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Florida Tennis Briefs(5): NCAA Results, Embry-Riddle Coach Awarded, More

May 18, 2011 06:13 PM
Embry-Riddle's Paschal Named NAIA Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year

NCAA_college info.jpgThe ITA has announced its 2011 national award winners for NAIA men's and women's tennis. Highlighting this year's awards are the Wilson/ITA National Coaches of the Year: Chris McMillin, McKendree University (men) and Dave Paschal, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (women) and the ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship: Bartos Micher, Union College (men) and Danielle Calbeck, Biola University (women).
 
Paschal has led both his men's and women's teams to Top 12 finishes each and every year during his tenure, the women's squad has improved from a No. 9 national ranking in May 2010 to No. 2 in the Campbell/ITA Rankings just one year later.

"However, it's not just the on-court performance that has this Paschal among the nation's elite, as he is known for holding his players to higher standards on and off the court. His players understand the importance of good sportsmanship and try to displays a positive demeanor at all times," stated an ITA release.

For a full list of NAIA Regional award winners, visit www.itatennis.com.

As the governing body of collegiate tennis, the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community. The ITA, which is comprised of nearly 1,700 men's and women's varsity coaches representing over 1,200 institutions, administers numerous regional and national championships and the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings for over 20,000 college varsity student-athletes at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior College levels.


St. Petersburg to Host QuickStart Tennis Camp June-Aug. 2011

10andunderlogo_stack_4c-201The Azalea Recreation Center in St. Petersburg, Fla., will host a QuickStart Tennis Camp for boys and girls age 6-10, Mondays through Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. on June 13-Aug. 17, 2010.

No experience is required, and the camp will utilize USTA 10 and Under Tennis featuring the QuickStart play format, which features equipment sized for children focusing on fun. The indoor air-conditioned camp will be organized by USTA-trained coaches Sue Gutierrez and Janet Matthews.

"QuickStart Tennis is an exciting new play format for learning tennis, researched and designed by the USTA," Matthews said. "It focuses on kids 10 and under with age appropriate rackets, balls, and courts. QuickStart helps the younger players learn the game quickly and rally sooner -- which means more fun."

The cost for the camp is $60/week, and parents can register their children by calling the Azalea Recreation Center at 727-893-7150, or Coach Sue at 727-463-7709.


First USTA Jacksonville Public Parks Tennis League Celebrates Season   

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10 and Under Tennis league coordinator Celia Rehm knew success was imminent for her first-time public parks USTA league in Jacksonville when sign-ups stretched their staff thin. Approximately 100 children participated in the 10 and Under Tennis division of the USTA Jr. Team Tennis league organized by the Jax Youth Tennis Association (JYTA) in partnership with JaxParks, the Recreation and Community Programming division of the City of Jacksonville.      

Leagues were held at Burnett, Southside and Boone tennis parks in Jacksonville.

"Children from three parks participated in the fun-filled play day at the Boone Park location," said Rehm, president of the JYTA, of the season-ending get-together. "Moms, dads, grandparents, and siblings also came to join in the celebration. Family members assembled inside the fence to follow their junior player as he or she moved from play station to play station.

"It was great to see the excitement generated in the 90 minutes of activities. Nine play stations in three age categories provided fun opportunities for the players to earn points as they moved from station to station. The efforts of the junior participants were rewarded with prizes. Aside from playing tennis, the players received their participation medals in ceremonial fashion and were later treated to a pizza party."

The JYTA and JaxParks partnership came about under Rehm's leadership, producing Jacksonville's first USTA 10 and Under Tennis junior tennis league.

"We believe we had a very successful first season", said John Kelly, JaxParks athletic manager, in his opening comments to the parents as he acknowledged the contribution of the tennis pros and the volunteers who assisted with the program.

Rehm said the assistance of volunteers and parents was instrumental to the league's success.

"We had a combined total of 98 participants," Rehm said. "We could not have delivered the program without the team effort of the tennis pros and almost 17 volunteers who came out twice a week for seven weeks."

JYTA is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization, approved as a Community Tennis Association (CTA) by USTA Florida. One of its primary goals is to build a trained volunteer and parent base to assist in the retaining of 10 and under children that are introduced to tennis.

"We want to introduce the healthy, positive and fun aspects of tennis in a safe environment to the children in the Jacksonville communities.  After they age-out of our program, we want to link them with the many other tennis programs in the Jacksonville community to continue their tennis journey," Rehm said, adding, "'Start your kids on the game they can play for life' is a slogan used by JYTA."

A fall season is already in the planning stages and will be offered Sept. 26-Nov. 10, 2011. For more information call (904) 262-1399. 
 
photos by Carol Chastain
 
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September Date for MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation Celebrity Golf & Tennis Gala

MWKF logoThe MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation (MWKF) on Sept. 12-13, 2011, will host its largest fundraising event of the year, the Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Celebrity Golf & Tennis Gala in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., with the pinnacle cocktail reception, dinner and auction to be held at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort and Spa.

The two-day event will celebrate the 15-year anniversary of the foundation, and will include a Tennis Pro-Am on Monday, Sept. 12 at the Deerwood Country Club, followed by the cocktail reception, dinner and auction; and on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 8 a.m. the Golf Pro-Am will take place at Marsh Landing Country Club with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.

During the gala dinner, 15 MWKF students will be recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in the classroom, on the tennis court and throughout the community. The Official Gala Raffle, available for a $100 donation, includes grand prizes of trips to the US Open in Flushing Meadows, NY, the PGA Championship in Kiawah Island, SC, the Barnes & Noble's innovative Nook, and a sleek Ultra Flip Camera.

The MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation is a local, non-profit youth development organization which operates the TnT (Tennis-n-Tutoring) after-school program. The TnT program serves over 160 under-served youth in the community and provides free homework assistance, tennis lessons and life skills classes to youth in grades 1st to high school, Monday-Friday. The mission of the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation is to develop champions in classrooms, on tennis courts and throughout communities.

For more information contact Ashley Strickland at (904) 571-3127 or Ashley@malwashington.com.


UF Teams, Miami Women Advance to NCAA Tennis Round of 16

Gator-Tennis.jpgThe University of Florida men's and women's tennis teams and the University of Miami women's squad advanced out of regional play over the weekend to Stanford, Calif., and the round of 16 at the NCAA Tennis Championships.

The UF women defeated South Carolina State 4-0 and South Carolina 4-2 in regional play in Gainesville, while the host Miami women defeated Florida International University 4-0 and Texas 4-1 to advance. On Friday Florida will face Clemson, and Miami will face Michigan.

The Florida men defeated South Carolina State 4-0 and Miami 4-3 to advance to California. On Thursday they will face Kentucky.

For complete results and the NCAA tournament brackets go to www.ncaa.com/brackets/tennis-women/d1/2011.
 
 
 

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