Hometown & Club: Raleigh, N.C. – Millbrook Tennis Center

Roster: (Left to Right) – Jeannie Wainwright, Shelly Kirkpatrick (Captain), Angela Neal, Kristen Kepler, Amy Hurwitz, Allison Ostrander, Heather Miller, Jennifer Moore, Brandy Kmiec, Michelle Ahlquist 

2016 USTA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Raleigh Team Wins USTA League National Championship

RALEIGH WOMEN’S TENNIS TEAM CROWNED NATIONAL CHAMPIONS AT USTA LEAGUE ADULT 40 & OVER 4.5+ NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS TOURNAMENT

LA QUINTA, CALIF., OCTOBER, 23, 2016 – The women’s tennis team from Raleigh, N.C., representing the USTA Southern Section, captured the national title at the USTA League Adult 40 & Over 4.5+ National Championships held at the La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, Calif.

The Raleigh team defeated a team from Natick, Mass., 3-2 in the Championship match.  Earlier in the day, the Raleigh team defeated a team from Newtown Square, Pa., 3-2 in the semifinals. They advanced this far by winning their round-robin flight contested Friday and Saturday.

The team is captained by Shelly Kirkpatrick and features Jeannie Wainwright, Angela Neal, Kristen Kepler, Amy Hurwitz, Allison Ostrander, Heather Miller, Jennifer Moore, Brandy Kmiec, Michelle Ahlquist and plays at the Millbrook Tennis Center.

Established in 1980, USTA League has grown from 13,000 participants in a few parts of the country in its first year, to over 904,000 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 2016 USTA League season will be the fourth 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 in 2014.  The restructuring guarantees more frequency of play opportunities at more appropriate age groups.