Tennis

USTA Combo Doubles state tournament continues despite rain

sports@islandpacket.comOctober 20, 2013 

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Grigor Dimitrov, of Bulgaria, returns a volley to Nicolas Almagro, of Spain, during a match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

TOM UHLMAN — File -- The Associated Press

The rain couldn't stop nine teams from around the state from winning league championships Saturday as the USTA South Carolina Combo League Championships continued on Hilton Head Island.

Three of the titles won Saturday were taken by squads from the Tennis Association of Hilton Head Island: the 55 and Over Men's 6.5 and 7.5 teams, and the 55 and Over Women's 8.5 team. Winners advance to the Combo Doubles Southern Sectional Championships early next year.

Rain delayed the start of play Saturday, and rain and lightning suspended play later. Matches will resume at 7:30 a.m. Sunday at their respective sites.

The tournament is being held at 12 sites on Hilton Head Island, including Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, the host site. Admission to the event is free.

USTA South Carolina Combo League Championships

Saturday's championships

55 and Over Men Level 6.5 -- Champion: Tennis Association of Hilton Head Island, captain Werner Sicvol; Finalist: Greenwood Area Tennis Association, captain Wendell Rhodes.

55 and Over Women Level 6.5 -- Champion: Spartanburg Area Tennis Association, captain Francine Gelinas; Finalist: Upper Piedmont Tennis Association, captain Carol Eggleton.

55 and Over Men Level 7.5 -- Champion: Tennis Association of Hilton Head Island, captain Mark Anders; Finalist: Lexington Area Tennis Association, captain Peter Guster.

55 and Over Women Level 7.5 -- Champion: Lowcountry Tennis Association, captain Joette Creager; Finalist: Lexington Area Tennis Association, captain Galen Johnston.

55 and Over Women Level 8.5 -- Champion: Tennis Association of Hilton Head Island, captain Shannon Lurkin; Finalist: Upper Piedmont Tennis Association, captain Janet Driscoll.

65 and Over Men Level 6.5 -- Champion: Upper Piedmont Tennis Association 1, captain Ron Younts; Finalist: Upper Piedmont Tennis Association 2, captain Troy Hoskins.

65 and Over Women Level 6.5 -- Champion: Lowcountry Tennis Association, captain Penelope Gorby; Finalist: Upper Piedmont Tennis Association, captain Gwen Hart.

65 and Over Men Level 7.5 -- Champion: Grand Strand Tennis League, captain Ernie Walters; Finalist: Upper Piedmont Tennis Association 1, captain Larry Druffel.

65 and Over Women level 7.5 -- Champions: Lowcountry Tennis Association, captain Elisabeth Pickelsimer; Finalist: Upper Piedmont Tennis Association, captain Cheryl Reilly.

Friday's championships

55 and Over Men Level 8.5 -- Champion: Tennis Association of Hilton Head Island, captain Dave Dockum; Finalist: Upper Piedmont Tennis Association, captain Richard Jones.

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