Pacific Northwest Classic 2021
The Pacific Northwest Classic kicked off today in Bend, OR. This tournament hosts almost 800 players at Pine Nursery Park with overflow being played at Pickleball Zone, the neighboring indoor court facility. The brown on light brown color scheme for the courts at Pine Nursery is a unique look. Personally, I prefer the bright popping colors seen in other facilities. But the surrounding forests definitely compensate for the court choices and make this another gorgeous stop on the APP Tour.
The APP tour stops continue to have smaller Women’s Pro fields, but it gives the chance for some of the up and coming players to shine and grab a medal. The Women’s Doubles bracket had only six teams participate with two that the casual fan would recognize. Michelle Esquivel and Lauren Stratman teamed up again in Oregon and blazed their trail through the other five teams. They went undefeated and will get to wear their medals around all day tomorrow as they won’t be in action again until Saturday in the Mixed Doubles event.
The Silver medal went to Susannah Barr/Lee Whitwell, who I love to watch play. They are still just a small step behind Esquivel/Stratman. In the first meeting, they forced both games to 11-9, but fell 11-5,11-4 in the final. Meghan Hall/Annica Cooper landed on the third step of the podium. Cooper who had a good showing at the Beer City Open follows up with a medal at this stop.
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🥇Jay Devilliers – JW Johnson
🥈Steve Deakin – Spencer Smith
🥉Dylan Frazier – Matt Chou
Storm's a Brewin'
Rain delays, epic storms, and monsoon-like conditions interrupted play today in Bend, OR. Games were halted after the Winner’s Bracket Final and moved indoors to the Pickleball Zone. In the Winner’s Bracket Final, the hosts for the event had a tremendous showing. Wes Gabrielsen/Erik Lange defeated JDev/JDub in the match despite losing game one and being down 6-9 in the second. The pair flipped the switch on the favorites by attacking at the body, which threw Devilliers and Johnson off their game. The match turned into a tagging competition and unforced errors allowed the hosts to win 5 straight points to win game two. Devilliers/Johnson had no answer in game three and lost the final game in shocking fashion 1-11. A great performance from the hosts and local favorites. Now a long wait as we move to the loser’s bracket to see who they will play for Gold.
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Bronze Medal Match
Frazier/Chou were sent to the Loser’s Bracket by Deakin/Smith earlier in the day but got redemption indoors. They won 15-9 to advance to the Bronze Medal Match against Devilliers/Johnson. In the Bronze Medal Round, Devilliers showed why he is almost more dangerous to see in the backdraw. JDev/JDub took the match 11-9,11-5 to advance to the Gold Medal round.
Gold Medal Match
The match was not over after that comeback, but Devilliers/Johnson clearly shined for the rest of the evening. They won 13, count’em, 13 unanswered points in the final game, including a streak of 3 straight bodyshots from Devilliers. Devilliers ended game one with an Erne, ended game two with a Bert and went straight Cookie Monster in game three. This completes yet another Double Dip for Devilliers on the APP Tour.