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3 Florida Teams Finish Final 4 at USTA League Nationals

November 1, 2010 11:11 AM
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The Pensacola senior 4.0 women
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The Ft. Lauderdale 3.5 men
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The Jacksonville 3.5 women
USTA Florida adult league tennis teams from Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville and Pensacola posted Top 4 finishes over the weekend at USTA League National Championships held in Tucson, Ariz., and Rancho Mirage, Calif.
 
The senior women’s 4.0 league team out of the Roger Scott Tennis Center in Pensacola finished third at the 2010 USTA League 4.0 National Championships, held Oct. 29-31, 2010, at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. In the 3rd/4th place playoff, the Pensacola women representing USTA Florida defeated USTA New England (playing out of the Natick Racquet Club in Natick, Mass.) 2-1.
 
In the main draw semifinals the Pensacola women lost to the eventual champion, USTA Mid-Atlantic, 2-1. In the final Mid-Atlantic (Bowie Sport Fit, Annapolis, Md.) defeated USTA Southern (Daffin Park, Savannah, Ga.) 2-1.
 
The senior women’s 4.0 squad from Pensacola was comprised of captain Linda McGee, Pamela Frank, Fran King, Beth Ptacek, Patricia Addison, Diana Senechal, and Sharon Higdon.
 
At the 2010 USTA League 3.5 Adult League Championships in Tucson, the Florida 3.5 men out of Ft. Lauderdale finished third, while the 3.5 women out of Jacksonville finished fourth. Both championships were contested at the Jim Reffkin Center in Tucson from Oct. 29-31, 2010.
 
The Ft. Lauderdale 3.5 men edged a team from Topeka, Kan. (USTA Missouri Valley) 3-2 in the 3rd/4th place playoff match. Earlier in the day the Ft. Lauderdale team was edged by a team from Falls Church, Va. (USTA Mid-Atlantic) 3-2 in the semifinals. 
 
The Ft. Lauderdale squad plays out of the Jimmy Evert Tennis Center, captained by Kelly Painter and featuring Kevin Hoffman, Darren Fernandez, Craig Neal, Gregory Hicks, Rick Stone, Eduardo Noriega, Jason Dalbo, and Jamey Bryant.
 
USTA Texas (Dallas) won the men’s 3.5 title, defeating USTA Mid-Atlantic (Falls Church, Va.) in the final.
 
The women’s 3.5 team from Jacksonville finished fourth, losing the 3rd/4th place playoff match to Puerto Rico 3-2. Earlier in the day the Jacksonville ladies had fallen 3-2 to a team from Little Rock, Ark. (USTA Southern), which went on to win the championship. 
 
The Jacksonville team was captained by Mary Dominguez and featured Darlene Day, Kim Duncan, Deborah Farwell, Michelle Reid, Polly Curole, Paulette Dupont, Kimberly Besser, and Audra Bancroft.
 
USTA Southern (Little Rock, Ark.) captured the women’s 3.5 title, defeating USTA Pacific Northwest (Bellevue, Wash.) in the final.
 
USTA League is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Since its inception in 1980, USTA League has grown from 13,000 participants in its first year, to over 750,000 players across the nation today, making it the world’s largest recreational tennis league.
 
USTA League was established to provide adult recreational tennis players throughout the country with the opportunity to compete against players of similar ability levels. Players participate on teams in a league format, which is administered by the USTA through its 17 Sections. The league groups players by using six National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) levels, ranging from 2.5 (entry) to 5.0 (advanced). USTA League is open to any USTA member 19 years of age or older. It features Adult and Mixed Doubles divisions, as well as a Senior Division (age 50 or older) and a Super Senior Division (age 60 or older).
 
 

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