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Pacific Northwest men, Eastern women win big at 2.5 League Nationals

October 19, 2014 08:21 PM
The Pacific Northwest team from Bellevue, Wash., won the men's crown.
The Eastern team from Chappaqua, N.Y., claimed the women's crown.

By J. Fred Sidhu, special to

The Pacific Northwest Section men’s team from Bellevue, Wash., capped off a dream week by winning the national title at the USTA League Adult 18 & Over 2.5 National Championships held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif.

The Bellevue team narrowly defeated a Northern California Section team from Roseville, Calif., 2-1, in the championship match. Bellevue had previously booked its place in the final by prevailing in a semifinal match earlier in the day, winning 3-0 over a Florida Section team from Ocala, Fla.

The Bellevue boys, which play at the Robinsville Tennis Center, finished their season with a sparkling 19-0 record.

“It’s been an amazing undefeated season for us. We’re very excited,” said team captain Philipp Schmid. “We came together as a team during the season. We had a great coach (Jason Chapman) who taught us the fundamentals and how to play doubles, poaching and how to manage the game. That was the key for us."

The Eastern Section men’s team from Westfield, N.J., finished in third place, defeating Ocala, 3-0.

In the women’s final, the Eastern Section team from Chappaqua, N.Y. won the national title by edging the Southern California Section team from Diablo, Calif., 2-1, in the championship match.

The Eastern team, which plays at Birchwood Swim & Tennis, was led by singles player Jackie Leopold, who put on an impressive performance over the weekend as she captured all five of her singles matches during the National Championship in straight sets.

“It’s awesome. Our team had a great time. We really enjoyed ourselves. Everyone played their best,” said team captain Kelly Slomsky. “We just had a blast.”

In the third-place match, the Pacific Northwest Section team from Seattle got past the Southern Section team from Covington, La., 2-1.