Three USTA Florida League teams finished in 2nd and 3rd place during USTA League National Championships taking place at tennis facilities across the country Oct. 4-6 and Oct. 11-13, 2019.
The men’s 40 & Over 4.0 team from Orange-Seminole (Villagewalk at Lake Nona, Lake Nona), finished in 2nd during the contest held at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex in Surprise, Ariz.
The Lake Nona men lost to USTA Texas (Woodlands, Texas) 3-2 in the Championship match. Earlier in the day, the Lake Nona men defeated USTA Midwest (Northbrook, Ill.) 3-2 in the semifinals.
Their season roster was comprised of Fernando Colon (captain), Manuel Perez, Tom Stingley, Constantino Trimarchi, Pedro Estrada, Luis Mir, Patrick Dennic, Ralph Lennen, Ruben Sepulveda, Carlos Soto-Busigo, Julio Infante, Marvin Diaz, Gaurang Gandhi, Emir Valladares, Bob Dasilva, Nestor Alvarez, Hervin Alvarez, Harry Fauquier, Nicholas Anderson, and Ignacio Guida.
Also in Surprise, Ariz., the 18 & Over 3.5 women playing out of Escambia County (Shoreline Park, Gulf Breeze), lost to the eventual second-place USTA Eastern (Bergen, N.J.) 3-2 in the semifinals. In the 3rd-4th round playoffs they defeated USTA Caribbean (Caguas, P.R.) 3-2 to finish 3rd in the competition.
The team is captained by Heather Reese and features Kris Pritchard, Heather Doerr, Anne Elidemir, Cindy Ducote, Janie Clark, Wanda Chapman, Tonya Del Gallo, Jennifer Passeretti, Kathleen Galinis, Anna Del Gallo, Siobhan Jackman, Jennifer Jackson, Lisa Robertson, Sultana, Pohlman.
Playing out of Duval County (San Jose Country Club, Jacksonville), the 18 & Over 3.0 women contested their national championships at the OKC Tennis Center in Oklahoma City, Okla. The women fell short to eventual champion USTA Nor. Cal. (San Francisco, Calif.) 3-2 in the semifinals. They defeated USTA Eastern (Bergen, N.J.) in the 3rd-4th round playoffs to capture 3rd place.
Allison Wise captained the 18 & Over 3.0 women, with teammates Catherine Schaffer, Katie Farrar, Michelle Kalil, Catherian Decunto, Natasha Eliz, Kerry Phillips, Heather Riley, Vicki Suhrer, Emily Katsikas, Martha Jakab, Stephanie Willis, Catarina Soares, Amy Mitchell, Allyson Owens, Kristin Fernandez, Margaret Samuels, Nancy Hennessy, Kate Elliott, Paige Dilts, Phyllis Crabtree, Jessica Crews, Laurie Naugle, Erica Hayman, and Lindsay Eyrick.
The next USTA League National Championships will take place Oct. 18-20, 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.
For more information about USTA Leagues or the USTA, visit www.usta.com.
To find a league in Florida go to www.ustaflorida.com/leagues.