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Florida Tennis Briefs(3): ITA Indoors This Week, ROGY, More

November 6, 2013 01:59 PM
Florida Players at USTA/ITA National Indoor Collegiate Championships

USTA-ITA_National_Indoor_LogoThe field is set for the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, to be held Nov. 7-10 at the USTA Billie Jean National King Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

The USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships serve as the culmination of the fall college tennis season. Hosted by Columbia University, the event features a 32-player singles draw and a 20-team doubles draw for men and women.

Gaining automatic entry into the tournament are the men's and women's champions from each of the 12 Division I USTA/ITA Regional Championship held across the country in October, winners of the USTA/ITA National Small College Super Bowl, singles quarterfinalists from the Saint Francis Health System ITA Men's All-American Championships, singles semifinalists from the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships, along with consolation champions and doubles finalists from both All-American events.
Women players representing Florida schools:

Alexandra Cercone, Florida, Hometown: Seminole, Fla.    
Sofie Oyen, Florida, Hometown: Leopoldsburg, Belgium    
Emma Onila, Barry, Hometown: Bucharest, Romania
Linda Fritschken, Barry, Hometown: Berlin, Germany      
Valentine Confalonieri, Lynn, Hometown: Sanremo, Italy

Florida women representing other schools:

Bianca Sanon, Columbia, Hometown: Plantation, Fla.      
Breaunna Addison, Texas, Hometown: Boca Raton, Fla.     
Chanelle Van Nguyen, UCLA, Hometown: Miami, FL  
Jennifer Brady, UCLA, Hometown: Boca Raton, Fla.        
Danielle Collins, Virginia, Hometown: St. Petersburg, Fla.      
Brooke Bolender, Michigan, Hometown: Delray Beach, Fla. 
Jackie Kasler, Auburn, Hometown: Gulf Breeze, Fla.
Jennifer Pfeifler, Auburn, Hometown: Gulf Breeze, Fla.

Men players representing Florida schools:

Marco Nunez, Florida State, Hometown: Palm City, Fla.   
Gordon Watson, Florida, Hometown: Naples, Fla.  
Deni Zmak, Embry-Riddle, Hometown: Pula, Croatia        
Simon Felix, Embry-Riddle, Hometown: Geneva, Switzerland        
Benjamin Lock, Florida State, Hometown: Harare, Zimbabwe
Elliott Orkin, Florida, Hometown: Marietta, Ga.

Florida men representing other schools:

Gonzales Austin, Vanderbilt, Hometown: Miami, Fla.      
Brett Clark, North Carolina, Hometown: Naples, Fla.     

This is the fourth consecutive year the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships will be held at the home of the US Open.

For complete coverage of the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, including access to draws, live scores and more, visit www.itatennis.com/Events/USTA-ITA-Championships-Events/NationalIndoors.htm.

TOPS'L Hosts ROGY Tennis 'Tourn-event' for Kids

TOPSL_ROGY_NOV_2ND2013-11-02_15-49-00_166The TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort in Miramar Beach, Fla., hosted a USTA Florida ROGY Tennis "Tourn-event" for kids on Nov. 2, 2013.

"All the kids had a great time and enjoyed the sunny fall weather we are having in the Panhandle," said TOPS'L Director of Tennis Joe D'Aleo.

USTA Florida ROGY (for the Red, Orange, Green, and Yellow ball progressions) "Tourn-events" are three-hour play periods where children age 8-18 hone their tennis skills in a fun, no-pressure format using modified equipment. Depending on a child's age and experience, they play with the correct racquet size (smaller for kid's hands) and court size (36-foot for beginners or very young children, up to 60-foot and regulation 78-foot courts), and with lower-compression balls that bounce in a child's hitting zone rather than over their head.

"These three-hour events feature fun match play, without the pressure of rankings," says Andy McFarland, associate executive director of USTA Florida. "ROGY is ideal for youth players of all ages who want to improve their game by playing opponents with a similar skill level, in a time format that doesn't take up a parent's entire day or weekend."

ROGY events are designed for rookie-level players who can serve, volley and keep score. By removing the rankings, and focusing on gaining experience playing against kids of the same level rather than winning, ROGY events provide a more fun way for youth players to participate.

"It's a great intermediate step for kids who were introduced to tennis through a Tennis Festival or Kids Tennis Club, and are ready to play more organized matches," McFarland says. "Kids enjoy immediate success playing with the modified equipment, making tennis fun as opposed to playing with adult equipment on an adult court."

To learn more about ROGY Tennis for kids go to www.FloridaRogy.com.

Boca Raton to Host Boys and Girls Tennis Team Tourney in December

FHSAA.org_college info.jpgThe Florida High School Tennis Coaches Association will host a FHSTCA Team Challenge boys and girls team tournament on Dec. 14-15, 2013 at Saint Andrews School in Boca Raton, Fla.

"Bring a team that represents your area to compete against other area teams from all over Florida," says organizer John Danise. "This event is geared for the intermediate- to advanced-level player up to 18 years of age, and participants must not have graduated high school."

The team format will consist of four singles and three doubles lines. Play begins each day at 8:30 a.m.

To sign up or for more info contact Tournament Director Brent Wellman at impactwellman@gmail.com or (727) 919-2011.






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