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USTA Southern Beats Florida in Finals of Donoff Challenge Cup

August 10, 2012 12:28 PM
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The USTA Florida team, left to right: Joe Bouquin, Jeff Winkler, Jeff Davis, Larry Turville, Owen Robertson, Bill Plummer, Rich Ferguson, Phil Landauer, Joe Rasgado, Gewan Maharaj, Warren Eber, Geoff Moore (Jamie Pressly not pictured)
The USTA Southern Section defeated the USTA Florida Section for the 2012 Donoff Challenge Cup title, with the event held in Asheville, N.C. The senior team tennis event involves four USTA sections.

"It came down to the last match of the last day, with Geoff Moore of Florida against Armistead Neely of Southern," said USTA Florida team competitor Larry Turville. "Whoever wins the match their team takes the Cup. Early on it looked like Florida was in the driver's seat with Moore up a set and 4-1, and then serving at match point 6-5 in the tiebreaker. But Southern's Neely played tough, took the tiebreak, and with Moore tiring won the third set 6-1." 

Southern successfully defended its title in the second annual Donoff Challenge Cup, named after former player Keith Donoff who was a regular at the USTA Men's Intersectionals. The event was played at the Crowne Plaza in Ashville, looking out over the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

On the previous day, Florida and Southern had beaten a very strong Texas team and the Midwest squad respectively. Next year's event is scheduled to be in Texas.

Below are results of final days match with Southern:

Men's 55 -- Southern 3-2

Jeff Davis (F) def Adam Brock
Rob Castori def Warren Eber (F)
Oliver Scott def Jeff Winkler (F)
Davis/Winker (F) def Castori/Brock
Scott/  H. Reid def Eber/Rasgado (F)

Men's 60 -- Florida 3-1/2 to 1-1/2

Larry Turville (F) def Tom Smith
Graham Snook def Phil Landauer (F)
Joe Bouquin (F) and Roger Pierce -- tie
Turville/Landauer (F) def Smith/M. Pearson
Bouquin/G. Maharaj (F) def Pierce/Snook

Men's 65 -- Southern 3-2

Armistead Neely def Geoff Moore (F)
Jamie Pressly (F) def Hugh Thompson
Owen Robertson (F) def Thay Butchee
Neely/Brown def B. Plummer/ R.Ferguson (F)
S Duffel/Thompson def Moore/Robertson (F)

Final Match Score -- Southern 2-1 over Florida (Each division won worth one point)


 
 

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