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Florida Edged by Norcal in USTA League 5.0 Nationals Final

October 1, 2012 11:12 AM
The USTA League 5.0 Nationals second-place men from Naples, left to right: James Harris (captain), Franco Mata, Jose Otavio Pastrello, Leland Kuk, Tyler Manring, Jerome Moenter, Tye Myers, Troy Rush
Representing USTA Florida at the 2012 USTA League 5.0 Nationals on Sept. 28-30 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif., the Naples 5.0 men's team ran all the way to the final before being edged 2-1 by the team representing the USTA Northern California Section.

In the tightly-contested final Tye Myers and Jerome Moenter won for Florida at the No. 2 doubles position, but Northern California won both the No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles positions in third-set tiebreaks. At No. 1 singles, NorCal's Kevin Vieira defeated Florida's Franco Mata 3-6, 6-4, 1-0, and at No. 1 doubles the NorCal pair of Eric Roberson/Todd Stanley defeated Florida's Jose Otavio Pastrello/Tyler Manring 7-6, 5-7, 1-0.

Florida finished with a 3-1 record in round robin play to advance to the semifinals, where they swept the USTA Southern Section team 3-0 to gain the final.

The Naples squad making the trip to Indian Wells also included captain James Harris, Leland Kuk and Troy Rush. The Naples men play out of the Arthur Allen Tennis Center at Cambier Park.

The top four teams in order of finish were Northern California, Florida, Southwest and Southern.

This year's USTA League 5.0 Adult National Championship drew the top 27 teams, 15 men's and 12 women's, from throughout the nation.

This year marks the 32nd anniversary of USTA League. Since its inception in 1980, it has grown from 13,000 participants in its first year, to more than 835,000 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 18 years of age or older, and 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).

For the 2013 National Championship season, USTA League is changing its structure and format. The change will allow USTA League participants among three age categories (Adult and Mixed 18 & Over, Adult 40 & Over, and Adult 55 & Over) to better align participants with players their own age. The restructuring guarantees more frequency of play opportunities at more appropriate age divisions.

For more info on USTA League play in Florida go to www.florida.usta.com/usta_adult_senior_leagues/home.






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