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Truckee women finish first in USTA tournament at Northstar

DARIN OLDE, Sierra Sun

Northstar-at-Tahoe hosted its annual Senior and National Tennis Rating Program Touch One Tennis Tournament on June 2-4 with two Truckee women clinching top finishes. The tournament is part of the United States Tennis Association’s northern California NTRP series.

According to a finals summary released on June 8 by tournament director Zeke Straw, Jenna Avilla claimed first place in the women’s 3.0 NTRP finals, defeating a women from Reno in the second and third sets 6-2; 6-2. Avilla lost the first set 4-6.

“It’s my first national singles title… and it was a great opportunity to improve my tournament play,” said Avilla.

In the women’s 4.0 NTRP singles bracket, Kristen Ratto of Truckee defeated Lori Cauffman of Calistoga 6-1; 6-1 in the finals.

In the men’s senior division, tournament referee Dirk Haas of Truckee beat his first opponent in the Men’s age 50 class. The first set went into an extra game with Haas pulling ahead 7-6. The second set ended with Haas closing the match with a score of 6-3.

Haas then faced the number one seed for the tournament in the age 50 class, Glen Grisillo from Reno. Haas was defeated 1-6; 1-6.

Truckee M.D. Donald Orme crushed Jim Mcfarlin from Menlo Park in the men’s age 55 single quarterfinals 6-0; 6-1. Orme played strong in the semifinals against Burlingame’s Gerald Sydorak, who was seeded second, but lost 4-6; 4-6.

Now in its 25th year at Northstar, almost 160 competitors attended the Senior and NTRP tournament.

The tournament is part of the NorCal USTA division, which is the fourth largest of the 17 USTA divisions. As of March 2000 the USTA NorCal division lists over 30,000 adult members and 6442 junior competitors.

For more information about USTA NorCal and the NTRP see http://www.ustanorcal.com.


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