Leon, Marion, Miami Win USTA Florida Mixed 18 & Over 2.5/7.0/9.0 League

September 29, 2014 01:04 PM
Leon County (Tallahassee), Marion County (Ocala) and South Miami-Dade (Key Biscayne) teams advanced to USTA League Nationals after capturing Florida state titles over the weekend at the 2014 USTA Florida Mixed 18 & Over 2.5/7.0/9.0 League Sectional Championships, held Sept. 26-28 at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.

Marion County successfully defended its title in the Mixed 2.5 division, advancing to nationals for a third straight year. The Marion County team needed two levels of tiebreakers to determine a champion in the 2.5 division, while the 7.0 and 9.0 finals saw 3-0 match win sweeps.

The event drew the Top 30 teams from throughout Florida in the 2.5, 7.0, and 9.0 USTA League Mixed 18 & Over divisions. The teams, which represent various clubs, parks, recreational departments and organizations, finished at the top in local league play.
The Mixed 18 & Over champions will now represent the USTA Florida Section at the 2014 USTA League Mixed 18 & Over 2.5, 7.0 & 9.0 National Championships on Nov. 14-16, 2014 at the El Conquistador Resort in Tucson, Ariz.

Final Mixed 18 & Over results:

18 & Over Mixed 2.5 Division

Final: Marion County (Ft. King Tennis Center, Ocala) finished head of Alachua County (Westside Park, Gainesville) in round robin play (both teams tied with 3-1 team win-loss records and 9-3 individual match records; Marion wins "sets lost" tiebreak 7 to 8)
Ocala Team Roster: Joan Matlock (captain), Michele Saxon, John Collins, Marge Malone, Natalie Petsche, Mauro Porcelli, Ricardo Quintero-Herencia, Paul Petsche, Lori Croley, Lauren Joyce, Chris Prusak, Jordan Anthony 

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The Mixed 18 & Over 2.5 champions from Ocala The Mixed 18 & Over 2.5 finalists from Gainesville

18 & Over Mixed 7.0 Division
Final: Leon County (Forestmeadows Park, Tallahassee) d. Duval County (Boone Park, Jacksonville) 3-0
Final Match Results:
No. 1 Doubles: Kenneth Seymore/Tracy Propp (Leon) d. Elizabeth Donnelly/Phong Le 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 Doubles: Kevin Warner/Renee Howard (Leon) d. Shayla Ley/Sean Kelly 6-3, 6-4 
No. 3 Doubles: Corey Howard/Libby Thomson (Leon) d. Katie Altom/Brett Winney 7-6, 6-3 
Tallahassee Team Roster: Denean Sykes (captain), Kenneth Seymore, Lori Elliott, Victoria Heuler, Sachin Murthy, Clark Kuntz, Renee Howard, Tracy Propp, Kevin Warner, Corey Howard, Tom Propp, Bobbie Rushing, Travis Sykes, Libby Thomson 

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The Mixed 18 & Over 7.0 champions from Tallahassee The Mixed 18 & Over 7.0 finalists from Jacksonville

18 & Over Mixed 9.0 Division

South Miami-Dade (Crandon Park, Key Biscayne) d. Pinellas County (St. Petersburg Tennis Center, St. Petersburg) 3-0
Final Match Results:
No. 1 Doubles: Miguel Fundora/Nastasha Rodriguez (SMD) d. Sean Vickery/Alexandra Gade 6-4, 6-1 
No. 2 Doubles: Todd Rubinstein/Corina Kassis (SMD) d. Mike Hooper/Karen Olson 7-6, 3-6, 1-0 (super-tiebreak) 
No. 3 Doubles: Renzo Velis/Alaina Fotiu-Wojtowicz (SMD) d. Josh Melton/Lisa Balsera 6-2, 6-4 
Key Biscayne Team Roster: Alaina Fotiu-Wojtowicz (captain), Corina Kassis, Frederick Albion, Miguel Fundora, Todd Rubinstein, Nastasha Rodriguez, Colette Kienle, Renzo Velis, Cheryl Hicks, Adam Rosales

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The Mixed 18 & Over 9.0 champions from Key Biscayne The Mixed 18 & Over 9.0 finaists from S. Petersburg

For Mixed 18 & Over 2.5, 7.0 and 9.0, the combined NTRP (National Tennis Rating Program) ratings of each doubles team may not exceed the level in which they are competing, and the NTRP rating difference between members of an individual doubles pair may not exceed 1.0. The NTRP doubles scale progresses from 2.5 (beginner) to 10.0 (advanced) for USTA Florida League championship events. For more information on NTRP levels go to www.usta.com/Adult-Tennis/USTA-League/Information/About_NTRP.

For more information go to www.florida.usta.com/usta_adult_senior_leagues/2014_mixed_18__over_section_championship_2570​90.