6-2 in the finals.

Haas added another title as she paired with her brother, Mitch Haas, to win the mixed open doubles over Adam Huls and Rachael Lewis.

In the women’s open doubles, Jennifer Little and Monica Ribbe defeated the 18-and-under Greater Danville Open champions, Becca and Rachael Lewis, 7-5, 6-0.

Duane Drollinger also won multiple titles on Sunday as he defeated Terry Johnson in the 45-and-over singles championship and he then paired with Jim Persinger to beat Johnson and Rodger Wind in the 45-and-over doubles championship.

In the women’s 35-and-over doubles championship, Shelley Erickson and Jen Watson defeated Susie Boudreau and Betsy Porter.

Marianne and Jim Wilson won the century mixed doubles championship with victories over Martha Foster and Rodger Wind, who were second, and Pam Zuhone and Bull Wilcox.

In the parent-child tournament, Dave and Kevin Clapp won the title.