USA League Tennis presented by Lincoln
4.0 Adult National Championships
Sept. 30 - Oct. 3
For all SCORES AND RESULTS, click here. Make sure to choose "2004" and "National Championships".
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Sunday, October 3 - 2:30pm
by Grant Chambers
Men's Final: USTA Missouri Valley d. USTA Middle States, 3-2
Women's Final: USTA Caribbean d. USTA Pacific Northwest, 4-1
Men's 3rd/4th: USTA Pacific Northwest d. USTA Texas, 3-2
Women's 3rd/4th: USTA Southern d. USTA Florida, 4-1
|1st Place - 4.0 National Championship - Missoury Valley Men|
Photo Order: Front row (left to right): Jason Cumpton, Larry Eicher, Rick McMullin, Antonio Mira, Darren Cobble, Phillip Varnes, Scott Miller Back row (left to right): Mark Melhorn, Jason Hughs, Christian Nelson, Shannan Roberts, Roge Fowler (Captain), Greg Anderson
Click here to watch and listen to the Missouri Valley men's championship howl!
Captain Roge Fowler stated, "I've been on many really good teams in many different sports and this is the best team i've ever been associated with. I'm honored to be a part of a team like this."
|1st Place - 4.0 Adult National Championship - Caribbean Women|
Photo Order: Front row (left to right): Karla Garcia Velez, Juliana Pollock, Maribel Moldonado, Diane Ruiz-Irizarry Back row (left to right): Oderaiza Soto (Captain), Vilma Matienzo, Yolanda Martinez, Luali Alifonso
Click here to watch and listen to the Caribbean women's Championship Chant!
Captain Oderaiza Soto stated, "It was really fun to be here! I'm so proud of my girls. We really came together as a team and played like a family."
Sunday, October 3 - 10:00am
by Grant Chambers
After a hi-octane blast of top-notch tennis, the stage is set for today's final round of tennis. It's "bring home the HARDWARE day" at the 4.0 Adult National Championships! In the men's seminfinal round, the USTA Middle States team defeated the USTA Pacific Northwest team 3-2 and the USTA Missouri Valley team defeated the USTA Texas team 3-2. In the women's seminfinal round, the USTA Pacific Northwest team defeated the USTA Southern team 5-0 while the USTA Carribean team defeated the USTA Florida team 4-1.
|It's "Bring Home the HARDWARE Day!"|
Saturday, October 2
by Grant Chambers
|4.0 National Championships Day 2 Underway...|
15 Second Interview
When asked the question, "What do you most like about USA League Tennis," hear what the following contenders had to say by clicking on the "Play Video" link or the picture.
Brian Cooper - 4.0 Florida Men Elian Escalante - 4.0 Carribean Women
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|Brian Cooper - Florida Men's 4.0 Team|
|Elian Escalante - 4.0 Carribean Women's Team|
One Down.....Four to Go!
As history has it, back in the 60’s, Roger Mark was a student of Amy Yee, a pioneer in establishing public tennis clinics for the Seattle P.A.R.D. and
also a friend of Arthur Ashe. Fast forward to 2004, and Roger Mark has quite the tennis resume. Here are just a few highlights:
Part of the 1982 4.5 Men’s and 1984 5.0 Men’s National Championship winning teams from the USTA Pacific Northwest Section…..the last time a National Championship title from their section was won.
|Roger Mark cheers on his team - 4.0 Pacific Northwest Men|
Is a player/coach on 4 teams attending this years National Championships!
4.0 Adult Men (coach)
3.5 Adult Men (coach)
4.5 Adult Men (player/coach)
3.0 Adult Men (coach)
In fact, Roger is LIVING AT THE DOUBLETREE HOTEL IN TUCSON FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH OF OCTOBER!
In all, Roger will have attended 8 National Championship events as a player or coach.
Roger is extremely proud the be a part of the USTA Pacific Northwest Section 4.0 Men’s team. Click here to hear Roger speak about exactly how proud he is of this team.
