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Hahn gears up for more tournaments

By John Vellante
December 7, 2008
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It's been a busy two months for Marjorie "Molly" Hahn, a tennis-playing Tufts University math professor from Belmont.

She's catching a break after helping the US Alice Marble Cup Team harvest a silver medal in Antalya, Turkey. But lurking ahead are national tournaments in Alabama, California, New York, and Seattle. While those tournaments are certainly major, they figure to be less intense than what she encountered in her first international experience in Turkey.

"It was absolutely marvelous, like an Olympics or Davis Cup for seniors," said Hahn, who turns 60 this month. "I found it to be a growth experience. It was interesting to see the different styles of games the Europeans play. They use more of the court than the players from the US. It gave me a lot to think about."

Hahn, along with Brenda Carter of Charleston, S.C., Betty Wachob of Panama City, Fla., and Patricia Keleman of Bethlehem, Pa., was chosen for the Marble Cup team by the United States Tennis Association after posting significant wins in national tournaments over the past two years.

"To be chosen to play in this tournament is huge," said Joan Oelschlager, director of media relations for the Marble Cup. "It's sort of the ultimate goal for an amateur player."

Hahn and her teammates represented the United States very well. They swept past New Zealand, Ireland, Germany, and Sweden before falling to top-seeded France in the championship match. Hahn teamed up with Keleman in doubles and won every match leading up to the final, in which they lost in straight sets.

"This was the first time we had played together and it was [Keleman's] first international competition also," said Hahn. "We seemed to mesh really well." In singles, Hahn beat women from Belarus and Russia, but was ousted in the third round by Sylvia Bowens, the top-seeded player from Germany.

Hahn, who was inducted into the New England Tennis Association Hall of Fame last year and is on sabbatical from Tufts, will now focus on singles and doubles in the Women's 60s clay, hard, grass, and indoor courts national tournaments.

"It's hard to say at this point," she said, "but I'll probably wind up playing with four different partners." One of those four would appear to be Heidi Orth of Germany, who has teamed up with Hahn to win three national grass court titles (2004, 2005, and 2008).

Originally from Salt Lake City, Hahn played singles and doubles at Stanford from 1967 to 1971. She did her graduate work at MIT and began teaching at Tufts in 1977. She returned to the West Coast with her husband, Dr. Peter Hahn, in 1981 during his internship, before relocating to Belmont in 1982.

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Fans of Merrimack hockey have a chance to skate with their favorite players and with Santa Claus today at Lawler Arena after the Warriors' Hockey East game with Maine. Children under age 12 donating a new, unwrapped toy will be admitted free to the 2 p.m. game. Toys will later be distributed to children in the Greater Lawrence area.

Merrimack junior basketball captain Darren Duncan bagged his 1,000th career point in an 89-71 win over Southern New Hampshire. It came on a free throw with just under six minutes left in the game. He finished with a game-high 20 points.

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