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Preview: Teams Vie for Nationals at USTA Florida Mixed Sectional League Chps.

October 9, 2012 01:39 PM
mediawall-mixedOn the heels of last weekend's mixed 7.0 & 9.0 championships, Florida's USTA League mixed 2012 season will wrap-up this weekend when the USTA Florida Sectional Adult Mixed 6.0, 8.0 & 10.0 League Championships are held Oct. 12-14, 2012, at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.

Division winners will advance to represent USTA Florida at the USTA League Mixed Doubles National Championships in Arizona in November.

NTRP (National Tennis Rating Program) divisions of play over the weekend will be 6.0, 8.0 and 10.0 teams, with combined player ratings of no more than a 1.0 differential between the partners (example: a 6.0 team could be two 3.0-rated players, or a 2.5 and a 3.5). Team matches over the weekend will consist of three mixed doubles matches per round. Teams will advance from round robin flight play to qualify for the semifinals to the final, or in smaller divisions round robin play to the finalists.

Eighteen different counties or regions will be represented over the weekend: Alachua, Brevard, Broward, Collier, Duval, Escambia, Hillsborough, Indian River/St. Lucie/Martin, Lee/Charlotte, Leon, Marion, North Palm Beach, Orange/Seminole, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota/Manatee, South Miami-Dade, and Volusia/Flagler counties.

Defending division winners from 2011 are Duval County in the Mixed 6.0 division, South Miami-Dade in the Mixed 8.0 division, and Hillsborough County in the Mixed 10.0 division.

Here are the teams competing this weekend:

6.0 Mixed (Flight 1) -- Escambia (captain: David Jenkins), Leon (Denean Sykes), Marion (Jerry McLauchlin)
6.0 Mixed (Flight 2) -- Alachua (captain: Amy Raimer), Duval (Jeff Dao), Polk (Michelle Counter), Volusia/Flagler (Michael Campbell)

8.0 Mixed (Flight 1) -- Brevard (captain: Victor Ellison), Lee/Charlotte (Oliver Stenger), Polk (Aubrey Whitaker), South Miami-Dade (Dawn Schlesinger)
8.0 Mixed (Flight 2) -- Alachua (captain: Gabriel Ghita), Indian River/St. Lucie/Martin (Marvin Simer), Orange/Seminole (Tina Mundelein), Sarasota/Manatee (Mary Wilson)
8.0 Mixed (Flight 3) -- Broward (captain: Barbara Davis), Collier (Richard Dingfelder), Escambia (Jasson Hemmerling), Hillsborough (Michael Bedosky IV), North Palm Beach (Warren McGovern)
8.0 Mixed (Flight 4) -- Duval (captain: Shawn Griffith), Leon (Lori Elliott), Marion (John Sperling), Pinellas (Paul Doucette), Volusia/Flagler (Martin Larsson)

10.0 Mixed -- Duval (captain: Cynthia McGehee), Hillsborough (Josh Melton), Sarasota/Manatee (Kristina von Kessel)

The 2012 USTA League 6.0, 8.0 & 10.0 Mixed National Championships will take place Nov. 16-18, 2012 at the Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort in Tucson, Ariz.

USTA League provides fun and competitive matches for thousands of tennis players nationwide. It also gives players the opportunity to experience team camaraderie, to improve their tennis skills, to meet and compete against new players and to participate in competition beyond local league play. There were more than 806,000 participants in USTA League in 2011 within the adult, senior and mixed doubles divisions and the section league programs. The program, which celebrated its 30th Anniversary last year, is the world's largest recreational tennis league.

For more information on USTA Florida league championships, go to www.florida.usta.com/usta_adult_senior_leagues/championship_info.
 
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