Jacksonville Sports Day

Julington Creek Tennis Women Win USTA National League Championship

TUCSON, Ariz. — The women’s USTA Florida League tennis team playing out of Julington Creek Plantation in St. Johns are national champions.

Over the weekend the team, which advanced to USTA League Nationals after winning the USTA Florida Sectionals state title in July, finished in first place at the USTA League 40 & Over 3.0 National Championships at the Hilton El Conquistador Resort in Tucson, Ariz.

The team in the final on Sunday defeated the USTA Pacific Northwest Section (Portland, Ore.) 3-2.

Earlier in the day the St. Johns women defeated a team from San Antonio, Texas 3-2 in the semifinals. They advanced to the semifinals by winning their round-robin flight contested on Friday and Saturday.

Their season roster was comprised of Michele Jordan (captain), Julia McLaughlin, Tina Schumacher, Tara Capuano, Dorri Hall, Tina Townsend, Sandra Boney, Molly Sanford, Lisa Permenter, Tracy Tripp, Patricia Britto, Pamela Belcher, Leslie de Jong, Pamela Bell, Sandy Kemp, and Laurie Teichman.

It was the first championship finish for a USTA Florida team during the 2016 USTA League National Championships season thus far.

Established in 1980, USTA League has grown from 13,000 participants in a few parts of the country in its first year to more than 904,000 players across the nation today, making it the world’s largest recreational tennis league. 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.

The 2016 USTA League season is the fourth season with an updated structure and format that offers four 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. A fifth age division, the Mixed 40 & Over, was added in 2014.

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