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  • USTA SoCal Sweeps 35s & 45s at USTA National Women’s Intersectional Team Event

    USTA SoCal won the 35s and 45s at the USTA National Senior Women’s Team Event in Phoenix on Sunday.

    Complete list of winners (one match short of a California sweep!)

    • 35s: SoCal
    • 45s: SoCal
    • 55s: NorCal
    • 65s: Southern (d. SoCal 3/2 in the final)
    • 75s: SoCal
    • 80s: SoCal

    Draws are here.

    SoCal edged Texas 3/2 to win the 35s division which was a round robin.

    The women’s 45s team beat Southern 4/1 to win gold in Phoenix.

  • SoCal Sweeps 75s & 80s at USTA Women’s Intersectional Team Championships

    SoCal won both the 75s and 80s in Phoenix after narrowly going down to Southern in the 65s earlier in the week. Intersectionals is the biggest women’s senior tournament each year and pits players from up to 17 USTA sections against each other annually in a staggered seven day competition (each age division competes for four days). Players compete in singles and doubles.

    The SoCal 80s featured the most recent two ITF world singles champions in Roz King and Dori DeVries (who boomerangs between NorCal and SoCal yearly).

    Cathie Anderson and Suella Steel anchored the 75s team and were half of the silver medal winning Queens Cup team in Umag in September.

    Thanks to the Sandiegotennis instagram account for the photos. The 75s are on the left below.

    Congratulations to all participants.

    Results can be found here.


  • NorCal, Southern Win First Titles at USTA Senior Women’s Intersectional Team Event

    USTA NorCal brought a stellar team to Phoenix. Tracy Houk, Judy Newman, Lindsey Montero, Pam Cooke, Kim Lackey, and Erika Smith beat Southern in the semis and Texas in the final to win the 55s.

    USTA Southern upset USTA SoCal, with Wendy McColskey as the MVP. She scored her first singles win over Tina Karwasky in a three set thriller, then teamed with Tina’s doubles partner, Jan Kirkland Cochran (who divides her time between Florida and Georgia) to edge Tina/Ann Stanley in three sets.

    The 75s and 80s finish tomorrow and the 35s/45s started play today, Nov. 11…they finish on the 14th.

    This is the first time the Intersectional competition has been held in Phoenix.


  • USTA National Women’s Intersectional Team Results and Link to Draws

    The 2018 Women’s Intersectional Team Event will took place in Phoenix, Arizona November 12-18. (Different age divisions play at different times.)

    NorCal, Southern Win First Titles at USTA Senior Women’s Intersectional Team Event

    SoCal Sweeps 75s & 80s at USTA Women’s Intersectional Team Championships

    USTA SoCal Sweeps 35s & 45s at USTA National Women’s Intersectional Team Event

    Click here to see the results.

    Venue 

    Phoenix Tennis Center, 6330 N. 21st Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85015

    Host Hotel

    Embassy Suites Phoenix-Scottsdale, 4415 Paradise Village Parkway South, Phoenix, AZ 85032

    The room rate is $139 per night which is a great deal for Phoenix in November. The reate includes the full breakfast buffet and nightly happy hour.  The hotel is close to shopping, restaurants, etc.  The player banquet will be held at the Embassy Suites.

    This site should be updated as the event time approaches: Tennis Link Website

    Matt Gleason is the Tournament Director.

    Email: director@phoenixtennis.com; Phone: 480-639-6700

    Phoenix Tennis Center


  • Southern, SoCal, Mid Atlantic and New England Win Gold at Women’s Intersectionals

    2017 Women’s Intersectional Team Medalists

    Women’s 35:

    1.  Winner- Southern
    2.  Finalist – Eastern
    3. 3rd Place – Florida

     

    Women’s 45

    1.  Winner- Mid-Atlantic
    2.  Finalist – Southern
    3.  3rd – Florida

     

    Women’s 55

    1. Winner – Southern
    2.  Finalist – Texas
    3. 3rd Place – Eastern

    Women’s 65

    1. Winner – New England
    2.  Finalist – Southern Cal
    3.  3rd Place – Southern

    Women’s 75

    1. Winner – Southern Cal
    2. Finalist – Florida
    3. 3rd Place – New England

    Women’s 80

    1.  Winner – Southern Cal
    2.  Finalist – Texas
    3. 3rd Place – Southern

    All results


  • 2017 National Women’s Intersectional Team Event: November 12-19, 2017, Boca Raton, FL, Clay

    Click here for more information on tennislink site.

