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On a day where no wins came easy, it took special efforts from the USTA Mid-Atlantic men’s and the USTA Texas women’s teams to emerge as 2013 League Adult 18 & Over 5.0+ National Champions.
By J. Fred Sidhu, special to USTA.com
It was a weekend to remember for the USTA Texas Section women’s team and the USTA Mid-Atlantic men’s team as they won their respective titles at the 2013 USTA League Adult 18 & Over 5.0+ National Championships.
On a clear, sunny day at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the Mid-Atlantic Section men’s team, which represents the Boonsboro Country Club in Lynchburg, Va., defeated a tough Texas Section team from Dallas in a thrilling final, 2-1. With the score tied at 1-1, the No. 2 Mid-Atlantic doubles team of Drew Robinson and Peter Pristach scored a championship-clinching 7-5, 7-5 victory over Ryan Haley and Byron Talbot of the Texas Section.
“It’s really pretty unbelievable. This is a great bunch of guys. We all work really well together,” said winning co-captain Mark Vines. “Our teams were very, very solid. We had a couple of guys really step it up. This Texas team is really tough. Just a couple of points was all the difference.”
In the women’s championship, the Texas Section team, which plays out of the Memorial Park Tennis Center in Houston, scored a dramatic come-from-behind 2-1 win over the Southwest Section team from Phoenix.
After dropping the opening singles match, the Texas women came back to win the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches in exciting match tiebreaks to win the final.
“It feels so awesome. I’m so proud of my team. It was just heart. Everyone contributed and knew what to do. They fought until the very end,” said Texas captain Pia-Alexandra Vantho. “It was a memorable experience. It was a great tournament. We just can’t feel any better than this.”
Nearly 400 miles to the southeast, the other USTA League National Championships for the 3.0 Adult 18 & Over divisions were decided in Tucson, Ariz., with USTA Caribbean sweeping both finals to bring two titles home to Puerto Rico’s capital of San Juan. The season continues in Indian Wells on Friday, Oct. 4, with the Adult 18 & Over 2.5 National Championships.
For complete coverage of this year’s USTA League National Championships, check out the 2013 Nationals homepage.
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