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Caribbean men, New England women win 3.5 adult national titles

October 16, 2011 04:33 PM
The 3.5 men's champion team from the Caribbean Section.
The women's winners from New England.
By Matt Birch, special to USTA.com

TUCSON, Ariz.
-- The USTA Caribbean Section 3.5 Men and the USTA New England Section 3.5 Women captured national championships at the 2011 USTA Adult League National Championships, held Oct. 14-16, at the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center.

The New England women from Concord, Mass., defeated a group representing the Southern California Section from Manhattan Beach by a score of 3-2 in a contest that came down to a third-set tiebreaker on the final doubles court. Earlier in the day, they defeated a team from the Mid-Atlantic Section in the semifinal round.

The New England team is captained by Karen Madden and features Natalie Cook, Kate Merrill Dunham, Kathleen Erickson, Gretchen Findlay, Libby Johnson, Karen Lacamera, Jen Pascucci, Michelle Stewart and Michele Vroman and plays at the Thoreau Tennis Club.

On the men’s side, the Caribbean team from San Juan, P.R., defeated the group representing the Northern California Section from Union City by a 3-2 score in the final. In the semifinals, the Caribbean men defeated a team from the Texas Section.

The Caribbean team is captained by Alejandro Rosario and features Henry Carrion, Carlos Hernandez, Jose Caragenaaponte, Axel Carrillo, Hector Gonzalez, Rafael Martinez, Jose Obando, Raymundo Roman, Miguel Sanchez and Alexis Santiago and plays at the Caparra Country Club.

Third place for the men went to the Texas Section, which defeated a team from the Pacific Northwest Section in the consolation match.

The Hawaii Section women picked up third place with a victory over the Mid-Atlantic Section team.

This year’s USTA League 3.5 Adult National Championship has drawn the top 34 teams (17 men’s and 17 women’s) from throughout the nation.

USTA League is celebrating its 31st anniversary this year. Established in 1980, it has grown from 13,000 participants in a few parts of the country in its first year to over 779,000 players across the nation today, making it the world’s largest recreational tennis program.

The 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 19 years of age or older. It features Adult and Mixed Doubles divisions, as well as a Senior Division (age 50) and a Super Senior Division (age 60).

Head Penn Racquet Sports is in its 24th year as official ball of USTA League.
 

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