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March 26, 2009 10:43 AM
A solid follow through

It’s hard enough to try to make the USTA League presented by Chrysler 2.5 Adult Men's National Championships, but to hold bragging rights in the family is even harder. The Mid-Atlantic men have done their best and achieved their goal of making nationals. Now, they must try to muster up a good showing in Las Vegas or three of the guys will be hearing it from their wives.

Three members of the Mid-Atlantic men have wives that play 2.5 level tennis, as well. The two teams have been together for a couple of years now, but the women hold one distinct advantage over the men…until now!

The ladies’ team made it to the 2007 USTA League presented by Chrysler 2.5 Adult Women's National Championships in Palm Springs, Calif., in their first year and finished fifth. The men, on the other hand, needed one extra year to make it to nationals.

Both squads play out of the Brigade Sports Complex in Annapolis, Md. The complex is a one-year-old, $16.5 million privately-funded facility that was dedicated to the United States Naval Academy and the Naval Academy Athletic Association in 2007. It is home to all Navy Midshipmen teams, but is also open to the public.

Keith Misner, team captain for the men, says although they play together on mixed-doubles teams in tournaments and socially for fun, there is a bit of a rivalry between the sexes.

“What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” noted Misner. “It is probably OK that we made it to the championships, but no matter how we finish here, all the wives need to know is that we finished fourth!

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