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Semifinals set at 4.0 Adult National Championships

October 20, 2012 09:02 PM
The semifinals are set at the 4.0 Adult Nationals.
By Melissa Krueger, special to USTA.com
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — The semifinals are set for the 2012 USTA League 4.0 Adult National Championships at the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center.
 
The men from the Florida section were the first to clinch their flight with a commanding sweep of the Midwest men 5-0.
 
"This is the first time that we’ve won the Florida Sectionals and then advanced to Nationals. Of course we wanted to fly out here and come," said Florida member Chip Broecker, who was a part of the No. 3 doubles win, 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (4), with partner Andrew Whitaker.
 
The Florida section went undefeated in Flight 7, winning a total of six three-set tiebreakers. The men became accustomed to close matches in the Sectionals, where they won four tiebreakers, a skill they added to their practice regimen.
 
"We practice tiebreakers all the time," Broecker said. "Our guys just seem to be able to pull it out in the end."
 
The final match of the sweep was a No. 1 singles showdown between Florida’s Jeffrey Mars and Midwest’s Daniel Albrecht. Mars battled through foot pain suffered during Friday’s matches. Florida’s captain, Richard Beardsley, urged Mars to play through the pain. Beardsley even lent Mars his shoes and socks for the match, since Mars could not play in the shoes he wore on Friday.
 
Despite the pain — and mis-sized shoes — Mars won the match in a three-set tiebreak 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (4).
 
The most contended flight in the men’s events was Flight 5. The Intermountain and Texas sections ended up in a two-way tie at the top of the flight. Based on sets lost and Intermountain’s 4-1 victory over the Caribbean section, Intermountain will be moving on to play Florida in the semifinals on Sunday.
 
The last match between the Caribbean and Intermountain men ended in a three-set tiebreak in the No. 2 singles 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 (7).
 
Also on the men’s side, the Hawaii and Mid-Atlantic sections finished unbeaten in their flights. Mid-Atlantic clinched Flight 6 with a 4-1 win over the men from the Eastern section. The Hawaii men beat the Northern California section 3-2 to clinch Flight 8. Hawaii will play Mid-Atlantic in the semifinals Sunday at 7:30 a.m.
 
On the women’s side, there were two more dramatic finishes for the Southern California and Mid-Atlantic sections.
 
The Southern California women’s flight came down to their event against the women from the Eastern section, which they won 3-2. The women from Manhattan Beach, Calif., won all three doubles matches to seal the win. Marianne Feld had the final point of the event in her No. 3 doubles match, in which she and her partner Buckita Leff won 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (7). The point came with the screams of exuberance of her teammates, who were chanting, "We’re going to the semis!"
 
The Mid-Atlantic women also came away with a 3-2 win against the Southwest section. Just like Saturday, Mid-Atlantic’s Deborah Brewster played the deciding match for her team. In her No. 2 singles match, she beat Southwest’s Sandra Postel in straight sets 6-1, 6-2.
 
Brewster has been playing in USTA since 2003, but it’s her first trip to Nationals. She said she is just happy to be able to help out her team.
 
"It’s very exciting to make it to Sunday because we all come here to make it to Sunday, and everybody worked so hard and our team just played so hard to get here all season long," Brewster said. "It's a team effort, so it was great. I just happened to be the last one on the court."
 
The Mid-Atlantic women will compete in the semifinals on Sunday against the Southern California section.
 
In Flight 3, the Caribbean women made a statement the day before semifinals with a sweep over the Middle States women 5-0. All matches, except for No. 2 doubles, were decided in straight sets.
 
The women of the Florida section won their flight’s deciding event with a 4-1 victory over Texas. Florida was able to stave off a three-way tie in its flight with the win.
 
The Caribbean section will play the Florida section Sunday at 7:30 a.m.
 
4.0 Women
Flight 1
Florida (4-0)
Pacific Northwest (3-1)
Texas (2-2)
Midwest (1-3)
Northern (0-4)
 
Flight 2
Intermountain (0-3)
Southern California (3-0)
Eastern (2-1)
Southern (1-2)
 
Flight 3
Hawaii (2-1)
Missouri Valley (1-2)
Caribbean (3-0)
Middle States (0-3)
 
Flight 4
Northern California (2-1)
Mid-Atlantic (3-0)
Southwest (0-3)
New England (1-2)
 
4.0 Men
Flight 5
Caribbean (2-2)
Northern (2-2)
Missouri Valley (0-4)
Texas (3-1)
Intermountain (3-1)
 
Flight 6
Middle States (0-3)
Eastern (2-1)
Southern (1-2)
Mid-Atlantic (3-0)
 
Flight 7
Southwest (0-3)
Southern California (1-2)
Midwest (1-2)
Florida (3-0)
 
Flight 8
Northern California (1-2)
New England (0-3)
Pacific Northwest (2-1)
Hawaii (3-0)
 
By Melissa Krueger
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — The semifinals are set for the 2012 USTA League 4.0 Adult National Championships at the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center.
 
