Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Women Crowned National Champions at USTA League Presented by Chrysler 4.0 Adult National Championships

(Tucson, Ariz.) (September 29, 2008) - The women’s team from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., representing the USTA Florida, captured the national title at the USTA League presented by Chrysler 4.0 Adult National Championships held at the Randolph Tennis Center in Tucson, Arizona.

The Ft. Lauderdale team defeated a team from Sacramento, 3-2 in the Championship match. Earlier in the day, the Ft. Lauderdale team defeated a team from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., 5-0 in the semifinals. They advanced this far by winning their round-robin flight contested Friday and Saturday.

The team is captained by Andrea Derby and features Beverly Norona, Dolly Rump, Darcy Hayes, Karen Novick, Marly Garcia, Linda Mulklevicz, Elaine Brett, Linda Anderson, Gwen Tower, Adriana Aray, Barbara Clabby, Sharon Vonstrolley and Vivian Fernandez.

This year’s USTA League presented by Chrysler 4.0 Adult National Championship has drawn the top 34 teams (17 men’s and 17 women’s) from throughout the nation.

The top four teams were:
Champion - Florida - Ft. Lauderdale
2nd - Northern California - Sacramento
3rd - Southern California - Los Angees
4th - Eastern - Poughkeepsie, NY

The USTA League program celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2005. Established in 1980, it has grown from 13,000 participants in a few parts of the country in its first year, to over 665,000 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).

Chrysler is entering its third year as the presenting sponsor and official vehicle of USTA League. Head Penn Racquet Sports is in its 21st year as official ball of USTA League.

For more information about USTA League presented by CHRYSLER program or the USTA as a whole, visit
Florida Women (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
Front Row: Adriana Aray, Linda Anderson, Sharon Vonstrolley, Captain
Andrea Derby, Beverly Norona, Marly Garcia, Linda Mulklevicz,
Back Row: Barbara Clabby, Darcy Hayes, Dolly Rump, Gwen Tower, Vivian Fernandez, Karen Novick, Not Pictured: Elaine Brett


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