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Local Tennis Moms Will Compete at USTA National Championship

Some Northern Virginia tennis players will soon travel to California to compete in the United States Tennis Association League's 2.5 National Adult Championship. The event will take place Oct. 1-3 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage.

The members of the nine-woman team—which was self-dubbed, "One Hit Wonders"—are clearly anything but. They attended USTA Virginia's District Championship in mid-July and qualified for the Mid-Atlantic Sectional Championship by wild card. There, they went undefeated and picked up their invitation to USTA's National Championship. The team represents Ida Lee Tennis Center and the Town of Leesburg and comprises: captain Ellen Wyly, and players Cristina Sequino, Eve Weber, Jen Culko, Jen Kaine, Jennifer Pearson, Kathy Horne, Nicole Sicre, and Susan Gorman. Moses Gittens and Korey Suk coach the team of superstar-do-it-all-moms.

USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis and the recognized leader in promoting and developing the sport’s growth. USTA also boasts the country's largest recreational tennis league and provides competitive team match play. Teams and matches are established through USTA according to a rating system that aims to pair teammates and opponents with similar skill levels.

Gittens, Ida Lee's head tennis pro, had this to say about the team: "It's great that these ladies, who've worked hard all year, can make it to the National Championship at the 2.5 level. USTA competition really begins at the 2.5 level, and it says a lot about them—and our Ida Lee tennis program—that they've been able to achieve at such a high level so early in their competitive play."