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MCTA team finishes as runner-up at Sectionals

Pictured left to right: Bud McCune, Al Andrews, John Roxburgh, Jim Mayer, Norm Compson, Larry Snyder, and Trip Niven

USTA South Carolina teams represented the state and the USTA well at a Southern championship held earlier this month.

Five S.C. teams won championships and five more were finalists during the 2013 USTA League 55 & Over/65 & Over Southern Sectional Championships. The sun-challenged event was played Dec. 6-8 in Columbus, Ga.

Rain delayed play on Friday and Saturday and wiped out competition on Sunday. Showers deluged play so much that 11 of the 14 championships had to be decided by drawing on Sunday, as prescribed by tournament procedures. Competition decided only three of the championships: Men’s 55s 3.0, Men’s 55s 9.0 combined and Women’s 65s 3.0.

The South Carolina showing included a finalist run by the “Attackers,” Jim Mayer’s 65 and Over 3.5 team from the Mid-Carolina Tennis Association. The team advanced to the event by winning their local league championship and the 65 and Over 3.5 division of the USTA SC Adult 55, 65 and 75 and Over State Championships last fall.

The photo below is of Sun City's mixed doubles SC state champion team.  Al Andrews captained both a 55 and 65 7.0 mixed doubles team, and each won their local league to advance to SC states in Aiken.  Most of the same players were on both teams.  That meant that Al had to carefully juggle and schedule his thirteen players at the tournament, as the officials make no concessions for potential schedule conflicts.  It also meant that most of our 55 team consisted of 65 year olds playing against "youngsters."  The 55's won their flight, the semis, and the final to win the championship in the twelve team field. 


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