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Defending Champs Orlando, Jacksonville Ahead at USTA Florida League Chps.

August 8, 2009 07:00 AM
Day 2 headed for a conclusion on Saturday at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach at the USTA Florida Adult League State/Section Championships, where three teams looked the favorites to all repeat as state champions and again earn berths to the USTA National League Championships on October.

The Orlando 3.5 men, and the Jacksonville 4.5 and 5.0 men's squads are the three returning champions in the 2009 USTA Florida Adult League State Championships field, and all three excelled in round robin group play on Saturday. Play concludes on Sunday at the Florida Tennis Center.

Results through Saturday at 5 p.m.:

Women's 2.5: Jacksonville jumped out to a 2-0 lead, holding the only undefeated record in their group after winning on Saturday morning. As of 5 p.m. they were on court against 0-2 South Miami-Dade, with their final match on Sunday at 10 a.m. against St. Pete/Clearwater looming for a place at nationals. If Jacksonville falters on Saturday or Sunday, both Daytona Beach and Ocala have a shot at stealing a berth at nationals.

Women's 3.0: Orlando was 3-0 and Pensacola 2-0, still on court, heading into the late afternoon hours on Saturday at the Daytona Tennis Center. All signs point to the Orlando vs. Pensacola match at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday deciding which team will represent Florida at the USTA Adult League Nationals.

Women's 3.5: The South Miami-Dade pink regiment defeated Orlando to improve to 3-0 in group play on Saturday, and can clinch a trip to the women's 3.5 national championship on Sunday with a win over St. Pete/Clearwater, who they will face at noon. The South Miami-Dade women wear all pink in honor of a team member who battled breast cancer. The winner of the late Saturday match between Brevard County and Pensacola will remain in the running to see if the South Miami-Dade women stumble.

Women's 4.0: Jacksonville or Gainesville will advance to nationals from the women's 4.0 group after both teams boasted 2-0 records heading into late Saturday afternoon. Gainesville was scheduled for a late afternoon match against Lee/Charlotte, while Jacksonville faced two matches on Sunday against Lee/Charlotte, then what would likely be the decider against Gainesville at 3:45 p.m.

Women's 4.5: Tampa, South Miami-Dade and Sarasota remain in the running with one win each as late results were yet to come in on Saturday from the Tampa vs. South Miami-Dade match. Sunday's schedule is Jacksonville vs. South Miami-Dade and Tampa vs. Sarasota, both at 3 p.m. The Jacksonville squad was eliminated from national contention on Saturday after a loss to Sarasota, following a Friday loss to Tampa.

Men's 2.5: Ocala and Daytona Beach comprise the two-team 2.5 group, with Ocala winning the first meeting on Saturday. Ocala can clinch a trip to nationals on Sunday when the teams will meet at 9:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Men's 3.0: St. Pete/Clearwater is the only team eliminated from national contention in the men's 3.0 group as Pensacola (2-0), Brevard County (1-0) and Ocala (0-1) remain in the hunt, with Ocala vs. Brevard still on court against each other headed into the late Saturday afternoon hours. Sunday play will determine who emerges victorious, with Pensacola vs. Brevard County at 8:15 a.m., and Ocala vs. St. Pete/Clearwater at 2 p.m.

Men's 3.5: The defending state champ Orlando men's 3.5 team and the Jacksonville men both held 2-0 team records entering a meeting against each other late Saturday afternoon at 4:45 p.m., with the victor holding the edge entering Sunday play. South Miami-Dade also remains in the hunt with a 1-1 record, and plays two matches on Sunday against Brevard County and Orlando.

Men's 4.0: The divisional lead was up for grabs entering the late afternoon hours in the men's 4.0 division between Broward County (2-1), St. Pete/Clearwater (1-1), Ocala (1-1) and Pensacola (1-1), with only Gainesville/Lake City (1-2) out of the running. St. Pete/Clearwater vs. Pensacola had yet to complete play as of 5 p.m. Saturday, with the winner to join Broward as the leader entering Sunday play, and the loser eliminated from national contention. Ocala, still in the mix, faces Pensacola and St. Pete/Clearwater on Sunday.

Men's 4.5: Defending state champ Jacksonville and South Miami-Dade were tied at 2-0 heading into late afternoon play on Saturday, with South Miami/Dade vs. Gainesville still battling it out on court, and Jacksonville vs. Tampa still to come at 6 p.m. The Gainesville squad remained in contention with a 1-1 record, while St. Pete/Clearwater and Tampa stood at 0-2. Pivotal match-ups on Sunday will be Gainesville vs. St. Pete/Clearwater, and Jacksonville vs. South Miami/Dade.

Men's 5.0: Defending state champ Jacksonville and Polk County both had 3-0 records entering the late afternoon hours of Saturday, but four matches were still on court yet to be determined in Brevard County vs. Naples, Jacksonville vs. Polk County, scheduled for 5 p.m. South Miami/Dade vs. Naples, and scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Brevard vs. Gainesville. Naples (1-1) and Brevard (1-1) were still in the mix for a national championship berth, while South Miami-Dade (0-3) and Gainesville (0-3) were playing for pride. Each team had one match to play Sunday, with Jacksonville vs. Naples (10 a.m.) and Polk vs. Brevard (3 p.m.) the likely deciders.

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