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Southern Section Teams Win Three Women's Intersectional Titles

December 4, 2002 11:17 AM

Three Southern Section teams won Intersectional titles, with two other teams earning runner-up and 4th place finishes at the USTA Women's Intersectional Championships at the Walden Racquet Club in Houston, Texas from Nov. 11-17. The tournament featured teams from 14 of the 17 USTA Sections, including teams from Florida, Texas, Northern and Southern California, and New England. The Southern Section teams were captained by Rita Anderson and Vicki Everette.

"The Southern Section team has traditionally performed very well at these events, but these results are some of the best we've ever had," said Sharon Gault, Chairman of the Southern Section Adult/Senior Competition Committee. "Kudos to Vicki Everette and Rita Anderson for selecting and captaining this great intersectional team."

The Women's 35s team of Marianna Hollman, Renata Marcinkowska, Fran Chandler, Sydney Carrick, and Sue Bartlett won their first two matches over Northern California and Southern California by a combined total of 9-1. The team went on to earn the title with a 3-2 victory over #1 seed Texas. Leading 2 matches to 1 after the singles, Hollman and Marcinkowska clinched the Championship with a hard-fought 6-2,3-6,6-4 victory at #1 doubles.

In the Women's 55s, Southern's #1 seeded team of Brenda Carter, Jan Dennis, Saundra Denny, Ann Hunt, Suzie Hill, and Sharon Greene posted a 5-0 victory over Midwest and a 3-2 win over New England on their way to the finals, where they faced #2 seeded Florida. Three of the five matches in the finals went three sets as Southern emerged victorious 4-1.

The team of Irene Shepard, Martha Norman, and Peggy Golden never lost a set en route to the Women's 75s title. They posted 3-0 victories over Texas, Florida, and Southern California, and lost only 44 games in 18 sets.

In the Women's 45s division, Southern's #2 seeded team of Diane Fishburne, Michelle Spires, Janet Moseley, Shiela Ernest and captain Rita Anderson reached the finals by winning its first two matches 5-0 and 4-1 over Mid Atlantic and Texas, respectively. Southern fell to #1 seed Florida in the finals by a score of 3-2. The match went down to the last court where Shiela Ernest and Michelle Spires lost a 6-4, 6-1 heartbreaker at the #2 doubles position.

The #4 seeded Southern Women's 65s team of Billie Oxrieder, Shirley Taylor, Ann Sweeney, Jeanette Weiland, and Fay Martin advanced to the tournament semifinals with a 5-0 victory over Midwest. They could not get past their semifinal opponent, Southern California, however, and found themselves in a playoff for third place against #3 seed Texas. The match with Texas went down to the final court, with Oxrieder and Taylor falling at #2 doubles to give a Texas a 3-2 victory and 3rd place. The Southern team finished 4th out of 10 teams in the Womens 65s division.

"We had a great group of girls from all over the Southern Section," said Vicki Everette, captain of the Women's 55s, 65s, and 75s teams. "The caliber of play was very high, and I watched in awe of some of the shots these players made, wishing I could do the same thing. The community of Walden was very gracious in entertaining the players with parties at their homes, and the tournament itself was run in a very professional way."




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