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Sleet Can't Stop Players at USTA Florida Combo Adult 6.5 & 7.5 Tennis Chps.

January 10, 2010 06:00 PM
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Jan. 11, 2010 --
 

 A player shows off her "Snuggie"

 

 Tournament staff

 

 Women players stay warm

Jacksonville, North Palm Beach and Tallahassee were winners over the weekend, braving sleet and flurries during the USTA Florida Combo Adult 6.5 & 7.5 Championships, held Jan. 8-10, 2010, at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach, Fla.

"This was one of our toughest tournament weekends ever but the players and the officials were very gracious," said USTA Florida Leagues Coordinator Jodi Manning. "We played our 8 a.m. matches and got them on the court, but our 9:30 a.m. matches got pushed back with the sleet which got everything too wet. We provided hot chocolate in the mornings and they were bundled up to the max, it was amazing that every match got played. We went to short scoring on Saturday because we didn't want it to go too late."

One humorous rule challenge occurred when a captain wanted to coach his players under the rain delay rule -- except the players had been pulled off the court due to the courts becoming too mushy from the sleet. The coaching challenge was subsequently granted.

"On Sunday the courts were frozen and the water pipes froze," Manning said. "We had to take some matches off the courts because when it thawed a little it became too mushy."

Jacksonville teams took home two titles in the Women's 6.5 (successfully defending their championship from last year) and Men's 6.5 divisions. The Jacksonville 6.5 women edged the second place Brevard squad, while the Jacksonville 6.5 men finished ahead of second place and defending champion Gainesville/Lake City.

The Jacksonville 6.5 women play out of the Charles J. Williams YMCA. The team is captained by Mary Dominguez, and includes Darlene Day, Laurie Bledsoe, Amy Curley, Mary Swindle, Jodi Balestrieri, Michelle Reid, Audra Bancroft, Deborah Jean Farwell and Polly Curole.

The Jacksonville 6.5 men play out of Oakleaf Plantation, and are captained by Chris Payton. Team members are Francisco Cabrera, Jowell Olson, Hanz Konrad Tabora, Steven Valenzuela, Carlos Eduardo Celis, Roger Acco, Arthur Looney, Ryan Osbeck, Jay Baker Keeley, Juan Celis, Jeffry Sales, Phillip Winney, Kevin Alvarado, and Oscar Kelley Villanueva.

North Palm Beach was the lone city/county with only one team entered in the Combo Adult Championships, but one team was all they needed to capture the Women's 7.5 division, finishing ahead of the second place Gainesville/Lake City squad. The North Palm Beach team plays out of the Jupiter Country Club, and is captained by Claudette Nys, with team members Wendy Tatum, Liliana Muvdi Selz, Susan Sheehan, Michele Albert, Joann Gandhi, Lisa Reiss, Sue Beale, Barbara Gonzales, Rachel Dawson, Carol Pahl, Kristi Ann Haney, and Alesia Marie Johnson.

The team from Tallahassee captured the Men's 7.5 division championship, edging out the second place squad from South Miami/Dade to successfully defend their championship from last year. The Tallahassee team is captained by Travis Sykes and is comprised of Iain Graham Harnden, David Lane, Robert Lumsden, John Brooks, Kenneth Seymore, Reginald Williams, Tim Lashley, Rodney Lewis, Trey Leech and Larry Johnson.

USTA Combo Doubles combines two different NTRP levels on the same court, with the combined NTRP of both players determining the league division. For example, in the 6.5 league, a 3.0 and a 3.5-rated player make up one doubles team. There are three doubles courts to a team match, and the NTRP combinations between a pair of doubles players cannot exceed a 0.5 differential.

 

 The 6.5 men's champions from Jacksonville

 

 The 6.5 women's champions from Jacksonville

 

 The 7.5 men's champions from Tallahassee

 

 The 7.5 women's champions from North Palm Beach

 

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