By J. Fred Sidhu, special to USTA.com
The Caribbean section men’s team and the Pacific Northwest section women’s team completed an incredible weekend of exciting tennis at the USTA League Adult 18 & Over 2.5 National Championships, as both teams won their respective national titles.
On a beautiful, sunny day at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif., the Caribbean men’s team shut out the Southern Section team from Pelham, Ala., 3-0, in the men’s final to win the championship. Earlier in the day it was the team playing for Club Deportivo in Ponce, P.R., sweeping the Pacific Northwest Section men’s wild card team, 3-0, in the semifinals.
“It was a very emotional weekend -- we all made sacrifices to make the long trip here, but thank God we were able to achieve our objective and win the championship,” said Caribbean men’s team captain Juan Marrero. “There were many keys to our victory. This team had a lot of camaraderie, they worked hard and the boys responded.”
The PNW women’s team, which represents the Robinswood Tennis Center in Bellevue, Wash., played stellar tennis, dominating the Midwest Section team, 3-0, to win the women’s 2.5 crown. They first edged the Mid-Atlantic Section women earlier Sunday morning, 2-1, to advance to the final.
“It feels amazing,” said PNW team captain Kris Kleinsmith, who credited coach Jason Chapman for much of the team’s success. “We are so excited! We have an awesome team. We worked really hard. Our team bonded really well early on and supported each other.”