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Fleming Island, Fla. Women 2nd at USTA League Nationals

October 14, 2013 11:04 AM
Jax-Fleming-40-Over-3-point-0_2nd_nationals1The women's 40 & Over 3.0 USTA League tennis team from Fleming Island, Fla., located outside of Jacksonville finished second at the USTA League Adult 40 & Over 3.0 Women's National Championships, held Oct. 4-6, 2013 at the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz.
 
The Florida team in the championship match lost to the USTA Caribbean team from San Juan, P.R. 3-2. Earlier in the day, the Florida team defeated the USTA Mid-Atlantic team from Leesburg, Va., 4-1 in the semifinals. They advanced to the semifinals by winning their round-robin flight contested Friday and Saturday.

The team, which plays out of the Pace Island Tennis Center, was captained by Ann Marie Dube and featured Allison Hastie, Timothe Romani, Cathy Patterson, Lynda Sheehan, Jody Cabrera, Carol Rynne, Julie Runnfeldt, Lori Aiosa, Kim Barelare and Sue Newman.

The top four teams in order of finish were: USTA Caribbean, USTA Florida, USTA Mid-Atlantic and USTA Midwest.

The Fleming Island women had narrowly qualified for the national championships, winning the USTA Florida 40 & Over 3.0 Women's Sectionals final 3-2, including two match tiebreak wins in a tight victory.

Established in 1980, USTA League has grown from 13,000 participants in a few parts of the country in its first year, to over 820,000 players across the nation today, making it the world's largest recreational tennis league. USTA 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 18 years of age or older. 

Beginning with the 2013 National Championship season, USTA League changed its structure and format. The change offers USTA League participants age categories (Adult 18 & Over, Adult 40 & Over and Adult 55 & Over and Mixed 18 & Over) to better align participants with players their own age. The restructuring guarantees more frequency of play opportunities at more appropriate age groups.

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