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Santa Clara crowned national champions at USTA League 8.0 Mixed Doubles National Championships

TUCSON, ARIZ., NOVEMBER 22 – The mixed doubles team from Santa Clara, Calif., representing USTA Northern California, captured the national title at the USTA League 8.0 Mixed Doubles National Championships held at the Randolph Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz. from Nov. 20-22.
The Santa Clara team defeated a team from Montville, N.J., 2-1 in the Championship match.  Earlier in the day, the Santa Clara team defeated a team from Wichita, Kan. 2-1 in the semifinals.  They advanced this far by winning their round-robin flight contested Friday and Saturday.

The team is captained by William Kha and features Krissi M. Justice, Bruce McTigue, Don A. Scettrini, Teresa Low, Beth Calvo, Mike Calvo, Dhiraj Mutreja, Kitty Yuen, Jennifer Jung, Elaine Narciso, Michael J. Narciso, Sophia A. Fujioka, Ikuyo Yamada, Yoshifumi Manabe, Eric Tsai, Anil Sippy, Michele E. Maresca, Melanie Beckwith, Rudy Salamida, and Shari Kakiuchi and plays out of Santa Clara Golf and Tennis Club in Santa Clara, Calif.

The top four teams in order of finish are: Northern California, Eastern, Intermountain and Missouri Valley.

This year’s USTA League 8.0 Mixed Doubles National Championship has drawn the top 41 mixed doubles teams from throughout the nation.

Established in 1980, the USTA League program has grown from 13,000 participants in a few parts of the country in its first year, to over 711,000 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 19 years of age or older.  It features Adult and Mixed Doubles divisions, as well as a Senior Division (age 50 or older) and a Super Senior Division (age 60 or older).

Head Penn Racquet Sports is in its 22nd year as official ball of USTA League. 

For more information about USTA League or the USTA as a whole, visit www.usta.com.

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