Florida USTA League teams from Jacksonville, Weston and Valrico placed in the Top 4 as the 40 & Over and 55 & Over USTA League National Championships were completed over the weekend in Orlando, Fla., and Arlington, Texas.
At the Arlington Tennis Center in Texas the 40 & Over 3.5 women out of Broward County (Midtown Athletic Club, Weston) finished third at the USTA League 40 & Over National Championships, defeating USTA Texas (Georgetown) 3-2 in the 3rd/4th place playoff.
In the prior semifinals round the Weston women lost to eventual champion USTA Pacific Northwest (Mercer Island, Wash.) 4-1. They reached the semifinals by winning their flight in round robin play on Friday and Saturday.
The Weston women were captained by Taciana Kalili, with its season roster comprised of Tatiana Saez de Ibarra, Carolina Santos-Mayi, Elizabeth Smalley, Sara Contreras, Jeanne Mosakowski, Valeria Cisneros, Lizette Ibarra, Janilka Perez, Sally Hernadez, Yenny Herrera, Nathalie Schiaffino, Giselle Rosasco, and Carla Velasquez.
The 55 & Over 6.0 women out of Duval County (Southside Tennis Complex, Jacksonville) also lost to the eventual championships in their semifinals en route to finishing in 4th place at the USTA League 55 & Over National Championships at the USTA National Campus in Orlando.
They fell to eventual champions the USTA Caribbean Section (San Juan, Puerto Rico) 3-0 in the semifinals, and in the 3rd/4th playoff were edged by USTA Pacific Northwest (Tualatin, Ore.) 2-1. They reached the semifinals by winning their flight in round robin play on Friday and Saturday.
Sandy Wedge captained the Jacksonville women with its season roster comprised of Bonnie Laster, Floris Singletary, Irene Perazzo, Sandra Tobias, Valencia Oglesby, Anne Hoover, Shari Shuman, Jean Levis, Lindy Green, and Laura Yocum.
Also in Orlando and also falling to the eventual champions were the 55 & Over 8.0 men out of Hillsborough County (River Hills Country Club, Valrico) who finished fourth. They reached the semifinals by winning their flight in round robin play on Friday and Saturday, but then were stopped 3-0 by USTA Northern California (Sacremento), which went on to top USTA Hawaii (Honolulu) 2-1 in the final.
In the 3rd/4th place playoff the men from Valrico, located just outside of Tampa, lost 2-1 to USTA Texas (Houston).
The Valrico men were captained by Marvin Shienbaum, with the season roster comprised of Chip Broecker, Albert Alhadeff, Mark Wolfson, John Holland, David King, Randy Chapman, John Leep, Greg Goodson, Roger Bensinger, Sylvain Gauthier, John Green, Thor Moody, Robert DiCara, and Donald Bell.
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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