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Woodside Super Seniors Take State 7.5 Combo Title
Woodside Plantation's 7.5 Super Senior women's team captured the USTA/SC Combo title in late October.  After losing their first match, the team ran off four consecutive wins to claim the title.  The SC title was the team's second big win this fall, having also won the USTA/GA title in the same division earlier in the fall.  The Woodsiders will be going for three titles this fall in early November when they travel to Seabrook Island to compete in the USTA/SC Super Senior League Championships.  Team members included Barbara Dellamora, Pat Beibel, Beverly Shaver, Pat Uhle, Mary Jones, and Paulette Welsch.

Cook, SC Pros Compete in Las Vegas for 6.0 Nationals
Woodside Plantation Director of Tennis Ben Cook and a group of fellow SC tennis professionals competed in the USTA 6.0 League Championships in Las Vegas in late September.  The team went 3-1 in round robin group play, which resulted in a tie for first in their respective group.  Despite a 2-1 win over Delaware in round robin play, Delaware advanced to the finals by virtue of losing 89 games compared to 106 for South Carolina.  Highlights of the weekend include a win by Cook and Carlos Lazano of Lexington over former world #2 doubles player Ellis Ferreira and partner KK Crenshaw.
Team members included Toby Simpson, Tom Ecklund, Chris Henderson, Charly Rasheed, Carlos Lazano, and Ben Cook. The tournament had several other players competing with ties to the Palmetto state.  Former Clemson stars Ryan Young and Nathan Thompson, and University of South Carolina star Carl Wermee competed for the Eastern Section team from New York.

Percival Playing Well At West Virginia
Stacey Percival of Aiken, a senior at West Virginia, has started her senior year with a very successful fall season.  In early September, she teamed with partner Monica Lyskawa to win the A division Doubles at the Martha Thorn Invitational in Morgantown, WV.  Two weeks later, Percival won three consecutive matches to make the finals of the Residence Inn North - Wolfpack Invitational in Raleigh, NC.  Percival was upended in the finals by top-seeded Laura Borges of East Carolina 6-4, 6-3.  In late October, Percival was also one of two Mountaineers to qualify for the ITA Women's Eastern Regional in Yorktown, Va.  Coach Marc Walters thinks Percival will play number one or two singles and number one doubles in the spring for the Mountaineers.

Aiken, South Aiken, and Barnwell All Make High School Playoffs
Aiken High's girls tennis team capped a solid year by qualifying for the AAAA playoffs.  The Hornets, who were without the aid of any seniors, finished fourth in their region and then suffered a first round playoff lost to TL Hanna.  South Aiken High also qualified for the AAAA playoffs, suffering a heart breaking 4-3 defeat in the first round of the playoffs to Wren High.  Barnwell High had a successful fall, which ended with a 6-0 lost to Bishop England in the first round of the AA playoffs.

Odell Weeks Plans Expansion
The Odell Weeks Tennis Center in Aiken has been approved for an expansion of four clay courts.  The expansion also included a resurfacing of the 10 existing hard courts, which are all now highlighted by the traditional US Open blue and green colors.  When all is complete, the tennis center will include 10 hard courts and 10 clay courts. City Tennis director Mark Calvert hopes the expansion will allow for the city to attract more and bigger tennis events.

Peter Bonnet Memorial
Long-time tennis enthusiast Sandy Harris from Aiken directed the Peter Bonnet Memorial tennis tournament in early October at Woodside Plantation Country Club in Aiken.  Harris promotes this event in the memory of his friend Peter Bonnet, who was an active tennis player from Aiken who lost a battle with leukemia in the mid-1990's.  Harris has directed the event for almost 10 years, all the while raising money for the Leukemia Society.
This year's event had 55 players from Aiken and surrounding areas, and rose over $2,000 dollars.