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Denver 5.0 Women finish second at Nationals

October 14, 2014 04:15 PM


5.0 Intermountain (Greenwood Village, Colo.) L to R: Jill Vanderkooi, Erin Hirstine, Rhona Howett Kaczmarczyk (Captain), Daria Matthews, Simona Bruetting, Molly Carter, Tammy Arado.

INDIAN WELLS, CALIF., OCT. 12, 2014 – The women’s tennis team from Greenwood Village, Colo., representing the USTA Intermountain Section, finished second at the USTA League Adult 18 & Over 5.0 National Championships held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif.
The Greenwood Village team lost to a team from Monarch Beach, Calif., 2-1 in the Championship match. Earlier in the day, the Greenwood Village team defeated a team from Seattle, 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 Rhona Howett Kaczmarczyk and features Jill Vanderkooi, Erin Hirstine, Daria Matthews, Simona Bruetting, Suzette Riddle, Molly Carter, Tammy Arado and plays at the Greenwood Athletic & Tennis Club.

The top four teams in order of finish are: Southern California Section, Intermountain Section, Pacific Northwest Section and Texas Section.

Established in 1980, USTA League has grown from 13,000 participants in a few parts of the country in its first year, to over 820,000 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.  

Last year USTA League changed its structure and format. The change offers USTA League participant’s two divisions: Adult (18 & Over, 40 & Over and 55 & Over) and Mixed (18 & Over) to better align participants with players their own age. In 2014 a Mixed 40 & Over division was added. The restructuring guarantees more frequency of play opportunities at more appropriate age groups.

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