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Ponce gana cuarto lugar en JTT Intermedio

November 20, 2009 01:23 PM





MOBILE, AL, October 25, 2009 – La Rambla JTT of Ponce, Puerto Rico, representing the USTA Caribbean section, captured fourth place overall today at the 2009 USTA Jr. Team Tennis 14 and Under Intermediate National Championships, held at the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, AL from Thursday, October 23 to Friday, October 25.


The 2009 USTA Jr. Team Tennis 14 and Under Intermediate National Championships brought together the top 16 teams at the Intermediate level from various USTA Sections throughout the country.


The Ponce team was just narrowly edged out for third place overall today by a team from Edmonds, WA and the USTA Pacific Northwest Section, 40 games to 39, in a match ultimately determined by a mixed-doubles super-tiebreaker worth one extra game. Jr. Team Tennis matches are scored by total games won in order to encourage players to compete hard in every game.


La Rambla JTT is coached by Maria Arce and assisted by Kathy Sauder, and its roster includes Carlos Atienza, Jose Ayala, Alejandro Chardon, Jaime Flores, Idanis Garcia, Dennisse Melendez, Vannessa Melendez, Natalia Nieves, Onayda Piazza Gonzalez, Joseph Sauder and Jennifer Torres.


“This was a great experience,” said Kathy Sauder. “Our team members really had a chance to grow their skills and mature.  They really came together as team.”


USTA Jr. Team Tennis is a tennis league for ages 6 – 18.  It was established in 1991 to provide youth with all of the health and social benefits of tennis in a co-ed, fun and competitive team environment.  USTA Jr. Team Tennis allows for participants to compete with and against individuals of similar skill and age levels.  Players participate in a league format administered and run by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and its 17 Sections.


USTA Jr. Team Tennis had over 80,000 participants taking part across the United States, in all 17 USTA Sections in 2009. Teams are divided by age and play levels falling into one of several age groups: U12, U14, U16 and U18. Play levels are divided among beginner, intermediate and advanced, all of which are offered at the local level.  Each year the USTA crowns a national champion in two age divisions (U14 and U18) in both the Intermediate and Advanced play divisions.  The National Championships serves as the crown jewel of USTA Jr. Team Tennis as the nation’s top teams compete for the title. Players with an NTRP of 3.0 and below compete in the Intermediate division.  Players with an NTRP of 3.5 and above compete in the Advanced division.


To find out more about USTA Jr. Team Tennis or the USTA, visit www.usta.com.



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