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Hillsborough, Lee/Charlotte, Ocala, Sarasota/Manatee, Treasure Coast Take Titles at USTA Florida Combo Adult League Championships

January 24, 2011 11:25 AM
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The Ocala Men's 5.5 champions
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The Ocala Women's 5.5 champions
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The Pensacola Women's 5.5 finalists
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The Lee/Charlotte counties Senior Men's 6.5 champions
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The Sarasota/Manatee counties Senior Women's 6.5 champions
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The Ocala Senior Men's 6.5 finalists
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The Polk County Senior Women's 6.5 finalists
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The Hillsborough County Senior Men's 7.5 champions
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The Hillsborough Senior Women's 7.5 champions
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The Pinellas County Senior Men's 7.5 finalists
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The Jacksonville Senior Women's 7.5 finalists
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The Hillsborough County Men's 8.5 champions
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The Sarasota/Manatee counties Women's 8.5 champions
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The Jacksonville Men's 8.5 finalists
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The Treasure Coast Women's 8.5 finalists
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The Hillsborough County Senior Women's 8.5 champions
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The Pinellas County Senior Women's 8.5 finalists
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The Treasure Coast Men's 9.5 champions
Hillsborough County captured a tournament-high four league titles over the weekend at the 2010 USTA Florida Combo Adult Championships, the final league championships of the 2010 season, held Jan. 21-23, 2011, at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach, Fla.
 
Also winning league championship titles were Lee/Charlotte counties, Ocala (2 titles), Sarasota/Manatee counties (2), and Treasure Coast.
 
"I appreciate the players’ patience and understanding with the challenging weather conditions this past weekend," said Jodi Manning, USTA Florida's staff liaison for the Combo Section Championships, who dealt with rain to begin the championships on Friday. "Team sportsmanship and camaraderie was abundant even though there were late night and early morning matches.”
 
Hillsborough County’s four-title haul was in the divisions of Adult Men’s 8.5, finishing ahead of second-place Jacksonville; Senior Men’s 7.5, finishing ahead of second-place Pinellas County; Senior Women’s 7.5, finishing ahead of second-place Jacksonville, and Senior Women’s 8.5, edging second-place Pinellas County.
 
The Hillsborough County Adult Men’s 8.5 team, playing out of Hunter’s Green, was captained by Joe Orsini, and has a roster including Eric Claude Girard, Richard Scott, Tom Lahart, Jeffrey Lee Saxton, Hector Arroyo, Paul Lefebvre, Yarek Orsini, Chris Thomas and Larry Tevnan. They beat Jacksonville 2-1 in the final, with two of the three matches determined in third-set tiebreaks.
 
The Hillsborough County Senior Men’s 7.5 team, playing out of Buckhorn Springs Tennis and Swim Club in Valrico, has a roster comprised of captain Jay Bortner, co-captain Jeffrey Wong, Gene Pike, Victor Castrillo, Thomas Watkins, Rick Brown, Marshall Veatc, Michael Marrin, Bob Paterson, Chris Wiley, Roger Estrada, Joe Luis Izzo, and Barry Shollenberger. Two of the three matches in the final against Pinellas County were decided in third-set tiebreaks, with Hillsborough winning the final 2-1.
 
The Hillsborough County Senior Women’s 7.5 team, playing out of the River Hills Country Club in Valrico, has a roster comprised of captain Arlene Maloney, Donna Kyle, Karen Montgomery, Cheryl Busciglio, Meg Reign, Wanda Butler, Ida-M Pedersen, Luann Schreier, Janis Marlette, Helene Kennedy-Peterson, Margareta Henderson, and Nancy Dowdy. Two of the three matches in the final went to third-set tiebreaks, with Hillsborough edging defending champion Jacksonville 2-1.
 
The Hillsborough County Senior Women’s 8.5 team, playing out of the Apollo Beach Racquet Club, has a roster comprised of captain Phylis Albritton, Mary Beth Sultenfuss, Debra Whiteside, Janet Hoffman, Janet Tetreault, Rene Lutthans, Sharon Benson, Peggy Poe, Sue Kendall, Margaret MacDonald, and Susan Williams.
 
Ocala’s two league championships, both successfully defended from last season, came in the Adult Men’s 5.5 division where they finished ahead of second-place Gainesville/Lake City, and the Adult Women’s 5.5 division where they finished ahead of second-place Pensacola.
 
