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July 8, 2013

Tennis Classic brings families together


Brandy now plays tennis at Pendleton Heights, where she’ll be a sophomore in the fall, and her dad said the Classic was a way he could get her out into competition this summer, support her and enjoy time with his daughter at the same time.

And he hopes that in a few years, he can involve even more of his family, as his younger son begins to learn the ropes of the game.

“It was a wonderful event. We’ll do it again,” Glen said. “We’ve got a son coming up a little younger, and I plan on being in good enough shape to where he and I could play, and maybe they could play mixed doubles. We’ve really enjoyed it so far.”

Dru McCoy and her daughter Katie, who will be a sophomore at Marion, also got their first chance Saturday to play together in the Classic. The duo have been playing doubles for four years, but it was just this year that Dru could bring her daughter to play alongside her after playing in the Classic 20 times previously.

Early in the day Saturday, the McCoys took an easy victory in their first match of the Mother/Daughter division, and later they took on the Hammel sisters, Alex and Michaela, in the semifinals of the Women’s A Doubles division. Although they lost the match 6-1, 6-3, they were all smiles afterwards, managing to joke with each other and relishing another opportunity to play together.

“I’ve actually been waiting for her to grow up so that we could play in this tournament together before I get too old,” Dru said. “I’m getting worse each year, and she’s getting better each year.”

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