The sound of feet on the courts, tennis balls hitting racquets, and laughter could be heard throughout the USTA National Campus this weekend as dozens of players gathered to compete in the Adult 18 & Over 3.5/5.0 Sectional Championships.
In the Women’s 3.5 division, Broward County defeated Orange County in the closest match of the weekend. It came down to the No. 1 Doubles line, where Broward came back down a set to win their second ever Sectional.
While in the Men’s 3.5, Brevard County put on a show. They swept the finals 5-0 against Marion County for their first-ever championship.
For the 5.0 division, Duval dominated in the Women’s draw, without dropping a match in their round-robin play. This secured consecutive Sectional Championships for the Jacksonville team.
Over in the Men’s division, Miami-Dade County pulled off a major upset. The South Florida squad defeated Hillsborough, who had won three of the last four sectionals.
The competing teams represented various clubs, parks, recreational departments, and organizations, and finished at the top of their local leagues during the 2022 season to advance to the USTA Florida 18 & Over Sectional Championships.
These champions have qualified for the 2022 USTA League National Championships and will compete in October.
Adult 18 & Over 3.5 Women
Final: Broward County (Frank Veltri Tennis Center) d. Orange County (Sanlando Park) 3-2
Championship Match Results:
No. 1 Singles: Amy McCarley (Orange) d. Nicole Banzer 3-6, 4-4 RET.
No. 2 Singles: Andrea Cordova (Broward) d. Cherie DePriest 6-2, 7-5
No. 1 Doubles: Samie Lesperance/Garbine De La Mora (Broward) d. Amanda Ruffin/Kerri Dryden 3-6, 6-3, 1-0
No. 2 Doubles: Paulette Smith-Johnson/Kerri Paul (Broward) d. Brittany de Arcos/Lee Leerdam 7-4, 6-4
No. 3 Doubles: Carson Constable/Kathleen Orosz (Orange) d. Sara Contreras/Sondra Carpio 6-0, 6-0
Broward County Season Roster: Sara Contreras (Captain), Robin Hayden, Sondra Carpio, Audrey Gayle, Yoandra Perez, Lucy Bastidas, Paulette Smith-Johnson, Adriana Montserrat, Nicole Banzer, Dominique Jean-Baptiste, Itala Ream, Maria Schaeuffler, Andrea Cordova, Yenny Herrera, Sigal Sasson, Kerri Paul, Garbine De La Mora, Monika Olimpiew, Samie Lesperance, Sara Boidi, Valeria Cisneros, Sally Hernadez
Adult 18 & Over 3.5 Men
Final: Brevard County (Titan Tennis Center) d. Marion County (Country Club of Ocala) 5-0
Championship Match Results:
No. 1 Singles: Isidro Zavaleta (Brevard) d. John McMichael 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 Singles: Steve Wind (Brevard) d. Adalberto Lozano 7-5, 5-7, 1-0
No. 1 Doubles: Elliott Hogans/Christopher Barnby (Brevard) d. Jerry McLauchlin/Danny York 7-5, 6-3
No. 2 Doubles: Eddie White/Andy McConnell (Brevard) d. Weston Wise/Paul Steinberg 6-2, 6-1
No. 3 Doubles: Vincent Vo/Kevin Villa (Brevard) d. Shon Murray/Peter Grosshans 6-0, 6-4
Brevard County Season Roster: Eddie White (Captain), Elliott Hogans, Isidro Zavaleta, Rich Hogarth, Vincent Vo, Christopher Barnby, Andy McConnell, Tareque Liaquat, Kevin Villa, Steve Wind, Max Paillant, Jemoi Gerald
Adult 18 & Over 5.0 Women
Final: Duval County (Florida Yacht Club) d. Broward County 1-0 in round-robin play
Duval County Season Roster: Marina Cunningham Pereira (Captain), Frances Beacom, Cary MacRae, Galina Vishnikina, Natalia Lebedeva, Victoria Holloway, Brooke Stachler
Adult 18 & Over 5.0 Men
Final: Miami-Dade County (Crandon Park Tennis Center) d. Hillsborough County (HCC Tennis Complex) 1-0 in round-robin play.
Miami-Dade County Season Roster: Gabriel Arraiz (Captain), Orlando Superlano, Leonardo Torrellas, Luis Fernando Ramirez, Leonel Vivas, Ariel Russo, Eduardo Castillob, Eduardo Cabrita, Rafael Costa, Daniel Superlano