Started out the day by picking lemons, limes and grapefruit from our trees in our Indian Wells backyard to enjoy back home. A taste of sunny California in the snowy Northeast!
It's Finals Day at the Nationals and the Sparks are going to cheer on the only team that we lost to in our flight - Mid-Atlantic. They were a great bunch of girls, who played awesome tennis and we were so glad we had the opportunity to play with them.
The Finals came down to Mid-Atlantic vs. Pacific Northwest. It was a fabulous match with Mid-Atlantic taking all three matches for the National title. Their coach told us that not only did they have an undefeated season but they closed out all of their matches in just two sets their entire championship season. They only went to a third set tie-breaker once and that was when the Sparks team took a set from them at Nationals.
Ruth and I are proud to say that we took the only set they lost. Here is a picture of us with Kathleen and Barbara - 2011 National Women's Senior 3.0 Champions. Mid-Atlantic earned it and they certainly deserved it. Congrats girls!!
This brought the final standings of the Sparks to #6 in the Nation out of 16 teams that were chosen to compete in the Nationals. It is all about the "luck of the draw" at this level and we had a tough one. We are happy and we are proud that we did as well as we did. This was an experience of a lifetime that brought us together with a special bond for life. We have played together for two years and to go this far in that short time is a huge accomplishment. Gyata and Bodhi led us all the way with their undying commitment and dedication to helping us reach our goal. We thank you both and so appreciate all that you have given of yourselves.
And, without the support of all of our families and friends back home, we would not have been able to make it this far. We thank all of you for supporting us throughout the entire season and helping us to realize our dream of making it to Nationals. It will forever remain in all of our hearts as one of our life's greatest moments. WAY TO GO SPARKS!!!!!
Now for our "flight" back home - check back on the adventures of our journey.