6.0 55 & Over Men
Win National Championship
USTA Northern | October 29, 2017
Congratulations to the 6.0 55 & Over men, captained by Eric Narvaez out of St. Paul Academy High School, who won the 2017 National Championship in Orlando, Fla. Northern defeated Southern California 3-0 in the finals.
In round-robin play, Northern finished second in its flight to Southern California after falling to them 2-1 in the first match of the tournament. All three individual matches went to third-set tiebreakers with So Cal winning the #1 and #2 positions and Northern taking home #3 doubles. Northern then defeated Pacific Northwest and Intermountain 3-0 and received a wild card into the semifinals based on having the highest winning percentage of the remaining teams who did not win their flights.
In the semifinals, Northern defeated Texas 3-0, setting up the finals rematch again Southern California. ADVERTISEMENT Northern changed its lineup from the first-round matchup, winning easily at #3 doubles and then claiming the match tiebreakers at the #1 and #2 doubles positions for the title. Members of the team included Tu Van, Thanh Pham, William Boyes. George Kimball, Narvaez, Eric Goodwin, Gary Bilbrey and Peter Haan.
This is the second time in three years, Narvaez and Northern have won the 55 & Over 6.0 men's title. They also claimed the 55 & Over championship in 2016.