The men from the Florida section were the first to clinch their flight with a commanding sweep of the Midwest men, 5-0.
 
"This is the first time that we’ve won the Florida Sectionals and then advanced to Nationals. Of course we wanted to fly out here and come," said Florida member Chip Broecker, who was a part of the No. 3 doubles win, 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (4), with partner Andrew Whitaker.
 
The Florida section went undefeated in Flight 7, winning a total of six three-set tiebreakers. The men became accustomed to close matches in the Sectionals, where they won four tiebreakers, a skill they added to their practice regimen.
 
"We practice tiebreakers all the time," Broecker said. "Our guys just seem to be able to pull it out in the end."
 
The final match of the sweep was a No. 1 singles showdown between Florida’s Jeffrey Mars and Midwest’s Daniel Albrecht. Mars battled through foot pain suffered during Friday’s matches. Florida’s captain, Richard Beardsley, urged Mars to play through the pain. Beardsley even lent Mars his shoes and socks for the match, since Mars could not play in the shoes he wore on Friday.
 
Despite the pain — and mis-sized shoes — Mars won the match in a three-set tiebreak, 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (4).
 
The most contended flight in the men’s events was Flight 5. The Intermountain and Texas sections ended up in a two-way tie at the top of the flight. Based on sets lost and Intermountain’s 4-1 victory over the Caribbean section, Intermountain will be moving on to play Florida in the semifinals on Sunday.
 
The last match between the Caribbean and Intermountain men ended in a three-set tiebreak in the No. 2 singles, 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 (7).
 
Also on the men’s side, the Hawaii and Mid-Atlantic sections finished unbeaten in their flights. Mid-Atlantic clinched Flight 6 with a 4-1 win over the men from the Eastern section. The Hawaii men beat the Northern California section 3-2 to clinch Flight 8. Hawaii will play Mid-Atlantic in the semifinals Sunday at 7:30 a.m.
 
On the women’s side, there were two more dramatic finishes for the Southern California and Mid-Atlantic sections.
 
The Southern California women’s flight came down to their event against the women from the Eastern section, which they won 3-2. The women from Manhattan Beach, Calif., won all three doubles matches to seal the win. Marianne Feld had the final point of the event in her No. 3 doubles match, in which she and her partner Buckita Leff won, 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (7). The point came with the screams of exuberance of her teammates, who were chanting, "We’re going to the semis!"
 
The Mid-Atlantic women also came away with a 3-2 win against the Southwest section. Just like Saturday, Mid-Atlantic’s Deborah Brewster played the deciding match for her team. In her No. 2 singles match, she beat Southwest’s Sandra Postel in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2.
 
Brewster has been playing in USTA since 2003, but it’s her first trip to Nationals. She said she is just happy to be able to help out her team.
 
"It’s very exciting to make it to Sunday because we all come here to make it to Sunday, and everybody worked so hard and our team just played so hard to get here all season long," Brewster said. "It's a team effort, so it was great. I just happened to be the last one on the court."
 
The Mid-Atlantic women will compete in the semifinals on Sunday against the Southern California section.
 
In Flight 3, the Caribbean women made a statement the day before semifinals with a sweep over the Middle States women, 5-0. All matches, except for No. 2 doubles, was decided in straight sets.
 
The women of the Florida section won their flight’s deciding event with a 4-1 victory over Texas. Florida was able to stave off a three-way tie in its flight with the win.
 
The Caribbean section will play the Florida section Sunday at 7:30 a.m.
 
4.0 Women
Flight 1
Florida (4-0)
Pacific Northwest (3-1)
Texas (2-2)
Midwest (1-3)
Northern (0-4)
 
Flight 2
Intermountain (0-3)
Southern California (3-0)
Eastern (2-1)
Southern (1-2)
 
Flight 3
Hawaii (2-1)
Missouri Valley (1-2)
Caribbean (3-0)
Middle States (0-3)
 
Flight 4
Northern California (2-1)
Mid-Atlantic (3-0)
Southwest (0-3)
New England (1-2)
 
4.0 Men
Flight 5
Caribbean (2-2)
Northern (2-2)
Missouri Valley (0-4)
Texas (3-1)
Intermountain (3-1)
 
Flight 6
Middle States (0-3)
Eastern (2-1)
Southern (1-2)
Mid-Atlantic (3-0)
 
Flight 7
Southwest (0-3)
Southern California (1-2)
Midwest (1-2)
Florida (3-0)
 
Flight 8
Northern California (1-2)
New England (0-3)
Pacific Northwest (2-1)
Hawaii (3-0)
 
 
 

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