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Louisiana Teams Grab First and Fourth Place at Senior 3.0 National Championships

October 28, 2003 03:20 PM

A women’s team from Monroe, LA captured the USTA Southern Section's second national title of 2003 at the USA League Tennis presented by Lincoln 3.0 Senior National Championships, while a Men's team from Mandeville, LA took home fourth place honors. The national championship was held at the Radisson Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, AZ.

The women's team from Monroe defeated a team from Kinnewick, WA by a team score of 2-1 in the championship match. Earlier in the day, Monroe defeated San Jose, CA, 3-0 in the semifinals. They advanced to the final four by winning their round-robin flight contested earlier in the tournament.

The first USTA Southern Section National Championship was captured by a Women's 5.0 team from Little Rock, AR.

The Monroe team was captained by Joy Linder and teammates include: Marsha Cobb, Joan Knox, Vickie Krutzer, Valerie Matejowsky, Phyllis Robinson, Barbara Tatum and Jacquellyn Whatley (photo below).

While the Mandeville men dominated their round robin flight, they ran into some trouble in the playoffs. The lost the opening round of the playoffs by a score of 2-1 to a team from San Antonio, TX and then lost the match-up for 3rd and 4th place to a team from Southern California.

Captained by Glenn Wood, the rest of the team includes: Paul Robertson, Thomas Althouse, Richard Gelatt, Joseph Bily, Benny Giordano, Curtis Thompson, Rodney Ranson, Ronald Chassaniol, Raymond Maestri, Eddie Maestri and Frank Dalferes (photo below).

This year’s USA League Tennis 3.0 Senior 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 participants 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.

Sr. Women's 3.0 2003 National Champions from Monroe, LA: (L-R) Front Row: Jacquellyn Whatley, Joy Linder, Marsha Cobb, Barbara Tatum, and Vickie Krutzer; Back Row: Valerie Matejowsky, Phyllis Robinson and Joan Knox

4th Place 3.0 Team from Mandeville, LA: (L-R) Front Row: Joe Bily, Curtis Thompson, Thomas Althouse, Rodney Ranson and Richard Gelatt; Back Row: Ronald Chassaniol, Eddie Maestri, Glenn Wood and Raymond Maestri



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