Southern Women Capture Two Intersectional Victories

November 25, 2008 02:37 PM

USTA Southern took two divisions ouf of six played at the National Senior Women’s Intersectional Team event in San Antonio, Texas. Southern had a great tournament throughout the age divisions which went from 35s to 80s. (This was the first year for the 80s.)

Here are the results:

35s – second out of 10 sections – lost to Southern Cal 4-1
45s – first out of 11 sections beating out Texas in a close match 3-2
55s – first out of 11 sections beating out Texas again in a close match 3-2
65s – fifth out of 12 sections losing to #2 seed in second round and winning rest of matches
75s – third out of 8 sections beating New England
80s – second out of 7 sections losing to #1 seed Florida

This event is sponsored by the USTA and the National Senior Women’s Tennis Association and was played at the McFarlin Tennis Center on 20 hard courts. Referee is Larry Eichenbaum.

Fran Chandler did a wonderful job as team captain for the 35s and 45s, which is no easy task, as well as playing and winning in the 45s after returning from playing in the Internationals in Turkey and doing so well. Mariana Hollman and Rachel Gayle also played for the US in Turkey and played great for Southern. Players in the 35s were Courtney Allen, Renee Tharpe, Taylor Taylor, Paula Jones, Rachel Gayle. Players in the 45s were Fran Chandler, Mariana Hollman, Sue Bartlett, Sue Webb and Jamie Kaplan.

The 55s were represented by Brenda Carter, Wendy McColskey, Susie Peiffer, Cindy Babb, Carla Brown and Jan Cochran. All of the 55s played great and came through when they needed to. Brenda Carter had just returned from representing the US in Turkey and has just been elected the incoming president of the National Senior Women’s Tennis Association. Carla Brown and Jan Cochran came through with a critical doubles match win to beat Texas for #1. Wendy McColskey won all of her singles matches.

The 65s were represented by Ann Hunt, Judy Levering, Burnett Herrick, Claire Magruder and Peggy Omohundro. The double teams of Ann Hunt & Judy Levering and Claire Magruder and Peggy Omohundro did not lose a match. After returning home, Claire Magruder found out she had been selected for induction to the Alabama Hall of Fame. Congratulations to Claire.

The 75s were represented by Christiane Jackson, Peggy Winningham and Jeanette Weiland. They did a wonderful job of working as a team and all their matches were close.

The 80s were represented by Dorothy Maloney, Martha Norman and Betty Henry. This was the first year for the 80’s and there were 7 sections represented and there will probably be more sections next year. These ladies had more enthusiasm and determination, never complaining about playing a third set loving every minute of being on the court and meeting other 80 year olds from around the country. Dorothy and Martha played the singles and Dorothy and Betty played the doubles. It was wonderful to watch. When Dorothy got home she found a letter inviting her to play on the Friendship Cup in Austria next year. She was so excited.

These are just a few of the stories that come out of the Intersectionals. All the matches were competitive, all the players represented the Southern Section in the true Southern fashion and played their hearts out. The women from all of the sections that are represented truly show that tennis is more than a game for a lifetime. It is also a friendship for a lifetime.

Submitted by Vicki Everette