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Louisiana Tennis Team Places Third Nationally

October 22, 2004 10:53 AM

With one disappointing exception, a trip to the USA League Tennis 3.0 Senior National Championships was everything 10 Acadiana area women hoped it would be.

The Lafayette-based squad came within one tiebreaker of reaching the championship match and placed third in last weekend's competition in Palm Springs, California.

"We swept all four matches in our flight," team captain Judy Edington said. "That put us in the semifinals against the Pacific Northwest team, which had Kathleen Babineaux Blanco's sister on it.

"They beat us 10-8 in a third-set tiebreaker, and a lot of the people there said our match was the best one in the tournament. We played six matches and only lost one."

The local group battled through tough competition just to reach nationals, emerging from a nine-state USTA Southern Section that is considered one of the toughest in the country.

Six of the 10 team members competed in the best-of-three doubles competition at sectionals, and all 10 made the trip to California.

"We played well, and I think we represented the Southern Section, Louisiana and Lafayette well."

Lafayette players on the team include Edington, Gail Doctor, Ginger Hebert, Becky Bordelon, April Fontana, Charleen Brawner and Wanda Veilon, joined by Broussard's Wanda Lansou and Nancy Bernard, Breaux Bridge's Noreen Bienvenu and Opelousas' Sharon Fontenot.

The Senior (50-over) Division is one of several segments of the USTA's 530,000-member national program run through its 17 sectional associations.




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