Players are set to dig deep at the 3.0 Adult Nationals.
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By Jasmine Sheppard, USTA.com
Tucson, Ariz. -- The final day of the USTA League Adult 3.0 National Championships got off to an early start and saw some major wins and comebacks.
Over on courts 11 and 16, the men’s Caribbean and Florida teams were off and running. Right out the gate, Caribbean posted the first championship win of the day, going up 2-0 in singles. In No.1 singles, Ricardo Quinones took on Jeff Woodard, while right next to him his teammate Agustin Silva faced Edwin Ballelos in the No.2 singles match. Both came up big by downing their opponents with the same score of 6-1, 6-0.
On court 11, the doubles duo of Jorge Quintana and Jose Casanova came out swinging hard and serving with force that led to a 6-3 lead in the first set over Glenn Montenegro and Edward Naron representing Orlando. Montenegro and Naron tried to rally back in the second set, but it wasn’t enough as the Caribbean team from Dorado, Puerto Rico clinched it with a 6-2 finish in the second set. In the end, Caribbean finished 4-1 over Florida.
“We put in a lot of work this season,” said team captain Angel Valez. “We are a very close group of friends, and are always helping each other out. It’s moments like this that feel great, because we share it together. I’m really proud of this team and how we represent Puerto Rico.”
The ladies of Dallas, Texas came together after their captain, Lynn Hord who thought it would be fun to form a 3.0 team, and decided to recruit some women from different tennis clubs in the area.
“I just thought wouldn’t it be fun to get a bunch of us together,” Hord said. “I absolutely knew we could have a chance at the national title. There’s a lot of camaraderie on this team, and a will to win. And look where it got us.”
They downed Pacific Northwest 3-2 in the finals to capture their first championship title. It came down to the No. 1 singles with Regina Fitch of Plano, Texas against Angela Taylor of Bellavue, Washington. At match point, Taylor tried her best to stay in the game but couldn’t hold on after she faulted and hit the ball into the net. Earlier in their semifinal round, Texas was down 1-2 against Mid-Atlantic, but rallied back and best them 3-2 for a spot in the final.
The men’s team of Northern California defeated Intermountain 4-1 to capture third place, while on the other side of the tennis center, the women’s Mid-Atlantic team swept passed New England 5-0 to take home third. It was truly a sweet win for all the ladies who wore pink in support of one of their co-captains, Rindy Robberstad who is a seven year breast cancer survivor, and began playing tennis after she was diagnosed.
“We are so glad to be here and to support Rindy,” said Co-Captain Kim Miller. “And how great is it that we made it this far to the nationals.”
Earlier in the semifinal rounds, the men’s Florida team beat Intermountain 3-2, while Caribbean downed Northern California 4-1. Pacific Northwest posted the first semifinals results on the women’s slate as they beat New England 3-2.
Championship: Caribbean (Dorado, Puerto Rico) def. Florida (Orlando, Fla.) 4-1
Third Place: Northern California (Antelope, Calif.) def. Intermountain (Boise, Idaho) 4-1
Championship: Texas (Dallas, Texas) def. Pacific Northwest (Bellevue, Wash.) 3-2
Third Place: Mid-Atlantic (Leesburg, Virginia) def. New England (Weatogue, Conn.) 5-0
Semifinal 1: Caribbean (Dorado, Puerto Rico) def. Northern California (Antelope, Calif.) 4-1
Semifinal 2: Florida (Orlando, Fla.) def. Intermountain (Boise, Idaho) 3-2
Semifinal 1: Texas (Dallas, Texas) def. Mid-Atlantic (Leesburg, Virginia) 3-2
Semifinal 2: Pacific Northwest (Bellevue, Wash.) def. New England (Weatogue, Conn.) 3-2