Two Florida USTA League teams were runners-up for national championship titles over the weekend at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex in Surprise, Ariz.

The women’s 55 & Over 6.0 team from Escambia County (Roger Scott Tennis Center, Pensacola) fell in the final to the team representing the USTA Pacific Northwest Section (Richland, Wash.) 2-1. During the semifinals earlier in the day, the Escambia team defeated a team representing USTA Mid Atlantic Section (Anne Arundel, Md.) 3-0.

The Pensacola team is comprised of Prebble Baker (captain), Deborah Reese, Carole Cantin, Tonya Chase, Ingrid Corbett, Jean Cochran, Helen McDaniel, Allison McCrory, Susan Bentley, and Carolyn Moore.

At the women’s 55 & Over 9.0 national championships, the Florida team from Hillsborough County (Hillsborough Community College Tennis Center, Tampa) was defeated 2-1 in the championship match by a team from the USTA Texas Section (Addison, TX). Earlier in the day, the Hillsborough women triumphed over the USTA Eastern Section (Westchester, NY) with a 2-1 win in the semifinals.

The team is captained by Chris Bartos and includes JoAnn Barbetta, Denise Agnew, Sharon Benson, Katie Healy, Jane Robinson, Mary Ann Porter, Faith Sincich and Donna Parimore.

The next USTA League National Championships will take place Nov. 15-17, 2019. 

Established in 1980, USTA League has grown from 13,000 players in a few parts of the country in its first year to more than 310,000 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. 

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