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Atlanta Teams Grab 3rd Place Finishes at USA League Tennis National Championships

October 7, 2003 04:18 PM

Just a few short weeks after teams from Little Rock, AR captured a first and third place at the 2003 USA League Tennis National Championships, two Atlanta based Men's teams grabbed their own third place finishes.

Two different USA League Tennis National Championships were played this past weekend, from October 2-5. The 3.5 championships were played at Randolph Park in Tucson, AZ, while the 2.5 division was played in Palm Springs, CA at the Riviera Resort & Racquet Club.

An Atlanta Men's 3.5 team, which plays out of the Sporting Club at Windy Hill in Marietta, GA, a suburb of Atlanta, captured the first 3rd place crown. After winning their flight, they lost to a team from Decathalon, CA, 3-2, in the semifinals. They secured their third place finish at the USA League Tennis National Championships with a close 3-2 victory in the third place / fourth place match over a team from Hawaii.


Captained by Greg Hill the roster also includes Charles Oh, Jeff Durst, Mark Spackman, Kenneth Atwood, Vince Canlas, Michael Tien, Anthony Turner, Mark Lewis, Paul Goodloe, James Galasso, Tommy Sanders, Andrew Beeston, Montie Pace, Ryan Brown, Bryan Mitchell and Greg Brennan.

The final Southern third place finish of the weekened belongs to a Men's 2.5 team from Dacula, GA, also a suburb of Atlanta. The men’s team from Dacula plays out of Apalachee Farms.

They lost in the semifinals, after winning their flight, to the eventual champions, a team from San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2-1, in the semifinals. Later in the day, they defeated a team from Gaithersburg, MD, 3-0, in the third place / fourth place match.

The team is captained by Wesley Hendley and team members include: Mike Cline, Steen Devlin, Steve Ramberg, Bill Ritter, Marvin Santerfeit and Bill Sissel.

This year’s USA League Tennis 5.0 Adult National Championships have drawn the top 34 teams (17 women’s and 17 men’s) from throughout the United States.USA League Tennis presented by Lincoln is the world’s largest recreational tennis league with more than 500,000 players throughout the country. Players participate on teams in a league format, which is administered by the United States Tennis Association through its 17 sectional associations. The league groups players by ability using six National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) levels, from 2.5 (beginner) to 5.0 (advanced). Players progress through a series of championships at the area and sectional levels culminating with the national championships. USA League Tennis is open to any USTA member age 19 and older. The league provides players with the opportunity to improve their skills, have fun, meet other players, travel throughout the country and compete in a USTA national championship.

Lincoln is the presenting sponsor and official vehicle of USA League Tennis. Penn Racquet Sports, the world’s leading manufacturer of tennis balls, is in its 16th year as the official ball of USA League Tennis. The Citizen Watch Company celebrates its eighth year as a USTA Corporate Champion and as sponsor of USA League Tennis.

3rd Place Men's 3.5 Team from Atlanta, GA (L-R): Front Row - Tommy Sanders, Montie Pace; Back Row - Michael Tien, Vince Canlas, Greg Hill, Charles Oh, Andrew Beeston, Kenneth Atwood, Jeff Durst, Mark Spackman, Ryan Brown

3rd Place Men's 2.5 Team from Atlanta, GA (L-R): Mike Cline, Wesley Hendley (captain), Bill Sissel, Steve Rambert, Marvin Santerfeit, Steven Devlin, Bill Ritter

 

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