The Ocala Adult Men’s 5.5 team, playing out of the Fort King Tennis Center, has a roster comprised of captain Dwayne Sean Molock, Chris Okonkwo, Jeff Fusco, Sylvester Ajufo, Carl Roberts, Martin Onyelo Okonkwo, George Velez, Richard Velez Perrone, Anthony Ewere Okoh, and Robert John Parko. Ocala finished with a 4-0 round robin record, successfully defending their 2009 championship, ahead of second-place 1-3 Gainesville/Lake City.
 
The Ocala Adult Women’s 5.5 squad, also playing out of the Fort King Tennis Center, has a roster comprised of captain Christine Godek, Hera Peterson, Courtney Deaton, Christine Sullivan, Ramona Kirsch, Jennifer Lynn Ochoa, Ellen Debby Tarrant, Charlotte Ruth Rozanski, Lisa Tai Hughes, Nneka Nwakoby, Jennifer Kintzele, Debby Watts, Karin Dean, and Susan Eatmon. They beat Pensacola 3-0 in the final, successfully defending their championship from 2009.
 
Sarasota/Manatee county’s two league championship wins came in the Adult Women’s 8.5 division, finishing ahead of second-place Treasure Coast, and the Senior Women’s 6.5 division, finishing ahead of second-place Polk County.
 
The Sarasota/Manatee counties Adult Women’s 8.5 team, playing out of the Lakewood Ranch Athletic Club in Lakewood Ranch, is comprised of captain Lauren Ash, Dina Berg, Jennifer Bright, Allyson Hoffman, Kathy Lewis, Tami Dalto, Sharon Butler, Tammy Trace, Yvette Sherman, Meredith Heineman-Van Vaals, Linda Pelletier, Julie Warren, and Lorie Gianos. They edged Treasure Coast 2-1 in the final.
 
The Sarasota/Manatee counties Senior Women’s 6.5 squad was captained by Lance Martin, with a roster comprised of Lynn Shea, Sharon Graham, Janna Merrick, Jamie Moore Reagan, Kathryn Lane, Gail Gold, Brenda Kahn, Diana Mahaney, Marcia Caplan, Armentia Thomas, Susan Westra Janisch, and Cornelia Kletschke. They defeated Polk County 2-1 in the final.
 
Treasure Coast won the Adult Men’s 9.5 league championship, finishing ahead of second-place Gainesville/Lake City. Their roster was comprised of captain Lloyd Klusendorf, Ronald Perry, Roger Marcil, Bill Cook, Gerry Berkheimer, John Cook, Scot Wilke, Thomas Collins, Michael Phelipa, and Conner Edward Pickering. 
 
Lee/Charlotte counties won the Senior Men’s 6.5 league championship, successfully defending their championship from 2009, finishing ahead of second-place Ocala. Playing out of the Fort Myers Racquet Club, their roster was comprised of captain Wolf Tschaikowsky, Timothy Louis McClary, Jim Marks, Jerry Leininger, Edward Shultes, Jon McVety, Dan Campbell, Roosevelt Kerr, Sid Grossman, Dennis Petroff, Richard Karp, Kurt Saling, Jeff Stevenson, and Earl Claypool.
 
Lee/Charlotte and Ocala both finished with 2-1 records after round robin play, and both teams were 6-3 in their individual results, but Lee/Charlotte won the tiebreaker by losing one less set overall.
 
The USTA Combo League features men’s doubles and women’s doubles, age 18 and up, with team levels structured to encourage partners of different National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) levels to play together. The format is three individual doubles matches per team match. Teams may enter at any of these levels: 5.5, 6.5, 7.5, 8.5, 9.5 & 10.5 .
 
The skill levels per partnership are one half step above the traditional Mixed League levels. This encourages players of different levels to join together to take advantage of that extra half. For example, on a 7.5 team, the ideal partnership is a 4.0 with a 3.5, although it can be any combination that does not exceed 7.5. A combination of 3.5 and 3.5 would work, as would a 4.5 and a 3.0 together.
 
The NTRP is the official system for determining the levels of competition for USTA League. The primary goal of the ratings program is to help all tennis players enjoy the game by providing a method of classifying skill levels for more compatible matches, group lessons, league play, tournaments and other programs.
 
 
 
 
 

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