USA League Tennis presented by Lincoln
5.0 Adult National Championships
Palm Springs, CA
Sept. 30 - Oct. 3
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FINAL RESULTS (Check back soon for extensive results and photos)
USA LEAGUE TENNIS Women's 5.0 Adult National Standings
Champion:Midwest - Indianapolis, Ind.
2nd place: Eastern - Rye, N.Y.
3rd place: Southern - Kingsport, Tenn.
4th place: Northern California - Claremont, Calif.
USA LEAGUE TENNIS Men's 5.0 Adult National Standings
Champion: Southern California - Los Angeles
2nd place: Intermountain - Bozeman, Mont.
3rd place: Southern - Charlotte, N.C.
4th place: New England - Boston
SEMIFINALS AND FINALS RESULTS FROM OCT. 3, 2004
Indianapolis, Ind., def. Rye, N.Y., 3-0
Los Angeles, def. Bozeman, Mont., 3-0
Indianapolis, Ind., def. Claremont, Calif., 3-0
Rye, N.Y., def. Kingsport, Tenn., 2-1
3rd place match:
Kingsport, Tenn., def. Claremont, Calif., 2-1
Los Angeles., def. Charlotte, N.C., 3-0
Bozeman, Mont., def. Boston, 2-1
3rd place match:
Charlotte, N.C., def. Boston, 3-0
Saturday, October 2
By Jeff Heckelman
|Intermountain player Thijs Goossens during his semfinal singles win on Saturday. © Cynthia Lum|
The men's final will be a showdown between the only two undefeated teams left in the tournament, Southern California and Intermountain. SoCal swept Southern in the first semifinal, led by Tim Kpulun, who defeated Piotr M. Baranowski, 6-3 6-3 in the singles match. SoCal's doubles teams of Bruce Man Son Hing/Jonas N.D. Anderson and Desmond McBride/Ken Kuperstein also prevailed. Intermountain's road to the finals was a little tougher, as they overcame a stiff challenge from New England, which took the #2 doubles match as Michael Phillips and Scott Potter defeated Karl Gregor and Rene Ramirez in a match tiebreak. Intermountain prevailed in the end, however, led by Thijs Goossens' convincing 6-2 6-1 win over Geoff Burton. Chris Tokar and Lukasz Mazur won the #1 doubles match.
|NorCal's Kari Hamlin, who helped lead her team to Sunday's semifinals.© Cynthia Lum|
On the women's side, in Sunday's semifinal, Northern California plays Midwest while Southern plays wild-card winner Eastern. NorCal, Midwest and Southern all finished with undefeated 4-0 records in their flights, while Eastern finished 3-1 but won on points over Middle States, having posted a 9-3 match record vs. Middle States' 7-5.
|The Dallas "Mavericks" -- Iglesias, Dutta, Boyce and Ohlsson© Cynthia Lum|
The Dallas "Mavericks"
Forget about billionaire Mark Cuban's rag-tag bunch of international underachievers -- these guys are the real deal. The 5.0 men's team representing the USTA Texas Section is a true melting pot of the tennis universe. Four of the team's seven members were born outside the U.S., but all played college tennis in America and met up in Dallas, where they've been playing USA League Tennis together for three years. The team is led by captain Louis Iglesias, who was born in Cuba and came to America as a small child before playing for Toledo University. Johan Ohlsson was born in Sweden, and came to the U.S. in 1996, playing for Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas. Anirban Dutta, a native of India, came to America in 1995 and played for Alabama. And the team's youngest member, native Australian Simon Boyce, came over the pond in 2002, and currently attends St. Edwards University in Texas. The guys also help out at the Canyon Creek club in Texas, where Iglesias, Ohlsson and Dutta are teaching pros. The staff also boasts a Russian, another Aussie, and people from Hungary and Croatia, making it perhaps the most ethnically diverse tennis club in the U.S.
Home Court Advantage?
Not if you ask Southern California men's co-captain Hyman Wong. But there must be something in the water here in the Southern California desert, because Wong is here with a 5.0 team at the National Championships for the ninth time. He's not on the team roster, but along with co-captain Mitch Wang, he's led a group of accomplished local teaching pros all the way to the finals against USTA Intermountain on Sunday. Wong estimates this is his 25th National Championship, having formerly won the Open Invitational and the 10.0 mixed doubles championships four times each.
Friday, October 1
|"The Hawaiians" (l-r: Brooke Gannon, Kimmie Ouchi, Wendy Milovina, Leilani Magee).© Cynthia Lum|
"The Grand Dame of Upcountry Maui Tennis"
The women's team from Hawaii -- aptly named "The Hawaiians" -- has only been playing USA League Tennis together for a short while, but many of the team members go back a long way. Three of the ladies -- team captain Leilani Magee, Kimmie Ouchi and Brooke Gannon -- were all coached through high school by Wendy Milovina. Milovena, a former teaching pro, is the tennis coach at Seabury Hall, a private college prep school on Maui. Magee, Ouchi and Gannon all were champion high school players under Milovina's tutelage, and all went on to play college tennis. Milovina, nicknamed "The Grand Dame of Upcountry Maui Tennis," kept in touch with her former students over the years, and they reunited to play USA League Tennis. Working together, they successfully advanced through sectional qualifying and made it to the National Championships.
No Rivalries Here
Southern college tennis fever is running wild in Palm Springs this weekend, as the women's team from the USTA Southern Section competes at the USA League Tennis National Championships. The Tennessee ladies all played college tennis -- including players from UNC (captain Margie Stanley), Tulane (Cynthia Pectol), Auburn (Renee Dougherty), Virginia Tech (Julie Jackson), Alabama (Lori Hill) and Tennessee Tech (Colombia native Ana Obando) -- and while Stanley, Dougherty and Jackson grew up together, most of the ladies found one another via word of mouth.
|Southern 5.0 player, Virginia Tech alumna, and pride of Newnan, Ga., Julie Jackson.© Cynthia Lum|
Without many women at the 5.0 level in the state to play with or against, these ladies meet up regularly at the campus of Easters Tennessee State University, a central location. They also are representing META, the Mountain Empire Tennis Association, their local Community Tennis Association. META recently hosted a round robin tournament to help raise money for the ladies to make the trip to Palm Springs. They are the first META team ever to reach the National Championships.
|Reilly: Yes, this dog is male.© Cynthia Lum|
Team Mascot of the Week
Meet Reilly, a six-month-old belonging to Julie Dearmond of San Francisco. He (yes, he -- don't let the bow fool you) is the official team mascot of the Northern California women's team. The team won both their matches on Friday, putting them in good position to reach Sunday's championship playoff. No doubt Reilly will be with them every little step of the way.