    SAVE THE DATE FOR THE: 2017 USTA National Women’s Intersectional Team Event – Clay Court Championship

    DATE: November 13-19, 2017

    Ø Women’s 55 & 65 Division Events:  Play begins on Monday, November 13 and is completed on Thursday, November 14 – Note: Captains’ meeting for the Open Draw is 6:00 pm on Sunday, November 12 at the Embassy Suites Hotel Boca Raton;

    Ø Women’s 75 & 80 Division Events:  Play begins on Tuesday, November 14 and is completed on Friday, November 17 – Note: Captains’ meeting for the Open Draw is 6:00 pm on Monday, November 13 at the Embassy Suites Hotel Boca Raton;

    Ø Women’s 35 & 45 Division Events:  Play begins on Thursday, November 16 and is completed on Sunday, November 19 – Note: Captains’ meeting for the Open Draw is 6:00 pm on Wednesday, November 15 at the Embassy Suites Hotel Boca Raton;

    LOCATION OF PLAY: Headquarters and main playing site is Swim & Racquet Center; 21626 St. Andrews Blvd; Boca Raton, FL 33433

     

    HOTEL INFORMATION

    OFFICIAL HOTEL: Embassy Suites Boca Raton; 661 NW 53rd Street, Boca Raton, Florida 33487

    Note that every room is a suite.  Enjoy either a King Size Bed in the bedroom with a Queen Pull Out Sofa in the Living Room OR Two Double Beds in Bedroom with a Queen Pull Out Sofa in the Living Room.

    Price is $115.00 plus 13% hotel occupancy tax per night for 1-4 persons per room.

    Group Information for registration either directly with hotel or online with Hilton

    Group Name: 2017 USTA National Women’s Intersectional Team Event

    Group Code: UNS

    Check-in: 10-NOV-2017

    Check-out: 20-NOV-2017

    Hotel Name:

    Embassy Suites Boca Raton

    Hotel Address:

    661 NW 53rd Street, Boca Raton, FL 33487

    Phone Number: 1-561-994-8200

    Book directly at:  http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/B/BCTNWES-UNS-20171110/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG or call the Embassy Suites Boca Raton directly at 1-561-994-8200.

    NOTE:  Room reservations must be made and guaranteed prior to October 13, 2017.  All rooms will be released back to the hotels on that date.  The USTA room block is subject to availability, so please make your reservation early.

     

    FORMAT OF PLAY FOR 2017:

    v Women’s 80 Division = 1 Singles and 2 Doubles per Team Match (Minimum of 4 players and a maximum of 7 players team)

    v Women’s 75 Division = 2 Singles and 2 Doubles per Team Match (Minimum of 4 players and a maximum of 6 players team)

    v Women’s 35, 45, 55, and 65 = 3 Singles and 2 Doubles per Team Match (Minimum of 4 and a maximum of 7 players team)

    MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW ON THE TOURNAMENT WEBSITE SHORTLY.  Invitation packets will be e-mailed out at the beginning of May.

     

    Jim Tierney                                          Larry Eichenbaum
    Tournament Director ~ 2017 USTA NWITE                             Referee ~ 2017 USTA NWITE
    Tennis Centers Administrator, City of Boca Raton                 Office (561) 393-7978 ¨ Cell (561) 239-1395

    Office (561) 393-7978 ¨ Cell (561) 239-1395 Email: leichenbaum@texas.usta.com

    Email: jtierney@myboca.us

    For more information click here


  • 2015 Intersectionals, Final Finish Order for Medalists

    Order of Finish-Women’s 35

    1st Place- Southern
    2nd Place- Southern Cal

    Socal 35s
    3rd Place- Texas

    Texas 35s

    Order of Finish-Women’s 45

    1st Place- Florida

    Florida 45s champions
    2nd Place- Southern
    3rd Place- Mid-Atlantic

    Order of Finish-Women’s 55

    1st Place- Southern
    2nd Place- Southern Cal

    SoCal 55s
    3rd Place- Northern Cal

    NorCal 55 bronze

    Order of Finish-Women’s 65

    1st Place- Florida

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    2nd Place- Southern Cal

    Socal 65
    3rd Place- New England

     

