Title hopes are on the line at 3.5 Senior Nationals.
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By J. Fred Sidhu, special to USTA.com
Indian Wells, Calif. -- The 2012 USTA League 3.5 Senior National Championships concluded at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif., as the Pacific Northwest (Richland, Wash.) women and the Northern (Fridley, Minn.) men emerged victorious in the desert. Relive the championship weekend that was and check out features, photos and more from the event.
Northern Men Victorious
The Northern Section men’s team from Fridley, Minn. ended a memorable weekend at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden as they defeated the Northern California Section men’s team, 2-1 to capture the 2012 USTA League 3.5 Senior National Championships.
Boy Toy, captain of the Northern Section men’s team, was near tears following his team’s victory in the championship final.
"We did not have any stars. They all chipped in. It’s a team win," the 77-year-old Toy said. "I’m so proud of every one on my team. I want to congratulate Northern Cal, they are super players. "
A resident of Mounds View, Minn., Toy is a retired culinary arts instructor who has captained six other USTA League teams in National Championships.
"I’ve been here six times, but we never got out of the round-robin, but this time we went all the way," Toy said. "I want to tell all of my players that I am so proud of them. They sacrificed so much just to be here today."
Pacific Northwest Dominates
The Pacific Northwest Section women’s team from Richland, Wash. staged a strong comeback and defeated Northern California, 2-1 to win the 2012 USTA League 3.5 Senior National Championships at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
The Northern California women from Walnut Creek, Calif. jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead as they won the No. 3 Doubles, 6-1, 6-1 on Court No. 14.
The Pacific Northwest women then staged a comeback to win the No. 2 Doubles on Court No. 13, 6-4, 7-5 and the No. 1 Doubles on Court 12, 7-6, 3-6, 1-0.
As the final two doubles matches ended within seconds of each other, the champions celebrated with cheers, high-fives and hugs.
“It’s awesome. We had so many tough matches. I want to congratulate all the other team captains and players,” said team captain Judy Baston following her team’s championship victory. “My team was so motivated. We’re just thrilled to win.”
Baston said that coming to Indian Wells for this weekend’s USTA Nationals was a new experience for many of the players on her team.
“So many of the girls have never been to Palm Springs, Indian Wells or this site and have never been to Nationals,” Baston said. “It was a thrill for everybody.”
The championship Pacific Northwest Section 3.5 Senior women’s team is captained by Baston and includes team members Khuelien Dretke, Debbie Berkowitz, Kathy Mehlenbacher, Jan Hanami, Elaine Grace Chapman, Loretta Gohd, Rebecca Gardner, Judy Stromberg and Cyd Bothum.
The Mid-Atlantic Section women’s team captured third place as they edged the Intermountain Section women’s team, 2-1.
Championship: Northern (Fridley, Minn.) def. Northern California (Fresno, Calif.), 2-1
Third Place: Florida (Ocala, Fla.) def. Southwest (Sun Lakes, Ariz.), 2-1
Championship: Pacific Northwest (Richland, Wash.) def. Northern California (Walnut Creek), 2-1
Third Place: Mid-Atlantic (Fairfax, Va.) def. Intermountain (Boise, Idaho), 2-1
Semifinal 1: Northern (Fridley, Minn.) def. Southwest (Sun Lakes, Ariz.), 2-1
Semifinal 2: Northern California (Fresno, Calif.) def. Florida (Ocala, Fla.), 2-1
Semifinal 1: Pacific Northwest (Richland, Wash.) def. Mid-Atlantic (Fairfax, Va.), 2-1
Semifinal 2: Northern California (Walnut Creek) def. Intermountain (Boise, Idaho), 2-1