They persevere despite inclement weather and an ever-changing format

by: SUBMITTED - Clackamas River Racquet Clubs 65-and-over womens team won first place at the recent USTA Pacific Northwest Sectional. Pictured following their championship match are (left to right): Sharon Arendes (Lake Oswego), Sue Stone (Portland), Pat Chapman (Oregon City), Dody Lang (Portland), Kathy Cooper (Milwaukie), Julia Earl (Tigard), Dinah Adkins (Portland), Donna Kisler (Oregon City), Marcie Smith (Molalla) and Jackie Wilken (Milwaukie).SUNRIVER — Clackamas River Racquet Club’s 65-and-over Women’s 6.0 team won the Pacific Northwest Sectional Tennis Championships, held at the Athletic Club of Bend in late June.

Final scores in the “pro-set” match were 8-3, 8-6, and 6-8 against Sprinker Tennis Center of Tacoma. Six Washington and Oregon 6.0 “super-senior” women’s club teams advanced to sectionals, culminating a season that started in January.

Clackamas River Racquet Club captain Dody Lang of Portland led the 10-member Clackamas-based team, which includes some of Portland’s oldest active women players, with two 79-year-olds and an 83-year-old.

Four local players were on the team — Pat Chapman and Donna Kisler of Oregon City, and Kathy Cooper and Jackie Wilken of Milwaukie.

Scheduled for June 23-25 in Sunriver, the sectional competitions for the 65-plus mens and womens age groups were nearly rained out. USTA officials were forced to resort to eight-game “pro-sets” and even 10-point tie-breaks to determine match outcomes during the three-day meet. Lacking a sufficient number of indoor courts, competitors played as early as 5:30 a.m. at the Athletic Club of Bend, before local members took over the BAC courts.

“We persevered through all the difficulties and format changes harried USTA officials threw at us,” said Lang, “And we came through in style.”

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