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Team(s) of the Week for 9-2-02: Mayfield, KY 4.0 Women and Senior Women

September 3, 2002 11:31 AM
Esther Hubbard, captain of both the Mayfield, Kentucky Senior Women's 4.0 team and Women's 4.0 team, is excited about her teams' October trips to Tucson for the USA League Tennis presented by Lincoln National Championships. Hubbard, along with Liza Holman and Mary Lee Clark are members of both teams, and will be in Tucson for an entire week as they take part in both National Championship tournaments.
Mayfield, Kentucky is a small town of about 10,000 in the western part of the state. The fact that two Mayfield teams won two USA League Tennis Sectional Championships makes you wonder how such big tennis is played in such a small town.
In just their second appearance at Sectionals, the team of Mary Lee Clark, Bev Nuerge, Louise Owen, Marla Boyer, Diana Harris, Suzanne Dillihay, Ellen Wise, Liza Holman, and Hubbard took home first place in the 4.0 Women's senior division, earning them a trip to Tucson for nationals. The team is a very close-knit group, and their motto is "Fun and Fellowship". They stress teamwork and sacrificing for the good of the team. "I can honestly say that we win because everyone has input and everyone is willing to sit out for the good of the team," Hubbard says.
While sacrificing has been one of the team's strengths, so has determination. At the state tournament, Louise Owen played every match in the hot and humid conditions that sent three players to the hospital for heat exhaustion. Big deal you say? It is a big deal considering that Owen is 73 years young.
The Women's 4.0 team, made up of Cindy Morgan, Sandy Bridges, Lisa Hollis, Binkie Whitnell, Kathy Thompson, Sharman Coley, Kim Trimm, Kim Cates, Doris Glaz, Hubbard, Clark, and Holman, was making their fourth appearance at the Sectional Championships, but didn't quite have the depth to win at the top. That is, of course, until this year. They defeated the Jackson, Mississippi team 3-2 to advance to this year's USA League Tennis presented by Lincoln National Championships in Tucson. After last year's loss at the state tournament to the team that finished second in the nation, Hubbard said, "We were determined that this would be our year."
Up until recently, the tennis courts in Mayfield were cracked and becoming overgrown with weeds, but that did not stop the teams from practicing and preparing for their matches and the upcoming tournaments. However, the Mayfield Graves County Tennis Association recently constructed six new courts. The Mayfield teams were tough enough before, but with new courts to practice and play on, things can only get better. "We have worked hard all year, and the competitions should just be icing on the cake," Hubbard adds.
Women's 4.0, Mayfield, KY - Southern Sectional Champions



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