By J. Fred Sidhu, special to USTA.com
It was a weekend to remember for the USTA Texas Section women’s team and the USTA Mid-Atlantic men’s team as they won their respective titles at the 2013 USTA League Adult 18 & Over 5.0+ National Championships.
On a clear, sunny day at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the Mid-Atlantic Section men’s team, which represents the Boonsboro Country Club in Lynchburg, Va., defeated a tough Texas Section team from Dallas in a thrilling final, 2-1. With the score tied at 1-1, the No. 2 Mid-Atlantic doubles team of Drew Robinson and Peter Pristach scored a championship-clinching 7-5, 7-5 victory over Ryan Haley and Byron Talbot of the Texas Section.
“It’s really pretty unbelievable. This is a great bunch of guys. We all work really well together,” said winning co-captain Mark Vines. “Our teams were very, very solid. We had a couple of guys really step it up. This Texas team is really tough. Just a couple of points was all the difference.”
In the women’s championship, the Texas Section team, which plays out of the Memorial Park Tennis Center in Houston, scored a dramatic come-from-behind 2-1 win over the Southwest Section team from Phoenix.
After dropping the opening singles match, the Texas women came back to win the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches in exciting match tiebreaks to win the final.
“It feels so awesome. I’m so proud of my team. It was just heart. Everyone contributed and knew what to do. They fought until the very end,” said Texas captain Pia-Alexandra Vantho. “It was a memorable experience. It was a great tournament. We just can’t feel any better than this.”