Two women’s tennis teams representing Florida took home national titles over the weekend at USTA League National Championship events held in Oklahoma City, Okla. and Orlando, Fla.
At the Oklahoma Tennis Center, the Adult 40 & Over 3.5 women’s team from Orange-Seminole (USTA National Campus, Lake Nona) defeated a team representing USTA SoCal (South El Monte, Calif.) 4-0 in the championship match to earn the title of national champions and take home the trophy.
The team is captained by Amanda Barritt and features Leslie Hartog, Leslie Weeks, Natalie Beavers, Katie Wu, Jillian Baptiste, Gaby Hansen, Cheryl Tolentino-Bernabe, Kathleen Sipio, Pamela Collins, Natalia Bonavia, Alisa Wolfe, Natasha Holland-Lobova, Fabricia Funes and Victoria Karen.
At the USTA National Campus in Orlando, the 55 & Over 7.0 women’s squad representing Orange-Seminole (Sanlando Park, Altamonte Springs) overcame USTA Midwest (Indianapolis, Ind.) 2-1 in the final to seize the national title.
The team is captained by Dorothy Harris and features Karen Crane, Cynthia Rawlins, Ria Voss, Nancy McLarnon, Terri Bahr, Judith Melendez, Terrie Uzel, Susan Uhrig and Paula Hall.
Established in 1980, USTA League has grown from 13,000 participants in a few parts of the country in its first year to more than 904,000 players across the nation today, making it the world’s largest recreational tennis league. 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.
For more information on USTA Florida Leagues go to www.USTAFlorida.com/leagues.