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Super Senior Championships Conclude on the Isle of Palms

November 12, 2009 04:06 PM

            ISLE OF PALMS SC -- With 112 teams and 989 players, the South Carolina Super Senior State Championships breezed through a sunny weekend (Nov. 5-8) at Wild Dunes and satellite sites in one of the most evenly played season-ending playoffs. The team championships were split among eight areas. Eight of the nine team finals were decided 2-1, and all three category round robins were decided by one match.

            "That is what it is all about,” said USTA SC Super Senior Coordinator Bonnie Sue Duncan, after watching one Women’s 70s match go to a 16-14 third-set match tiebreak.

            The 12 playing divisions were spread so evenly that no area got more than two team championships. The new Coastal Carolina got two, as did Lexington , Low Country and Hilton Head Island . Aiken, Columbia , Pee Dee and Upper Piedmont had one each. Teams finishing second also were well-distributed with Hilton Head Island gaining three, Coastal Carolina, Grand Strand and Upper Piedmont two each and Aiken, Low Country and Mid-Carolina one each. The 60s Men’s 2.5 championship will be decided Nov. 13-15 between a Hilton Head Island team and one from Coastal Carolina.

            After the 70s played a full day Thursday, the 60s and 75s arrived to join in that evening’s food-and-drinks reception of more than 600 players. Wild Dunes pro Charly Rasheed and his staff of "red T-shirt" volunteers did a great job in welcoming and helping all the players and visitors throughout the weekend. The coordinating team from State League Director Mary Goins through local coordinators assisting were happy with the major weekend theme: dry.

            What started with Super Senior States in 2003 (48 teams) has continued its growth this year (112 teams). Statewide, player numbers have virtually doubled from 1,254 players to 2,350 players. This year’s notable increase was in the Men’s 75s.  In 2008, two teams played at 3.0. This year: five teams at 3.0 and three teams at 3.5. The Women’s 70s had 14 teams; Men’s 70s played with 16.

The competition was very close with many matches going to third-set tiebreaks. The Coman Tiebreak Procedure was used for the first time at an SC State Championship and was a huge success, Duncan said, adding that the gratification was seeing some players in their mid 80s hitting winners from all over the court and watching those ladies all over 75 competing, having fun and being involved in a great Championship for the first time."

Here are results of the match finals and round robins: (to see pictures of the champions and finalists, click here.)

Men 60s
3.0 - LATA/Quail Valley Frameshots defeated MCTL/Sun City Carolina Lakes Racqueteers 2-1 (Finalist got wildcard to Sectionals)
3.5 - LATA/Lexington The Survivors defeated LCTA/Isle of Palms Silver 2-1
4.0 - HHI #1/ Port Royal defeated AATL/Odell Weeks No Worries 2-1 

Men 70s
3.0 - CCTA/Sun City Spoilers defeated HHI/Port Royal USTA Bees 2-1
3.5 - LCTA/Seabrook Grays defeated GSTL/Grand Strand 70s 2-1 

Men 75s
3.0 - HHI/ Moss Creek Aces (4-0) won round robin; UPTA/Super 75s (4-1) second
3.5 - UPTA/Upstate Kids (3-1) won double round robin; HHI/Sea Pines CC Super Ole Timers (2-2) second

Women 60s
3.0 - AATL/Woodside defeated CCTA#1/Dataw Darlins 2-1 
3.5 - CTL/Rockbridge Wild Women defeated GSTL/Conway 2-1
4.0 - LCTA/Lowcountry Super Women defeated HHI/PR Senior Moments (Finalist got wildcard to Sectionals)

Women 70s
3.0 - CCTA/Sun City Golden Girls (5-0) won round robin; UPTA/Spindle Tree Sassy Seventies (4-1) second
3.5 - PD/Florence defeated CCTA/Sun City Ya Ya's 2-1