    Order of Finish-Women’s 75

    1st Place- Southern Cal
    2nd Place- Texas

    Texas 75 2nd
    3rd Place- New England

    Order of Finish-Women’s 80

    1st Place- Texas

    80 intersectional champions Texas
    2nd Place- Southern
    3rd Place- New England

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Draws: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=168861


  • Intersectionals 2015: Southern Sweeps Singles to Win 55s; Florida Sweeps 65 Singles to Take Gold

    Southern Wins 55s

    Southern swept the singles behind wins by Diane Barker over Tina Karwasky, Sue Bartlett over Tracey Thompson and Lee King over Colleen Clery Ferrell.

    In the 3/4 playoff, NorCal edged Texas 3/2, taking both doubles points to seal the victory.

    Florida Wins 65s

    Florida beat SoCal 4/1, winning all three singles matches. Kerry Young beat Carol Gay; Carol Clay beat Cathie Anderson and Betty Wachob took out Crys Ren.

    The match between Southern and New England has been very tight.

    Vicky McEvoy (NE) beat Brenda Carter in a marathon, 76 57 76, but Southern won the other two singles points; Toni Novack beat Molly Hahn 63 63 and Susie Peiffer edged Lee Delfausse 26 75 75.  The match is finished but scores won’t be posted till later due to the length of the matches and the banquet tonight.

    Click here to see more results.


  • Intersectionals Wednesday: In 55s Southern faces SoCal Thursday; In 65s: Florida faces SoCal

    Update

    55s Semis results are below.

    Southern cruised to a win over Texas, while SoCal had to win both doubles to book a trip to the final in an intra-California battle. (Somehow the fact that it’s 10 states vs 1/2 a state doesn’t seem like a fair fight).

    SoCal d. NorCal 3/2

    Flight: Women’s 55 Round: 3 Match: 55 Northern California vs 55 Southern California

    Karwasky SC d Pellow 60 62

    Yvonne Gallop d. Tracey Thompson SC 62 75

    Leslie Murveit d. Colleen Ferrell  SC 60 64

    Doubles:

    Karwasky/Worley-HagenSC  d. Cooke/Lackey (NC) 57 60 62

    Davis/Heston, SC d. Gallop/Lowry 63 64

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    USTA Team Events Stats and Standings – Flight, Round and Match Level (11/11/2015 4:26:12 PM (Eastern Time))

    Flight: Women’s 55 Round: 3 Match: 55 Southern vs 55 Texas

    Women’s 55 Singles
    Barker, Diane  vs Vick, Kathy 6-2; 6-1
    Bartlett, Sue vs Lang, Teal 6-2; 6-1
    King, Lee vs Cajas, Athena 6-0; 6-3

    Women’s 55 Doubles
    Kirkland-Cochran, Jan/McColskey, Wendy vsCajas, Athena/Johnson, Cynthia 6-0; 6-3
    Moseley, Janet/Smith, Sally vs Dawson, Susan/Lang, Teal

    The 65s results are below: Southern had a 2/1 leadover SoCal but SoCal won both doubles to advance to the final, just as they did in the 55s. SoCal players are really good in doubles apparently!

    USTA Team Events Stats and Standings – Flight, Round and Match Level (11/11/2015 4:54:25 PM (Eastern Time))

    Flight: Women’s 65 Round: 3 Match: 65 Florida vs 65 New England

    #1 singles: Kerry Young FL d Vicky McEvoy NE 61 75 (5)

    #2 singles: Carol Clay, FL d. Molly Hahn NE 63 64

    #3 singles: Betty Wachob, FL d. Lee Delfausse NE 60 62

    Doubles results weren’t yet recorded, but were to be:

    #1 Wachob/Young vs Hahn/McEvoy

    #2: Clay/Jovette Levine vs Susan Kimball/Pam Simons

     

    Flight: Women’s 65 Round: 3 Match: 65 Southern California vs 65 Southern

    Division
    65 Southern California vs 65 Southern
    #1: Brenda Carter, Southern d. Carol Gay SC 63 63

