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Twelve teams claim Singles League State Championships

November 17, 2015 10:36 AM

CHARLESTON, S.C. – (NOV. 17, 2015) – Twelve teams from across the state earned bragging rights for a year by winning USTA South Carolina Singles League State Championships earlier this week. The championships, which ended Monday, featured the top 66 teams from across the state.

About 350 players overall competed in the championships, which started Saturday and were held at three Charleston facilities, including the Charleston Tennis Center, the Maybank Tennis Center and St. Andrew’s Parks and Playgrounds.

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Twelve teams, including the above team from Lexington, won USTA South Carolina Singles League State Championships last weekend in Charleston. (USTA SC photo)


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The teams, which represent various clubs, parks, recreational departments and organizations, made it to Charleston because they finished at the top of their local leagues.

The USTA South Carolina Singles League is one of the more unique tennis offerings in the South. The Singles League is made up of three singles matches and no doubles contests. The league started in South Carolina in 2007. This year, 1,250 players in two age groups, 18 & Over and 40 & Over, participated.

The league lets players enjoy singles tennis while still being on a team. And it's easy to form a team; you only need three people.

In the nine-state USTA Southern Section, USTA North Carolina is the only other USTA district that sponsors a singles league with a season-ending league state championship.

Established in 1980, the overall USTA League program has grown from 13,000 participants competing regionally to more than 865,000 participants playing across the country, 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. 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.

USTA South Carolina Singles League State Championships results

Division

Champion

Finalist

18 & Over
2.5 Women

Pee Dee Tennis League (Florence)
Captain Lorna Cintron-Gonzalez

Lowcountry Tennis Association (Charleston)
Captain Debbie O’Brien

18 & Over
3.0 Women

Lexington Area Tennis Association
Captain Susan Taylor

Lowcountry Tennis Association (Charleston)
Captain Robin White

18 & Over
3.0 Men

Columbia Tennis League
Captain Mark Lowery

Greenwood Area Tennis Association
Captain Wyatt Thompson

18 & Over
3.5 Women

Lowcountry Tennis Association (Charleston)
Captain Rebecca Williams

Greenwood Area Tennis Association
Captain Yukiko Kato

18 & Over
3.5 Men

Lexington Area Tennis Association
Captain Chad Raynor

Mid-Carolina Tennis League (Rock Hill)
Captain Rafael Balderrama

18 & Over
4.0 Women

Foothills Tennis Association (Greenville)
Captain Iris Poleto

Lowcountry Tennis Association (Charleston)
Captain Katie Richey

18 & Over
4.0 Men

Greenwood Area Tennis Association
Captain 
Daniel Gauthier

Lexington Area Tennis Association
Captain Michael Slapnik

18 & Over
4.5 Women

Lowcountry Tennis Association (Charleston)
Captain Andrea Hines

Hilton Head Island
Captain Michele Archibald

40 & Over
3.0 Women

Greenwood Area Tennis Association
Captain Lori Napper

Upper Piedmont Tennis Association (Greenville)
Captain Stephanie Harrelson

40 & Over
3.5 Women

Lowcountry Tennis Association (Charleston)
Captain Lisa Brantley

Grand Strand Tennis League (Myrtle Beach)
Captain Shai Kahn

40 & Over
4.0 Women

Upper Piedmont Tennis Association (Greenville)
Captain Debbie Watson

Hilton Head Island
Captain Anneliza Itkor

40 & Over
4.0 Men

Columbia Tennis League
Captain David Hitchcock

Aiken Area Tennis League
Captain Augusto Donatelli

 

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