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Pinellas County Wins 2 Titles at 2011 USTA Florida Super Senior League Tennis Chps.

April 6, 2011 10:08 AM
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 The men's 9.0 champions from Pinellas County/Clearwater
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 The men's 9.0 second-place team from Collier County
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 The men's 8.0 champions from Pinellas County/Clearwater
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 The men's 8.0 second-place team from Alachua County/Gainesville
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 The women's 8.0 champions from Duval County/Jacksonville
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 The women's 8.0 second-place team from Collier County
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 The men's 7.0 champions from Sarasota/Manatee counties
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 The men's 7.0 second-place team from Collier County
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 The women's 7.0 champions from Lee/Charlotte counties
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 The women's 7.0 second-place team from Collier County
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 The men's 6.0 champions from Volusia/Flagler counties
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 The men's 6.0 second-place team from Alachua County/Gainesville
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 The women's 6.0 champions from Alachua County/Gainesville
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 The women's 6.0 second-place team from Sarasota/Manatee counties
Pinellas County/Clearwater was the lone multi-title champion over the weekend at the USTA Florida Super Senior League Section Championships, held on April 1-3, 2011, at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.

Pinellas County's two titles came in the Men's 8.0 and Men's 9.0 divisions. Other winners were Alachua County/Gainesville (Women's 6.0), Lee/Charlotte County (Women's 7.0), Duval County/Jacksonville (Women's 8.0), Volusia/Flagler County (Men's 6.0), and Sarasota/Manatee County (Men's 7.0). Collier County teams had a heartbreaking four second-place finishes on Sunday without claiming a championship.

Participants competed in men's and women's doubles play in NTRP (National Tennis Rating Program) divisions of 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0. The format for the USTA Florida Super Senior league is three doubles positions, with a minimum of six different players required on a team.

The Alachua County/Gainesville team playing out of the Jonesville Tennis Center finished ahead of second-place Sarasota/Manatee County to claim the Women's 6.0 division title. Their season roster was comprised of captain Mary Beth Fort, Gladys Lane, Betty Jax, Kathleen Menendez, Sara Muniz, Bunny Blood, Georgia Rolfe, Carol Mitchell, Helen Retty and Elizabeth Winnie.

The Lee/Charlotte counties team playing out of the Seminole Lakes Country Club in Punta Gorda, Fla., defeated Collier County 2-1 to win the Women's 7.0 division title. Their season roster was made up of captain Martha Scribner, co-captain Jean Wrightsman, Beth Spencer, Gigi Taylor, Ann Marshall, Rayetta Myers, Joyce Darcy, Empe Doria, Mary Couvillion, Ruth Damron, Sue Siok, Judy Schafft and Gail Kapp.

The Duval County/Jacksonville squad won the Women's 8.0 title after defeating Collier County 2-1 in the final. Their season roster was comprised of captain Mary Armstrong, Darlene Morris, Katharine Dake, Myrle Robinson, Janett Thomas, Susan Bracco, Leslie Polsen, Dianna Crislip, and Virginia Shuman.

In men's play the Volusia/Flagler County team won the Men's 6.0 title, defeating Alachua County 3-0. Their season roster was comprised of captain Bruce Cotten, Richard Stoff, Jeremy Cooper, Joseph Richards, John Edward Hanes, Don Hamel, Victor Passarello, Claude Bigot, Jim Zeisler, and Garrett Charles Lane.

The Sarasota/Manatee counties squad captured the Men's 7.0 division crown, defeating Collier County 2-1 in the final. Their season roster was made up captain Rene Butyn, Steve Biesiada, Dan Joseph Minior, Wade Thomas, Jim Brown, Fred Falkner, Robert Rogers, Franklin Peck, Albert Ayers, Tom Maynard and Bruno Eisner.

Pinellas County's Men's 8.0 division championship team edged Alachua County 2-1 in the final. Playing out of the McMullen Tennis Complex in Clearwater, the team's season roster was comprised of captain Richard Whissel, co-captain John Beda, Joseph Persak, Ronald Massey, Eric Watson, Terry Joel Tetzlaff, Wendall Walker, Mauro Rodriguez, and Darrel Wesley Stewart.

Pinellas County's Men's 9.0 division champion, also playing out of the McMullen Tennis Complex in Clearwater, finished ahead of the Collier County team in group round robin play. The team's season roster included captain Terry Payton, co-captain Richard Bruer, Anthony Ruggiero, Peter Bretagne Bonfa, William Christensen, Marc Mazo, Ronald Massey, Mark Rosenfeld, Alex Deeb, Jared Florian and Terry Wayne Addison.

The USTA Florida Super Senior division provides the same competitive play opportunities as the USTA Adult League, but for players age 60 and over.

Counties with teams advancing to the USTA Florida Section championships in 2011 were Alachua, Brevard, Broward, Collier, Duval, Escambia, Hillsborough, Indian River/Martin, Lake, Lee/Charlotte, Leon, Marion, Okaloosa/Bay/Walton, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota/Manatee, and Volusia/Flagler.

The winning teams advance to the USTA Super Senior League Nationals, which will be help in April 2012 at a site to be determined.


 
 

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