August 11th, 2015

3 Teams Defend, Broward Wins 2 at USTA Florida 18 & Over League Tennis Sectionals

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Three teams successfully defended championships from last year, and Broward County took home two titles among the highlights at the 2015 USTA Florida Adult 18 & Over 3.0/4.0/5.0 League Sectional Championships, held Aug. 7-9 in Altamonte Springs and Daytona Beach.

Repeating as champions were Orange/Seminole counties (Women’s 3.0 flight), Volusia County (Men’s 3.0), and Miami-Dade County-South (Men’s 4.0). Broward County won both the Women’s 4.0 and Men’s 5.0+ championships, while Hillsborough County was also a winner in the Women’s 5.0+ flight.

Duval County suffered a heartbreaking three second-place finishes, while Broward County almost made it three titles over the weekend, edged 3-2 in the Men’s 4.0 final.

The Florida 3.0 men’s and women’s champions advance to the 2015 USTA League Adult 18 & Over 3.0 National Championships on Oct. 2-4 in Tucson, Ariz.

The Florida 4.0 men’s and women’s champions advance to the 2015 USTA League Adult 18 & Over 4.0 National Championships on Oct. 2-4 in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

The Florida 5.0+ men’s and women’s champions advance to the 2015 USTA League Adult 18 & Over 5.0+ National Championships on Oct. 2-4 in Indian Wells, Calif.

Here are the final results from the weekend:

18 & Over Women’s 3.0

Final: Orange/Seminole counties (Red Bug Lake Park, Casselberry) d. Duval County (Boone Park, Jacksonville) 4-1
Championship Match Results:
No. 1 Singles: Kelsey Branz (Duval) d. Alvida Groom 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (super-tiebreak)
No. 2 Singles: Timea Manfredi (O/S) d. Cathy Patterson 6-1, 3-6, 1-0 (super-tiebreak)
No. 1 Doubles: Madelyn Escudero/Isabelle Welsh (O/S) d. Kristi Hinckley/Jen Graham 6-3, 6-1
No. 2 Doubles: Brandi Holston/Lynn Piper (O/S) d. Elizabeth Branz/Heather Randolph 6-2, 6-1
No. 3 Doubles: Erin Brown/Jean Zambrano (O/S) d. Elizabeth Donnelly/Shea Zahner 6-2, 6-3
Orange/Seminole counties Season Roster: Madelyn Escudero (captain), Sandra Montes, Lynn Terito, Erin Brown, Isabelle Welsh, Jean Zambrano, Timea Manfredi, Brandi Holston, Sherene Lewis, Vivian Greene, Alvida Groom, Christine Jablonski, Lori Barrett, Cherie DePriest, Lynn Piper

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18 & Over Men’s 3.0

Final: Volusia County (Oceanside Country Club, Ormond Beach) finished ahead of Duval County (Florida Yacht Club, Jacksonville) 4-0 to 2-2 in round robin play
Volusia County Season Roster: Joseph Mirante (captain), Oscar Morejon, JP Pontier, Christopher Tolland, Bruce Manne, Henry Stoll, Timothy Tolland, James Bryan, Len Moser, Alex White, Peter Flores, Jeffrey Fillegar, David Turetsky

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18 & Over Women’s 4.0

Final: Broward County (Dillon Tennis Center, Oakland Park) d. Brevard County (Rockledge) 3-2
Championship Match Results:
No. 1 Singles: Brittany Koptis (Broward) d. Mary Clay 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (super-tiebreak)
No. 2 Singles: Caprice Thomas (Broward) d. Nancy Van Suetendael 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (super-tiebreak)
No. 1 Doubles: Julie Roberts/Angela Copeland (Brevard) d. Maria Miro/Theresa Caruso 6-1, 6-4
No. 2 Doubles: Kileen Knight/Heather Schleicher (Brevard) d. Helga Immerfall/Richelle Tankersley 6-1, 6-7, 1-0 (super-tiebreak)
No. 3 Doubles: Tommie Deprima/Myong Ok Kim (Broward) d. Rebecca Innell/Beth Delgado 6-4, 6-4
Broward County Season Roster: Theresa Caruso (captain), Patricia Walbornn, Helga Immerfall, Cynthia Cervantes, Carolina Gorman,         Maria Miro, Brittany Koptis, Tommie Deprima, Robin Dreyfuss, Richelle Tankersley, Myong Ok Kim, Elaine Arnst, Caprice Thomas, Jodi Lee, Ann Spalding

