Orlando Area Wins 2 Titles at USTA Florida 40 & Over 3.5/4.5 League Chps.

August 19, 2013 11:58 AM
The Men's 4.5+ champions from Orange/Seminole counties, Orlando
The Men's 4.5+ finalists from Lee/Charlotte counties, Ft. Myers
The Women's 4.5+ champions from Broward County, Oakland Park
Women's 4.5+ finalist from Pinellas County, St. Petersburg
The Men's 3.5 champions from Duval County, Jacksonville
The Men's 3.5 finalists from Alachua County, Gainesville
The Women's 3.5 champions from Orange/Seminole counties, Casselberry
The Women's 3.5 finalists from Volusia County, Daytona Beach
Two teams from Orange/Seminole counties (Orlando, Casselberry), and squads from Broward (Oakland Park) and Duval (Jacksonville) counties took home USTA Florida League state titles over the weekend at the USTA Florida Adult 40 & Over 3.5/4.5 Sectional Championships, held Aug. 15-18, 2013, at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.

The four winning men's and women's teams will now advance to represent the USTA Florida Section at the USTA League National Championships in October.

Championships were contested in the NTRP (National Tennis Rating Program) 3.5 and 4.5+ divisions. The NTRP scale for USTA League play progresses from 2.5 (beginner) to 5.0 (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.

The 4.5+ division, new for 2013, allows 4.5 teams to have two 5.0-rated players on their rosters.

Orange/Seminole was the only county to capture more than one title, claiming both the Men's 4.5+ division with a team from the Orlando Tennis Center, and the Women's 3.5 division with a squad playing out of Red Bug Lake Park in Casselberry.

The championships drew the top 52 3.5 and 4.5+ rated teams from throughout Florida. The teams, which represented various clubs, parks, recreational departments and organizations, finished at the top of their local leagues.

The Florida 3.5 men's and women's champions advance to the 2013 USTA League Adult 40 & Over 3.5 National Championships on Oct. 11-13, 2013, in Indian Wells, Calif.

The Florida 4.5+ men's and women's champions advance to the 2013 USTA League Adult 40 & Over 4.5+ National Championships on Oct. 25-27, 2013, in Indian Wells, Calif.

Here are the division winners and results:

Men's 4.5+ Division
Orange/Seminole counties (Orlando Tennis Center) d. Lee/Charlotte counties (Cypress Lake Country Club, Ft. Myers) 4-1
Final Match Results:
No. 1 Singles: Richard Schmidt (Orange) d. Daniel Behling 6-0, 6-1
No. 2 Singles: Alexandre Blagojevic (Lee) d. Dave Ameno 3-6, 0-3 retired 
No. 1 Doubles: Stuart Saiki/John Reich (Orange) d. Jonas Kushner/Joel Martineau 6-3, 6-4 
No. 2 Doubles: Tim Lynch/Richard Oswald (Orange) d. Andrew Rundle/Peter Redpath 7-6, 4-1 retired 
No. 3 Doubles: Clint Lyons/Scott Stewart (Orange) d. Jose Manibo/Tony Crouch 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (super tiebreak) 
Championship Team Roster: Kenton Keiling (captain), Stuart Saiki, Michael Spanburgh, Scott Stewart, Dave Ameno, Tim Lynch, John Reich, T.J. Jones, Clint Lyons, Mark Ikeler, Richard Oswald, Richard Schmidt 

Women's 4.5+ Division
Broward County (Dillon Tennis Center, Oakland Park) d. Pinellas County (St. Petersburg Tennis Center) 3-2
Final Match Results:
No. 1 Singles: Fernanda Naves (Broward) d. Joan Simmons 7-5, 5-7, 1-0 (super tiebreak) 
No. 2 Singles: Lisa Haidermota (Pinellas) d. Sondie Snelson 6-3, 6-4 
No. 1 Doubles: Maria Drew/Brenda Sturm (Pinellas) d. Colette Kienle/Vicki Kornrumpf 6-3, 6-1 
No. 2 Doubles: Lis Andrade/Lynn Pilato (Broward) d. Chris Bartos/Iris Kraft 7-5, 6-3 
No. 3 Doubles: Sherrie Barnes/Cheryl Hicks (Broward) d. Sharon Benson/Jane Robinson 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (super tiebreak)
Championship Team Roster: Hermine Greene (captain), Kathryn Guerke, Fernanda Naves, Sondie Snelson, Cheryl Hicks, Barbara Cabral, Vicki Kornrumpf, Helga Immerfall, Lou Armstrong, Colette Kienle, Lynn Pilato, Maria Miro, Sherrie Barnes, Lis Andrade 

Men's 3.5 Division
Duval County (Williams YMCA, Jacksonville) d. Alachua County (Jonesville Tennis Center, Gainesville) 3-2
Final Match Results:
No. 1 Singles: Harry Cormier (Duval) d. Scott Thompson 6-2, 6-2 
No. 2 Singles: Eric Leach (Duval) d. Newton Turenne 6-1, 6-0 
No. 1 Doubles: Mark Martin/Frederic Davis (Alachua) d. David Cowden/Osvaldo Brignoni 6-3, 6-4 
No. 2 Doubles: David Boehm/Troy Bryant (Duval) d. Oscar Leyva/Daniel Seng 6-2, 6-0 
No. 3 Doubles: Michael Rozboril/Mircea Sorin (Alachua) d. James Ebener/Richard Levin 6-3, 0-6, 1-0 (super tiebreak) 
Championship Team Roster: David Boehm (captain), Lemuel Viacrucis, Eric Leach, James Ebener, Randall Farwell, David Cowden, Osvaldo Brignoni, Richard Levin, Robert Carr, William Gallogly, Troy Bryant, Harry Cormier, Robert Walker, Richard Boggs  

Women's 3.5 Division
Orange/Seminole counties (Red Bug Lake Park, Casselberry) d. Volusia County (Florida Tennis Center, Daytona Beach) 4-1
Final Match Results:
No. 1 Singles: Alaine Kaminsky (Orange) d. Sheila Smith 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (super tiebreak) 
No. 2 Singles: Paula Dichiara (Volusia) d. Ida Burgos 6-2, 6-1 
No. 1 Doubles: Cindy Dewitt/Blanche Jaoude (Orange) d. Thu-Ha Bacha/Stephanie Rowley 7-5, 7-6 
No. 2 Doubles: Cristina Shams/Dianne Gocek (Orange) d. Christina Livingston/Lorraine Worley 6-4, 6-3 
No. 3 Doubles: Mary Gravenmier/Vicki Browning (Orange) d. Michelle West/Rose Lucas 6-2, 6-3 
Championship Team Roster: Stephanie Schwartzberg (captain), Ida Burgos, Christina Moore, Cristina Shams, Dianne Gocek, Pam Sheehan, Marlene Gasner, Sharon Browning, Kim Wells, Debby Savino, Vicki Browning, Sherri Testa, Suzanne Dukes, Blanche Jaoude, Stacy Shishima, Cindy Dewitt, Alaine Kaminsky, Shanda Redding, Mary Gravenmier 

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