News and Facts from the USA League Tennis 5.0 National Championships presented by Lincoln
by Sarrah Harding
Sunday, September 21
Men's and Women's 5.0 Team Photos
FINALS & SEMIFINALS RESULTS
|Southern Women Celebrate After Earning the Title|
Southern - Little Rock, Ark., def. Midwest - Bloomfield, Mich. 2-1
Weymouth, Mass., def. San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2-1
Bloomfield, Mich., def. New York, NY, 2-1
Little Rock, Ark., def. Walnut Creek, Calif., 3-0
3rd place match
Northern California - Walnut Creek, Calif., def. Eastern - New York, N.Y. (2-1)
Weymouth, Mass., def. Tulsa, Okla. (2-1)
San Juan, Puerto Rico def. Torrance, Calif., 2-1
3rd place Match
Southern California - Torrance, Calif., def. Missouri Valley - Tulsa, Okla. (3-0)
Saturday, September 20
East coast Comes to the West
|Brian Helm and Will Shaw-New England|
In their first season playing together the New England men's team brought their own cheering section of 14 people all the way from Weymouth, Mass. Steve Goldman the owner of the teams home club, Weymouth Tennis Center gave the captain his personal credit card and sent them off to have fun in sunny California. They spent a few days prior to the tournament traveling the coast of Southern California playing on the beach and visiting the nightlife. Once they were back in Palm Springs team member Brian Helms ran out of gas a few blocks from the Riviera. His only excuse was that he didn't know you had to put gas in rental cars!
Mid-West Women's Doubles
|Jill Braendle and Marty Capestany-Mid-West|
Midwest doubles team Jill Braendle and Marty Capestany took control of their match early against Southern California. This dominating team from Michigan ended up sweeping So. Calif., earning a spot in the quarterfinals.
|Caribbean Team Members|
The Caribbean men have been a force to reckon with at this national tournament. After winning their sectional title they decided to bleach their hair blonde to celebrate. However, when it came time to do so only two team members would actually go through with the deed. This hasn't broken their desire to win as a team, as they advanced to the semifinals earlier today after beating Florida.
Playing in Style
|Northern California Women|
The Northern California women decided to take their trip to Palm Springs in style. Upon their arrival they rented a new Jaguar and used their time off the court to clean out the Prada and Gucci outlets near by. Sounds like these gals have more than tennis in their agendas over the tournament weekend!
The Drive to Play
The Intermountain women rarely get the chance to play together outside of their league match schedule. With players living all over the states of Idaho and Montana these ladies are dedicated to travel for the love of tennis. Theresa Madson (right) took her opponent from the Middle-States to three sets and earned every point. These women literally know how to go the distance!
Friday, September 19
Tournament Director Dona Garcia-Eggar got things started bright and early this morning as players gathered to strategize their play for the day.
|Dona Garcia-Eggar Tounament Director|
|Southern California team member|
The Southern California Men's team is no stranger to nationals. This is captain Tracy Hyman's eighth visit to nationals as a captain along with co-captain Mitch Wang. All team members are ex-collegiate tennis players continuing on their love of tennis by being a part of this USA League Tennis 5.0 team. Although many team members have frequented the national tournament they have yet to capture the title. In the past Tracy's teams have earned a national No.1 men's open team title and a mixed USA League Tennis team title. This year they're going for the gold in the 5.0's!
|Steve Creer-Texas Team Captain|
Texas team captain Steve Creel brought his team to the tournament strong and determined. Steve recently under went surgery removing one of his kidneys after being diagnosed with cancer. At the same time he learned his wife was expecting their first child, and along with this Steve was given the opportunity to meet his own father for the first time. None of this was going to detour Steve and the rest of his team from competing for the national title. This team from Austin is going for the glory!
|Lisa McCubbin - Southern California Team Member|
The Southern California women led things off today with a bang. Being one of the first matches on the court the battle began. Lisa McCubbin, hailing from Los Angeles, played her doubles match while her husband waited anxiously at home on the computer for results and match scores. According to Lisa, a number of the players husbands logged on to keep up with their better halves in this tounament. Tomorrow their supporters plan to make the trip to Palm Springs to fill out their cheering section.