Sacramento, California Women Crowned National Champions at USTA League Presented by Chrysler 5.0 Adult National Championships

INDIAN WELLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 28, 2008 - The women’s team from Sacramento, Calif., representing the USTA Northern California captured the national title at the USTA League presented by Chrysler 5.0 Adult National Championships held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif.

The Sacramento team defeated a team from Raleigh, N.C., 2-1 in the Championship match. Earlier in the day, the Sacramento team defeated a team from Richmond, Va., 2-1 in the semifinals. They advanced to the final day of competition by winning their round-robin flight contested Friday and Saturday.

The team is captained by Lanie Steers and features Mary Johnson, Sara Seghi, Martha Downing, Kelly Wilson, Melissa Cole, Isabella King, Carmel-Mary Hill, and Jennifer Young.

This year’s USTA League presented by Chrysler 5.0 Adult National Championship has drawn the top twenty-six teams (13 men’s and 13 women’s) from throughout the nation. The top four finishers were:
Women’s Champion - Norcal
2nd - Southern
3rd - Mid-Atlantic
4th - Texas

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

Norcal Women (First Place)
Mary Johnson, Kelly Wilson, Carmel-Mary Hill, Melissa Cole, Lanie Steers (Captain), Martha Downing, Isabella King, Jennifer Young, Sara Mccarlie


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