The Charleston Tennis Center's Playrights were crowned USTA league tennis' 2013 women's 55 national 7.0 champions Sunday in Surprise, Ariz.
The Playrights, captained by Elisabeth Pickelsimer, definitely were a team of destiny. They had to win an appeal last spring to get into the state 3.5 playoffs as the LCTA's second-place team, captured the state championship, and then won a coin flip to advance from the Southerns to the nationals in Arizona.
And after they had won the national championship on Sunday with 3-0 victory over a team from Pennington, N.J., the USTA entered their scores backwards. For about an hour, the USTA's TennisLink website had them listed as national runners-up.
But the nine Playwrights who made the trip to the nationals weren't worried when someone advised them that the website listed them as losers in the championship match. The Playrights already had their national championship banner, photos and individual national championship glass tennis balls.
"I don't know how I feel about being national champions," said team co-captain Beth Renken, who teamed with Mary Ann Borysowicz in all five national playoff matches. "It will take a while for it to sink in. But we're excited about it."
It might be Monday about 7 p.m. when it finally sinks in that they are national champions. That's when the Playrights are scheduled to land in Charleston. But these ladies will be flying pretty high even before the airplane takes off.
The teams of Renken/ Borysowicz, Anya Optis Park/Carol Poole and Lynda Wall/Karen Farrell all swept their championship matches in straight sets. Pickelsimer, Joy MacLean and Debbie Sisco were the other three members of the Playrights to make the trip to Arizona.
After finishing in a three-way tie for first place with 2-1 records in their flight on Saturday, the Playrights advanced to Sunday's 7 a.m. semifinals by virtue of having the most individual wins. The Charleston team scored a 2-1 win over Austin, Texas, in the national semifinals.
Reach James Beck at firstname.lastname@example.org. See his columns on pro tennis at ubitennis.com/english.
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