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18 & Over Men’s 4.0

Final: Miami-Dade County-South (Ron Ehmann Park, Miami) d. Broward County (Jimmy Evert Tennis Center, Ft. Lauderdale) 3-2
Championship Match Results:
No. 1 Singles: Andres Velasquez (M-D) d. Michael Costanzo 7-6, 6-1
No. 2 Singles: Jorge Ramirez (M-D) d. Mark Maceda 6-1, 6-3
No. 1 Doubles: Rick Stone/Daniel Young (Broward) d. Jorge Caballero/Dante Viggiano 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (super-tiebreak)
No. 2 Doubles: Manuel Valdez/Carlos Portillo (M-D) d. Andrew Pelski/Weston Donehower 6-1, 6-4
No. 3 Doubles: William Behn/Garnett Byrd (Broward) d. Isidro Gomez/Wilfredo Figueroa 6-3, 1-6, 1-0 (super-tiebreak)
Miami-Dade County-South Season Roster: Ed Moran (captain), Wilfredo Figueroa, Jorge Ramirez, Oscar Quinonez, Manuel Valdez, Andres Velasquez, Jorge Caballero, Isidro Gomez, Dante Viggiano, Harly Sequeira, Andres Cortazar, Carlos Portillo

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18 & Over Women’s 5.0+

Final: Hillsborough County (Harbour Island Athletic Club, Tampa) finished ahead of Duval County (Florida Yacht Club, Jacksonville) 2-1 to 2-1 win-loss but with a 5-4 to 4-5 individual score tiebreaker in round robin play
Hillsborough County Season Roster: Chris Allen (captain), Lilivette Arroyo, Alexandra Gade, Natalie Paiva, Suzanne Flament-Smith, Andrea Lord, Kara Jo Wietrzykowski, Lisa Haidermota, Kara Kucin, Tisha Kilburn, Aly Peterson, Lisa Balsera

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18 & Over Men’s 5.0+

Final: Broward County (David Park Tennis Center, Hollywood) finished ahead of Alachua County (Jonesville Tennis Center, Gainesville) 3-0 to 2-1 in round robin play
Broward County Season Roster: David Friedland (captain), Jeffrey Mager, Mark Schanerman, Frank Suarez, William Villalobos, Jesse Smatt, Jesse Friedlander

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The 5.0+ level allows up to two 5.5-rated players on a roster, where the players must compete in the No. 1 singles or No. 1 doubles positions. The NTRP (National Tennis Rating Program) scale progresses from 2.5 (beginner) to 5.0 (advanced) for USTA Florida League championship events. For more information on NTRP levels go to


Pinellas County remains in the top spot on the leaderboard for USTA Florida League Sectionals titles thus far in 2015, with Broward and Hillsborough counties jumping into a second-place tie (through Aug. 10):

1. Pinellas County (6 titles) — 65 & Over M8.0, W8.0, Mixed 40 & Over 9.0, 40 & Over W4.0, 40 & Over M3.5, 40 & Over M4.5+

2T. Broward County (3) — 55 & Over W4.5, 18 & Over W4.0 & M5.0+
2T. Duval County (3) — 65 & Over W6.0, 55 & Over W4.0, 55 & Over M3.5
2T. Hillsborough County (3) — 55 & Over M4.0, 40 & Over W4.5+, 18 & Over W5.0+

5T. Escambia County (2) — Mixed 40 & Over 8.0, 40 & Over W3.5
5T. Indian River/Martin/St. Lucie counties (2) — 65 & Over W7.0, 55 & Over W3.5
5T. Miami-Dade County (2) — 40 & Over M4.0, 18 & Over M4.0
5T. Volusia/Flagler counties (2) — Mixed 40 & Over 6.0, 18 & Over M3.0

9T. Collier County (1) — 55 & Over W3.0
9T. Lee/Charlotte counties (1) — 65 & Over M7.0
9T. Leon County (1) — 40 & Over M3.0
9T. Marion County (1) — 40 & Over W3.0
9T. Orange/Seminole counties (2) — Mixed 40 & Over 7.0, 18 & Over W3.0
9T. Sarasota County (1) — 55 & Over M4.5

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