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Venom, Jackson in quarters

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Venom, Jackson in quarters

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Top ranked duo Mark “Venom” Griffith and Julian “Michael Jackson” White easily advanced to the quarter-finals when the Silver Hill Road Tennis Championship continued on Monday night at the Silver Hill courts.
Two-time champion Griffith gave glimpses of his determination and ability to touch every ball in play as he brushed aside Tommy Rouse 21-12, 21-9. Griffith has the fans salivating over a possible clash with the explosive Antonio Daniel which will take place once Daniel defeats Julian “Snake” Quimby tonight.
White also handed his opponent Jerry Harris a “sow” 21-13, 21-8 with the animated Harris playing some classy shots and screaming that that was the last time that White would defeat him.
Irritated by the playing and verbal response of his opponent, White put on a road tennis tutorial in the second game serving with uncanny accuracy into a “dead spot” on the court to rattle up points from every serve. White then dismissed Harris with strokes of a master as the lesser player could not counter.
Earlier home town boy Gary “Kojak” Thomas upset Chesterfield “Boy-Boy” Brewster 21-19, 22-20. Brewster had led 10-5 in the first game where Thomas locked the scores from 15 before edging home.  Similarly, Brewster was up 18-13 in the second game and Thomas remarkably caught his opponent at 18 to serve out at 19-all and still take the game 22-20.
The other A class victory went to the consistent Dave Arrendell, who stopped Lloyd “Dick Man” Burke 21-19, 21-11 after Burke and Arrendell had traded shots in the opening game.
The two B class matches saw Anthony Forde defeating Jeff Browne 21-11, 21-14 while Adrian Walker beat Henry Rawlins 21-12, 21-14. (KB)