By J. Fred Sidhu, USTA.com
After an incredible weekend of high caliber tennis, 5.0 teams from the USTA Southern and USTA Southwest sections captured their respective titles at the USTA League National Championships at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
The USTA Southern team from Greensboro, N.C. wrapped up the men’s title by defeating the USTA Texas team from Houston, 2-1, in the finals.
Southern advanced to the finals with a 2-1 semifinal victory over the USTA New England, while Texas reached the final by defeating USTA Florida, 2-1 in the semifinals.
The USTA Southwest from Albuquerque, N.M. captured the women’s title by defeating USTA Eastern from Long Island, N.Y., 2-1, in the finals.
With the scored tied at 1-1 after splitting the two doubles matches, the women’s championship came down to the singles match between Manola Colter of Southwest against Roslyn Chua-McAlonie of Eastern.
Colter came through with a thrilling 7-5, 5-7, 1-0 (9) victory to clinch the championship for Southwest. “I wasn’t going to quit,” said Colter who was down 9-7 in the match tiebreak before winning the last four points.
“I get a bit tougher when I’m down,” Colter added. “When she was losing match points, I was getting stronger.”
Southwest advanced to the finals with a 2-1 semifinal victory over the USTA Northern California wildcard team from Portola Valley, while Eastern reached the final by defeating the USTA Northern California team from San Francisco, 2-1 in the semifinals.
In the men’s match for third place, Florida swept New England 3-0 and the Northern California women edged the Northern California wildcard team 2-1 to finish in third place in the women’s division.