Wildcats Tennis Club ready for Mountain Tournament
     2013-08-01      By Doug Harris    dougharris@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Doug Harris/Gering Citizen - Gering men’s double’s partners Roger Tollefson and Vince Moreno (right) spent Saturday at the Gering High School tennis courts preparing for the upcoming Wyoming Mountain Regional Tennis Tournament that will be held in Laramie this weekend. Moreno is the co-chair of the Wildcat’s Tennis Club. Over 20 players from around the valley will be attending the United States Tennis Association sanctioned tourney. 
Around 20 regional players from the Wildcats Tennis Club will be heading to Laramie this weekend to compete in the Wyoming Mountain Regional Tennis Tournament. The United States Tennis Association (USTA) sanctioned tourney will feature adult doubles competition.

“Lincoln is too far away so Wyoming lets us play in their division,” Wildcats co-chair Vince Moreno said. “We are going to compete and see who goes to nationals.”

Moreno said both men’s and women’s teams will be heading to the tournament that will be held Aug. 2, 3, and 4. “We’ve been preparing all spring and summer for this,” Moreno said. “Our season runs from April to September.”

The USTA League is the country’s largest recreational tennis league with over 800,000 participants playing all around the nation. The teams and matches are set up so teammates and opponents play based upon their skill levels. Players are divided up based upon regional divisions and age groups.

Moreno said the Wildcats were bringing players rated 3.5 to 4.0 in the 3 / 5 tournament.
“We used to be called the Gering Tennis Club but with all our different players coming from other towns around here we changed the name to Wildcats a few years ago,” Moreno said. “We have players from Torrington, Bridgeport, Cheyenne, Scottsbluff and Gering. The club was started 12 years ago.”

Moreno felt the team’s prospects were good going into the tourney. “It will be head to head with a 3 /5 team. I think we should make a good showing. Our intent is to win.”

The other co-chair of the team is Rhonda Roth. An even number of men’s and women’s doubles teams will be going to the tournament.

The USTA promotes the sport of tennis as a lifetime activity offering youth programs, college tennis, adult teams and a wheelchair division. The USTA is a non-profit organization that invests all proceeds to promote tennis from the amateur to professional levels. The Wildcats Tennis Club is part of the USTA Intermountain geographical section.

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