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Florida Tennis Briefs(4): NCAA Preview, Kiick Wins Daytona ITF; More

May 11, 2011 05:59 PM
NCAA Tennis Regionals This Weekend at Gainesville, Miami

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Alexandra Cercone
The Florida Gator men and women and the University of Miami women will host NCAA tennis regional tournaments this weekend, vying to reach the NCAA Tennis National Championships in Stanford, Calif.

The University of Florida will host men's and women's regionals at the Ring Tennis Complex in Gainesville. The Gator men will battle Miami, Nebraska and South Carolina State for a place at nationals, while the Gator women will host Arizona, South Carolina and South Carolina State. The University of Miami women will host Texas, South Florida and Florida International University at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center in Coral Gables, Fla.

A number of former Florida junior players will be competing at the UF men's regional, including Tom Blackwell (Nebraska), Santiago Nieto and Waylan Chi (Miami), and for UF Spencer Newman, Andrew Butz, Bob Overbeek, Billy Hederhoffer, Sekou Bangoura and Michael Alford. The UF women's regional will feature former Florida juniors Allie Will, Lauren Embree, Alexandra Cercone, Olivia Janiowicz and Brittany Boyrsani, all competing for UF.

The Miami women's regional will feature former Florida juniors Brittany Dubins, Kayla Rizzolo and Danielle Mills (Miami), Liset Brito (FIU), and Katherine Pyne, Krisen Pyne and Morgan Pyne (USF).
To check out where these and other Florida teams are in regionals play across the country this weekend, go to www.ncaa.com/brackets/tennis-men/d1/2011 (men) or www.ncaa.com/brackets/tennis-women/d1/2011 (women).

USTA Sectional Men's Senior Team Challenge Cup Tennis Planned

Four USTA Sections have joined together to form a new tournament, the Sectional Senior Team Challenge Cup to kick-off in 2011. Teams from USTA Southern, USTA Midwest, USTA Florida and USTA Texas will play at the Western Tennis & Fitness Club in Cincinnati on Nov. 4-6, 2011, for the inaugural cup.

The teams will draw the top senior talent from the USTA Sections, including players with national titles and who have represented their country in International Tennis Federation (ITF) competitions. Men in three age brackets -- 55s, 60s and 65s -- will face off on indoor hardcourts. Each team match will consist of three singles and two doubles matches. Players are restricted to one age group.

The tournament was formed after a similar event, the USTA National Men's Intersectional Team Tournament, was discontinued in 2010. USTA Southern won 11 of the last 13 National Men's Intersectional Team Tournaments.

The USTA Adult Competition Committee will monitor the quality of the participating player field in the inaugural cup to determine if the tournament will be a candidate for the national system of "points per round" in the future. The USTA Midwest Section will sanction the tournament and sponsor the player party. The cost will be $75 per player. Lunches will be provided to players Friday and Saturday.

For more information, contact Larry Turville at lturville@msn.com. Future tournaments will be hosted by Southern in 2012, Texas in 2013 and Florida in 2014.

Florida's Kiick, Taiwan's Lai Win ITF Daytona Beach Jr. Tennis Titles

Kiick Alexandra
Allie Kiick
Allie Kiick of Plantation, Fla., and Taiwan's Kai-Wen Lai won the Grade 4 ITF junior tennis titles over the weekend in Daytona Beach, Fla., held at the Florida Tennis Center.
The event was the first of three ITF junior events in Florida, with players moving on to the Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation this week, and finally to Delray Beach.

Kiick defeated Jennifer Brady, who trains at the Evert Academy in Boca Raton, 6-4, 6-4 in the final. Kiick also won the doubles title with Alexandra Morozova of Sunny Isles, Fla., in the final defeating Brady and Pompano Beach's Chalena "Chi Chi" Scholl 6-3, 1-6, 10-6.

Kiick is the Orange Bowl 16s champion, and the daughter of Jim Kiick, the former running back on the Miami Dolphins' 1972 undefeated Super Bowl championship team.

Taiwan's Lai received an injury walkover in the final from Tennessee's Nick Wood. Lai likewise won the doubles with American William Kwok, with the top seeds defeating unseeded Carter Lin of the U.S. and Brayden Schnur of Canada 6-2, 7-5.

Florida USTA League Men's 4.0 Super 70s Wraps Historic Season

In Jan-Mar, the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area hosted a USTA League Men's 4.0 Super 70s division, "the first-ever in Florida" according to league organizer Wendall Walker, who worked with USTA Florida Local League Coordinator Dave Foster to get the league off the ground. 

"We've had 3.5 Super 70's leagues for several years, but this is a first at the 4.0 level," Walker said. "We had three teams, with eight guys on each team, and we played six matches. We learned that several other Sections also have similar leagues."

The McMullen/Tallarida team finished first with a 5-1 win-loss record, followed by the McMullen/Wheeler team and the Shipwatch/Walker squad.

"Next year, even more guys will be eligible for the 70's leagues, which will run January through March," Walker said.  "We're hoping that other areas of Florida will try to initiate a 4.0 Super 70's league. Who knows, one of these days we might have a Florida Super 70's Sectional."

For Super 70s information contact Wendall Walker at wendallwalker@earthlink.net.

For more information on Senior or Super Senior division league tennis in Florida, go to http://www.florida.usta.com/AdultsSeniors/LeagueNews/







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