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Altamonte Springs Tennis Women 2nd at USTA League National Chps.

October 26, 2009 07:00 PM
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Oct. 25, 2009 -- The women's team from Altamonte Springs, Fla., representing USTA Florida, finished second at the USTA League 4.5 Senior National Championships held at the Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz., from Oct. 23 to Oct. 25, 2009.
The Altamonte Springs team lost to a team from Arlington Heights, Ill., 2-1 in the Championship match. Earlier in the day, the Altamonte team defeated a team from Irvine, Calif., 2-1 in the semifinals. They advanced this far by winning their round-robin flight contested Friday and Saturday.

The team is captained by Debbie McMillan and features Nancy Westrate, Ligia Bottinelli, Debbie Toomey, Susan Till and Paula Madsen and plays at Sanlado Park.

The top four teams in order of finish were: USTA Midwest (Arlington Heights, Ill.), USTA Florida (Altamonte Springs), USTA Southern California (Irvine) and USTA Southwest (Tucson, Ariz.).

This year's USTA League 4.5 Senior National Championship drew the top 31 teams (16 men's and 15 women's) from throughout the nation.

Established in 1980, the USTA League program has grown from 13,000 participants in a few parts of the country in its first year, to over 711,000 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).

Head Penn Racquet Sports is in its 22nd year as official ball of USTA League. 

For more information about USTA League or the USTA as a whole, visit www.usta.com.





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