Sunday, November 9, 2014

2014 USTA League Nationals for 18+, 40+, and 55+ are complete - The "best" sections determined, congratulations Pacific Northwest, Southern Cal, Florida, and Texas

This weekend was the final set of USTA League Nationals in the 40 & over and 55 & over divisions and they are now complete.  See this full summary of all the 2014 champions for reference.

The 55 & over division held their 7.0 and 9.0 levels and Southern Cal and Southern won the women's and men's 7.0 respectively while Southern and Northern Cal won the women's and men's 9.0.

The 40 & over finished up with the 4.0 level and the women's title went to Mid-Atlantic beating out the Pacific Northwest.  See this update for some of the details from the flights.

I wrote quite a bit about the men's 4.0 level and in the final, Hawaii continued their run beating Texas 3-2, each of the 3 court wins in a match tie-break.  I have not heard any details yet, but I imagine that was some kind of exciting finish.

So which was the "best" section?  There are probably lots of definitions of best, but I looked at National titles won and a points system that awards 4, 3, 2, and 1 points system for finishing 1st thru 4th.

The 18 & over division already finished and was led by Pacific Northwest and Southern Cal with 3 titles, but PNW had more points with 20 to lead the way and gets the honor.

The race for the best section in the 40 & over division was tight as ever with 4 teams finishing with 10 points, but with 2 titles, Southern California gets the nod over Hawaii, Pacific Northwest, and Southern.

Florida won the most 55 & over division titles with 3 and Southern matched their point total of 14 and Texas was just 1 point back.

If you add it all up though, a section that wasn't the best any individual division tallied the most points at 40 and that was Texas.

Congratulations to all who made it to Nationals, that alone is a great accomplishment.  It is now time to look forward to 2015 and with leagues already started and/or forming there isn't any rest.