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East and west coasters crowned at 55 & Over Nationals

November 10, 2014 12:28 AM
By J. Fred Sidhu, special to USTA.com
On a beautiful day at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex in Surprise, Ariz., the USTA Southern men’s team from Roswell, Ga., and the USTA Southern California women’s team from La Quinta, Calif., wrapped up titles at the USTA League 55 & Over 7.0 National Championships.
The Southern Section men scored a 2-1 decision over USTA Eastern’s squad in the final on Sunday afternoon.
“It’s fantastic,” said Southern’s team captain, Jim Meidl. “It was a big team effort. I’m really appreciative to all of the members of the team. The time, effort and resources they put in, it’s a long haul.”
For the women, the SoCal “snowbirds” defeated the USTA Mid-Atlantic’s challengers, 2-1, in the women’s championship after they fought off a tough USTA Florida team, also 2-1, in a semifinal match earlier in the day.
“It is so terrific – our whole team is in tears,” said Captain Sandy House of her team’s victory. “We are just thrilled. It was not easy. The matches today were very hard. Our partnerships are so strong and supportive of each other, that really carries us through the rough moments.”
The 9.0 level competition saw another California crew take first place, as the men from USTA Northern California – specifically Gold River, Calif. – held on to beat USTA Texas, 2-1, in a very tight final in Surprise.
“We were a little lucky,” said Northern California’s captain, Jack Walker. “We played some really good teams, but everybody on our team contributed and played well. We’ve all enjoyed ourselves. It was a wonderful event.”
In women’s 9.0 action it was USTA Southern claiming its second championship of the day, as the women from Charlotte, N.C., powered their way to the title. The team beat USTA Pacific Northwest and USTA Texas in the semifinals and finals, respectively, both by 3-0 margins.
“We worked really hard this year to get here and I’m just very proud of everybody,” said Southern team captain Debbie Carmazzi. “Everybody did their part and everybody was willing to sacrifice. It was a team effort. We loved our time on the court, be we especially enjoyed our time off the court. We had a lot of fun.”



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