© Jen Pottheiser
The men’s team from Overland Park, Kan., representing the USTA Missouri Valley Section, finished second at the USTA League 8.0 Super Senior National Championships held at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex in Surprise, Arizona.
The Overland Park team lost to a team from Berkeley, Calif., 2-1 in the Championship match. Earlier in the day, the Overland Park team defeated a team from Oahu, Hawaii, 3-0 in the semifinals. They advanced this far by winning their round-robin flight contested Friday and Saturday.
The team is captained by Dennis Allerheiligen and features William Cook, Jim Branine, Steven Hannett, Glen Spielbusch, Stephen Snodgrass, Larry Leonard, J Michael Maloy and George Morton and plays at the Overland Park Racquet Club.
The top four teams in order of finish are: Northern California Section, Missouri Valley Section, Hawaii Section and Southern California Section.
This year’s USTA League 8.0 Super Senior National Championship has drawn the top 32 teams (16 men’s and 16 women’s) from throughout the nation.
USTA League celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2010. Since its inception in 1980, USTA League has grown from 13,000 participants in its first year, to over 860,000 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. 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 25th year as official ball of USTA League.
For more information about USTA League or the USTA as a whole, visit www.usta.com.