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Preview: USTA Florida Combo 18 & Over (6.5/8.5) League Tennis Chps.

January 6, 2014 03:02 PM
Combo-7.5-Women-Finalists-hillsborough-webUSTA Florida Sectional champions will be determined this weekend when the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach hosts the USTA Florida Combo 18 & Over (6.5/8.5) League Tennis Championships, Jan. 10-13, 2014.

Competing teams advanced to the sectional championships by winning local USTA League play. Returning champs from last year are Duval County (6.5 women division), Leon County (8.5 men), Marion County (6.5 men), and South Miami-Dade County (8.5 women).

Fifty-two teams representing 18 counties will participate, including the counties of Alachua, Brevard, Broward, Collier, Duval, Escambia, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lee/Charlotte, Leon, Marion, North Palm Beach, Orange/Seminole, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota/Manatee, South Miami-Dade, and South Palm Beach.

For Combo 18 & Over 6.5/8.5 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

Men's 6.5 Division (Flight 1):

Duval County (captain: Ratnam Punukollu)
Escambia County (Steve McMullen)
Marion County (Charles Anthony)
Pinellas County (Jerry Walker)
Men 6.5 Division (Flight 2):
Alachua County (captain: Pinal Patel)
Lee/Charlotte counties (Chase Marinell)
Leon County (Brad Hollis)
Orange/Seminole counties (Isagani Guiwa)
Sarasota/Manatee counties (Luke Anderson)

Men 8.5 Division (Flight 1):
Escambia County (captain: Rick Cuny)
Hillsborough County (Barney Bailey)
Leon County (Larry Johnson)
Sarasota/Manatee counties (Antonio Nicolini)
Men 8.5 Division (Flight 2):
Alachua County (captain: Ashok Kumar)
Indian River County (Philip Redstone)
Pinellas County (Rob Tenney)
South Palm Beach County (Rick Abedon)
Men 8.5 Division (Flight 3):
Duval County (captain: Louis Saig)
Orange/Seminole counties (Jerry Cutchens)
Lee/Charlotte counties (Kenneth Ebersole)
Broward County (Les Liese)

WOMEN'S PARTICIPATING TEAMS

Women 6.5 Division (Flight 1):

Brevard County (captain: Shari Perryman)
Escambia County (Chelsea Whiteside)
Indian River/Martin counties (Marilyn Miller)
Marion County (Tara Kimbel)
Women 6.5 Division (Flight 2):
Hillsborough County (captain: Melissa Sheridan)
Leon County (Denean Sykes)
North Palm Beach County (Caryn Jacquish)
Orange/Seminole counties (Patty Blake)
Women 6.5 Division (Flight 3):
Alachua County (captain: Amy Schafer)
Collier County (Andrea Washak)
Pinellas County (Ana Maria Jara)
Sarasota/Manatee counties (Pat Cooper)
Women 6.5 Division (Flight 4):
Duval County (captain: Margaret Lamkin)
Lee/Charlotte counties (Terri Destoppelaire)
Polk County (Elisa Buffington)
South Miami-Dade County (Sandra Orozco)

Women 8.5 Division (Flight 1):
Alachua County (captain: Lenhs Louis)
Lee/Charlotte counties (Wendy Hechler)
Pinellas County (Lucia Laura Garza)
Sarasota/Manatee counties (Mary Wilson)
South Palm Beach County (Rie Gibbons)
Women 8.5 Division (Flight 2):
Duval County (captain: Kelly Googe)
Hillsborough County (Faith S.)
Indian River County (Carol Haffield)
Marion County (Cammie McLeod)
South Miami-Dade County (Josefina Gorostiaga)
Women 8.5 Division (Flight 3):
Brevard County (captain: Damita Wright)
Broward County (Veronica Wank)
Leon County (Kelly Hetherington)
North Palm Beach County (Kristi Coleman)
Orange/Seminole counties (Julie Humphreys)

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 (6.5/8.5) League Tennis Championships go to www.florida.usta.com/usta_adult_senior_leagues/2013_combo_18__over_sectional_championship.
  
 
 

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