Middle States, Southern Prevail at
40 & Over 3.0 Nationals
Erin Maher | October 16, 2017
The USTA League 40 & Over 3.0 National Championships came to an exciting conclusion in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as the Middle States men’s team from New Providence, N.J., and the Southern section women’s team from Charlotte, N.C., came through tough fields to capture the championship crowns.
The Middle States men’s team, which represents the Murray Hill Tennis and Fitness in New Providence, overcame a determined Pacific Northwest team from Bellevue, Wash., 3-2, in a tightly contested final. Earlier in the day, New Providence edged the Midwest team from Akron, Ohio, 3-2, in the semifinals.
The Middle States team is captained by Srinivas Kondapalli and features Antonio Alvarez, Baechen (Benson) Wang, Daniel Theivanayagam, Dave Wu, Edwin Paguio, Kash Vyas and Kumaravadivelu Vairakkannu.
In the women’s final, Southern, based out of the Blakeney Racquet and Swim Club, defeated the Middle States squad from Exton, Pa., to take the championship title.
In the semifinals, Southern eliminated teh Caribbean team from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, 3-2, to secure its spot in the final.
The Charlotte team is captained by Jill Griset and features Diane Horner, Elyssa Del Valle, Janet Cohen, Jill Griset, Jurgita Petrikis, Kristin Bergeson, Leslie Masucci, Rachel Drees, Rosalie O'Rourke and Tamara Gallagher.