By Ron Cioffi, USTA Southern
It all started with a passion for running, but after getting a taste for tennis, 14 women from the Silver Creek Valley Country Club in San Jose, Calif., formed a dominant team to represent the USTA Northern California Section at the USTA League Presented by Chrysler 2.5 Adult Women’s National Championships in Las Vegas.
Besides having the bond through pounding the pavement as joggers, they have the commonality of being mothers. Between the ladies there are 25 children. The children, who range from two- to 14-years-old, had similar pursuits in soccer, tennis, karate and art, which helped forge a tennis team. All of those activities sprouted friendships from knowing each other from standing on the sidelines and carpooling to their children’s many events.
Co-captain Mary Swedenborg is a mother of four, which is the most amongst the team. Being a mother didn’t slow her down in rounding up friends to form a close-knit unit. With the help of co-captain Lise Fox, they looked for athletic players. The team was bolstered by the training of their coach Tomas Penicka, who helped hone their skills.
“What our coaches give us that is most important is encouragement,” noted team member Lori Alessio. “Our advantage is our closeness. We have friendships in our daily lives that help us work together.”
Since they started playing tennis, running has been pushed to the back-burner by some of the women. Tennis has taken more of an importance in their lives, as they now have a heavy court schedule these days, which they report, is much more fun!
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