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South Carolina Team Grabs Title at 2004 USA League Tennis Senior National Invitational

May 24, 2005 10:10 AM

The 2004 USA League Tennis Super Senior National Invitational wrapped up Sunday May 15, 2005, and seven new national team champions were crowned, including a 6.0 Men's team from Dataw Island, SC. Additionally, a 7.0 Women's team from Hot Springs, AR finished as runners-up in their division.

Over 800 Super Seniors from 32 different states and 15 different USTA Sections headed to Kansas City for the four-day event, which was a national championship for 2004 league winners. One hundred and fifty-eight team matches were held and over 50 courts and 574 cans of balls were used for the event.

Play for the 17 different flights were held at nine tennis centers around the Kansas City area because of the rain, including three indoor facilities Overland Park Racquet Club, Northland Racquet Club, and Indian Creek Country Club. The other tennis centers used were Rockhurst University, Rockhill Tennis Club, Harmon Park, Homestead Country Club, Woodside Racquet and Fitness and the Plaza Tennis Center

"This was an epic undertaking for the Missouri Valley Section. The event couldn't have been as successful without the wonderful support of the Heart of America District and their pool of volunteers," said Executive Director Mary Buschmann, referrring to the over 50 volunteers who lent their time to the event. "This Super Senior tournament will continue to grow, and expectations are that we will have representation from all 17 USTA Sections in the near future."

Plagued by rain on opening day, play was forced indoors with an abbreviated pro-set scoring. But the rain lifted late Friday, and play headed back outside and with regular scoring for Saturday and Sunday.

Texas led the way with two division titles in 6.0 Women and 8.0 Men, and was a finalist in 7.0 Men. Southern and New England claimed both a division winner and a finalist. The host Missouri Valley Section had two finalists, but no winners. The Mid-Atlantic, Southwest and Pacific Northwest each had one division winner.

"We had a beautiful time, and it was great to get out there and play a national level event with your peers," said Justin Sadkowski, team captain of the 8.0 Eastern men's team from Buffalo.

All event finals were played Sunday, May 15 at the Plaza Tennis Center.

A players' banquet with a "Senior Prom" theme was held Saturday evening at the Overland Park Convention Center, and drew 625 attendees. A prom king and queen were both named. Randy McConnaughey of the Intermountain Section was named the king, and Betty Lou Duckworth of the New England Section was the prom queen.

The Super Senior Invitational was a 2004 championship event for section winners.

Beauford, SC - Men's 6.0/3.0 Men's Champion
Below is a list of winners and finalists from the 2004 League Tennis Super Senior National Invitational:and the XTREME Sportsmanship awards winners by each level.

Winner: Texas (Tyler); Finalist: Missouri Valley (Kansas City, Mo)
Xtreme: New England - Captain Sally Glanz

6.0 MEN
Winner:: Southern (Dataw Island, S.C.); Finalist: Midwest (Bedford, Oh)
Xtreme: Texas - Captain Jim Bartlett

Hot Springs, AR - 7.0/3.5 Women's Finalist
Winner:: Southwest (Tucson, Az); Finalist: Southern (Hot Springs, Ark.)
Xtreme: Mid-Atlantic - Captain Eleanor Holland

7.0 MEN
Winner: New England (Stowe, Vt.); Finalist: Texas (Richardson, Tx);
Xtreme: Florida - Captain Jay Bortner

Winner: Mid-Atlantic (Fairfax, Va); Finalist: New England (Boston, Mass)
Xtreme: Mid-Atlantic - Captain Jill Davis

8.0 MEN
Winner: Texas (Houston, Tx); Finalist: Middle States (Manheim, Pa);
Xtreme: Florida- Captain Ron Massey

9.0 MEN (round robin)
Winner: Pacific Northwest (Tacoma, Wa); Second place: Missouri Valley (Kansas City, Mo)
Xtreme:Nor Cal - Captain John Hart/Martin Silverman




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