Rec Briefs, April 24: Palmetto Dunes tennis team takes 3rd at USTA nationals

sports@islandpacket.comApril 24, 2013 

HILTON HEAD ISLAND WOMEN FINISH 3RD AT NATIONAL TENNIS TOURNAMENT

The Har-Tru Believers, a women's tennis team from Hilton Head Island, captured third place this weekend at the USTA League National Super Senior Championships in Surprise, Ariz.

The Har-Tru Believers, captained by Linda Haviland, went 3-0 in their flight. They defeated teams from Hawaii, Buffalo (N.Y.) and Chagrin Falls (Ohio) to advance to the semifinals.

In the semis on Sunday, the Hilton Head Island squad dropped a tight match to the eventual champion, the Orange County (Calif.) Hot Tamales. The Har-Tru Believers bounced back to win the third-place match later in the day, defeating Indian School Park Tennis Club of Scottsdale, Ariz., 2-1.

The Har-Tru Believers won local, state and section championships last fall to qualify for the national tournament. The team plays out of Palmetto Dunes.

Participating for the Har-Tru Believers at the national tournament were: Lois Landis Miller, Roxanne Joseph, Shannon Lurkin, Carol Fitch, Ann O'Brien, Athena Whitlow, Sue Clements and Linda Haviland.

USTA League National Super Senior Championships

Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex, Surprise, Ariz.

April 19-21

Women's Combo 8.0 Level

PD Har-Tru Believers results

April 19

PD Har-Tru Believers 3, Hawaii/Oahu 0 -- Lois Landis Miller/Roxanne Joseph won 6-2, 6-2; Shannon Lurkin/Carol Fitch won 4-6, 6-1, 1-0; Ann O'Brien/Athena Whitlow won 4-6, 6-4, 1-0

PD Har-Tru Believers 2, Eastern/Buffalo NY 1 -- Carol Fitch/Shannon Lurkin won 6-2, 6-1; Linda Haviland/Sue Clements lost 6-1, 6-4; Ann O'Brien/Athena Whitlow won 6-4, 6-2

April 20

PD Har-Tru Believers 3, Midwest/Chagrin Falls OH 0 -- Carol Fitch/Shannon Lurkin won 6-2, 6-2; Lois Landis Miller/Roxanne Joseph won 6-3, 6-3; Ann O'Brien/Athena Whitlow won 7-6, 6-2

April 21

Semifinals

SoCal Orange County Hot Tamales 2, PD Har-Tru Believers 1 -- Carol Fitch/Shannon Lurkin won 7-5, 3-6, 1-0; Roxanne Joseph/Lois Landis Miller lost 6-3, 6-2; Ann O'Brien/Athena Whitlow lost 6-2, 6-7, 1-0

Middle States/Idle Hour Tennis Club, Chester Heights PA def. Southwest/Indian School Park Tennis Club, Scottsdale AZ 2-1

Final

SoCal Orange County Hot Tamales 2, Middle States/Idle Hour TC, Chester Heights PA 1

Third Place

PD Har-Tru Believers 2, Southwest/Indian School Park TC, Scottsdale AZ 1 -- Linda Haviland/Sue Clements lost 6-3, 6-4; Shannon Lurkin/Carol Fitch won 6-2, 6-4; Ann O'Brien/Athena Whitlow won 6-2, 6-3

BEAUFORT RUGBY TEAM SEEKS PLAYERS

The Beaufort Blaggards rugby team is looking for men, ages 19 and older, to join the team.

The team, which will begin practicing for full side play in August, will be having an informational meeting at 4 p.m., April 27, at Bricks on Boundary.

The Blaggards have been invited to participate in the Memorial Day 7's Tournament in Charleston on May 27, as well as a 7's tournament in Augusta, Ga., in June.

For more information on the team, email beaufortblaggards@gmail.com, or call Addison Jarrell at 803-842-0048 or Brandon Van Dee at 843-473-0447.

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