Southern women's 3.0 Adult team celebrating after their win.
© 2011 USTA League 3.0 Adult National Championships
Southern men celebrating their win.
© Andrew Ong
By Matt Birch, Special to USTA.com
TUCSON, Ariz. --- The Southern Section men and women both captured National Championships at the 2011 3.0 USTA Adult League National Championships, held Oct. 21-23, at the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center.
The Southern men from Pelham, Ala. defeated a group representing the New England Section from Newburyport, Mass, by a score of 3-2 in the championship round. Earlier in the day, they defeated a team from the Pacific Northwest Section in the semifinal round.
The men’s team is captained by Patrick Mills, and features Darryl Collins, Paul Comer, Patrick Dorough, Jason Hoffman, Lynn Lovelady, Andrew Walsh, Darrell Warren and Ming Xia and plays at the Pelham Racquet Club.
On the women’s side the ladies from Jackson, Miss. defeated the group representing the Florida Section from Orlando-Seminole County Fla., by a 3-2 score in the finals. In the semifinals, the Southern women defeated a team from the Mid-Atlantic Section.
The Southern team is captained by Carrie Starks and features Gala Loflin, Jean Tonnar-Seale, Landon McCoy, Audrey Thomas, Brett Thompson, Laura Carman, Erin Crowe, Laura Baldwin, Tish Crosby, and Silvia Chough and plays at The Club at Township.
Third place for the men went to the Northern California Section, which defeated a team from the Pacific Northwest Section in the consolation match.
The Mid-Atlantic Section women picked up third place with a victory over the Midwest Section team.
(the Southern women's 3.0 Adult Nationals team celebrating after Championship point)
This year’s USTA League 3.0 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.