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Sparks fly, drive to California competition

Tennis team returns from national tournament ranked No. 6

Sparks Team Captain Bodhi Borer, left, Ann Zinsmeister, Maureen Hayes-Mitchell, Cindy Underriner, Mary Cawley-Oliver, Ruth Sikora, Sheila Coughlin and Coach Gyata Storman pose for a victory photo after placing sixth in the nation at the 2011 USTA Women’s 3.0 Senior Nationals Tennis Championship, held on Oct. 30 in Indian Wells, Calif.

Sparks Team Captain Bodhi Borer, left, Ann Zinsmeister, Maureen Hayes-Mitchell, Cindy Underriner, Mary Cawley-Oliver, Ruth Sikora, Sheila Coughlin and Coach Gyata Storman pose for a victory photo after placing sixth in the nation at the 2011 USTA Women’s 3.0 Senior Nationals Tennis Championship, held on Oct. 30 in Indian Wells, Calif.

Stormon, actually made two trips to Palm Springs in October, both as a player and coach; and Borer took captaining to another level after winning the regular season by organizing 14 additional scrimmages to help the team prepare for the tough competition they would face.

The team felt that the greatest miracle, was having the opportunity to play at a National level competition in an extraordinary venue on the same courts where the pros play the Paribas Open, each March.

“I am so proud of this team,” Stormon said. “As a player myself I know how nerve-racking it is to perform under the pressure of competition. I watched as my players accessed some of their best tennis, supported their doubles’ partner and enjoyed being out on the court.”

Spending time in California, and living together as a team, playing tennis every day in a beautiful locale, surrounded by mountains, where sunshine and blue skies abound, was a wonderful lifetime experience for all the players, particularly for the captain, Borer, who lead the team from day one to this ultimate tennis destination.

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