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Ocala, Orlando Men Place at USTA League Tennis Nationals

October 16, 2012 08:30 AM
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The 3.0 men from Orlando
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The 3.5 senior men from Ocala
USTA Florida League teams reached the Sunday finals during play last weekend at USTA League National Championships in both California and Arizona.
 
The men's 3.0 tennis team from Orlando finished second at the 2012 USTA League 3.0 Adult National Championships held at the Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz.
 
 
The Orlando men lost to a team from Dorado, Puerto Rico 4-1 in the championship match. Earlier in the day, they defeated a team from Boise, Idaho, 3-2 in the semifinals. They advanced to the championship round on Sunday by winning their round-robin flight contested Friday and Saturday.
 
The team is co-captained by Jim Nguyen and Gino Fiestan, and includes Edgar Nieto, Edwin Ballelos, Alvin Estoesta, Carlo Monteclaro, Jeff Woodard, Victor San Agustin, Edward Naron, and Glenn Montenegro, and plays out of the Fort Gatlin Recreation Center in Orlando.
 
The top four men's USTA Section teams in order of finish were Caribbean, Florida, Northern California, and Intermountain. This year's USTA League 3.0 Adult National Championship drew the top 34 teams (17 men's and 17 women's) from throughout the nation.
 
The senior men's 3.5 team from Ocala finished third at the 2012 USTA League 3.5 Senior National Championships held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif.
 
The Ocala men defeated the Sun Lakes, Ariz., men representing the USTA Southwest Section in the 3rd/4th place playoff. In the semifinals they lost to the Northern California Section (Fresno, Calif.), who in the final lost to the USTA Northern Section (Fridley, Minn.).
 
Playing out of the Fort King Tennis Center in Ocala, the team was captained by Earl Schwartz, with a roster including Paul Franck, Larry Kiernan, Dwight Landmann, Efren Vasquez, Michael James, Steve Gilman, Brian McGee, Richard Velez Perrone, Frank Aiello, and Chris Okonkwo.
 
The top four men's USTA Section teams in order of finish were Northern, Northern California, Florida and Southwest.
 
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 over 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. 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).
 
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 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 divisions.
 
 
 

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