USTA League Presented by Chrysler
4.0 Senior National Championships
October 12-14, 2007
Day Two Results - Saturday, October 13
Southwest Women Stage Come Back
After their first match of the tournament, the Southwest women from Flagstaff could not have felt too good about their chance to advance to play on Sunday as they were defeated 2-1 by the Pacific NW. They came back later in the day to post a 2-1 win over Texas but still trailed SoCal and PNW in the competitive 5-team flight. The tide turned for the ladies from Flagstaff when they swept previously undefeated SoCal 3-0 to put themselves back into contention.
With 29 of the day’s 30 matches complete, the final trip to play on Sunday would be decided as the Southwest ladies took on Intermountain. A win would earn them a trip to Sunday, a loss would open the door for SoCal. Maggie Seidel/Leann Weber of SW captured their #2 doubles match in straight sets to give them a 1-0 lead. Then, the #3 doubles tandem of Jana Perpich/Lisa Majure won their third straight match, this one in a match tiebreaker to clinch the a spot in the finals based upon losing just 9 sets as opposed to SoCal’s 11 lost sets.
NorCal Squeaks by Southern for Trip to Semi’s
For the Northern California women, an invitation to the semi-finals was earned by the narrowest of margins. In all three matches, they earned 2-1 wins versus Hawaii, Mid-Atlantic and Southern by capturing wins in #1 and #2 doubles and suffering losses at #3 doubles. Their spot to play to play on Sunday would come down to a head-to-head showdown against 2-0 Southern.
After splitting #1 and #3 doubles, a trip to the semi-finals would ride on the outcome of the #2 doubles match between NorCal’s Sheron Landis/Christina George and Southern’s Diane Simpson/Dianne Stedman. The two teams split the first two sets by identical 6-3 scores, but in the match tie-breaker, the women from Sacramento earned the victory over the ladies from New Orleans and a chance to play on Sunday.
Eastern Women Advance to Sunday
For captain Peggy Keigley and her six-player team from the Tri-City Racquet Club in Clifton Park, NY, representing the Eastern Section, the third time was a charm as they advanced to Sunday’s semi-finals through a series of close calls.
Despite losing the first two matches against New England, they still had a chance to advance with a straight set victory in the final match. After winning the first set 7-5, the Eastern # 3 doubles team of Olga Felland and Linda Hosmer needed a straight set victory. With a 6-5 lead and match-point, an erroneous out call was correctly overruled by the umpire giving Eastern a straight set victory. By virtue of losing just 9 sets to Florida’s 10 sets, Eastern advanced to play on Sunday.
"Although several of us had been to the Nationals before, we truly believed this was our year to finally make it to Sunday," said Keigley. "Having just six players was a big advantage, all we needed to do was stay healthy and we did."
Middle States Women Prevail
For Flight 3, the women from team Middle States battled the ladies of the Caribbean. Judy Paul and Kennie Smith of the Middle States took on Carmen Espada and Clorinda Duarte with Espada and Duarte winning; 6-0, 6-3.
Then in the second match, Susan Minoff and Kathy Thurston beat Sara Velazquez and Awilda Micheo; 6-0, 6-1.
In the final and determining match, Theresa Baxter and Peggy Sears were able to pull through against Irma Nevarez and Marie Soler; 6-3, 7-6, to advance to the semifinals tomorrow.
Fast Start Carries Missouri Valley Men To Sunday
Whether it had won or lost in Saturday’s match with undefeated New England, the Missouri Valley men’s 4.0 team was planning to party.
After a dominating performance, the guys from the Valley will have to party a little more carefully as they have a date secured in the USTA National League Tennis Championships presented by Chrysler finals Sunday morning.
On the strength of a fast start, the Missouri Valley team won a battle of unbeatens and improved to 3-0 after topping their counterparts from New England.
"We had some great matches out there and the New England guys were very tough," MV captain Chris Cox said. "We won on every court in the first set, so the fast start helped out a lot."
Cox and teammate John Cope were able to defeat Wayne Slattery and George Allen; 6-2, 5-7, 1-0.
In their second match, the Missouri Valley team of Greg Russell and John Tidrick won; 6-1, 6-2.
For the final match, the men from New England were able to take a match from the guys from MV with Wayne Mckamie and Eric Engstrom knocking off Charlie St. Jean and Jim Montanaro; 4-6, 6-3, 1-0.
The team will spend tonight partying in the desert, thanks to a friend from home who agreed to loan out his second home.
"We’ll have a great time, but we’ll call it an early night and be ready for tomorrow," Cox said.
Several members of the Missouri Valley team were part of a squad that qualified for nationals four years ago, but this will be the first taste of Sunday for all the team members.
Pacific Northwest Men Use R and R to Reach Semis
Thanks to the red-hot play of Rick Schroll and Randy Litch, the Pacific Northwest men’s team advanced to Sunday’s semifinals.
Schroll and Litch went 3-0 to propel PNW to an overall mark of 2-1. The team lost just eight sets during the tournament’s first two days.
The Pacific Northwest, which plays out of Tacoma, Wash., ran into a tough team from the Midwest on Friday and suffered its only loss. Both the Midwest and PNW finished 2-1 within the flight, but by virtue of a 6-3 record, the Tacoma squad earned the right to play another day.
PNW will take on Missouri Valley in one semifinal Sunday.
Southern Men Will Look to Make Sunday Best
The Southern men rumbled through Flight VII on Saturday morning to earn a spot in Sunday’s semifinal.
The guys from Birmingham, Ala. wound up 3-0. Bob Greene and Doug Unkenholtz paced a well-balanced attack as the duo went 2-1 on the day.
"We have a very good team that finally meshed together after seven years," Southern captain Austin Snow said. "These guys are all former athletes so the mental part of our game is really strength for us, especially getting deeper into the tournament."
Southern finished the day with a 7-2 mark, losing just five sets.
Southern will meet Mid-Atlantic in a semifinal Sunday.
Mid Atlantic Men Advance To Play Tomorrow
In Flight 5, the Mid Atlantic men’s team was able to overcome early struggles against the Southern Cal squad and advance to play on Sunday.
In the opening match, Southern Cal’s Greg Krampler and Calvin Bennett defeated Mid Atlantic’s Doug Atkins and Robert Goode.
But the Mid Atlantic team was able to bounce back in their next match with Dave Cullen and Roy Loehr beating Southern Cal’s Dave Jefferson and Allen Russell.
For the match to determine who would advance, Robin Yost and Marcus Crawford from team Mid Atlantic were able to defeat Thomas Childress and Anselm Fraser of Southern Cal.
The matchups are set for Sunday's action
Women: Southwest vs. Middle States
Northern Cal vs. Eastern
Men: Mid Atlantic vs. Southern
Missouri Valley vs. Pacific Northwest