By Nicholas J. Walz, USTA.com
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The 2012 USTA League National Championship season is rapidly coming to close, with four new title-winning teams crowned this past weekend at the Super Seniors 6.0 & 8.0 level events at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex.
Fifty-two teams spanning 17 USTA sections and four divisions – 6.0 and 8.0 women’s and 6.0 and 8.0 men’s – vied for a shot at the coveted USTA League crystal ball trophies and coast-to-coast bragging rights during the three-day competition. The winners were: USTA Florida (6.0 men’s, Daytona, Fla.), USTA Middle States (6.0 women’s, York, Pa.), USTA Pacific Northwest (8.0 men’s, Portland, Ore.) and USTA Southern California (8.0 women’s, Orange County, Calif.).
"We’re euphoric," said 6.0 Middle States women’s team member Ermie Conner of her squad’s win. The 82-year-old ace from York was participating in her fourth Super Seniors event and is now a first-time champion, going undefeated this year in match play.
The start of 2013 National Championship season in the fall will be the first large-scale showcase for the revised structure and format of USTA League play. The change offers USTA League play in three age categories and four league types (Adult 18 & Over, Adult 40 & Over and Adult 55 & Over as well as Mixed 18 & Over) to better align participants with players their own age and to provide the best possible experience for players, captains, coordinators and providers.
The 2012 USTA League season comes to a close with the 7.0 and 9.0 Super Senior Nationals beginning on April 26 in Surprise.
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