League National Triumphs

One of the Southern California Tennis Association’s most popular programs is USTA Leagues. Annually, the number of participants increase, with players taking full advantage of the variety of competitive opportunities available, based on NTRP skill level and age categories. It is like going on a shopping spree and being able to fill up a cart with little or no fuss.

Every fall, League National Championships are staged locally and in Arizona. Recently, the section was in the forefront of the trophy winning.

The team captained by Cammy MacGregor won the Women’s 40+ Open National Championship, benefiting the American Cancer Society, in Las Vegas. Jennifer Dawson, Deborah Graham Shaffer, Ros Nideffer, Jenny Rens Keller, Debbie Spence-Nasim and Jolene Watanabe were MacGregor’s teammates.

Women's 40+ Open National Team champion

Women’s 40+ Open National Team champion

The Women’s Adult 18 & Over 3.5 team from Irvine, which plays at Lower Peter’s Canyon Park, defeated Casselberry, Florida, 5-0 in the final. Cynthia Hsin Wu was the captain. Sharon Diekneit, Mascha Edith Van Dijk, Sa Kim Cool, Somin Lee, Sharon Lin, Nannette Ng, Lynn Nugent, Patricia Ou, Brittany Shieh and Celia Truong each played roles in the Indian Wells Tennis Garden victory.

Women's Adult 18 & Over 3.5 champion Andrew Ong

Women’s Adult 18 & Over 3.5 champion Photo Andrew Ong

In the Men’s Adult 18 & Over 4.5 final at Rancho Mirage, the Midwest team from Warsaw, Indiana downed Los Angeles, 4-1 for the title. Arthur Chen served as the captain. Members of his team, which plays at California State University Los Angeles, included: Cameron Allan Weber, Roger Allen Yap, Andy Cohen, Arman Davtyan, Ian de Guzman, Kevin Griffin, Erik Martinez, Kimlong Nguyen Phan, David Pinard, Ivan Salazar and Mitch Wang (co-captain).

Men's Adult 18 & Over 4.5 finalist

Men’s Adult 18 & Over 4.5 finalist

The Women’s Adult 18 & Over 4.5 team, from the La Habra Tennis Center, also came up short by a 4-1 score against Edmond, Oklahoma in the final at Rancho Las Palmas Resort. James Wong and Christine Lee were the captains. Team members were: Susan Berntson, Dana Boyan, Janine Kremling, Tina Mortensen, Karen Obst, Chi Rauen, and Kristina Wong.

Women's Adult 18 & Over 4.5 finalist

Women’s Adult 18 & Over 4.5 finalist

Houston, Texas edged the Arcadia Park team in the Men’s Adult 18 & Over 3.5 final at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, 3-2. SueEng Taing was the captain. Roy Allen, Jury Candelario, Brian Chen, George Domantay, Walter Hai Au, Bryan Hang, Marvin Kiet-Phong, Johnny Lim, Sixto Ramin, Edwardo Talledo, Kenneth Tow, Gene Tsao, Bo Vongphachanh and Johnny Wong were members of his squad.

Men's Adult 18 & Over 3.5 finalist Photo Andrew Ong

Men’s Adult 18 & Over 3.5 finalist
Photo Andrew Ong

In the Women’s Adult 18 & Over 3.0 final at the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson, Arizona, Orlando, Florida slipped past San Diego, which is based at the Schmied Coronado Tennis Center, 3-2. Doris Schmied was the captain. Her team consisted of: Joan Catherine Fahrenthold, Heather Grimes, Carla Guastoni, Elsie Hammond, Nellie Harris Ritter, Merrie Mebust, Diana Meskimen, Faith Petersen, Maria Simon and Kari Ursitti.

Women's Adult 18 & Over 3.0 finalist

Women’s Adult 18 & Over 3.0 finalist

Laguna Hills rolled to a 3-0 decision against Eastern (New York) in the Women’s Adult 18 & Over 5.0 third/fourth-place playoff. Krista O’Connor was the captain and Lisa Traylor, the co-captain. The players were: Dominika Anna Olszewska, Eleanor Hammargren, Micaela Hein, Quynh Le, Wendie Mahan and Karrie Serklew.

In another third/fourth-place contest, Fountain Valley overwhelmed Northern (Bloomington, Minnesota), 5-0 at the Men’s Adult 18 & Over 4.0 match played at Rancho Mirage. Bang Nguyen was the captain. Marcel Bui, Khoa Doan, Duc Duc, Tommy Duong, Nathan Le, Thai Lee, Phong Nghiem, Hong Nguyen, Tuan Nguyen, Don Trang and Hung Trinh.

Pacific Northwest (Bellevue, Washington) scored a 3-0 victory, in the Adult 18 & Over Men’s 5.0 third-fourth battle, against Laguna Niguel at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Burton James Gonzell was the captain. His players were: Mark Bloom, William Casas, Neel Grover, Chris Kearney, Danny Mahoney, Steve Marshburn and Ramin Pejan.

For information about the smorgasbord-like selection of League Tennis that is available throughout the year, contact SCTA Sectional League Coordinator, Ali Ordonez at Alio@scta.usta.com

Mark Winters

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