It’s game, set and match

La Cañada men’s tennis team captures national title.

May 06, 2010|By Jeff Tully

Playing against some of the best age-group players in the nation, a tennis team from La Cañada was able to best all comers.

The men’s team from La Cañada, representing the United States Tennis Assn. Southern California section, captured the national title at the USTA League 8.0 Super Senior National Championships held April 28 at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex in Surprise, Ariz.

The area team defeated a team from Overland Park, Kan., 3-0, in the championship match. Earlier in the day, the La Cañada squad defeated a team from Wilmington, Del., 3-0, in the semifinals. The group advanced in the event by winning its round-robin flight.


The team is captained by Rich O’Toole and features Ronald Patterson, Rex Patterson, Robert Westphaln, Roger Duncan, James Hodge, Jim Dorman, Dale Pierce, David Freeman, Michael Lo and James Patterson.

The top four teams in order of finish were: La Cañada (Southern California), Missouri Valley, New England and Middle States.

This year’s USTA League 8.0 Super Senior National Championship drew the top 32 teams (16 men and 16 women) 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 738,000 players across the nation this year, 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 levels, ranging from 2.5 (entry) to 5.0 (advanced).

The USTA League is open to any USTA member 19 or older.

It features adult and mixed doubles divisions, as well as a senior division (age 50) and a super senior division (age 60).

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