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Granite Bay's Johnson Ranch women’s tennis team is fourth in USTA nationals

By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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They spent about eight months together playing tennis: working moms, single moms, married women, single women.

And from their first matches at the beginning of last spring on local courts to their fall finale last weekend in Tucson, Ariz., Johnson Ranch Racquet Club’s 3.5 women’s tennis team became one of the best in the nation.

Johnson Ranch finished fourth at the USTA League National Championships in Tucson.

“I’m just really proud of these ladies,” team captain Catherine Webster said Tuesday. “No. 4 in the nation is pretty darn good. I could go on forever.”

Practicing between work, mom and other everyday duties, Johnson Ranch won 13 consecutive matches and built a 13-2 record between March and June. Johnson Ranch then won section and district championships to advance to Arizona.

Ranging in age from their 30s to their 60s, the players funded their team. They worked hard, got in some exercise and had a good time, according to Webster.

“This is an excellent example to children that even as adults, we can get out and live a healthy lifestyle,” she said. “I’m very proud to be part of this team.”

In Arizona, Johnson Ranch won its flight with a 3-0 record, beating teams from Jacksonville, Fla., Tucson and Rochester, Minn. Johnson Ranch lost to Griffiths of Central Indiana in the semifinals and to Tumonog of West Hawaii in the third-place match. Johnson Ranch had an overall record of 22-4.

There were 17 teams at the national tournament, and there are roughly 4,000 teams in the nation playing at the 3.5 level, including more than 200 in Northern California, one of 16 regions in the United States.

For Johnson Ranch to finish fourth?

“That’s very impressive from a sheer numbers point of view,” team member Susan Goodrich said.

Contact Bill Poindexter at billp@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at BillP_RsvPT.