Florida Tennis Briefs(2): FL at USTA League Nationals, ITF Worlds

October 17, 2011 03:52 PM
USTA Florida Finishes 2nd, 4th at 4.5 Senior League Nationals

The Volusia/Flagler 4.5 women at the USTA Florida League Sectional
Representing USTA Florida at the USTA League Senior 4.5 National Championships on Oct. 13-15, 2011, the Florida women's team finished 2nd to USTA Texas, while the Florida men finished fourth at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

The Volusia/Flagler counties 4.5 women were edged 2-1 by Texas in the final. Playing out of the Brandywine Tennis Club in Deland, Fla., the team roster was comprised of captain Terri Thomson, Tami Florin, Nancy Weststrate, Katherine Macra Foulk, Paula Madsen, Debbie McMillan, Angela Robinson, Janet Montville and Debbie Toomey.

The Pinellas County 4.5 men were defeated by the USTA New England squad in the 3rd/4th place playoff. Playing out of the City of Clearwater, the team roster included captain Ronald Massey, Steve Talner, Rick Workman, Peter Bretagne Bonfa, Michael Rothberg, Christopher Skinner, Lance Cohen, Richard Munoz, Dale Alford, Anthony Ruggiero, Marvin Wilhite, Grahame Bell, R. Michael Carroll and Michael Erbe.

The USTA Southern California squad (Laguna Hills) captured the men's 4.5 title, in the final defeating USTA Missouri Valley 2-1.

This year's USTA League 4.5 Senior National Championship drew the top 34 teams (17 men's and 16 women's) from throughout the nation.

7 Titles for U.S. at ITF Super Senior World Team Chps. in Turkey

Florida players at the ITF Super-Senior World Team Championships
U.S. men's and women's national Super Senior (60 and older) tennis teams won seven titles competing against the world's best at the ITF Super-Senior World Team Championships, held Oct. 10-16, 2011, in Antalya, Turkey.

Three late finals, held over to Sunday because of bad weather earlier in the week, took place in front of a sizeable crowd at Club Ali Bey Manavgat.

The defending U.S. champs captured the Von Cramm Cup (Men's 65-over) after Florida's Larry Turville (Naples), the defending world singles champion, was upset in the singles by Australia's Andrew Rae in straight sets. This is Rae's first year in this age category after enjoying considerable success in younger age categories on the ITF Senior Circuit. Brian Cheney of Arizona won the other singles for the U.S., and the U.S. team of Tony Dawson/Paul Wulf clinched the doubles and the cup for the U.S.

Florida's King Van Nostrand (Vero Beach) led the Bitsy Grant Cup (Men's 75-over) to the title over Australia in the final. Van Nostrand in his singles match defeating Aussie Peter Froelich in straight sets. The U.S. team swept the final 3-0 when Herman Ahlers won the other singles and Jack Powless/Lester Sack won the doubles.

Florida's Kerry Young (Maitland) and captain Carol Clay (Ft. Lauderdale) led the U.S. Alice Marble Cup (Women's 60-over) team to the title over France in the final 3-0. Young and Martha Downing won their singles in straight sets, while Clay teamed with Molly Hahn for a straight-set doubles victory.

Additional U.S. titles came in the Britannia Cup (Men' 65-over) when the U.S. defeating France 2-1; in the Gardnar Mulloy Cup (Men' 80-over) final when the U.S. beat France 3-0; in the Althea Gibson Cup (Women's 70-over) final when the U.S. swept Germany 3-0; and in the Queen's Cup (Women's 75-over) final when the U.S. topped Great Britain 2-0.

The Super-Seniors World Individual Championships will be held Oct. 16-23, 2011, in Antalya, Turkey.

Rollins' Jovita Wins ITA Small College 'Super Bowl'

rollins lucas jovitaRollins College's Lucas Jovita defeated Embry-Riddle's Chris Freeman 6-3, 6-1 in the men's final of the ITA Super Bowl over the weekend at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala. The Super Bowl pits the Division II, Division III, NAIA and Junior/Community College champions against one another from the 2011 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships.

The opening set remained on serve until 3-3 when Jovita broke at love for a 4-3 advantage. Jovita's next service game was an easy hold, forcing Freeman to serve to stay in the set trailing 5-3. Freeman was able to save two set points, but served-up a double fault at 30-40 to drop the set. Each player held serve to open the second, but Jovita picked up his level of play from there, taking the final five games for the victory.
Jovita's win qualifies him for the 2011 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, which will take place Nov. 3-6, 2011, at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.