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Jr. Team Tennis Players Head West

July 31, 2007 03:08 PM

Photos and article by Michelle Pinkus

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The 26th annual USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis Summer Section Tournament, hosted by the Polk County Tennis Association (PCTA), drew in approximately 800 players from around the state. The Lakeland tournament was held July 27-29, 2007, with 99 teams competing to be section champions for the USTA Jr. Team Tennis summer season. Teams competed in levels ranging from beginner to advanced and in four different age divisions, from 10s to 18s. Winners and finalists at the intermediate and advanced levels received trophies, and participation awards were given to all players in the beginner divisions. Also at stake in this tournament was an invitation to either Nationals in Tuscon, AZ in October, or a spot in September’s Georgia/Florida Jr Team Tennis Challenge in Jacksonville.

The tournament started out under clear skies with all teams competing at one of five locations in the area. After a successful first day, players and coaches gathered at the Lake Mirror Civic Center and were treated to a party, sponsored by the Youth Tennis Foundation, complete with pizza, ice cream sundaes, a DJ, and door prizes provided by USTA Florida and Wilson Sporting Goods. The games ran nonstop and the place was packed until the last song ended. The following two days saw scattered rain showers, but that didn’t keep players from competing at their highest level during matches.  In the end, four teams won the opportunity to compete at Nationals and they are:  Pembroke Lakes Advancers, Pembroke Pines (14 Int.), Space Coast Shore Shots, Melbourne Beach(14 Adv.), Hidden Talent, Miami (18 Int.), You Got Schlicked, Lakeland (18 Adv.).  Another 20 earned a place in the Georgia/Florida Jr. Team Tennis Challenge.  Good luck to all teams!

USTA Jr. Team Tennis is a great environment for players who just want to enjoy the game while still having an element of competition. Jodi Manning, Tournament Director and Coordinator of USTA Jr. Team Tennis, mentions that the team tennis format allows all players the opportunity to compete. By competing in teams, players can develop both teamwork and sportsmanship, which are crucial aspects of USTA Jr. Team Tennis. This year five coaches were recognized for being great examples of good sportsmanship and encouraging the same for their players. Congratulations to the following coaches and their teams:

Paula McCardle, L.R. Jr. Feds, Lake Hamilton
Tracy Mason and Alison Sopko, Aces Wild, Lakeland
Sue Bradshaw, Harbor Ridge Terminators, Palm City
Claudia Fernandez, Sanlando Baseliners, Longwood
Robert Miller, Courier’s Kids SPTC, St. Petersburg

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USTA Florida would like to thank Dave Beerman and the Polk County Tennis Association for all their efforts in making this tournament such a success. Their volunteerism, generosity, and services continue to be outstanding, and we greatly appreciate the PCTA inviting us back year after year.

Congratulations to the following teams who were champions and finalists in their divisions:

12 Intermediate:
1st: North River Shores Ralliers, Stuart
2nd: Tomoka Hotshots, Ormond Beach

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14 Intermediate Competitive:
1st: Red Wildcats, Winter Park
2nd: Harbor Ridge Terminators, Palm City

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14 Intermediate Championship:

1st: Pembroke Lakes Advancers, Pembroke Pines**
2nd: Ghost Riders, Lakeland

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14 Advanced:
1st: Space Coast Shore Shots, Melbourne Beach**
2nd: Next Generation, Miami

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18 Intermediate Competitive:
1st: St. Pete Beach Shark Bites, St. Petersburg
2nd: The Authority, St. Petersburg

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18 Intermediate Championship:
1st: Hidden Talent, Miami**
2nd: Dip-n-Rip, Plant City

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18 Advanced:
1st: You Got Schlicked, Lakeland**
2nd: The Heat, Miami

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**Qualified for the National Tournament

Congratulations and good luck to the following teams who will be representing the Florida section in the upcoming Georgia/Florida tournament:

10 Intermediate:
Tomoka Big Bangers, Port Orange
Space Coast Sizzlers, Melbourne

12 Intermediate:
North River Shores Ralliers, Stuart
Tomoka Hot Shots, Ormond Beach
Winter Park Racquet, Winter Park
Space Coast Astronuts, Satellite Beach

12 Advanced:
Williams YMCA Hotshots, Jacksonville
12AA McMullen Monsters, Clearwater

14 Intermediate:
Ghost Riders, Lakeland
Kiwi A-1 Team, Melbourne
Desoto Exterminators, Satellite Beach
Voodoo, Lakeland
L.R. Jr. Feds, Lake Hamilton

14 Advanced:
Next Generation, Miami

18 Intermediate:
Dip-n-Rip, Plant City
The Gun Show, Lake Hamilton
Pembroke Lakes Page Up, Pembroke Pines
Team XYNZ, Miami
Courier’s Kids SPTC, St. Petersburg

18 Advanced:
The Heat, Miami 

 

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