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Preview: USTA Florida Mixed 18 & Over League 6.0/8.0 Sectional Chps.

September 30, 2013 02:07 PM
mediawall-usta-leagueFlorida's top local league teams will determine who will represent the USTA Florida Section at USTA League Nationals when the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach hosts the USTA Florida Mixed 18 & Over 6.0/8.0 Sectional Championships on Oct. 4-6, 2013.

The event has drawn the Top 25 teams from throughout Florida. The teams, which represent various clubs, parks, recreational departments and organizations, have finished at the top of their local leagues and are now vying for a chance to represent the USTA Florida Section at the USTA League National Mixed 18 & Over Championships.

Duval County is the defending champion in the Mixed 6.0 division, last year advancing to nationals, and Hillsborough County last year advanced to nationals in the Mixed 8.0 division.

For Mixed 18 & Over 6.0 and 8.0, 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 1.0. The NTRP scale 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 Mixed 18 & Over champions in the 6.0 and 8.0 divisions will represent the USTA Florida Section at the 2013 USTA League Mixed 18 & Over 6.0, 8.0 & 10.0 National Championships on Nov. 22-24, 2013 at the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz.

Here are the divisions and teams competing this weekend:

Mixed 6.0 -- Flight 1:
Escambia County (captain: Tomas Ondra)
Leon County (Diane Marsh)
Alachua County (Daniel Wright)
Brevard County (Shauna Jacobs)

Mixed 6.0 -- Flight 2:
Duval County (captain: Derek Smith)
Marion County (Scott Kelly)
Orange/Seminole counties (Jeff Woodard)
Polk County (Bon DeLong)
Volusia County (Kimberlee Campbell)

Mixed 8.0 -- Flight 1:
Escambia County (captain: Whitney Sumrall)
Leon County (Nathalie Phelps)
Alachua County (Roy Cribb)
Brevard County (Nan Fleming)

Mixed 8.0 -- Flight 2:
Duval County (captain: Robert Stewart)
Hillsborough County (Michael Bedosky)
Orange/Seminole counties (Kyrsten Crociata)
Lee/Charlotte counties (Robert Forget)

Mixed 8.0 -- Flight 3:
Marion County (captain: Steve Gilman)
Sarasota/Manatee counties (Mary Wilson)
Collier County (Art Nowakowski)
South Miami-Dade (Ricardo Salgo)

Mixed 8.0 -- Flight 4:
Pinellas County (captain: Lucia Laura Garza)
Volusia County (Jan Buenner)
Broward County (Gustavo Risquez)
North Miami-Dade (Joshua Lifshultz)

A Duval County (Jacksonville) team will advance to nationals in the Mixed 18 & Over 10.0 division, as it was the only area with a local league during the 2013 championship year.

The Mixed 18 & Over Championships will conclude the following weekend, Oct. 11-13, with the USTA Florida Mixed 18 & Over 2.5/7.0/9.0 Sectional Championships in Daytona Beach.

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 go to www.florida.usta.com/usta_adult_senior_leagues/2013_league_championship_events.





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