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Preview: USTA Florida Senior Mixed League Sectional Tennis this Weekend

October 31, 2012 12:43 PM
USTA League new web.jpgThe top age 50-and-over doubles teams will compete to see who advances to represent USTA Florida at the Senior Mixed Invitational during this weekend’s 2012 USTA Florida Senior Mixed Sectional Championships, Nov. 2-4 at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.
 
Division winners will qualify for the 2012 Senior Mixed Invitational, which will take place March 22-24, 2013, in Chattanooga, Tenn.
 
NTRP (National Tennis Rating Program) divisions of play over the weekend will be 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 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, or in smaller divisions round robin play will determine the team champion.
 
Twelve counties or regions will be represented over the weekend: Alachua, Collier, Duval, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lee/Charlotte, Leon, Marion, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota/Manatee, and Volusia/Flagler.
 
Defending Senior Mixed division winners from 2011 again qualifying from local league play to the USTA Florida Senior Mixed Sectional Championships are Duval County in the 7.0 division, and Hillsborough in the 8.0 division.
 
Here are the teams competing this weekend:
 
6.0 Division -- Alachua (captain: Diane Cutsforth), Marion (Shannon Stillman)
 
7.0 Division (Flight 1) -- Indian River (captain: Martha Rubio), Leon (Debbie Hall), Marion (Paul Hibbard), Volusia/Flagler (Dianne Krupski)
7.0 Division (Flight 2) -- Alachua (captain: Christine Shurtleff), Collier (Mark Childers), Duval (James Ebener), Lee/Charlotte (Laney Ortega), Polk (William Hartmann)
 
8.0 Division (Flight 1) -- Alachua (captain: David Staal), Collier (Kathy Ridenour), Duval (Harry Royal)
8.0 Division (Flight 2) -- Hillsborough (captain: Debra Whiteside), Indian River (Tish Wissel), Lee/Charlotte (Karen Corliss), Leon (Sandra Stovall)
8.0 Division (Flight 3) -- Marion (captain: Thomas Slick), Pinellas (David King), Polk (Judi Whitaker), Sarasota/Manatee (Janet Sperling)
 
9.0 Division -- Alachua (captain: Bobbie Mehan), Collier (Linda Wells), Hillsborough (Laurie Gereaue), Indian River (Ray McNulty)
 
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 leagues or league championships, go to www.florida.usta.com/usta_adult_senior_leagues/championship_info.
 
 
 
 

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