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Local tennis team heads to nationals

Bodhi Borer, left, and Ann Zinsmeister, the first doubles team, take a minute after their victory against New Jersey to pose with coach Gyata Stormon. The locally-populated team will compete in the national over-50 tennis championships Oct. 28 to 30 in California.

Bodhi Borer, left, and Ann Zinsmeister, the first doubles team, take a minute after their victory against New Jersey to pose with coach Gyata Stormon. The locally-populated team will compete in the national over-50 tennis championships Oct. 28 to 30 in California.

— A group of Cazenovia women are at the core of a local tennis team headed to California for the national over-50 tennis championships.

The championship will take place at Palm Spring’s Indian Wells Tennis Garden from Oct 28 to 30. The team swept all five opponents, going undefeated against their competitors from New Jersey, New York City and the rest of New York state at the United States Tennis Association Eastern championship, held in Schenectady last month.

Half of this winning tennis team hails from Cazenovia, including captain Bodhi Borer, Maureen Hays-Mitchell, Cindy Underriner, Ann Zinsmeister, Julie Concilla and Catherine McDonough. The other half of the team live in the greater Syracuse area.

The glue and inspiration that keeps them hitting the courts each week at Eastside Racquet Club is another Cazenovian, coach Gyata Stormon.

After losing at sectionals last year by a mere two points, the team regrouped and set to work, with the goal of earning their way to the nationals. All season they worked hard to hone not only their physical skills but also their mental and tactical abilities.

An extra thrill in the Schenectady playoff was the fact that coach Stormon also played and won in her own bracket — and will be competing in California both as a coach and as a player.

“I used to think we were limited in what we could achieve here in Syracuse because of the relatively small tennis community and long winters,” Stormon said. “Now, I believe anything is possible with determination, an intelligent playing and practice schedule, and of course, indoor courts.”

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