Terry Mann, a Tucson resident, is working at this year's National Championships in his 14th year as an umpire. Over the last 14 years, Terry has worked at numerous USTA, ATP and WTA events, was a linesman at 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and was a linesman at the 1996 Davis Cup Semifinal
Round (U.S. vs Sweden).
While not on the court, Terry is busy as an owner of his own business, Arizona Imprintables, Inc, in Tucson, AZ.
Friday, October 1
by Grant Chambers
The 2004 USA League Tennis 4.0 Adult National Championships is underway in sunny Tucson, AZ. This years event is being held at Randolph Tennis Center, one of the most recognized public tennis facilities in the country and host to the USA League Tennis National Championships for the past 24 years.
|USA League Tennis 4.0 Adult National Championships|
Mahalo Nui Loa! Hawaii 4.0 Women Bring Aloha Spirit to the Mainland…
|Hawaii 4.0 Women|
The Hawaii 4.0 Women’s team, “Kona Blend Tennis Team”, has arrived on U.S. mainland soil with a double mission: 1) to flat out win and 2) equally important, to bring the Aloha spirit to the Mainland! And you can see here in this photo that they’re doing just that!
“Mahalo Nui Loa” is another way of saying Thank You from the bottom of their hearts. And thankful they are. The Hawaii 4.0 Women’s team is thankful to their 25 sponsors that made it possible for them to attend this year’s National Championships. In particular, “Kukio” has provided all of their team shirts which include fabulous embroidery work. As seen in this photo, 25 of their sponsors listed on the back of their shirt have all donated at least $100 in support of the team. They would also like to especially thank (“Mahalo Nui Loa”) their coaches Brendan Curry and Matt Johnson from
|Hawaii Women Showcase Sponsor Suport|
Fairmount Orchid at Mauna Lani and the Director of Tennis, Richard Stumpf for their extensive support.
FUN FACTS: They love to eat, claim their team ages span from 24 – 26 years old (J) and their favorite drink is the “Lemon Drop Martini”.
Florida Men – The Hard Part is Over
|Red McGarry, Captain of Florida 4.0 Men's Team|
As of 1 ½ weeks ago, the Florida Sectional Championships had not yet taken place due to three consecutive hurricane strikes. After an emergency lottery drawing, the 4.0 men’s team from Seminole Lake Tennis Center found themselves on their way to the National Championships. Within a day or two, any previously scheduled plans were cancelled and all tournament arrangements were made. Five minutes before their first round scheduled match, two of the Florida Men’s 4.0 men were just arriving at Randolph Tennis Center…..straight from the airport. Their flight, which began yesterday morning, took them from Tampa to Newark (overnight) to Atlanta, then finally to Tucson, just in time for their match.
Captain Red McGarry is attending his second consecutive National Championships as a Captain. After being diagnosed with throat cancer in November 2002, Red had an operation in December 2002 which removed 12 lymph nodes and a tonsil. Given a 50/50 chance of survival, Red poured himself into a non-playing captain position of his USTA team. That team made it all the way to nationals last year. Red has beaten the odds and is back this year as a playing captain. Returning members from last years team include Red McGarry, Scott Chambers, Dave Heeder and Brian Cooper.
Click here for a brief introduction from Red McGarry.
Randolph Does it Again!
|Randolph Tennis Center Team. Jim and Lou Reffkin, pictured on the right, have run Randolph Tennis Center for 30 Years!|
Randolph Tennis Center has been a host to USA League Tennis National Championship events for the entire 24 years in existence. “We love this time of the year!” say Jim and Lou Reffkin, who have been running Randolph Tennis Center for 30 years now.
Nor Cal Women Hav’in Fun!
Even though there first round match didn’t match the outcome they would have preferred, the 4.0 Women’s team from the USTA Northern California section were in great spirits! “We’re on the comeback trail,” says captain Kathleen Ventimiglia. She went on to say, “We’ve come here as a team, winning very close matches along the way. I’m very proud of our team as each person has stepped up as a hero throughout our season.”
FUN FACTS: Their team ages span from 29 – 64, there are three Gina’s (Gina, Gena, Gina) on the team (as seen in the photo, front row in blue).
|USTA Northern California 4.0 Women Hav'in Fun!|