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4.0 Senior National Championships Latest News and Photos

USA League Tennis presented by Lincoln
4.0 Senior National Championships

Tucson, AZ
Oct. 28 - 31

Scores and Results: Men - click here Women - click here
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Sunday, October 31

by Greg Stotler

Championship Results:

Men's Final:
Southern d. Midwest 3-0
Men's 3rd/4th Playoff: Texas d. New England 2-1

Women's Final: Mid Atlantic d. Southwest 2-1
Women's 3rd/4th Playoff: Northern California d. Southern 3-0

1st Place Men - Southern Section© Cynthia Lum

Photo Order: Front Row (Left to Right): Taylor Robert, Mel Ottinger (captain); Back Row (Left to Right): Rick Bettis, Gary Herd, Smith Charles, Gary Linn, Phil Johnson, Glenn Wear

Captain Quote: Mel Ottinger, stated, “It was our 1st time making it to the National Championships. We have a team of good players. The weather was great and we had a really fun time.”

1st Place Women - Mid Atlantic© Cynthia Lum

Photo Order: Front Row (Left to Right): Patricia McLean, Sally Rhodes (captain); Back Row (Left to Right): Majorie Reed, Joanne Martin, Judy Beckner, Mary Malbon, Barbara Langbord, Anne Pitt, Judy Walsh

Captain Quote: Sally Rhodes stated, "This is our 4th time to Nationals and our first big win. Our team has been playing together for 20 years."

Scenes from day 3

Saturday, October 30
by Greg Stotler

Day 2 is underway at the 2004 USA League Tennis Senior 4.0 National Championships in Sunny Tucson, Arizona.

Scenes from Day 2

The Calendar Girls - Southwest Women's Team
The Calendar Girls
The Southwest Womens 4.0 Team is a team of 12 ladies. One for every
month and thats exactly what they plan to do. The El Paso based team
is working on having a calendar made to commemorate their
championship tennis team. You can spot members of their team
wearing a festive sunflower and a classic southern smile.

Mike Freischel
Top Speed Tennis
Mike Freischel of the Northern Men's Team is
no stranger to speed. Mike has been racing
for 21 years in the NHRA and IHRA with no
signs of pressing the brakes. He has won the
IHRA in the Division Five Thunder section this
year. Adding this victory to his Division Five
Super Gas win in 1990.

Don Smith
The Battle Rages On
Don Smith of the Northern Men's Team has had his share of battles. Don served
as an army infantry soldier in the Vietnam War until he was severely wounded
in 1969. Don suffered a landmine wound to his chest while he was on a standard
ambush patrol. He recovered remarkably and has been enjoying his new
battle field, the tennis court. Don claims that his past experience has made
him a stronger person and athelete. Preparing him for any future battles that
may come his way.

Friday, October 29
by Greg Stotler

This morning's weather is calm despite the storm that passed through Tucson last
night. Another storm is on its way though as the Senior Championship teams take
to the courts. Armed with high spirits and determination, the Senior 4.0 Championships
are underway in a once again sunny Tucson, AZ.

It's National Championship weekend in Tucson, AZ!

Jan Rice
Bats in Tennis?
Jan Rice the captain of the Florida team had
an interesting experience while practicing
one night recently. Just as Jan had tossed
the ball up to serve a bat flew over,
wrapping itself around the ball. All of this
happened so fast that Jan was already
following through with her serve. The end
result was a bewildered Jan and one less
bat for Halloween.

Middle States Mishaps
The captain of the Middle States Mens Team, Tom Keating lost two of his
players for the tournament due to a motorcycle injury. Apparently the two men
were standing next to a parked motorcycle when it fell over on them. The
rest of the team wishes them a speedy recovery and will try their best to
prove victorious during this USTA Championship weekend.

Michael Schneider - American Family Insurance
For the luv of Tennis

American Family Insurance is doing its part to support USTA and fun of tennis.
Michael Schneider states that back in 2002, American Family Insurance sponsered
The Corporate Tennis Challenge. This strictly Doubles tournament was started
as an outlet for corporation employees who love tennis. Since then they have
sponsered the American Family Insurance $50k Womens Tournament. Now
they are going to be an official sponser for the USTA Northen Section for the next
three years to come.
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