(In photo, left to right, Dorothy Salogga, Karen Gillespie, Francoise O’Donnell, Charlotte Lohman, J R Thompson, Marylen Fitzgerald, Trudy Desilets, Michele Karantsavelos, Diane Clark, Mary Fox)
The Edmonds-based Super Seniors Ladies 6.0 tennis team from battled to the very end in the 100-plus-degree desert heat of Surprise, Ariz. to win 2nd place in the US Tennis Association (USTA) national championship for women 60 and over, against 14 other teams from across U.S.
The Super Seniors Ladies 6.0 from Harbor Square Athletic Club is the first team to bring a national banner to their club.
In the final standings, the championship went to Tyler, Texas which defeated our Pacific Northwest team 2-1. Third place went to Middle States from Mechanicsburg, Penn. which defeated the Hawaiian team 2-1.
In the semifinals, Texas defeated Middle States (Mechanicsburg, PA), 3-0 and our Pacific Northwest team defeated Hawaii 2-1.
Team members include:
- Dorothy Salogga – Seattle
- Karen Gillespie – Edmonds
- Francoise O’Donnell – Shoreline
- Charlotte Lohman – Edmonds
- JR Thompson (captain) – Edmonds
- Marylen Fitzgerald – Edmonds
- Trudy Desilets – Mill Creek
- Michelle Karantsavelos -Lake Forest Park
- Diane Clark – Edmonds
- Mary Fox – Shoreline
To be eligible to play in a Super Senior tournament you must be at least 60 years old. The age range of the team is 62-78, and all 10 members played at least one match in the tournament.
Temperatures ranged from 70 degrees to over 100 degrees during the tournament. Several players from other teams and several dozen spectators were taken to the hospital due to the extreme weather conditions.
(Thanks to our friends at Shoreline Area News for sharing this story!)