USTA Missouri Valley
USTA Heart of America
Team Wins Nationals
USTA Missouri Valley | October 16, 2017
SURPRISE, ARIZ., OCTOBER 15, 2017 – The women’s tennis team from Overland Park, Kan., representing the USTA Missouri Valley, captured the national title at the USTA League Adult 18 & Over 4.0 National Championships held at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex in Surprise, Ariz.
The Overland Park team defeated a team from Stow, Ohio 4-1 in the Championship match. Earlier in the day, the Overland Park team defeated a team from Englewood, Colo., 4-1 in the semifinals. They advanced this far by winning their round-robin flight contested Friday and Saturday.
The team is captained by Romy Carlson and features Lara Maple, Cynthia Kuhlman, Katherine Carttar, Lindsey Seifert, Molly Mitchell Danciger, Kathy Ward, Caprice Stapley, Becky Mehrmann, Valerie Holmes, Kaitlin Bolton, Christy Leslie, Marcia Jacelone and plays at the Genesis Health Club.ADVERTISEMENT
Established in 1980, USTA League has grown from 13,000 participants in a few parts of the country in its first year, to over 915,000 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.
The 2017 USTA League season will be the fifth season with the updated structure and format which offers four age categories (Adult 18 & Over, Adult 40 & Over and Adult 55 & Over and Mixed 18 & Over) to better align participants with players their own age. The Mixed 40 & Over division also celebrated its fourth anniversary. The restructuring guarantees more frequency of play opportunities at more appropriate age groups.
Head Penn Racquet Sports is in its 30th year as official ball of USTA League.