By Kevin Wittner, USTA.com
© Jen Pottheiser
- The competition for the USTA League 6.0 Super Senior National Championship women’s division should know that although this is Team Quicksilver’s first national championship event, these newcomers to the super senior level have been preparing together for this week’s event for over 20 years.
Team member Tricia Clover puts it simply. “We’ve all known each other for years,” Clover says. “We’ve watched each other’s kids grow up together and go off to college.”
Clad in their baby blue uniforms, the team from Burke, Va., has players with various backgrounds ranging from careers as naval lieutenants and realtors to educators and federal negotiators.
Over half of the 10 players representing the Mid-Atlantic champions formed a team in 1985, the Tic Tacs, and later changed their team name to the Barracudas until becoming Team Quicksilver last year.
Team co-captain Fran Bennett says the team practices together twice a week and will get together off the court to play cards or take vacations with one another.
Earlier in the day, Ann Chiles teamed with Lynn O’Connor to come back from losing the first set 6-0 to winning their match and ultimately taking the team’s tournament opener.
While the team has been successful for years, competing at various levels and for different tournaments, this is the first year they have been eligible for super senior nationals.
Chiles says, “The beauty of tennis is that you can always have fun, regardless of your age.”
However, when reminiscing on her team’s experience prior to joining the Super Senior division this year Chiles says with a laugh, “But at some point, you have to be careful or pretty soon you’ll be playing your grandkids. We played 20-year olds and they hate to lose to us white-haired ladies.”
In talking to the ladies on the team, it doesn’t sound like they plan on slowing down any time soon, and it’s even more apparent this will not be Quicksilver’s only trip to a national championship.
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