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Sun Lakes Team Claims Super Senior 7.0 Nationals

April 29, 2013 02:28 PM
Tucson 7.0 Super Senior Women Also Finish In Third, CAZ 8.0 Women Claim Fourth 


SURPRISE, Ariz.,  – The men’s team from Sun Lakes, Ariz., representing the USTA Southwest Section, captured the national title at the USTA League 7.0 Super Senior National Championships held at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex in Surprise, Arizona. 

The Sun Lakes team defeated a team from Atlanta, Ga. 2-1 in the Championship match, capping a perfect 5-0 run at the national championships that also saw them defeat teams from Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Northern California, and Virginia.  

The team, which played out of Iron Oaks Tennis Club, is captained by Ken Stanley and features Bob Walk, Bill Corso, Marv Jensen, Jerry Rex, Maurice Allen, Bill Hughes, Jim Utter, Terry Logan, Art Baessler, Greg Mather and Gary Porter. The team plays at Iron Oaks Tennis Center and finished with a 18-0 record during their entire season that included local USTA Central Arizona league play and the Southwest Section Championships as well as their five matches in Surprise.

(team pictured below)


The top four teams in order of finish at the League National Championships Men's 7.0 division were: USTA Southwest (Sun Lakes, Ariz.), USTA Southern (Atlanta, Ga.), USTA Missouri Valley (Topeka, Kan.) and USTA Caribbean (San Juan, P.R.).  

The run didn't stop there for teams from the Southwest, as a 7.0 Super Senior women's squad from Tucson finished third. Captain Patricia Wagner and her team from Himmel Park captured their flight with wins over teams from New Jersey, California and Nevada before falling 2-1 to a squad from Oahu. The Tucson ladies then rebounded in the third place match with a 2-1 team victory over a squad from Virginia Beach.   

The team consisted of players Dale Francis, Mindy Evans, Thea Berg, Dorthy Steele, Stephanie Hoelfe, Lynne Johnson, Kathie Cade, Pat Wagner, Janet Seiden, Cindy Grimm, Jeebee Yim, Becky Ann Barrow, and Sheryl North. (team pictured below)


A week earlier at the 6.0 and 8.0 National Championship event in Surprise, a women's 8.0 USTA Southwest team from Central Arizona (captain Marsha Speck) playing out of Scottsdale's Indian School Park, finished in fourth place. The team consisted of Linda Renner, Mary Garbaciak, Susie Murphy, Joyce Sabol, Ann Alpeter, Nancy Theilman, Mary Ann Mitcham and Speck.

(team pictured below)

The Central Arizona team was the defending champion coming into this year's event. The squad won their flight by downing teams from Florida, Intermountain and New England before falling to Southern California in the semifinals and Southern in the third place match. 


We want to extend congratulations to our teams on their great performances! This marks the fifth consecutive year and sixth title that a USTA Southwest team has won overall at the USTA League National Championship in the Super Senior Division since 2008. We are most definitely the Super Senior kings and queens!

NOTE: With the league restructure occuring this year, it is important that our players request leagues of 65+ years old in their local districts - so we can continue to have age appropriate competition as much as possible. Contact your local league coordinator for more information!  

USTA Southwest Super Senior National Titles (Since 2008)
2008 - SAZ 7.0 women (captain Linda Mahler)
2009 - SAZ 6.0 women (captain Geri Sandilands - Saddlebrooke Country Club, Tucson, Ariz.)

2010 - CAZ 9.0 men (captain Ray Price - Gold Key Racquet Club, Phoenix, Ariz.)
2011 - CAZ 8.0 women (captain Marsha Speck - Indian School Park - Scottsdale, Ariz.          

2011 - CAZ 7.0 women (captain John Radcliffe - Iron Oaks Tennis Club - Sun Lakes, Ariz.)
2012 - CAZ 7.0 men (captain Kenneth Stanley - Iron Oaks Tennis Club - Sun Lakes, Ariz.)

This year’s 2012 USTA League 7.0 Super Senior National Championship* had drawn the top 34 teams, with 17 men’s teams and 17 women’s teams from all of the United States. (*The event was called a 2012 National championship event because it represented the culmination of the 2012 league season.) 


ABOUT USTA LEAGUE TENNIS: Since its inception in 1980, USTA League has grown from 13,000 participants 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.  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)

2013 LEAGUE RESTRUCTURE: Beginning with the 2013 National Championship season, USTA League changed its structure and format. The change offers USTA League participants among three age categories (Adult 18 & Over, Adult 40 & Over and Adult 55 & Over and Mixed 18 & Over) to better align participants with players their own age. The restructuring guarantees more frequency of play opportunities at more appropriate age groups. 

Head Penn Racquet Sports is in its 26th year as official ball of USTA League.   

For more information about USTA League or the USTA as a whole, visit www.usta.com. 

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