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Jacksonville Women Win USTA League 18 & Over 3.5 National Championships

October 28, 2013 03:18 PM
mediawall-jax-18-over-national-champsRepresenting the USTA Florida Section and playing their local league season out of San Jose Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla., the Jacksonville Women's 18 & Over 3.5 team captured the national championship over the weekend at the 2013 USTA League Adult 18 & Over 3.5 National Championships, held Oct. 25-27 at the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz.

In the final the Jacksonville women overwhelmed the USTA Mid-Atlantic (Rockville, Md.) team 4-1. The Jacksonville women were equally dominant in their semifinal match earlier in the day, defeating USTA Southern 4-1. They advanced to the semifinals by winning their round-robin flight contested Friday and Saturday.

"Incredible, this is incredible," said Jacksonville captain Claudia Eikner. "Amazing women are on this team. Hard work does really pay off."

The top four teams in order of finish were USTA Florida, USTA Mid-Atlantic, USTA Middle-States, USTA Southern.

The Jacksonville team had narrowly advanced to the national championships from the USTA Florida League Sectional, where in the final they defeated South Miami-Dade (Coral Reef Tennis Center, Miami) by the score of 3-2. Two of the five matches featured super-tiebreak third sets.

In addition to Eikner, the regular-season roster featured Amy Cochran, Janice Walsh, Nancy Hanna, Andrea Frick, Deonne Josserand, Catherine Tiedeberg, Jennifer Greer, Rosemary Jackson, Carolina Rechy, Katharine Healey, Cindy Berzsenyi, Denise Press, Mary Thompson, Cynthia Hack, Raquel Clark, and Kelly Cusick.

All 17 USTA sections were represented among the 34 teams that competed over the weekend, a cross-section of some of the finest recreational tennis players from all over the United States and Puerto Rico. 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 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. 

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.

For more information go to www.usta.com.






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