Photo Credit: Juan Ocampo
By Jessica Hall, special to USTA.com
The USTA Mid-Atlantic Adult 18 & Over 4.0 men’s team and USTA Pacific Northwest Adult 18 & Over 4.0 women’s team were crowned the national champions at the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz.
The men, under the guidance of team captain Carlos Gandolfo, rolled past USTA Intermountain in the semifinals, 5-0, and defeated USTA Southern California in the final by winning four out of five matches. Katie Patchin’s women out of Seattle, meantime, handled USTA Caribbean, 3-2 and defeated USTA Florida, 4-1, to win the championship.
“It’s been a long road,” said Gandolfo. “We’ve been working hard for 14 months, three times a week. We came prepared and we did what we needed to do, win.”
“Everybody played their best now which couldn’t have been a better time,” said Scott Daniel, head coach of Pacific Northwest women. “I couldn’t ask for more out of them.”
All 17 USTA sections were accounted for in the 34 teams that competed this weekend.
“It was perfect, it went very smoothly,” said USTA League National Manager Darcy Cobb. “We couldn’t have had better weather and we had a wonderful staff as well as wonderful players.”
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