    #2: Toni Novack Southern d. Cathie Anderson 57 63 61 (those drop shots!)
    #3: Crys Ren SoCal d. Susie Peiffer 61 46 63

    To be played:

    #1Bennett, Kathleen/Bryson, Liane SC vs Babb, Cynthia/Carter, Brenda  won by SoCal

    #2: Judy Louie/Ann Stanley SC vs Sharon Green/Ann Hunt Southern won by SoCal

    Women’s 75 Update:

    Wednesday:  Florida beat Middle States; Eastern beat Mid Atlanti ; NorCal is up 2/0 after singles over Midwest; New England beat Southern 3/1

    Tuesday though SoCal beat Midwest; Texas beat Florida 3/1 (with all 3 wins going to three sets) to advance to the semis; Mid Atlantic and NOrCal were tied at 2/2 so I’m not sure who advanced. Carol Wood though had a great singles win over Patti Boyer considering she hasn’t played much singles since knee replacement surgery last December (those drop shots!). Southern beat Middle States

     

    Women’s 80s:

    Tuesday:

    SoCal beat Florida 2/1

    The website is slow! More tomorrow.


  • Intersectionals 2014, San Antonio, Southern Wins 55, New England Wins 65 (Corrected); SoCal Wins 75; Texas Takes 80s; Rain Wipes out Finals in 35s & 45s

    Here’s the link to the results from Intersectionals:

    Please note the correction below: New England,  NOT SoCal won the 65s.

    I wasn’t at Intersectionals but  judging by the number of layers the players were wearing and the fact that the women didn’t get to play at all on Saturday, the weather was a big factor this year at this event.

    Women’s 80s: Home team Texas prevailed over Florida in the final. New England beat Southwest for the bronze. It was nice to see that Mary John Lynch (TX) was able to play (and play well) in this event after a freak injury kept her off the court in Turkey recently.

    Women’s 75s: SoCal (the super duper team of Dori deVries, Roz King and Lyn Little) won over Florida in the final; Southern d. Eastern convincingly for the bronze.

    Women’s 65: SoCal beat Southern in the final. Texas handled NorCal to win the bronze. Correction: New England d. Nor Cal for gold; Southern Cal d. Southern for bronze. Texas was not in the final four!

    Women’s 55: Southern edged SoCal 3/2. Colleen Ferrell upset Wendy McColskey  (76 in the third) to force the doubles into play and Diane Barker/Sue Bartlett edged Tina Karwasky/Tracey Worley 75 in the third to clinch the tie.

    Women’s 45s: the final was SoCal vs MidAtlantic (which upset Texas 3/2 in the semis); Southern vs Texas was the 3/4 playoff. There was all day rain Saturday and the semis were played using 8 game pro sets but the finals still could not be played. One notable result: Judy Newman beat Fran Chandler in three sets (and won her doubles point) in a losing effort vs Southern first round.

    Women’s 35s: There were 6 teams and they were divided into two groups of three, each of which played a RR. Southern was to play Texas  for first; Intermountain was to play Eastern for third and SoCal was to play Midwest for fifth.

    The groups were: Texas, Intermountain, SoCal and Southern, Eastern and Midwest.

    One notable result: Dina McBride beat Patricia Zerdan (TX) 97 in singles.


  • Southern 35s, SoCal 45s Win Titles in Boca Raton

    Southern faced off against Texas in the 35s final yesterday. The weather was nice, not too warm or windy. Sophie Woorons-Johnston beat Patricia Zerdan 62 61 in a match that onlookers said was of very high quality and closer than the score. Julie Cass, Texas beat Autumn Sisk at #2 and Southern’s Marissa Chapin took the #3 singles over Meredith Walton. So Texas had to sweep the doubles to win and Southern had to win just one doubles. Southern put in a very strong team at #1, Woorons-Johnston and Jan Deener and beat Cass/Walton in straight sets to win the 35s title. Southern won at #2 doubles too, with Paula Juels-Jones and Sisk winning in a match tiebreak over Laura Hudson/Zerdan.

    Florida beat SoCal 3/2 to win the bronze medals behind the strong singles play of Sirianni, Cristina, Hana Guy and Paula Myslivecek, who gained strength as the matches went on (losing only a combined total of 1 game in the final sets of each match). SoCal swept the doubles.

