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Quinney beats Jacobsen to claim Lithia Open title

Mark Quinney was joking with people about how long it's been since he has made any money at the Lithia Motors Southern Oregon Open tennis tournament.

The 27-year-old Eugene resident doesn't have to joke anymore after claiming the men's open singles title with a straight sets victory over Bremerton, Wash., resident Eric Jacobsen, 6-2, 6-2, on Sunday at the Southern Oregon Tennis Club.

The Lithia title is Quinney's second and snaps the two-year stranglehold of Jan-Michael Gambill, who missed this years tournament to compete in the Australian Open.

It also marks the second straight year Jacobsen has played the bridesmaid in the open final. Last year the 31-year-old Jacobsen fell to Gambill in the finale.

Quinney rolled into the championship match by beating Portland's Adam Gagnon, 6-2, 6-0 in one semifinal match, while Jacobsen ousted Eugene's John DeVorss, 6-4, 7-6.

Tara Livesay, a 15-year-old Lakeridge High student claimed her first Lithia Open title by dispatching Angie Cummins of Vancouver, Wash., 6-1, 7-5 in the women's open final.

In the men's open doubles final Gagnon gained a measure of redemption by pairing with fellow Portland resident Chris Apzet to win the title over DeVorss and partner Len Spencer of Eugene, 6-4, 7-5.

In the open mixed doubles final Kevin Kauffman and Kim Denig, both of Medford, used their experience to win the title.

Kauffman and Denig defeated North Medford High boys player Deryk Inn and South Medford girls team member Colleen Cohee, 6-2, 6-2.


Mark Quinney, Eugene, def. Adam Gagnon, Portland, 6-2, 6-0; Eric Jacobsen, Bremerton, Wash., def. John DeVorss, Eugene, 6-4, 7-6.


Quinney def. Jacobsen, 6-4, 6-4.

Mens Open Doubles


Chris Apzet-Adam Gagnon, Portland, def. Len Spencer-John DeVorss, Eugene, 6-4, 7-5.

Womens Open Singles


Tara Livesay, Lake Oswego, def. Angie Cummins, Vancouver, Wash., 6-1, 7-5.

Mixed Open Doubles


Kevin Kauffman-Kim Denig, Medford, def. Deryk Inn-Colleen Cohee, Medford, 6-2, 6-2.

Mens 3.5 Singles


Kirby Berlin, Medford, def. Richard Louie, Medford, 6-4, 7-5; Russ Tongg, Ashland, def. Nate Schnugg, Medford, 6-2, 6-3.


Tongg def. Berlin, 6-4, 6-1.

Womens 3.5 Singles.


Katie Sankhanel, Ashland, def. Lauren Barnard, Ashland, 6-2, 6-1; Lorrie Brawner, Medford, def. Amy Krueger, Ashland, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6.


Sankhanel def. Brawner, 6-2, 6-1.

Mens 4.0 Singles


Travis Van Dyne, Bremerton, Wash., def. Larry Nielson, Medford, 6-2, 6-4; Chuck Prunty, Medford, def. Bill Leever, Medford, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6.


Van Dyne def. Prunty, 7-6, 6-2.

Womens 4.0 Singles


McKenzie Walther, Ashland, def. Janel Schricker, Sutherlin, 7-6, 6-4; Marie Lutz, Grants Pass, def. Tori Waggoner, Ashland, 6-2, 6-4.


Lutz def. Walther, 6-2, 1-6, 6-4.

Womens 3.5 Doubles


Lori Schultz-Jan Carey, Medford, def. Mary Bavarskas-Tig Welter, Klamath Falls, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

Womens 4.0 Doubles


Cindy Luse-Cindy Ogden, Grants Pass, def. Elizabeth Schoenleber, Ashland-Laura Vaughn, Medford, 6-4, 6-2; Marie Lutz-Susan Woodhead, Grants Pass, def. Judy Jonasson-Carol Jonasson, Medford, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.


Luse-Ogden def. Lutz-Woodhead, 6-3, 7-6.

Mens 4.0 Doubles


Allen Victor-Rick Williams, Grants Pass, def. Chuck Prunty-Larry Nielson, Medford, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2; Walt Packard-Leo Kimm, Medford, def. Jim Miller-Brian Murphy, Klamath Falls, default.


Victor-Williams def. Packard-Kimm, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.

Mark Quinney of Eugene unleashes a winner against Eric Jacobsen. - Photo by Andy Atkinson