NorCal, Northern Take Titles at 55 & Over 6.0 Nationals
The Northern California section women’s tennis team from Antelope, Calif., and the Northern men’s section team from Saint Paul, Minn., claimed the championship crowns at the USTA League 55 & Over 6.0 National Championships held at the USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla.
The Antelope team defeated the Florida section squad from Jacksonville, Fla., 2-1, in the championship match. Earlier in the day, Antelope defeated a Pacific Northwest team from Seattle, 2-1, in the semifinals to secure its spot into the final.
The team plays out of Antelope Community Park and was captained by Michelle Weeks and featured team members Patricia Malo, Rosalie Calabrese, Mercy Ford, Kat Beilby, Anne Allen, Cindy Taylor, Maria Vacaru, Tamara Jerd, Carmel Lindner, Cathy Pellegrini, Cynthia Fuog and Lori Bonitata.
The Northern men team swept the Southern California team from Arcadia, Calif., 3-0, in the championship match. Before vying for the title, Saint Paul defeated the Texas section team, 3-0, in the semifinals.
The team was captained by Eric Narvaez and featured team members George Kimball, Eric Goodwin, Thanh Pham, Peter Haan, Tu Van, and Gary Bilbrey. It is based out of the St. Paul Academy and Summit School.
- USTA League Nationals 55 & Over 6.0 Men's Champions: USTA Northern
- USTA League Nationals 55 & Over 6.0 Women's Champions: USTA Northern California
- USTA League Nationals 55 & Over 6.0 Men's Runners-Up: USTA Southern California
- USTA League Nationals 55 & Over 6.0 Women's Runners-Up: USTA Florida