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Florida Tennis Briefs(2): Teams Place at JTT, League Nationals

October 30, 2012 12:14 PM
Jacksonville, Miami Players Awarded at USTA Jr. Team Tennis National Chps.
 
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Jacksonville's "904" USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis 18-and-under Advanced champions after winning the Florida section
championship in July
A team representing the USTA Florida Section finished third in the 18-and-under division, and Florida individuals and teams received additional awards during the 2012 USTA Jr. Team Tennis 18-and-under (held Oct. 25-28) and 14-and-under (Oct. 19-21) National Championships at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center in Cayce, S.C.
 
Jacksonville's "904" squad finished third in the 18-and-under Advanced division, losing in the semifinals to the eventual champion from Austin (USTA Texas), then winning the 3rd/4th place playoff match against the USTA Northern Section team.
 
The 904 play out of Mills Field in Jacksonville, and are captained by Cheryl Keller and co-captain Don McCauley. The 904 roster is comprised of Amanda Keller, Jaclyn Switkes, Ethan Wichtendahl, David Tossavainen, James Gray, Sarah Jones, Lara Dedic, Andrey Majkic, Mckenzie Barco, and Mitchell McCauley.
 
Jacksonville's Keller was also named the Girls' Sportsmanship Award winner for the 18-and-under championships.
 
The Jr. Team Tennis 18-and-under nationals brought together the top 32 teams (more than 250 players) at Intermediate and Advanced levels from various USTA Sections throughout the country.
 
At the 14-and-under event the Miami Contenders, representing USTA Florida, won the Banner Award for creating the most spirited team banner.
 
 
The national championships serves as the crown jewel of USTA Jr. Team Tennis as the nation's top teams compete for the title. Each year the USTA crowns a national champion in two age divisions (14-and-under and 18-and-under) in both the Intermediate and Advanced play divisions. This year, there were 32 teams from across the United States who advanced to the national championships, totaling 249 participants.
 
 
Gainesville Women, Tampa Men Place at USTA League 4.0 National Tennis Chps.
 
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The Gainesville 4.0 women in Tucson
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The Tampa Bay 4.0 men in Tucson
Florida USTA League teams from Gainesville and Tampa finished in the top four in October at the 2012 USTA League 4.0 Adult National Championships, held at the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz., on Oct. 19-21.
 
The Gainesville 4.0 women's team lost to the eventual champion USTA Caribbean Section (San Juan, Puerto Rico) team 3-2 in the semifinals, then in the 3rd/4th place playoff defeated the USTA Southern California (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) squad 4-1.
 
The Gainesville 4.0 women play out of the D.B. Racquet Club, with a team roster of Lenhs Louis (captain), Michiele Sherman, Terry Lynn West, Cathy Boon, Julie Garrish, Lori Glenn, Debbie Neubauer, Stephanie Davis, Theresa Anderson, Lynn Godwin, Cynthia Thibault, Cristi Dobbs, Susan Comolli, Michelle Waters, Lidia Vesely, and Joy Ann Parker.
 
Also finishing third were the Tampa Bay 4.0 men, who lost to the USTA Intermountain Section (Salt Lake City) team 4-1 in the semifinals, but rebounded to win the 3rd/4th place playoff 4-1 over the USTA Hawaii (Honolulu) Section representatives.
 
The Tampa Bay 4.0 men play out of the Hillsborough Community College tennis complex, with a team roster of Richard Beardsley (captain), Aaron Medvick, Jason Joseph Magnan, Frankie Hennessey, Chip Broecker, Ken Klocke, Jeffrey Mars, David Hennessee, Andrew Whitaker, Greg Estroff, Rob Tenney, Francisco Coll, Kirk Archer, Andrew Roig, Jeremy Rogers, Sean Michael Craft, Ricardo Roig, Joe Orsini, and Jason Anthony Fonoti.
 
To read team captain Beardsley's blog from the national championships in Tucson, go to: www.florida.usta.com/news/blog_usta_florida_at_league_adult_mens_40_nationals111/.
 
Both teams advanced to USTA League Nationals play by winning the USTA Florida Section League Championships in their respective divisions.
 
This year's USTA League 4.0 Adult National Championship drew the top 34 teams (17 men's and 17 women's) from throughout the nation.
 
This year marks the 32nd anniversary of USTA League. Since its inception in 1980, it has grown from 13,000 participants in its first year, to over 835,000 players across the nation today, making it the world's largest recreational tennis league. USTA League was established to provide adult recreational tennis players throughout the country with the opportunity to compete against players of similar ability levels. Players participate on teams in a league format, which is administered by the USTA through its 17 Sections. The league groups players by using six National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) levels, ranging from 2.5 (entry) to 5.0 (advanced).
 
For the 2013 National Championship season, USTA League is changing its structure and format. The change will allow USTA League participants among three age categories (Adult 18 & Over, Adult 40 & Over and 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 divisions.
 
 
 

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