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Orlando in Final 4 at USTA League, Jr. Team Tennis Nationals

October 24, 2011 11:51 AM
Orlando Team Finishes 2nd at USTA Jr. Team Tennis Nationals in Arizona

 
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The 14 and Under Intermediate finalist Acers from Orlando
The Florida Acers from Orlando finished runner-up over the weekend at the 2011 14-U Jr. Team Tennis Intermediate Championship in Surprise, Ariz., falling 60-29 to the Weddington Racquets, who represented the USTA Southern Section.

The Acers were the second straight Orlando team to win the 14-and-under Intermediate USTA Florida Section title in July to advance to nationals, finishing ahead of the 14-under team from Cocoa Beach. Coached by Brian Sephton, team members include Benjamin Sephton, Cecilia Tong, Kaylan Sarah Rotman, Lucas Nickolich, Nathaniel Saffran, and Theressa Phuongtrang Tong.

Sephton also won the Boy's Intermediate Sportsmanship Award.

In the 3rd/4th place playoff the Sunshine Aces (USTA Southern California) defeated the Robinswood Hu (Pacific Northwest) 55-30.
 
Earlier in the day during the Semifinals, the Robinswood Hu, representing the Pacific Northwest section, fell short of victory losing to the hard-hitting Sunshine Acers, representing the Southern California section, by a score of 30-55.

In the 2011 14-U Jr. Team Tennis Advanced Championship, the USTA Southern Section again took the title as Team Southern from Alpharetta, Ga., defeated the Teaxas Tornadoes, representing USTA Texas from Saginaw, Tex., 48-38.

"Last year we finished in fourth place," said Team Southern coach Gary Foote. "We knew we wanted to come back strong this year and we did. If this doesn't show that hard work and dedication really pay off, I don't know what does."

Finishing third were the Racquet Heads from USTA Midwest, and in 4th place the Dream Team representing USTA Mid-Atlantic.

Next year USTA Southern will get a chance to defend both titles on their home turf as the 2012 Jr. Team Tennis National Championships will be held at the Cayce Tennis Complex in Cayce, S.C., and at The Lexington County Tennis Complex in Lexington, S.C.

USTA Jr. Team Tennis is for kids age 5-18, and connects players together in teams to compete in singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other teams within a league. It promotes social skills and important values by fostering a spirit of cooperation and unity, as well as individual self-growth. Also, it's a fun environment for kids in which they learn that succeeding is really more about how they play the game -- win or lose. Players compete in age levels 8-under, 10-under, 12-under, 14-under and 18-under in beginner, intermediate and advanced divisions.
 
The season-ending Florida sectional tournaments, held at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach, are open to all teams who have competed in the minimum number of required matches during their local league play. For more info on Jr. Team Tennis leagues in Florida, go to www.florida.usta.com/youth_tennis/jr_team_tennis/home/ or e-mail willis@florida.usta.com.


Orlando USTA League 3.0 Ladies 2nd at USTA Nationals

 
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The Orlando 3.0 women representing USTA Florida finished second at the 2011 3.0 USTA Adult League National Championships, held Oct. 21-23, 2011 at the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz. The Orlando women lost by a narrow 3-2 match score to USTA Southern, represented by a team from Jackson, Miss.

"Eleven players from Orlando, and one from Atlanta (Sandy Ruark moved during the season, but joined us for regionals, sectionals and now nationals) are so excited to be representing Florida here in Tucson," team member Stephanie Ott Schwartzberg blogged for the USTA Florida website. "We have been playing together in several different leagues for the past few years, and decided to form this 3.0 "no drama" team. It's been a long season since we started match play in January in sunny Orlando."

Playing out of Riverside Park in Oviedo, the Orlando squad is captained by Schwartzber, with the regular-season roster including Cindy Dewitt, Denise Turner, Terry Larson, Kim Wells, Rebecca Rae Danguy, Shanda Redding, Hye Sun Lee Dasher, Pam Sheehan, Sandra Ruark, Anne Elaine Ryan, Patricia Ann Stanforth, Mary Persampiere, Cheryl Sarnowski, Julie Saracco, Jean Ann Weaver, Janet Carbonneau, Sharon Marie Browning, Lori Weisberg and Bonnie Jackson.

USTA League is celebrating its 31st anniversary this year. Established in 1980, it has grown from 13,000 participants in a few parts of the country in its first year, to over 779,000 players across the nation today, making it the world's largest recreational tennis program.

The USTA League was established to provide adult recreational tennis players throughout the country with the opportunity to compete against players of similar ability levels.  Players participate on teams in a league format, which is administered by the USTA through its 17 Sections. The league groups players by using six National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) levels, ranging from 2.5 (entry) to 5.0 (advanced). USTA League is open to any USTA member 19 years of age or older. It features Adult and Mixed Doubles divisions, as well as a Senior Division (age 50) and a Super Senior Division (age 60).

 
 

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