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Hawai'i Makes Impact at Tennis Nationals

Hawai'i Makes Impact at Tennis Nationals

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Hawai'i makes impact at tennis nationals - The Honolulu Advertiser -...http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2004/Oct/08/sp/sp10p.html1 of 53/11/07 11:31 PM
The Wailea 4.5 Womenteam, from left: DianeDriscoll-Miller, MinoMcClean, Sally Gretz,Cathleen Nicoloff, KatrinaHolmberg, MarieHolmberg and KathyShipman. The team willbe competing in thenational tournament Oct.15 to 17 at Tucson, Ariz.Christie Wilson • TheHonolulu Advertiser
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Hawai'i makes impact at tennisnationals
Teams bound for nationals
Tennis league set for Central O'ahu
By Peter EriksonAdvertiser Staff Writer
Hawai'i has relatively few United States TennisAssociation players, but many high-octane teams. Nowhere is this better illustratedthan at the national tournaments,where the state has "held its ownover the years," said LynnLozano, USTA Hawai'i Leaguecoordinator.In 2000, for example, threeHawai'i teams won USTAchampionships. A year later, a 4.0women's team from Honolulu alsotook the title.Last year, Kaua'i's HattieSomerville teamed with BetsyPurpura to win a secondMother-Daughter NationalGrasscourt Championship at Newport Casino LawnTennis Club in Newport, R.I.
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Works primarily ongetting the ball in play.
Lacks courtexperience, and strokesneed developing. Isfamiliar with basicpositions for singles anddoubles play.
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This year there are several teams headed to nationals(see chart below).The Hawai'i Pacific Section, which includes AmericanSamoa and Guam, listed 7,301 players as of August,one of the smallest totals among the USTA's 17sections.By comparison, the Southern Section comprises ninestates and nearly 170,000 players.At the nationals, "people told us they had to win lotsmore matches than we did to get there," said Gary Nekoba, whose 5.0 men's team barely lost to championTexas at the USTA championships in 2000 in PalmSprings, Calif.Hawai'i players take full advantage of the matches theydo get to play in, however."In Hawai'i we have to get the best of the best," saidCathleen E. Nicoloff, who coaches and plays for theWailea 4.5 women's team from Maui, which willcompete in the National Championships this month inTucson, Ariz."At the 4.5 level we get players at the top level, not themiddle level," she said.Sometimes getting the best players takes someingenuity.At the sectionals in Maui in August, for instance, "twoof our best players were from O'ahu and one was fromLos Angeles," Nicoloff said. Out-of-state players canqualify for a championship here by competing in atleast two matches at the local level. Most Hawai'i teams,though, are made up of players from their owndistricts, Lozano said.
Spreading aloha
Hawai'i teams, Nicoloff said,are intent on making animpression at the nationals."We always bring a bunch of  protea for the tournament desk and we bring pineapples for each of the team captains wecompete against," said Nicoloff, who helped her Hawai'i 5.0 team place fifth at
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a short rally at a slowpace.
Fairly consistentwhen hittingmedium-paced shots, butnot comfortable with allstrokes and lacksexecution when trying fordirectional control,depth, or power.
Has improved strokesand can control directionof moderate shots, butneeds to develop depthand variety. Is moreaggressive at net, hasimproved court coverageand is developingteamwork in doubles.
Has dependablestrokes and shows moreexpertise with forehandand backhand shots. Useslobs, overheads, approachshots and volleys withsome success butoccasionally forces errorswhen serving. Rallies maybe lost due toimpatience. Doublesteamwork evident.
Has developed use of power and spin and canhandle pace. Has soundfootwork, can controldepth of shots, andattempts to vary gameplan according to paceset by opponent. Can hitfirst serves with powerand accuracy and placesecond serve but tends tooverhit difficult shots.Aggressive net play iscommon in doubles.
Has goodanticipation and can hitoutstanding shots.Regularly hits winnersand puts away volleys butstill forces errors. Canexecute lobs, drop shots,half volleys, overheadsmashes, and has gooddepth and spin on mostsecond serves.
Has mastered powerand/or consistency as amajor weapon. Can varystrategies and styles of play and hit dependableshots in stressfulsituations.
the 1996 nationals at NewOrleans. "And we bringcookies to give to each of our competitors."Playing in the nationals "givesus a chance to spread the alohaand tell them (opponents) whowe are," Nicoloff said. "Wewear fun clothes and wanteveryone to know we'rethere."It's not hard to find tennisenthusiasts in Hawai'i, wherethe percentage of people who play the sport is among thehighest in the nation, Lozanosaid.Among those who help drumup interest in tennis here isUSTA teaching pro RustyDyer.It was at Dyer's urging thatKiyomi Smothermon, captainof the 3.0 Lady Rocketeers, joined the USTA. Her team isset to play in the nationals inArizona."I didn't even know there wasteam tennis for adults — Ithought is was only for children," Smothermon said.It's no surprise that the USTAmembership has grownsteadily, Lozano said."What other sport offers therecreational adult theopportunity to play at the locallevel all the way up to thenational championships?" sheasked. "There are 10 nationalchampionships, includingthose for seniors and adultleagues, totaling 3,000 playersacross the country."Founded in 1881, the USTA

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