Clearwater Women Crowned National Champions at USTA League Presented by Chrysler 4.0 Senior National Championships
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (Oct. 19, 2008) - The women’s team from Clearwater, Fla., representing the USTA Florida Section, captured the national title at the USTA League presented by Chrysler 4.0 Senior National Championships held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif.
The Clearwater team defeated a team from Lexington, Ky., 2-1 in the Championship match. Earlier in the day, the Clearwater team defeated a team from Port Chester, N.Y., 2-1 in the semifinals. They advanced this far by winning their round-robin flight contested Friday and Saturday with a record of 3-0.
The team is captained by Anne Pulley and features Turtle Marshall, Linda Miller, Ria Graham, Susan Hobbs, Ann Worthington, Marion Murch, Henriette Skoczen, Joanne Valone and plays at the City of Clearwater.
The top four teams in order of finish are: Clearwater, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Port Chester, N.Y.; and Portola, Calif.
This year’s USTA League presented by Chrysler 4.0 Senior National Championship has drawn the top 34 teams (17 men’s and 17 women’s) from throughout the nation.
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 usta.com.
Florida (Women’s Champion)
(front row): Susan Hobbs, Joanne Valone, Anne Pulley (Captain), Ann Worthington and Linda Miller
(back row): Hank Skoczen, Turtle Marshall, Sandy Martin, Marion Murch (Captain) and Ria Graham
Not pictured: Sharon Carlile, Elizabeth Proctor and Nancy Klibanoff
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