    Although SoCal won 5/0 over Southern in the final of the 45s, the singles matches were hard fought. Fran Chandler, Southern played Gretchen Magers and that match was a nail biter to the end. Magers won the first set; Fran rallied to take the second set tiebreak 73 and was poised to win the match (and by that time she had to win it for Southern to have a chance; Jennifer Dawson beat Sue Webb 1,2 and Debbie Nasim beat Jolene Watanabe 46 62 62), leading 53 and serving but perhaps thought too much, missed a couple of shots to make it 54; at that point Gretchen changed her game slightly, to finish more points at the net and won the next three games; Fran fought hard but the difference was Gretchen raising her game at the end. Southern Cal also swept the doubles.

    In the 3/4 playoff, Florida played Mid Atlantic. Kirsten Elim and Julie Ogorne swept past Daniela Esswein and Tracy Viebrock respectively. However, Vesna McKenna and Alicia Wise more than made up for the briefness of the other singles matches. Vesna played brilliantly to absorb Wise’s power, winning 75 67 76. Wise cramped in the third set tiebreak and Vesna, a paramedic among other talents, got out her stick and massaged Wise’s leg, disregarding the “no treatment of cramps rule” to help her opponent. Wise then got a wrap and limped back to the court, not wanting to give up so near the end. Vesna won the next four points and the match with steady, smart play. So it was on to the doubles. Jenny Klitch, who had injured her leg the day before, stepped up for the doubles and Vesna and Jenny beat Mary Davis and Andrea Rice, but Mary Dailey/Tracy Viebrock fell to Ogborne/Elim and MATA won the bronze.

    The other flights didn’t finish due to the all day rain the day before in Boca Raton. Eastern and Intermountain tied for fifth.

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  • 35s: Texas vs Southern For the Title; 45s: SoCal vs Southern For the Trophy

    The story of the day was RAIN! It rained all day in Boca Raton. The eight teams playing in the semis of the 35s and 45s were on hold till noon at which time it rained again. I had just driven back up from Fort Lauderdale and knew it was dry at the club there. I mentioned this to the tournament referee and when it started raining again, Carol Clay was on the phone successfully getting courts for the matches. It rained all the way down till about 5 miles north of Ft. Lauderdale and it stopped!

    We got to the Lauderdale Tennis Club (where I have my condo) and the courts were dry and in great shape. I was playing #1 singles for the 35s against Texas…ie I was playing Patricia Zerdan, who was a finalist at the worlds this year in the 35s. We were playing no ad and 10 point tiebreak in lieu of third set for the scoring format. I lost 62 62. At #2, Q Lee lost 64 62 to Julie Cass and at #3, Deb Higa lost 62 76 (2). So SoCal lost to Texas. In the doubles both matches went to match tiebreaks an SoCal lost both matches.

    Southern edged Florida in the other semi 3/2.

    In the 45s, Southern beat Florida 41; the sole Florida win was Jenny Klitch beating Jolene Watanabe.
    Southern Cal beat Mid Atlantic 50 in the other semi.

    Results: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=135561

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  • Southern Sweeps Singles to Win 55 Intersectionals; SoCal 35s Upset Top Seeded Intermountain

    Southern beat Southern California (9 states vs 1/2 state…) 3/2, behind strong singles play by 55s World Champion Diane Barker, Sue Bartlett and Wendy McColskey. Diane beat 60s world champion Tina Karwasky 61 63 and Wendy beat Tracey Thompson 63 63 and as usual my match lasted much longer (4 hours…and it was HOT, high 80s and humid). Sue played an excellent match and won 46 75 64, overcoming cramps in the second and mixing up drop shots, crisp volleys and deep groundstrokes.

    Florida swept NorCal in singles, with Kerry Young beating Leslie Murveit 62 61; Mary Ginnard beat Andrea Barnes in straight sets and Tracy VIebrock going three long sets to beat Kathy Barnes.

    In the 65s, Southern and Florida were battling it out for the gold when I left after Florida won two singles; Florida was in a third set at #1 doubles and Southern was in control at #2. (Florida won 3/2 behind a 3 set doubles win at #1 doubles and singles wins at #2 and #3 singles.

