Louisiana Cities Lead States in 2015 usta league 40 & Over Southern Sectional Championships mandeville/covington have two champs, three finalists atlanta – Aug. 27, 2015



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Louisiana Cities Lead States in 2015 USTA League
40 & Over Southern Sectional Championships


MANDEVILLE/COVINGTON HAVE TWO CHAMPS, THREE FINALISTS

ATLANTA – Aug. 27, 2015 – The Louisiana cities of Mandeville and Covington have always had strong teams in USTA League competition. In the 2015 USTA League 40 & Over Southern Sectional Championships, the joint cities had extraordinary results, producing two champions and three finalists in the eight levels played.
North Carolina finished with two champions. Alabama had a winner and a finalist while Arkansas had two finalists.
Matches were played in Asheville, North Carolina, at the Asheville Racquet Club Downtown, the Asheville Racquet Club South and the Aston Park Tennis Center. Competition for the 3.5 and 4.5+ levels were played Aug. 7-9. Matches for the 3.0 and 4.0 levels were played Aug. 21-23.

Champions and finalists were:



Level

Champion (with captain)

Finalist (with captain)

Score
in final


Men’s 3.0

Mandeville/Covington, Louisiana (B)
Russell Arthur

Mandeville/Covington, Louisiana (A)
George Mack

3-2

Men’s 3.5

Birmingham, Alabama
Terry Martin

Mandeville/Covington, Louisiana
Robert Tedesco

4-1

Men’s 4.0

Mandeville/Covington, Louisiana
Bentley Harvey

Fort Smith, Arkansas (B)
Shane Laster

3-2

Men’s 4.5+

Cary, North Carolina
Mrinal Das

Hoover, Alabama
Bill Lawrence/Rick Gaynor

4-1

Women’s 3.0

Louisville, Kentucky
Justina Powers

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Sarah Pitts

3-2

Women’s 3.5

Memphis, Tennessee
Marnie Denman

Mandeville/Covington, Louisiana (A)
Eileen Scoriels

4-1

Women’s 4.0

Charlotte, North Carolina
Margaret Schrimsher

Jonesboro, Arkansas
Lauren Harmon

3-2

Women’s 4.5+

Jackson, Mississippi
Virginia Walcott

Sandy Springs, Georgia (A)
Michelle Levey/Melissa Nodvin

4-1


The teams, which represented various clubs, parks, recreational departments and organizations, earned the right to represent one of nine states -- Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee -- by playing in leagues this year.
The leagues were established to provide adult recreational tennis players with the opportunity to compete against players of similar ability levels. Players participate on teams in a league format, which is administered by USTA Southern. The league groups players by using six NTRP levels, ranging from 2.5 (entry) to 5.5 (advanced). USTA League is open to any USTA member 18 years of age or older.
Team photos are available on request. Email Dene Owen at owen@sta.usta.com.
Established in 1980, USTA League has grown from 13,000 participants competing regionally in its first year to more than 865,000 participants playing 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. USTA 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 2015 USTA League season will be the third season with the updated structure and format which 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 division, was added last year. The restructuring guarantees more frequency of play opportunities at more appropriate age groups.
Head Penn Racquet Sports is in its 28th year as official ball of USTA League.
Click here for the tournament’s website. Facebook Twitter #USTASouthern
For more information about USTA League, visit www.usta.com/adult-tennis/USTA-League.
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The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. It owns and operates the US Open, the largest annually attended sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series linking seven summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns about 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic games. A not-for-profit organization with more than 710,000 members, it invests 100 percent of its proceeds in growing the game. It is divided into 17 sections, of which USTA Southern is the largest. The 174,000+ USTA members living in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee make up USTA Southern, and account for nearly 25 percent of the total USTA membership. A professional staff housed in Peachtree Corners, Ga., carries out USTA Southern’s daily operations, but policy is formed and much of the organization’s work is executed via a board and committee structure of more than 200 volunteers. For more information about the types of programs and services offered by USTA Southern, visit www.southerntennis.com.
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