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Florida Teams 1st, 3rd at USTA League Tennis National Chps.

October 15, 2013 02:31 PM
The USTA League national champion women from Casselberry
The 18 & Over Division Women's 4.0 team
from Indian Harbour Beach
USTA Florida league tennis teams finished in first and third place during USTA League National Championships held the weekend of Oct. 11-13, 2013, in Indian Wells, Calif., and Tucson, Ariz.

The 40 & Over Division Women's 3.5 team from Casselberry, Fla., playing out of Red Bug Lake Park during the regular season, captured the title at the 2013 USTA League Adult 40 & Over 3.5 National Championships at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. In the final they edged the USTA Pacific Northwest team from Portland, Ore., by the score of 3-2.

Earlier in the day, the Casselberry women defeated a team from Tulsa, Okla. 4-1 in the semifinals. They advanced to the semifinals by winning their round-robin flight contested Friday and Saturday.

The team's roster for the season was comprised of Stephanie Schwartzberg (captain), Ida Burgos, Christina Moore, Cristina Shams, Dianne Gocek, Pam Sheehan, Marlene Gasner, Sharon Browning, Kim Wells, Debby Savino, Vicki Browning, Sherri Testa, Suzanne Dukes, Blanche Jaoude, Stacy Shishima, Cindy Dewitt, Alaine Kaminsky, Shanda Redding, and Mary Gravenmier.

Placing third at the 2013 USTA League Adult 18 & Over 4.0 National Championships at the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson were the Adult 18 & Over Division 4.0 Women from Indian Harbour Beach, playing out of the Kiwi Tennis Club. In the 3rd/4th place playoff the Indian Harbour Beach women defeated the USTA Caribbean team from Puerto Rico 4-1.

In the prior semifinals they lost to the team from USTA Northern California (Santa Clara) 3-2. They advanced to the semis by winning their round-robin flight contested Friday and Saturday.

The team's roster for the season was comprised of Mary Devereaux (captain), Maria Sulick, Diane Breitfeller, Julie Loy-Markey, Anna Stroman, Patti Van Zante, Patti Reeder, Maria Hurt, Colleen Dubuque, Nancy Jean Van Suetendael, Kellie Lohman, Stacy McHenry, Kristin Harang, Tracy Oates, Lisa Kennedy, Carolyn Fast, Lisa Mitchell, and Joey Cacciatore.

Beginning with the 2013 National Championship season, USTA League changed its structure and format. The change offers USTA League participants age categories (Adult 18 & Over, Adult 40 & Over, Adult 55 & Over, and Mixed 18 & Over) to better align participants with players their own age. The restructuring guarantees more frequency of play opportunities at more appropriate age groups.

For more information about USTA Florida League tennis go to www.florida.usta.com/usta_adult_senior_leagues/home.






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