    SoCal was up 2/1 over New England when we left. Carol Gay upset Molly Hahn 64 64 at #1 singles. (SoCal beat NE and placed third)

    The dinner is tonight and I’ll have more updates later.

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  • Semifinals are Set in 55s, 65s at Intersectionals

    The USTA Women’s Intersectional Team Championships are being held this week in Boca Raton, Florida at the Boca Raton Swim and Racquet Center.

    Play began Monday in the 55s and 65s and Tuesday for the 75s and 80s.

    I am playing for SoCal. Our team is seeded second to Southern. My teamates are Tina Karwasky, Tracey Thompson, Robin Harris, Captain Kandy Chain, Una Davis and Jackie Heston. We played Midwest (Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio players) yesterday and won 5/0. The format is 3 singles and two doubles. The same players can play singles and doubles the same day. Since we have seven players, the singles players didn’t play doubles on Monday. I won my singles against Donna Drosner at #2 singles 61 62. It was super windy, but the good news was that the wind covered up the noise from the traffic!

    Other results in the 55s from Monday: Southern d. Pacific NW 5/0; Northern Cal had a come from behind win against Mid Atlantic (they lost two of the three singles but won both doubles in close matches); New England beat Middle States 5/0; Eastern edged Texas 3-2. The third seed, Florida, didn’t play on Monday; NorCal is the 4th seed.

    Tuesday, today, was an extremely windy day with gusts in the upper 20s all day and in the afternoon there were numerous rain showers. We had the day off so practiced in Fort Lauderdale for a few hours in the morning. Then everyone except Tina and I went to the everglades on an airboat ride and saw an alligator show. I chilled out and ran into Tina actually in the tennis shop where I was waiting for my racquet to be strung! Anyway, in other action, NorCal beat New England 4/1. They were up 2/1 after the singles, but both doubles came down to the wire, the third set. Leslie Murveit, the NorCal captain, reported that she and Kathy Barnes were down 51 in the third and held off three match points in rallying to win the set and match 75! MidAtlantic edged Middle States 3/2 and Florida beat Eastern 5/0.

    Tomorrow SoCal faces a dangerous Florida team while Southern takes on a tired but well warmed up NorCal team.

    In the 65s, the seeds are Southern, Florida (not sure who is #1 or #2), New England (3) and SoCal (4). The first day NorCal beat Southwest 3/1; New England beat Eastern 4/1; PNW beat Middle States 4/1; Mid Atlantic blanked Midwest 5/0 and Texas beat MoValley 4/1.

    Today Florida and Southern both won 5/0, beating NorCal and Texas respectively. New England beat Pac NW 4/1. In consolation matches, Eastern won all three singles against Middle States and Midwest beat MoValley 5/0. SoCal edged Mid Atlantic. SoCal was down 2/1 after singles but won both doubles in three sets. Anne Russ and Dee Williams Horne were down 41 in the third, rallied to go up 5-4 and it rained. After the delay they won the next game to send SoCal into the semis against Southern. Florida will take on New England in the other semi.

    In the 75s the seeds were SoCal, Texas, Florida and Midwest. Florida had a bye. It wasn’t a good day for seeds; Texas fell 2/1 to New England, losing in the third set of the doubles; Mid Atlantic won both singles in upsetting Midwest (Carol Wood took out Lyn Tietz); but SoCal restored order with a convincing 3/0 win over Eastern. Middle Stated beat Pac NW 2/1 and Southern won both singles in defeating NorCal.

    In the 80s Texas, New England, Pac NW and Florida all won over Southern, Midwest, Middle States and MoValley respectively. the format is 1 singles and 2 doubles in this division. Florida won 3/0; the other matches were all 2/1 wins.

    Tomorrow it’s Texas vs Middle States; New England vs MoValley, PNW vs Southern and FL vs Midwest.

