Ocala and the Ft. King Tennis Center won two state titles, and Duval, Hillsborough, Orange/Seminole, and South Miami-Dade counties were winners over the weekend at the 2012 USTA Florida Adult 2.5/3.5/4.5 Section Championships, held Aug. 10-12 at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach. Each championship team advances to represent the USTA Florida Section at USTA League Nationals later this year.
Ocala was the only city/county to capture two titles, winning the Men's 2.5 and 3.5 divisions. USTA League adult players are rated according to the NTRP (National Tennis Rating Program) scale, which at the USTA Florida Section championships level rates from 2.5 (beginner) to 5.0 (advanced).
Both Ocala championship teams were perfect over the weekend, with the Men's 2.5 team posting a 3-0 record, finishing ahead of second-place Alachua County, and the 3.5 team a perfect 4-0 ahead of second-place Broward County. The Ocala 2.5 team was captained by Paul Scott Steinberg, with the team roster comprised of Todd Stafford Jones, Frank Owings, John Frederick Berg, Chris Prusak, Gary Crawford, Rick Durham, Burt Waldren, Steve Forrest, and Efren Vasquez. The Ocala 3.5 team was captained by John Wheeler, with the team roster comprised of Brian McGee, Jacob Chak, Richard Velez Perrone, Oleksandr Kovalchuk, Dwight Landmann, Kyle Randle Drawdy, Michael Pera Daniels, William Steigner, Paul Franck, Joel Raney, Dustin Carstenn, Justin Gregory Greene, and Chris Reed.
The remaining division champions were:
Women's 2.5 division -- South Miami-Dade
(3-0) finished ahead of Volusia (2-1)
Crandon Park Tennis Center, Key Biscayne
Marah Caban (captain), Jaya Krutulis (co-captain), Nicole Olinger Brofman, Silvia Quiroga, Silvana Larrarte, Alicia Beatriz Mendez, Rebecca Henriques, Martina San Miguel, Viengsouk Sardina, Carola Urtubey, Anne Biddle, Ana Carnicer, Raquel Pena, Cecilia Marchiaro, Kathirna Saladrigas and Elora Andrade.
Women's 3.5 division -- Duval
(3-1) finished ahead of Pinellas (3-1) (Duval wins tiebreak with a 12-8 to 11-9 match win-loss)
Julington Creek Plantation, Jacksonville
Vanessa Viera (captain), Jill Wild, Betty Tully, Victoria Benjamin, Terry Nauert Lamendola, Alcira Varela Guzman, Gina Betheze, Frances Sanfiorenzo, Tina Markowitz, Susanna Vance, Liz Schultz, Jean Lee, Elaine Wombolt, Nancy Jeter, Jessie Ceccorulli, Joanne Marie Booher, Becky Argalas, Sandra Salley, and Karen Pandolfi.
Women's 4.5 division -- Hillsborough
(4-0) finished ahead of Broward (3-1)
Hillsborough Community College, Tampa
Lynn Woods (captain), Marie Teixeira, Diana Hoover Gabay, Caitlin Scudder, Susan Williams, Laura Barnes, Alexandra Gade, Lisa Nicoll, Paige Lowery-Haggbloom, Kathleen Stein, Maria Drew, Sharon Benson, Turtle Marshall, Lisa Shelton, Robyn Bowman, Joan Carol Simmons, Brenda Sturm, Lilivette Arroyo, Chris Bartos, and Lisa Haidermota.
Men's 4.5 division -- Orange/Seminole
(4-0) finished ahead of Broward (2-2)
Orlando Tennis Center, Orlando
Kenton Keiling (captain), Richard Oswald, Patrick Scott McHenry, Scott Stewart, Dave Ameno, Clint Lyons, Daryl Rapp, Kyle McCully, Michael Douglas Harman, T.J. Jones, Michael Spanburgh, John Reich, Tim Lynch, and Itay Shimony.
The 2012 USTA League 2.5 Adult National Championship will take place Sept. 28-30, 2012 at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The 3.5 Adult National Championship will take place Oct. 5-7, 2012 at the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz., and the 4.5 Adult National Championship will take place Oct. 26-28, 2012 at the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz.
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