It was another exciting weekend of tennis at the USTA National Campus as the Combo 18 Men and Women’s Sectional Championship took place on January 21 through the 23.
For those that may not know, the Combo division adds a twist to how tennis is played. Each doubles pair must be within 0.5 of their NTRP ratings, and make sure, when added, it doesn’t exceed the level in which they have chosen to compete in.
For example, in the 6.5 division, you can see a 3.0 player team up with a 3.5 player. This creates a different dynamic to the game and can be very fun to play.
At this championship, there was play in 6.5 and 8.5 divisions and there was plenty of excitement. Across the four draws in play, Broward County took home both of the Men’s divisions.
In the Women’s side of the court, Alachua and Orange County came out victorious in hard fought matches. We have the full rundown of each championship match.
Combo 18 & Over Women 6.5
Final: Orange County (Isleworth Tennis Club) defeated Broward County (Weston Racquet Club) 3-0
No. 1 Doubles: Tamia Hill Brittany Abbass (Orange) d. Lidia Luz/Maria Valeria Yandet 6-1, 6-7, 1-0
No. 2 Doubles: Julie Mogauro/Florencia Azar (Orange) d. Janneth Carballido/Maria Avellaneda 6-1, 6-4
No. 3 Doubles: Erica Amadori/Kalani Meffe (Orange) d. Stacey Greaves/Lory Sakay 6-2, 6-3
Orange County Season Roster: Jill Ata (Captain), Lily Siviglia, Kalani Meffe, Erica Amadori, Jessica O’Brien, Annette Horn, Mary Haag, Sherene Lewis, Julie Mogauro, Brittany Abbass, Florencia Azar, Tamia Hill, Melissa Farrell, Amanda Nowak
Combo 18 & Over Men 6.5
Final: Broward County (Midtown) defeated Escambia County 2-1
No. 1 Doubles: Ricardo Dillon/German Avellaneda (Broward) d. Kirk Bradley/Miller Frederick 6-2, 6-3
No. 2 Doubles: Sundaresh Ramnath/Eduardo Cordova (Broward) d. Craig Abel/Robert Fabbro 6-4, 6-4
No. 3 Doubles: James Craft/Colton Wilson (Escambia) d. Fernando Machado/Samir Asaad 6-0, 6-2
Broward County Season Roster: Saeid Sadoughi (Captain), Sundaresh Ramnath (Captain), Ricardo Dillon, Eduardo Cordova, Fernando Machado, Rodrigo Yervis, Alex Yokana, Carlos Reyes, Mel Tejada, Jorge Prado, John Hingley, Samir Asaad, German Avellaneda
Combo 18 & Over Women 8.5
Final: Alachua County (DB Racquet Club) defeated Hillsborough County (HCC Tennis Complex) 2-1
No. 1 Doubles: Ekanong Van Roy/Kelly Banes (Alachua) d. Abby Kronk/Melissa Sheridan 6-4, 6-4
No. 2 Doubles: Jamie Hamilton/Angie Jones (Hills) d. Megan Molyneux/Emily Dace 4-6, 6-2, 1-0
No. 3 Doubles: Haile Ratliff/Olga Nin (Alachua) d. Olivia Rivas/Asbel Giang 0-6, 6-3, 1-0
Alachua County Season Roster: Megan Molyneux (Captain),Haile Ratliff (Captain), Kelly Banes, Olga Nin, Nikki Perrino, Jami Nordenstam , Nancy Embree, Ekanong Van Roy, Debbie Mcmillan, Tara Johnson, Emmanuelle Schue, Emily Dace, Rachel Rodriguez, Audrey Rizk
Combo 18 & Over Men 8.5
Final: Broward County (Sunrise Tennis Club) defeated Alachua (Jonesville Tennis Center) 2-1
No. 1 Doubles: Drae Centonze/Zak Bernard (Alachua) d. Marc Winkler/William Pacanins 6-4, 6-4
No. 2 Doubles: Eduardo Alvarez/Michael Kattan (Broward) d. Erik Schmidt/Ashok Kumar 6-1, 6-2
No. 3 Doubles: Alan Matheus/Marcos Daniel Gonzalez Tonanez (Broward) d. Alachua (Default)
Broward County Season Roster: Franco De Andreis (Captain), Simon Palacios, Michael Kattan, Santiago Salvador Rio E, Jorge Balsamo, Marcos Daniel Gonzalez Tonanez, Marc Winkler, Alan Matheus, Eduardo Alvarez, Luis Fernandez, William Pacanins, Jorge Nieto Castellanos, Anibal Ciffoni
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