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Dr. Marsha Bornt-Davis didn't start playing tennis until she turned 30.

When she finally picked up a racket, Bornt-Davis took to the game in a major way.

She plays tennis five to six times a week, sometimes before work, other times after work.

"It's a really good sport for camaraderie and exercise," Bornt-Davis said.

So, what made her decide to take up tennis?

"John played tennis," she said..

John Davis, Marsha's husband, played tennis at Penn State.

Marsha and John are part of a tennis family that includes their two daughters, Cara and Lisa.

Cara and Lisa were excellent players at York Catholic and Lisa played NCAA Division I college tennis at Furman.

First Cara and later Lisa teamed with Marsha in national mother-daughter tournaments sponsored by the United States Tennis Association.

Breakthrough: Earlier this month, Marsha and Lisa scored a major breakthrough by capturing the Super Senior Mother-Daughter Grass Court Championship at Longwood Cricket Club in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

In the super senior division of mother-daughter events, the mom must be at least 70 years old.

"My mom, she's awesome." Lisa said. "She's going to be 71 soon, and she plays so well. Not many moms over 70 can still compete at that age."

Marsha, in turn, deflected a lot of the credit for the team's success to her daughter.

"Lisa covers the whole court. If the ball is hit right at me, it's mine. If not, it's Lisa's," she said.

The Bornt-Davis duo won a hard-fought 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 victory over Ghia Godfree and Linda Lyke, from Los Angeles, in the first round of the grass-court championship event.

They Yorkers then scored victories over Allison Albert of Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts, and Barbara Burke of Bonita Springs Florida, (7-5, 7-5); Linda Farish and Heather Presley, both from Texas (6-1, 6-4); and Julie Dodd of Old Greenwich, Connecticut, and Julie Levering of Lancaster (6-3, 6-3 in the final).

"We were pretty excited," Marsha said. "We never won a national mother-daughter tournament. We were second six times. We knew we had been close, but you never know if it's going to happen."

Next up for the Bornt-Davis team is the Super Senior USTA National Clay Courts Championship, scheduled for October in Florida.

The York duo is already looking forward to competing in the event.

Reach Dick VanO'Linda at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

 

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