    For results, click here: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=135561

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  • SoCal 55s Repeat Title Run

    The Southern California Women’s 55 (and over) Intersectional Team successfully defended its title in Florida on extremely slow (wet) clay November 17th. SoCal, the top seed, faced the home team and second seed, Florida, in the final. Robin Harris, San Dieog, was the MVP of the final, rallying from 1-4 in the third to beat Mary Ginnard and combining with captain Carolyn Nichols, Rancho Santa Fe, to clinch the deciding doubles match over Ginnard/Cindy LePrevost. Harris’ match was three hours, 20 minutes, the longest she’d ever played and it was really hot and very humid. Chris Ramsower-Pearlstein, Rancho Mirage, scored an amazing comeback to beat Tracy Viebrock, rallying in the first set from 2-5 down to win it in a tiebreak and rallying from 1-5 down to win the final set 7-6 and put the SoCal team up 2-1. (Her match lasted just shy of four hours.) Kathy Bennett, Irvine and Jackie Heston, Garden Grove finished the tie off with a three set win over Lil Peltz-Petow and Betsy Savitt. Ruth Young, El Cajon and Mary Firek, Redlands, helped coach the players and root them to victory. It was a team effort all the way. Bennett and Heston commented that they were exhausted after rooting and coaching the singles matches, but they played great in the doubles nonetheless.

    The SoCal team also beat New England, 4-1 and Mid-Atlantic, 5-0 to reach the final. Northern California finished third in this competition.

    This team event pits teams from the 17 USTA sections in a compass draw format played over four days. Each tie consists of 3 singles matches followed by two doubles matches. The same players can play singles and doubles on the same day. The various divisions are separated by age. Women compete in the 35, 45, 55, 65, 75 and 80 and over divisions (the 75 and 80s play 2 singles and 1 doubles only). This is the largest women’s age division event held in the USA with over 300 participants annually.

    Many thanks from the players to the referee, Larry Eichenbaum, the USTA National Staff (Theresa Bowen) and the organizing committee in Boca Raton, and to the SoCal and San Diego Tennis Associations for their support of this event.

    SoCal 55s Firek, Harris, Ramsower-Pearlstein, Nichols, Heston, Bennett, Young


  • SoCal 45s Win Title at USTA National Women’s Intersectional Team Championships for First Time!

    The SoCal 45s team, captained by Tracy Hagen and led by Gretchen Magers and Jennifer Lyons, won the first ever 45s title for SoCal November 20th in Boca Raton, Florida. Jarilyn Joseph, Carolyn Nichols and Colleen Ferrell rounded out the SoCal 45s team.

    SoCal was seeded second behind Southern, which had an all-star lineup. Elizabeth Brinson, Fran Chandler, Diane Barker, Mariana Hollman, Sue Webb and Rene Tharpe were a tough and deep team. Florida and Texas rounded out the seeds.

    SoCal beat Northern section (Minnesota area) in the first round behind the singles play of Magers, Lyons and Ferrell, who between them lost only 1 game in singles. SoCal won 5/0.

    In the semis, SoCal faced a tough Texas team, the defending champions. All three singles matches went three sets, with Gretchen and Jennifer pulling out three-setters over Shelly Works and Kathy Vick respectively. Nichols lost a 3.5 hour match at #3 to Vicky Buholz. Gretchen and Jennifer beat Vick/Buholz in straight sets to clinch the win. Heidi Gerger/Works won at #2 doubles over Hagen/Joseph.

    The final pitted Southern, a 3/2 winner over Florida against SoCal. The match of the tournament may have been Gretchen’s win over Brinson in three tough, physical sets. Lyons beat Barker and Nichols lost to Hollman. Jennifer and Gretchen clinched the win with a straight set win over Hollman/Webb. Jennifer was everywhere on the court, and Gretchen was deadly with her overhead and volleys…and serve. Southern won the #2 doubles to make the final score 3/2 in favor of SoCal. The conditions were tough…very windy and lots of shadows, but you would hardly have known it was windy by watching Gretchen and Elizabeth play…great tennis from start to finish.

    The team voted Jennifer and Gretchen co-MVPs..as Hagen commented, Southern may have had the depth, but SoCal had Jennifer and Gretchen!

    Florida placed third with a 3/2 win over Texas. Julie Farina/Susan Boyer clinched the win over Shelly Works/Heidi Gerger. Works had a loooong match at #1 singles…beat Rita Gladstone in three sets. Gladstone noted that you knew it was a long match when you started at 8am and it was the beginning of the third set and the announcement was made that lunch was ready for the players!

