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Holland team heading to 40 & Over National Championships

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August 30, 2018 09:58 AM

TEAM PHOTO // Kelly Haskill, Lissa Gilmore, Suzi Verlade, Lynn Bender, Marti Capastany, Kris Dobriwitsky, Nancy Dancz, Klara Novak, Laurie Bos, Jen Geerling, Mandy Prime and Cindy Hollenbeck

 

A women’s USTA League team from Holland, Mich. won the 4.5 division title at the Adult 40 & Over Midwest Sectional Championship as presented by Lincoln Motor Company this past weekend, August 24-26, in Indianapolis, Ind. The team, which plays at the Hope College tennis courts, is now preparing for the USTA National Championship which takes place October 19-21 in Las Vegas, NV.

“Our goal coming into this weekend was to be a team and to win,” said team co-captain Laurie Bos. “Several of us were fortunate to have competed on the 18 & Over team the weekend before and compete in the Sectional Championship in the past. This was the year that all of us were focused, practicing and hopeful for the opportunity to go to nationals.”

Co-captain Lynn Bender agrees and said this team has been working hard for many years and has received great support from the community.

“There are many of us who have been playing together for 20 years,” said Bender. “It means so much to our community which has been very supportive to those of us who have put in the extra work this year and made the commitment to dates, and travel, far in advance. This truly was a team effort!”

“We are thrilled and so excited to travel together, and play together on and off court in Las Vegas,” said Bos. “For myself, it has been on my bucket list as I’ve competed with USTA for 27 years and finally we are going – with the best team ever!”

Women’s and Men’s teams from all five states in the USTA/Midwest Section (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin) competed for the Sectional Championship title in different divisions. Indianapolis, Ind. served as host city for both the USTA 18 & Over Midwest Sectional Championship, which took place August 17-19, and the USTA 40 & Over Midwest Sectional Championship, which took place August 24-26. The 2018 USTA League Midwest Sectional Championships, for all age divisions, are sponsored by Lincoln Motor Company.

 

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