A mixed doubles tennis team from Manhattan Beach, Calif., representing the USTA Southern California Section, finished second at the USTA League Mixed 18 & Over 10.0 National Championships held at the Hilton El Conquistador Resort, Tucson, Ariz.
The Manhattan Beach team out of the Beach Cities League Area had previously beaten the USTA Southern team from Memphis, Tenn., 2-1 during tournament pool play. However, Southern rebounded for the finals and served up a 3-0 defeat in the Championship match. Earlier in the day, Southern California defeated a USTA Middle States team from Haverhill, Mass., 3-0 in the semifinals. Southern Cal clinched a birth into the finals rounds as the undefeated winner of Pool B on Friday and Saturday.
The team is captained by Jarrod Quan and features: Aya Sugimoto, Tricia Mar, Tiffany Mai, Madeline Segura, Deborah Schroeder, Mio Nakajima, Attila Lassu, Chris Dundas, Nicholas de Goede, and Evan Jurgensen. The team competed out of Mira Costa High School during the regular season.
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 865,000 players 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. 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.