Hattie Somerville Inducted into USTA Hawaii Hall of Fame!


USTA Hawaii Pacific Section Announces Annual Award Winners Former University of Hawai’i tennis coach Jim Schwitters and Hattie Somerville were inducted into the USTA Hawaii Pacific Section Tennis Hall of Fame at the USTA/HPS Annual Awards Banquet October 6, 2007 at the Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Special guest speakers at the dinner included US Open Champion, Tracy Austin, nationally-acclaimed Stanford University Tennis Coach, Dick Gould and USTA board member and former New York Mayor, David Dinkins. Special entertainment was provided by Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner, Brittni Paiwa.

Somerville, 73, was inducted in the Player Category. Somerville is an avid tournament player, stringing together a record number of sectional age-group rankings during the past 40 years. She also competes and has held many national rankings. One of the playing records that Somerville is most proud of, is the three National Senior Mother-Daughter Grass Court Championships that she has won with her youngest daughter, Betsy Somerville Purpura.

Schwitters, 70, coached the UH tennis teams for nearly 38 years. When he retired in 2003 he had a combined record of 1,312-598-15, making him the winningest coach in the NCAA Division I history.

Although Schwitters was inducted in the Non-Player category, he is a regular at Diamond Tennis Center and has been ranked No. 1 in his age group nearly every year since 1974, and has held more than 20 national rankings.

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