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USTA Florida Adult Mixed Doubles Section Championships

October 16, 2007 03:40 PM

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The USTA Florida Adult Mixed Doubles Section Championships presented by Chrysler came to a close on Sunday, October 14 at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.  The Ormond Beach Tennis Center and Florida Tennis Center welcomed 550 players and 60 teams, divided among 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0 and 10.0 divisions, to the weekend-long section tournament.  The event marked the end of the season for all but five mixed league teams who will soon represent USTA Florida at the USTA National Eastern Mixed Doubles Championships, November 16-18 in Orlando, Fla.

Beautiful weather on all three days was a blessing for tournament staff and players.  Matches were played according to schedule which helped teams settle into a pattern of play throughout the weekend.  Although a competitive tournament, there was no shortage of friendly chitchat on the courts between opponents, laughter off the courts and celebratory cheers after matches were finished. 

Rounding out the first set of champions in the 10.0 division was Jacksonville, captained by Bill Chapman.  Only two teams competed in the 10.0, 3-match round robin format.  Although Jacksonville swept St.Pete/Clearwater, captained by Russell Waters, with a total of 3 wins and 0 losses (3-0) overall, five out the nine matches they played were determined by third set, 10-point tiebreakers.   Jacksonville defeated St.Pete/Clearwater 2-1 in their first match-up, 3-0 in their second, and 2-1 in their final meeting Saturday afternoon.

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Saturday afternoon also marked semi-final play in the 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 divisions.  After winning the No. 1 doubles position in the 7.0 semi-final, Naples lost their No. 2 and No. 3 doubles lines to St. Pete/Clearwater in third set tiebreakers.

Pensacola and South Miami played in the second 7.0 semi-final.  Pensacola took the No. 1 doubles line in straight sets, but then lost in straight sets to South Miami’s No. 2 doubles team.  Resting on the No. 3 doubles position for a chance in the finals, South Miami bounced back after losing the first set and won the match in a third set tiebreaker.

The 8.0 semi-finals brought together Pensacola vs. Tampa and Treasure Coast vs. St. Pete/Clearwater.  Pensacola, captained by Paul Einhart, won the No. 1 doubles line, but lost the No. 2 and No. 3 positions to Tampa.  Treasure Coast had the same record; they won the No. 1 doubles position, but lost No. 2 and No. 3 to St. Pete/Clearwater.    

Closing out semi-final play on Saturday were the 9.0 teams; Sarasota vs. Naples and Broward vs. Tampa.  Sarasota swept all three lines in straight sets, prompting them to an appearance in the Finals on Sunday.  Although Tampa fought hard, Broward pulled out a 2-1 victory by winning the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles positions.

Championship Sunday began bright and early at 8:00 a.m.  St. Pete/Clearwater, captained by Mike Bedosky, and South Miami, captained by Ripton Laing, headed to courts 1, 2 and 3 for the 7.0 Finals.  St.Pete/Clearwater had momentum on their side, overcoming South Miami 3-0.  Javier Valenzuela and Ciara Solheim (No. 1 doubles) def. Jorge Salinas and Eleasa Thompson 6-1, 6-3; Scott Bishop and Christine Garcia (No. 2 doubles) def. Denise Eutsey and Jesus Armando Huatuco 7-5, 6-4; Yarek Orsini and Lori Coleman (No. 3 doubles) def. Luther Mathews and Theresa Mathews 6-4, 6-7, 1-0.

The 9.0 Finals were played on courts 13, 14 and 15 between Sarasota, captained by Barb Lancer and Broward, captained by Ann Spalding.  Sarasota followed in St. Pete/Clearwater’s footsteps, sweeping their opponents 3-0.  Michael Karka and Kristina Von Kessel (No. 1 doubles) def. Peter Windham and Lori Stein 7-6, 6-2; Joseph Gratton and Nina Schmidt (No. 2 doubles) def. Mark Spalding and Cindy Leprevost 6-3, 6-4; Larry Woodruff and Tana Korngut (No. 3 doubles) def. Eric Saltzman and Colette Kienle 3-6, 7-5, 1-0.

Tampa, captained by Mike Bedosky, and St. Pete/Clearwater, captained by Donna Coddington, followed the 9.0 Finals at 11:00 a.m. on courts 13, 14 and 15.  Team Tampa edged out St.Pete/Clearwater in the 8.0 Finals with a score of 2-1, claiming wins in the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles positions.  Chris Thomas and Jayne Bedosky from Tampa def. Donna Coddington and Scott Kroeger 4-6, 6-4, 10-8 while Joe Orsini and Mary Marshall def. Dale Alford and Jennifer Bell 6-2, 6-4, respectively.  In the No. 1 doubles position, Judi Morris and Rob Tenney from St.Pete/Clearwater def. Jeff Wakefield and Bridget Bishop 6-4, 3-6, 1-0.

Last but not least, Jacksonville and Gainesville/Lake City returned at noon to courts 1, 2 and 3 for the 6.0 Finals.  Both teams had a perfect 4-0 record going into Championship play.  Jacksonville, captained by Jeff Dao, kept their perfect record going as they swept Gainesville 3-0.  Gainesville, captained by Russell Waters, played well throughout the tournament, but fell just short in the end.  Jacksonville’s No. 1 doubles team of Yancey Evans and Susan Kubricht staged a remarkable comeback, losing 0-6 in the first set and winning the last two sets in tiebreakers (7-6, 10-7).  Other match winners include Mike Kegel and Lisa Winney (No. 2 doubles) def. Dale Robinson and Beth Lager 6-4, 6-2 and Laura Drake and Peter Manuelian (No. 3 doubles) def. Chad Crews and Kelli Crews 6-2, 6-0.  

In between matches on Saturday, players had the opportunity to test drive Chrysler cars.  Every player who stopped by their tent received a free gift as well!  All Champion teams from each division received beautiful glass trophies, while finalists received a practical navy blue and black gym bag.
 
Congratulations to all teams who advanced to the sectional championships and to those teams who will represent USTA Florida at the National Championships in Orlando next month.  USTA Florida League staff appreciate everyone’s support in making the tournament a success; especially Carl Weathington, Tournament Director, and USTA Florida volunteers: Melody Johnson, David Wisotsky and Clark Higgs

*Note: 1-0 denotes that the third set was won in a 10 point tiebreaker; however exact tiebreaker scores were not available.

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