A mixed doubles tennis team from Irvine, representing the USTA Southern California Section, captured the national title at the USTA League Mixed Doubles 18 & Over 8.0 National Championships held at the Hilton El Conquistador Resort, Tucson, Ariz.
The Irvine team defeated a team from Washington, D.C., 2-1 in the Championship match. Earlier in the day, the Irvine team defeated a team from Jackson, Miss., 2-1 in the semifinals. They advanced this far by winning their round-robin flight contested Friday and Saturday.
The team is captained by Cindy Shin and features Jae Kim, Christina Leofu Blackburn, Lisa Stotelmyre, Kirtine Yang, Julian Choi, Neel Goyal, Sean Lee and plays at the Lower Peters Canyon.
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.
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.