By Richard Dedor, USTA.com
TUCSON, Ariz. - Shreveport, La., and Long Beach, Calif., claimed the men’s and women’s national titles at the USTA League presented by Chrysler 4.5 Senior National Championships held at the Randolph Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz.
The Shreveport, La., men’s team, representing the USTA Southern Section, defeated a team from Carmel, Ind., 2-1 in the championship match. Earlier in the day, the Shreveport team defeated a team from Laguna Hills, Calif., 3-0 in the semifinals.
The team is captained by Richard Verzaal and features Eddie Copete, Jimmy Livesay, Gus Orellana, Jorge Jiminez, Walter Paz, Drew Meyers and Philip Campbell.
In the third place match, Laguna Hills, Calif., defeated the Clearwater, Fla. team from the USTA Florida Section, 2-1.
The top four teams in order of finish are: National Champion Southern (Shreveport, La.), Midwest (Carmel, Ind.), Southern California (Laguna Hills, Calif.) and Florida (Clearwater, Fla.).
The Long Beach, Calif. women’s team representing the USTA Southern California Section, defeated a team from San Jose, Calif., 3-0 in the Championship match. Earlier in the day, the Long Beach team defeated a team from Portland, Ore., 2-1 in the semifinals.
The team is captained by co-captained by Teri Monroy and Gail Yaksitch and features Diane Simmons, Lisa Matthess, Beverly Johnston, Polly Durst, Roxanne McMillen and Rosie Schoepf.
In the third place match, the team from Westchester, N.Y. defeated Portland, Ore., 2-1.
The top four teams in order of finish are: National Champion Southern California (Long Beach, Calif.), Northern California (San Jose, Calif.), Eastern (Westchester, N.Y.) and Pacific Northwest (Portland, Ore.).
Three of the four semifinalist teams advanced to the championship round by winning their pool. The fourth semifinalist was selected based on the best second place team out of all the pools.
This year’s USTA League presented by Chrysler 4.5 Senior National Championship has drawn the top 34 teams (17 men’s and 17 women’s) from throughout the nation.
The USTA League program celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2005. Established in 1980, it has grown from 13,000 participants in a few parts of the country in its first year, to over 665,000 players across the nation today, making it the world’s largest recreational tennis league.
Chrysler is entering its third year as the presenting sponsor and official vehicle of USTA League. Head Penn Racquet Sports is in its 21st year as official ball of USTA League.