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Five Florida Cities Advance to USTA League 2.5, 3.5, 4.5 Tennis Nationals

August 16, 2010 01:08 PM
The men's 4.5 champions from Pensacola
The men's 4.5 runners-up from Gainesville
The women's 4.5 champions from Sarasota
The women's 4.5 runners-up from Jacksonville
The men's 3.5 champions from Broward County
The men's 3.5 runners-up from Ocala
The women's 3.5 champions from Jacksonville
The women's 3.5 runners-up from Volusia/Flagler
The men's 2.5 champions from Ocala
The men's 2.5 runners-up from Volusia/Flagler
The women's 2.5 champions from Jacksonville
The women's 2.5 runners-up from Ocala
The first weekend of the two-weekend USTA Florida Adult League Section Tennis Championships was held Aug. 13-15, 2010 in Daytona Beach at the Florida Tennis Center, where Broward County, Jacksonville, Ocala, Pensacola, and Sarasota advanced teams to represent Florida at the USTA Adult League Nationals in October.

USTA Florida Section winners were determined in the men's and women's 2.5, 3.5, and 4.5 National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP)-rated divisions. The competitors dealt with super-humid conditions and temperatures in the 90s, while rain forced some of the Friday matches to Saturday.

Jacksonville was the only city/county to win multiple titles, as the Jacksonville 2.5 women repeated their championship run from 2009, and claimed the 3.5 women's championship. The Jacksonville 2.5 women finished ahead of second-place Ocala, and the 3.5 women ahead of the Volusia/Flagler squad.

The Jacksonville 2.5 women, playing out of the Eagle Harbor Country Club, are comprised of captain Susan Bogicevic, Shelly MacGregor Hamilton, Monika Fude, Ramona Criss Depetris, Nancy Jane White, Tamara Hertz Vanek, Eva Dasher, Tameka Bezue-Jackson, Diane Mary Spera, Shai Surdyke, Elaine Canaan, and Barbara Wegznek. The Jacksonville 3.5 women, playing out of the Williams YMCA, are comprised of captain Mary Dominguez, Karen Robertson, Cyndi Cox, Polly Curole, Kimberly Besser, Kimberly Duncan, Paulette Dupont, Mary Swindle, Michelle Reid, Darlene Day, Deborah Farwell and Audra Bancroft.
The Sarasota 4.5 women denied Jacksonville a sweep of the women's division, edging them 13-7 to 12-8 in individual win-loss records after both teams were tied with 3-1 team records at the end of round robin play. The Sarasota 4.5 women are captained by Joann DeMartini, playing out of the Laurel Oak Country Club, and comprised of Celia Marchese, Julie Heitman, Janet Kempton, Lisa Butler-Grain, Barbara Lancer, Janet Sperling, Marcie Johnson, Marianne Sibille, Eve Goldberg, Sharon Butler, Ashley Gruters, Julie Warren, Jennifer Bright, and Sarka Vitkova.

In men's play Ocala captured the 2.5 section title, recording a perfect 4-0 record, ahead of second-place Volusia/Flagler. The Ocala squad plays out of the Ft. King Tennis Center and is captained by Dwayne Molock, with the team comprised of Cameron McCaskill, Sylvester Ajufo, Anthony Ewere Okoh, Noel Brown, Paul Zirakian, and Richard Velez Perrone. The Ocala 2.5 men also advanced to the national championship in 2009.

Broward County denied Ocala a second Florida Section title in men's 3.5 play, finishing with a perfect 4-0 record to Ocala's 3-1. The Broward 3.5 men, playing out of Ft. Lauderdale, are captained by Kelly Painter and comprised of Darren Mikail Fernandez, Kevin Raynard Sims, Albert Niels, Christopher Robert Escott, Manuel Augusto Alvarado, Ross Stevens, Jamey Bryant, Gregory Devail Hicks, Peter Gerhold, Craig Neal, Rick Stone, Jason Dalbo, John Minnis, Eduardo Noriega and Kevin Hoffmann.

Pensacola advanced their men's 4.5 team to nationals after posting a perfect 4-0 record, edging Gainesville which finished with a 3-1 record. Playing out of the Portofino Island Resort & Spa, the Pensacola 4.5 men are captained by Michael Edge, and include Chris Bloomberg, Steven King, Taylor Moore, Christian Bruce Connors, Calvin Moore, Michael Eddins, William Morris, Christopher McCullar, Buddy Gonzalez, Zachary Robert Schweigert, Will Neuner, Rick Cuny, Rick Davis, and Buck Bobo.

Steven King from the Pensacola 4.5 men's team was taken from the site in an ambulance on Sunday, suffering from heat stroke, but eventually returned later in the day to cheer his team to victory. It could be viewed as the team's "good luck charm" as King suffered the same condition during the team's regional victory in Jacksonville. "Referee Mac Mcgregor suggested to him to take up golf," said USTA Florida Adult & Senior League Coordinator Dona Garcia.

USTA Florida is one of 17 USTA Sections across the U.S., and each section qualifies one team in each NTRP division (2.5 up to 5.0) for the USTA Adult League National Championships.

The Broward County, Jacksonville, Ocala, Pensacola, and Sarasota teams will represent Florida at the USTA League Adult Championships in October. The USTA League 2.5 Adult National Championship will be held Oct. 1-3, 2010, in Rancho Mirage, Calif., at the Mission Hills Country Club. The USTA League 3.5 Adult National Championship will be held Oct. 29-31, 2010, in Tucson, Ariz., at the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center. The USTA League 4.5 Adult National Championship will be held Oct. 8-10, 2010, in Tucson, Ariz., at the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center.

The coming weekend of Aug. 20-22 will see the second and final weekend of USTA Florida Adult League Championships play when the men's and women's 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0-rated regional champions battle to represent Florida at the USTA League Adult National Championships.

For the full Adult League national championships schedule CLICK HERE.

For more info on USTA Florida Adult League for the 2011 season CLICK HERE.






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