    The SoCal 35s won too, 4-0. Debbie Spence Nasim had a 4 hour plus match, winning 76 in the third to clinch the win. Jennifer Dawson and Amy Alcini also won singles matches and Tracy Currie/Alcini won the sole doubles match played (some players had planes to catch.)

    Florida took the bronze with a win over Intermountain.

    Thanks everyone for a terrific week in Boca Raton.

     

      Carolyn Nichols, Pam Cooke    Nichols, Lyons, MAgers, Hagen, Joseph, Ferrel: SoCal 45 ChampionsSouthern 45s finalists  Florida 35s, 3rd

     

    SoCal 35s, Champions: Currie, Dawson, Captain Melinda, Alcini, Nasim, MacgregorSouthern 35 FinalistsFlorida 45s Clinched Third over TexasAmy Alcini, SoCal 35s


  • SoCal & Southern Face Off in 35 & 45 Finals

    Southern 45s beat Florida today 4/1, with Southern’s only loss at #2 singles. SoCal beat defending champions Texas 3/2, with Gretchen Magers and Jennifer Lyons both scoring 3 set wins in singles followed by a straight set doubles win.

    In the 35s, SoCal beat Intermountain and Southern and Florida finished rain-delayed doubles matches from yesterday, with Southern needing both points to win (which they did).

    Yesterday, Florida won the 80s title and Southern win the 75s over Florida 2/1.


  • SoCal 45s Into the Semis vs Texas

    So Cal 45s are into the semis against defending champions Texas. The trio of Gretchen Magers, Jennifer Lyons and Colleen Ferrell dropped only one game in singles against Northern. The 45s team had to look up what states Northern encompassed (mostly Minnesota, but also parts of Wisconsin, etc.). Ferrell-Lyons and Tracy Worley-Hagen/JJ Joseph won the doubles points to complete the 5/0 win. The match was delayed by rain till almost 2pm, but the SoCal players finished just before dark.

    The SoCal 35s didn’t play today, they played yesterday and had a bye today. The other side of the draw though pitted Southern and Florida, the #3 and #2 seeds in the semis and they were having terrific matches. I left before the conclusion, so don’t know who won. All I know is that captain Trish Riddell was not playing singles despite being the 2011 grass court champion in this division…that’s how strong Florida is. Yesterday SoCal beat defending champions Texas in the first round.

    Play starts at 8am tomorrow for #1 and #2 singles with #3 singles to follow as courts open up.


  • SoCal 55, Florida 65 Win in Florida

    The SoCal 55s successfully defended their title in Florida on clay today, beating Florida at home behind the strong play of Robin Harris and Chris Ramsower-Pearlstein, both of whom put their games into overdrive when their backs were to the wall today. Harris played Mary Ginnard. Ginnard fought back from a break down in the 2nd set to force a third set and went up 4-1 in the third. Harris saved her best tennis for that part of the match, winning the final 5 games to take the match. Chris played Tracy Viebrock and staged not one, but two comebacks, first from 25 down in the first and then from 15 down in the third, running her opponent till she had no more gas in the tank. It was HOT today…I know it’s November, but it was in the mid to upper 80s and extremely muggy, really humid. I lost to Kerry Young who managed to hit every line multiple times (that’s what they are there for according to Agassi) and she played very well. After the singles SoCal needed only one doubles win and Robin and I got it, winning 63 63 against Ginnard/Cindy Leprevost. Icing on the cake was the win by Kathy Bennett/Jackie Heston over Lil Peltz-Petow/Betsy Savitt. Mary Firek and Ruth Young were great teammates and coaches throughout the week and particularly busy today!

    NorCal beat Mid Atlantic to place third.

    In the 65s, Florida edged Southern 3/2 to win and SoCal placed third. According to captain Carol Clay, Lynn Thompson and Betty Wachob were the stars, with each winning their singles and combining to win their doubles 64 in the third.

    The SoCal 35s won today; the seeds in the 45s start play tomorrow.

    I don’t have anything to do with posting the results on the USTA website, that’s the job of the referee, Larry Eichenbaum and staff.

    Gala dinner was tonight at the Embassy Suites hotel and was excellent.

     

    Florida 65s SoCal 55s-1