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Ocala Claims 2 Titles at USTA Florida 18 & Over 2.5/3.5/4.5 League Chps.

July 22, 2013 02:52 PM
The Men's 4.5 champions from Pinellas County / St. Petersburg
The Men's 4.5 finalists from Broward County / Miramar
The Women's 4.5 champions from Broward County / Ft. Lauderdale
The Women's 4.5 finalists from Volusia County / Daytona Beach
The Men's 3.5 champions from Marion County / Ocala
The Men's 3.5 finalists from South Miami-Dade / Coral Gables
The Women's 3.5 champions from Duval County / Jacksonville
The Women's 3.5 finalists from South Miami-Dade / Miami
The Men's 2.5 champions from Marion County / Ocala
The Men's 2.5 finalists from Alachua County (playing out of the Fort King Tennis Center)
The Women's 2.5 champions from Escambia County / Pensacola
The Women's 2.5 finalists from Duval County / Jacksonville
Marion County (Ocala) won two titles, and Broward (Ft. Lauderdale), Duval (Jacksonville), Escambia (Pensacola), and Pinellas (St. Petersburg) were also victors over the weekend at the USTA Florida 18 & Over 2.5/3.5/4.5 League Championships, held in Altamonte Springs and Daytona Beach on July 19-21, 2013.

The winning teams now advance to represent the USTA Florida Section in their divisions at the USTA League National Championships in October. Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs hosted the men's and women's 4.5 divisions this past weekend, while the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach hosted the men's and women's 2.5 and 3.5 divisions.

Marion was the lone county to claim multiple titles over the weekend, winning the Men's 2.5 championship with a team out of the Fort King Tennis Center, and the Men's 3.5 championship out of the Country Club of Ocala.

Broward County and Duval County each had multiple title chances before Duval County was defeated in the Women's 2.5 final by Escambia County, and Broward County was stopped in the Men's 4.5 final by Pinellas County.

South Miami-Dade was the only county to go winless in multiple finals, defeated in both the Women's 3.5 and Men's 3.5 championship matches. Five of the six division finals on Sunday and Monday were decided by one-game margins. Rain during the weekend delayed play on multiple occasions, and forced the Women's 3.5 final, where Duval County defeated South Miami-Dade, to a Monday morning completion.

The Florida 18 & Over 2.5 men's and women's division champions from this past weekend will now advance to the USTA National Adult 18 & Over 2.5 Championships on Oct. 4-6, 2013, at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif. The Florida 18 & Over 3.5 men's and women's division champions will advance to the USTA National Adult 18 & Over 3.5 Championships on Oct. 25-27, 2013, at the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz. The Florida 18 & Over 4.5 men's and women's division champions will advance to the USTA National Adult 18 & Over 4.5 Championships on Oct. 18-20, 2013, at the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz.

Here are the division winners from this weekend:

Men's 4.5 Division
Pinellas County (St. Petersburg Tennis Center) d. Broward County (Sunset Lakes Tennis Center, Miramar) 3-2
Final Match Scores:
No. 1 Singles: Michael Lenhart (Pinellas) d. Juan Carlos Posada 6-2, 6-4 
No. 2 Singles: Ignacio Molina (Pinellas) d. Roberto Antonio Rizo 6-2, 6-2 
No. 1 Doubles: Michael Brown/Gabriel Arraiz (Broward) d. Josh Melton/Chris Thomas 6-4, 6-4 
No. 2 Doubles: Alejandro Ciffoni/Anibal Ciffoni (Broward) d. Randolph Gibson/Frankie Hennessey 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (super tiebreak) 
No. 3 Doubles: Albert Richards/William McMahon (Pinellas) d. Ervin Mendel/Sebastien Malfanti 6-4, 6-4 
Team Roster: Chris Allen (captain), Frankie Hennessey, Ignacio Molina, Randolph Gibson, Josh Melton, Christian Imensek, Michael Lenhart, Juan Isasi, Clark Maccullough, Randall Meisner, William McMahon, Minar Rane, Adam Talley, James Smiechewicz, Albert Richards, Zach Stubna, Chris Thomas 
Semifinal Results: Pinellas County d. North Miami-Dade 4-1, Broward County d. Volusia County 4-1

Women's 4.5 Division
Broward County (Lauderdale Tennis Club, Fort Lauderdale) d. Volusia County (Florida Tennis Center, Daytona Beach) 4-1
Final Match Scores:
No. 1 Singles: Lori Abruzzo (Broward) d. Jennifer Genevese 6-1, 6-0 
No. 2 Singles: Sharon Runk (Broward) d. Erin Roesch 0-6, 6-4, 1-0 (super tiebreak) 
No. 1 Doubles: Cheryl Hicks/Cindy Leprevost (Broward) d. Kathy Gray/Valerie Vatterott 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (super tiebreak) 
No. 2 Doubles: Jane Fountain/Fay Theos (Volusia) d. Alaina Fotiu-Wojtowicz/Tara Hammack 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 (super tiebreak)
No. 3 Doubles: Cheryl Bromley/Sherrie Barnes (Broward) d. Jan Sisko/Katherine Barnard 6-4, 7-6 
Team Roster: Alaina Fotiu-Wojtowicz (captain), Cheryl Hicks, Lori Abruzzo, Joan Oelschlager, Natalia Moll, Tracy Viebrock, Terry Gunther, Soraya Palis, Sharon Runk, Cheryl Bromley, Sherrie Barnes, Janie Orstad, Tara Hammack, Cindy Leprevost, Michele Drucker 
Final Flight Finishes: Broward County 3-1, Volusia County 3-1, Alachua County 2-1, Duval County 2-1, Pinellas County 2-1, Collier County 1-2, Hillsborough County 0-3, Sarasota County 0-3

