Ocala, St. Pete, Stuart, Tampa Teams Advance to USTA Senior League Tennis Nationals

May 8, 2012 01:18 PM
The Women's 4.5 champions from Pinellas County/St. Petersburg 
 The Women's 4.5 finalists from Duval County
 The Men's 4.5 winners from Hillsborough County/Tampa
 The Men's 4.5 finalists from Escambia County
 The Women's 3.5 winners from Indian River/Stuart
 The Women's 3.5 finalists from Brevard County
 The Men's 3.5 winners from Marion County/Ocala
 The Men's 3.5 finalists from Lee/Charlotte counties
Four USTA Florida Senior League teams booked their flights to Indian Wells, Calif., this past Sunday after clinching state titles at the USTA Florida 3.5/4.5 Senior League Section Championships, held May 4-5, 2012, at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.
The Men's 3.5 team representing Marion County, playing out of the Ft. King Tennis Center in Ocala, advanced to nationals for the second straight year in the Men's 3.5 division.
"We had a little bit of experience but had to stay focused," said Marion County player Paul Franck, who with partner Brian McGee secured the clinching doubles win. "[Nationals] is going to be fun." Franck and McGee were trailing 2-5 in the second set, but won five straight games to prevail 6-1, 7-5.
Team captain Earl Schwartz was pleased with the outcome, but said he was "happy to just have the chance to be at [the Florida] sectionals again."
Also of note, Tampa's Jeff Dadamo was part of the Hillsborough County Men's 4.5 championship team. Dadamo's son, Jeff, is currently on the pro tour, after competing collegiately at the University of Florida and Texas A&M. At Texas A&M, Jeff Jr. won the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championship with partner Austin Krajicek, and in 2011 the pair were ranked No. 1 in NCAA tennis doubles.
The division winners were as follows:
Women's 3.5 Senior Division: Indian River County d. Brevard County 2-1 in final
Home Club: North River Shores Tennis Club, Stuart, Fla.
Team Members: Lynn Childs (captain), Jeri Faherty, Lynne Glasrud, Charisse White, Sue Denault, Cari Sue Chauss, Donna Rose, Amy Anspach, Dee Rauh, Priscilla Parker, Beverly Uhl, Julie Crispin
Women's 4.5 Senior Division: Pinellas County d. Duval County 2-1
Home Club: Tennis Foundation of St. Petersburg, Fla.
Team Members: Diana Hoover Gabay (captain), Susan Williams, Janet Poort, Robyn Bowman, Teresa Ross, Diane Stablein, Sharon Benson, Turtle Marshall, Mary Beth Sultenfuss, Paige Lowery-Haggbloom, Lyn Ballinger, Carolyn Franca
Men's 3.5 Senior Division: Marion County d. Lee County 3-0 in final
Home Club: Ft. King Tennis Center, Ocala, Fla.
Team Members: Earl Schwartz (captain), Paul Franck, Larry Kiernan, Dwight Landmann, Efren Vasquez, Michael James, Steve Gilman, Brian McGee, Richard Velez Perrone, Frank Aiello, Chris Okonkwo
Men's 4.5 Senior Division: Hillsborough County d. Escambia County 2-1 in final
Home Club: Harbour Island Athletic Club, Tampa, Fla.
Team Members: Mark Hoekstra (captain), Robert Graham, Brad Welch, Gary Downing, Vijay Paul, David Gottsch, Jim Concotelli, Jeff Dadamo, Marc Mazo
USTA Senior League teams are comprised of players 50 years or older, ranging in NTRP (National Tennis Rating Program) levels from 3.0 to 4.5, in doubles play only.
The Florida men's and women's 3.5 senior division winners advance to the 2012 USTA League 3.5 Senior National Championship on Oct. 12-14, 2012, at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif. The Florida men's and women's 4.5 senior division winners advance to the 2012 USTA League 4.5 Senior National Championship on Oct. 19-21, 2012, at the same location.
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