© Juan Ocampo
The men’s team from St. Louis, Mo., representing the USTA Missouri Valley Section, finished second at the USTA League 7.0 Super Senior National Championships held at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex in Surprise, Arizona.
The St. Louis team lost to a team from Pinole, Calif., 2-1 in the Championship match. On Saturday afternoon, the St. Louis team defeated a team from Wenatchee, Wash., 2-1 in the semifinals. They advanced this far by winning their round-robin flight contested Friday and Saturday.
The team is captained by Robert Lietz and Robert Kohlenhoefer and features Steve Faust, Kenneth Joseph Lowes, Steve Schroeder, Tom Rhoads, Michael Travers, Jerry Paul Weil, John Scowcroft and Robert Schaefer and plays at West James Courts.
The top four teams in order of finish are: Northern California Section, Missouri Valley Section, Pacific Northwest Section and Texas Section.
This year’s USTA League 7.0 Super Senior National Championship has drawn the top 33 teams (16 men’s and 17 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.