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Southern Super Senior Teams Turn in Top Results in National Tourney

May 3, 2007 10:51 AM

With age comes history and experience. Last weekend at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach and the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, SC, the “Oldies” were revived the best 60 and over tennis players from around the country navigated to the 2006 USTA League National Championships. Two Southern teams walked away with honors in Daytona and four Southern finshed in top spots in Charleston.

This is the first time the United States Tennis Association (USTA), Florida section has hosted the USTA Super Senior National Championships which included 61 men’s and women’s teams with representation from all 17 sections of the USTA. From doctors to attorneys, commercial pilots to war veterans, teachers to cancer survivors, and dentists to engineers, a few of the experienced bunch can now add National Champions to their résumé.

The finals started at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, April 29 with an epic battle between the North and the South. The men’s 8.0 Southern section displayed a matured tennis game vs. the men’s 8.0 Northern section, taking first and second doubles. The Northern section’s third doubles team of Tom McCune and Jim Alstad won their match 6-3, 6-3, preventing the Southern section from a clean sweep. The Southern section did sweep up a victory, however, as Teammates Ernest Felder, James Hough, Dan Elks, Richard Shipman, Robert Burns, Jimmy Smith, John Mitchell, Tom Holst, Vernon Hebert & Klaus Sabert (Captain) worked together to bring home a National Championship win. worked together to bring home a National Championship win.

The New England men’s 6.0 team rallied a 2-1 win against the Southern section’s 6.0 team in the third finals match of the morning. Clay was not an issue for the hard court players from New England as they adjusted their game to fit the “green sand”. James Cooney and Milon Marsden from Southern won their number one doubles match 6-3, 6-1 giving the Sun City Slammers from South Carolina an instant boost. As fast as their first caffeine boost came, it faded just as quickly. Teammates were too tough for the Southern men, as they walked away National Champions.

The Super Senior National Championship at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, SC played host to the Men's and Women's 7.0 and 9.0 Divisions. The Men's 7.0 team from Hilton Head, SC captained by Scott Bernstein finished second in their respective division. In 9.0 divisions, the women of Durham, NC captained by Katherine Shleburne took home second place and the men of Greenville, SC captained by Tom Foster placed fourth.




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