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Preview: USTA Florida Combo 18 & Over (5.5/7.5/9.5) League Tennis Chps.

January 14, 2014 10:13 AM
USTA League new web.jpgUSTA Florida Sectional champions will be determined this weekend when the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach hosts the USTA Florida Combo 18 & Over (5.5/7.5/9.5) League Tennis Championships on Jan. 17-19, 2014.

Competing teams advanced to the sectional championships by winning local USTA League play. Returning champs from last year are Marion County in the Men's 5.5 Division, Duval County in the Men's 7.5, Marion County in the Women's 5.5, and Escambia County in the Women's 7.5.

Forty-nine teams representing 21 counties or regions will participate, including the counties or regions of Alachua, Brevard, Broward, Collier, Duval, Escambia, Hillsborough, Indian River, Indian River/Martin, Lee/Charlotte, Leon, Marion, North Miami-Dade, North Palm Beach, Orange/Seminole, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota/Manatee, South Miami-Dade, South Palm Beach, and Volusia.

For Combo 18 & Over 5.5/7.5/9.5 division play, the combined NTRP (National Tennis Rating Program) ratings of each doubles team may not exceed the level in which they are competing, and the NTRP rating difference between members of an individual doubles pair may not exceed 0.5. For more information on NTRP levels go to www.usta.com/Adult-Tennis/USTA-League/Information/About_NTRP.

Here are the teams competing this weekend:

MEN'S PARTICIPATING TEAMS

Combo 18 & Over Men's 5.5 Division

Alachua County (captain: Bradley Canaday)
Leon County (Bill Deneute)
Marion County (Charles Anthony)

Combo 18 & Over Men's 7.5 Division (Flight 1)
Alachua County (captain: Gabriel Ghita)
Broward County (Gustavo Risquez)
Duval County (Chris Payton)
Escambia County (John Wimberly)
Pinellas County (Kevin Fantauzzo)
Combo 18 & Over Men's 7.5 Division (Flight 2)
Collier County (captain: Donald McWaters)
Leon County (Brantley Smith)
Marion County (Bob Hatcher)
Orange/Seminole counties (Ramaswami Krishnan)
Sarasota/Manatee counties (Cheri Williamson)
Combo 18 & Over Men's 7.5 Division (Flight 3)
Hillsborough County (captain: Martin Revello)
Indian River County (Brian Duncanson)
Lee/Charlotte counties (Angelo Gentile)
South Miami-Dade County (Armando Cabane)
South Palm Beach County (Philip Sokolov)

Combo 18 & Over Men's 9.5 Division
Alachua County (captain: David Porter)
Hillsborough County (Jose Orsini)
Sarasota/Manatee counties (Alan Amero)

WOMEN'S PARTICIPATING TEAMS

Combo 18 & Over Women's 5.5 Division (Flight 1)

Alachua County (captain: Erin Jones)
Duval County (Melissa Ley)
Escambia County (Sue Nast)
Orange/Seminole counties (Kim Han)
Combo 18 & Over Women's 5.5 Division (Flight 2)
Leon County (captain: Dory Tiesler)
Marion County (Shannon Stillman)
Polk County (Lauren Respess)
Sarasota/Manatee counties (Paula Bennett)
Volusia County (Gloria Burke)

Combo 18 & Over Women's 7.5 Division (Flight 1)
Duval County (captain: Christina Poston)
Hillsborough County (Christine Hoffman)
Lee/Charlotte counties (Cindy Gentleman)
Polk County (Debra Coffman)
Combo 18 & Over Women's 7.5 Division (Flight 2)
Brevard County (captain: Nancy Aumuller)
Escambia County (Jena Wise)
Marion County (Linda Martin)
North Miami-Dade County (Tania Gaibor)
Sarasota/Manatee counties (Gail Stephens)
Combo 18 & Over Women's 7.5 Division (Flight 3)
Indian River/Martin counties (captain: Pamela Rucks)
Leon County (Jacqueline Larson)
Pinellas County (Lucia Laura Garza)
South Miami-Dade County (Jennifer Levin)
Volusia County (John Hudson)
Combo 18 & Over Women's 7.5 Division (Flight 4)
Alachua County (captain: Christine Emery)
Broward County (Gustavo Risquez)
Collier County (Jennifer Chatfield)
North Palm Beach County (Kristi Coleman)
Orange/Seminole counties (Kyrsten Crociata)

Beginning with the 2013 National Championship season, USTA League changed its national structure and format. The change offers USTA League participants 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 and ability. The restructuring guarantees more frequency of play opportunities at more appropriate age groups.

For more information on the Combo 18 & Over League Tennis Championships go to www.ustaflorida.com/leagues.
 
 

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