Men's 3.5 Division
Marion County (Country Club of Ocala) d. South Miami-Dade (Salvadore Park, Coral Gables) 3-2
Final Match Scores:
No. 1 Singles: David Rodriguez (South Miami-Dade) d. Jose Ramon Davila 6-0, 7-5 
No. 2 Singles: Andres Camino (Marion) d. Lisardo Garcia 6-3, 7-6 
No. 1 Doubles: Carmelo Rubio/Geronimo Chala (South Miami-Dade) d. Todd Duffy/Troy Leonard 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (super tiebreak) 
No. 2 Doubles: Robert Gilman/Tony Mendola (Marion) d. Javier Dugarte/Richard Mangas 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (super tiebreak) 
No. 3 Doubles: August Greiner/Bob Hatcher (Marion) d. Miguel Ingelmo/Mario Fernandez 6-2, 6-2 
Team Roster: Todd Duffy (captain), Tony Mendola, Troy Leonard, August Greiner, Bob Hatcher, Terry Kimbel, Jered Watford, Rance Kay, Ralf Barckhausen, Andres Camino, Gregory Harrell, Tanner Weaver, Luis Carrascosa, Jose Davila, Thomas Lacey, Robert Gilman  
Semifinal Results: Marion County d. Duval County 3-2, South Miami-Dade d. Orange/Seminole counties 3-2

Women's 3.5 Division
Duval County (San Jose County Club, Jacksonville) d. South Miami-Dade (Coral Reef Tennis Center, Miami) 3-2
Final Match Scores:
No. 1 Singles: Marlene Amione (South Miami-Dade) d. Mary Thompson 6-2, 6-0 
No. 2 Singles: Carolina Rechy (Duval) d. Cynthia Otero 6-0, 6-0 
No. 1 Doubles: Raysa Marrero/Donna Golik (South Miami-Dade) d. Raquel Clark/Cindy Berzsenyi 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (super tiebreak)
No. 2 Doubles: Amy Cochran/Nancy Hanna (Duval) d. Sandra Veloz/Jennifer Rogers 5-7, 6-0, 1-0 (super tiebreak) 
No. 3 Doubles: Claudia Eikner/Denise Press (Duval) d. Gricel Bernales/Eunice McCann 6-3, 6-4 
Team Roster: Claudia Eikner (captain), Amy Cochran, Janice Walsh, Nancy Hanna, Andrea Frick, Deonne Josserand, Catherine Tiedeberg, Jennifer Greer, Rosemary Jackson, Carolina Rechy, Katharine Healey, Cindy Berzsenyi, Denise Press, Mary Thompson, Cynthia Hack, Raquel Clark, Kelly Cusick 
Semifinal Results: Duval County d. Indian River County 4-1, South Miami-Dade d. Orange/Seminole counties 5-0

Men's 2.5 Division
Marion County (Fort King Tennis Center, Ocala) finished ahead of Alachua County (Fort King Tennis Center, Ocala) in round robin play 2-0 to 1-1 *
Final Match Scores:
No. 1 Singles: Phil Rath (Marion) d. Darius DiMartino 6-1, 6-0 
No. 1 Doubles: Gary Crawford/Thomas Mathew (Marion) d. Kevin McCauley/Paul Zirakian 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (super tiebreaker) 
No. 2 Doubles: John Zito/Bruce Pelski (Alachua) d. Rick Durham/Alan MacMurray 2-6, 6-2, 1-0 (super tiebreaker) 
Team Roster: Rick Durham (captain), Gary Crawford, Phil Rath, David Maurer, Clay Timpner, Thomas Mathew, Dennis Keila, Alan MacMurray 
Final Flight Finishes: Marion County 2-0, Alachua County 1-1, Volusia County 0-2
* The Alachua County team played out of the Fort King Tennis Center

Women's 2.5 Division
Escambia County (Roger Scott Tennis Center, Pensacola) d. Duval County (Julington Creek Plantation, Jacksonville) 2-1
Final Match Scores:
No. 1 Singles: Brandie Jenkins (Escambia) d. Claudine Owen 6-1, 6-0
No. 1 Doubles: Heather Storey/Mani Prieto (Duval) d. Amy Collier/Tonya Chase 6-1, 6-0 
No. 2 Doubles: Christine Dorvault/Erin Mason Rhone (Escambia) d. Dawn Ross/Tara Capuano 7-6, 6-2 
Team Roster: Sue Nast (captain), Brandie Jenkins, Amy Collier, Tonya Chase, Christine Dorvault, Erin Rhone, Jennifer Willem, Johanna Freeman 
Final Flight Finishes: Escambia County 4-0, Duval County 3-1, Marion County 2-1, Brevard County 2-2, Sarasota County 1-1, orange/Seminole counties 1-2, Polk County 1-2, Volusia County 1-2, Alachua County 0-3, Leon County 0-3

This year's USTA Florida 18 & Over 2.5/3.5/4.5 League Championships drew the top 68 teams from throughout Florida. The teams, which represent various clubs, parks, recreational departments and organizations, finished at the top of their local leagues. The weekend was the completion of the 2013 18 & Over league season, with the previous weekend seeing 18 & Under 3.0/4.0/5.0 division championships from Duval County (Jacksonville, two titles), Alachua County (Gainesville), Brevard County (Indian Harbour Beach), Hillsborough County (Tampa), and Marion County (Ocala) advancing to nationals.

Nationally the 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 more information on NTRP levels go to www.usta.com/Adult-Tennis/USTA-League/Information/About_NTRP.

Beginning with the 2013 National Championship season, USTA League changed its structure and format. The change offers USTA League participants 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 groups.

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