Haverhill Women Crowned National Champions at USTA League Presented by Chrysler 2.5 Adult National Championships

October 6, 2008

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 5, 2008) – The women’s team from Haverhill, Mass., representing the USTA New England Section, captured the national title at the USTA League presented by Chrysler 2.5 Adult National Championships held at the Amanda & Stacy Darling Tennis Center in Las Vegas.

The Haverhill team defeated a team from Pensacola, Fla., 3-0, in the Championship match. Earlier in the day, the Haverhill team defeated a team from Belgrade, Mont., 2-1, in the semifinals. They advanced this far by winning their round-robin flight contested Friday and Saturday.

The team is captained by Igor Korik and features Juliann Murphy, Sheryl Rose, Natalie J. Bojas, Lyuba Michel, Madeline Kelly, Janet Nork, Liz Morin, Jacquelyn Santini and Merritt S. Clancy and plays at the Willows Racquet Club.

The top four teams in order of finish are: Haverhill (New England), Pensacola (Florida), Belgrade (Intermountain) and Guaynabo, P.R. (Caribbean).

This year’s USTA League presented by Chrysler 2.5 Adult National Championship has drawn the top 29 teams, 12 men’s and 17 women’s, from throughout the nation.

The USTA League program celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2005. Established in 1980, it has grown from 13,000 participants in a few parts of the country in its first year, to over 665,000 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 19 years of age or older. It features Adult and Mixed Doubles divisions, as well as a Senior Division (age 50) and a Super Senior Division (age 60).