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For Pacific Northwest Women, Nationals Are A Family Affair

March 26, 2009 10:43 AM
The Knox family/team take a breather to enjoy the moment

By J. Fred Sidhu

Indian Wells, Ca. - Playing in the 2008 USTA League presented by Chrysler 5.0 Adult National Championships is a family affair for the women’s team representing the Pacific Northwest Section.

The Tri-City team, which is based in Kennewick, Wash. not only includes two sisters, but their mother as well.

The sisters, Molly and Kasey are joined by their mother Judy, this weekend at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. They are part of the first USTA 5.0 women’s team from Eastern Washington to reach the Nationals.

The sisters, Molly and Kasey, actually faced each other in a Big Sky Conference collegiate tennis match last year. Molly, 20, a sophomore at Portland State University, played number one doubles against Kasey, 22, who played for Eastern Washington University.

Molly and her partner won the doubles point, 8-6, but Kasey and her teammates won the duel match as Eastern Washington defeated Portland State, 5-2.

It’s not everyday when a player at the 5.0 level can play with one of their parents, but for the Knox sisters, it’s a true pleasure. “It just surprises a lot of people, especially people our age when we say we can go hit with our mom and she can beat us half the time,” said Molly. “It’s just awesome.”

Both Molly and Kasey describe their mother, who played collegiate volleyball at the University of Washington, as “very calm, composed and positive.” Kasey said, “She keeps you upbeat and gives us positive reinforcement. She’s always the one to keep you from getting down.”

Molly, a health science major at Portland State, says, “You can’t get made at your mom. It’s so fun to play with her.”

Unfortunately for the Pacific Northwest Section team, Judy suffered a sprained ankle during the Nationals, but the team still had hopes to play in Sunday’s finals.

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