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Florida women, Pacific Northwest men victorious at 4.5 Nationals

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October 26, 2014 03:12 PM

By J. Fred Sidhu, special to USTA.com

INDIAN WELLS, CALIF. – After a thrilling conclusion, the Florida Section women’s team from Tampa, Fla., and the Pacific Northwest men’s team from Seattle captured titles at the USTA League Adult 18 & Over 4.5 National Championships at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

The Seattle men, which represent Tennis Center at Sand Point, defeated the Southern Section team from Greenville, S.C., 3-2, in the final.

With the score tied, 2-2, and both teams cheering on their teammates, Shane Caskey of the Pacific Northwest Section won the deciding match with a dramatic 6-3, 1-6, [10-5], victory over Eric Edwards of the Southern Section.

“It’s the best feeling of our lives. It’s really hard to put together a team to compete with all of these guys here from around the country,” said winning team captain Todd Conley. “We just believed. We’ve been training for over a year in the rain, indoors, outdoors, in the heat and in the cold. We knew we could do it.”

In the women’s final, the Florida Section team, which plays at the Harbor Island Athletic Club, overcame the Texas Section women’s team from Dallas, 4-1.

“We can’t feel any better. It’s wonderful. We played as a team. Everybody won and everybody lost (this weekend), but we came out as winners together,” said Florida team captain Chris Bartos. “Just sharing the experience is great.”

The Texas Section men’s team from Amarillo, Texas, finished in third place as it defeated the Caribbean Section team from Cidra, P.R., 4-1.

The Midwest Section women’s team from Charleston, W.Va., captured third place with a 3-2 victory over the Southwest Section team from Phoenix.

 

 

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