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Sports - March 7, 2012

Portola Valley woman on tennis title team

Leslie Airola-Murveit of Portola Valley was a member of a four-woman team that captured the Maureen Connolly Cup Senior World Championship competition recently at the Balboa Tennis Club in San Diego.

The American team dominated the competition while losing just nine games in eight singles matches and losing just two sets overall.

Team USA demolished Sweden and Canada, and swept South Africa in the semifinals before finally giving up a match to Great Britain in the finals.

Airola-Murveit competed in the doubles spot with Carolyn Nichols of Rancho Santa Fe and won three straight matches before losing to the British in the finals.

The victory ensured that the Maureen Connolly Cup will remain in Connolly's home town of San Diego for the sixth straight year.

The Connolly Cup team was the only American squad to win a team title at the Senior World Championships. The ITF Seniors/Super-Seniors World Team Championships is the most coveted team event on the ITF Seniors circuit. The Seniors World Championships is divided into two groups — seniors for the 35-55 and over and Super-Seniors for the 60-80 and over.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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