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Sharks Attack 3.0 Nationals in Tucson

March 26, 2009 10:43 AM
Coach Mark Blume
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By Blair Thompson


Tucson, Arizona might be the last place you would expect to see a shark. But the courts of the Randolph Park Tennis Center will be full of them this weekend.

Named The Sharks, Coach Mark Blume’s 3.0 women’s team from the Missouri Valley Section are looking to attack their first national championship like Captain Quint in the movie Jaws.

The Sharks team, from North Dodge Athletic Club in Iowa City, Iowa, rose from the depths of a 2-7 record in 2007 to reach the USTA League presented by Chrysler 3.0 Adult National Championship this year. It’s the team’s first trip and they take their name seriously sporting shark stencils on their racquets and wearing shark tooth necklaces.

According to Coach Blume, the Sharks moniker follows a trend of naming teams from his club after various aquatic creatures.

“All the women’s teams have names like that. We have the Lobsters and the Piranhas, our women’s 2.5 team who also went to Sectionals this year,” said Blume.

In addition to the shark theme, the team also has a “motivational” music CD, with songs and liner notes chosen by two of its players. While the theme from Jaws is not included on the CD, songs such as Respect by Aretha Franklin are with the following inspirational note: Demand this on court! We have swept both districts and nationals and deserve a little respect!!

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