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Nine Champions Crowned in Oklahoma City

August 24, 2009 11:54 AM

USTA Missouri Valley Adult Leagues

USTA Adult Senior Section Championships II
Oklahoma City Tennis Center
August 27-30, 2009
Oklahoma City

Nine teams punch their ticket to USTA League National Championships 

2.5 Women | 3.5 Men | 3.5 Women | 4.5 Men | 4.5 Women
3.0 Sr Men | 3.0 Sr Women | 4.0 Sr Men | 4.0 Sr Women 


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OKLAHOMA CITY Eight champions were crowned on Sunday at the 2009 USTA Missouri Valley League section championships. Nine championships were won overall during the weekend, as the first winner was declared on Saturday.

The 2.5 women’s title was decided on Saturday when Oklahoma completed its sweep of the division, beating Iowa by a 3-0 tally to finish with a perfect 3-0 record on the weekend. The squad, based out of Tulsa and captained by Brenda Rubin, will advance to the 2.5 women’s USTA League National Championships, held Oct. 9-11 in Indian Wells, Calif.

The rest of the divisions remained up for grabs as play kicked off on Sunday morning amidst unseasonably cool weather for an Oklahoma August.

In the 3.5 men’s division, it was Nebraska that made its reservation for the national championships, winning its final match to cap off a perfect 5-0 weekend.

On the women’s side of the 3.5 level, Heart of America topped Iowa in the semifinals before knocking off Nebraska in the finals by a score of 3-2.

The 4.5 division was owned by Iowa, on both the men’s and women’s side. The 4.5 men from Iowa edged past Missouri in the morning semifinals, then rallied past St. Louis in the finals to secure a spot at the national championships in Las Vegas. The 4.5 Iowa women will join their Hawkeye state counterparts at nationals after the squad topped Heart of America in its final match 3-2 to finish undefeated at the championships.

In the senior division, it was yet another Iowa team that grabbed a title, this time in the 3.0 senior men’s division. The team battled through a double round-robin draw and finished at the top of the heap with a 3-1 record.

In the 3.0 senior women’s bracket, Heart of America boasted a 4-0 mark during the weekend to earn its place at the national championships in Tucson, Ariz., later this fall.

The 4.0 senior division featured winners from Missouri in both division. The 4.0 senior men from Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield topped Heart of America in the semifinals before moving past Kansas in the championship. The 4.0 senior women, from Joplin, Mo., capped their title run with a 2-1 finals win against Oklahoma.

Great tennis, paired with ideal weather, made the weekend an overall success.

“The weather cooperated with us again and we were able to put on a great event,” said Lori Therrien, USTA Missouri Valley League coordinator. “My favorite part of Leagues is seeing everyone here, playing such good tennis and having fun.”

2005 marked the 25th anniversary of USTA League. Established in 1980, it has grown from 13,000 participants in a few parts of the country in its first year, to over 706,000 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) and a Super Senior Division (age 60).

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

This event has been funded in part by the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Commission.

2009 USTA Missouri Valley League Section Championships

2.5 Women: Oklahoma (Lafortune Tennis Center/Tulsa Count Parks, Tulsa; Captain: Brenda Rubin)
Advances to Indian Wells, Calif., Oct. 9-11.

3.5 Men: Nebraska (Koch Family Tennis Center, Omaha; Captain: Carvie Erwin)
3.5 Women: Heart of America (Midtown Tennis Club, Overland Park; Captain: Mona Palmer)
Advances to Tucson, Ariz., Oct. 16-18

4.5 Men: Iowa (Quad City Tennis Club, Moline; Captain: Brad Hartje)
4.5 Women: Iowa (Aspen Athletic Cub, Des Moines; Captain: Terri Gest Dial)
Advances to Las Vegas, Oct. 30-Nov. 1

3.0 Senior Men: Iowa (Black Hawk Tennis Club, Waterloo; Captain: Mark Baade)
3.0 Senior Women: Heart of America (Northland Racquet Club, Kansas City; Captain: Nancy Park)
Advances to Tucson, Ariz., Oct. 30-Nov. 1

4.0 Senior Men: Missouri (Cooper Tennis Complex, Springfield; Captain: Bob Cooper)
4.0 Senior Women: Missouri (Joplin Parks and Recreation, Joplin; Captain: Tracy Nicholas)
Advances to Indian Wells, Calif., Oct. 16-18

 

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