February 6th, 2017
Clay, Orange Counties Win 3rd Straight Titles at USTA Florida Tri-Level League Sectionals
USTA Florida Tri-Level League teams from Fleming Island and Winter Park advanced to Indian Wells, Calif., to represent the USTA Florida Section after capturing men’s and women’s titles at the USTA Florida Tri-Level 18 & Over Playoffs, held Feb. 4-5, 2017 at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.
It was the third consecutive season that both Clay and Orange counties won the Florida Sectional event and advanced teams to the national championships. Tri-Level League is a doubles format designed to provide a unique team league opportunity to members by combining players of differing NTRP levels (3.5/4.0/4.5) on teams in local and sectional competition.
Final: Orange County (Winter Park Tennis Center) d. Escambia County (Gulf Breeze, Club II) 3-0
Championship Match Results:
4.5 Doubles: Anne-Marie Miller/Stacy Girdley (Orange) d. Lauren Haack/Susan Nitterauer 6-3, 6-2
4.0 Doubles: Becky Cusick/Tammy Giaimo (Orange) d. Lisa Bew/Angela Stewart 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (super-tiebreak)
3.5 Doubles: Lynn Piper/Brandi Holston (Orange) d. Kimberly Andrews/Rachel Trahan 6-3, 6-2
Orange County Season Roster: Shannon Hurley (captain), Janice Fisher, Stacy Girdley, Rachel Holt, Christine Alfert, Brandi Holston, Lisa Miller, Becky Cusick, Anne-Marie Miller, Lynn Piper, Tammy Giaimo, Sarah Harkins
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Final: Clay County (Eagle Harbor Country Club, Fleming Island) finished ahead of Collier County (Heritage Bay Country Club, Naples) 3-0 to 2-1 in round robin play
Clay County Season Roster: Jim Pinkerman (captain), Steve Andersen, Bob Walsh, James Ellisor, Michael Waroff, Neal McDaniel, Zane Butler, Curt Cavins, Neal Goldblatt, Kevin Beall, David Schilkofski, Bill Chapman, Thomas Keller, James Strickland
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The Florida men’s and women’s winners will compete against teams from the 17 USTA sections across the country to determine the men’s and women’s national champions at the 2017 BNP Paribas Open Tri-Level Championships, March 17-19, held during the ATP/WTA BNP Paribas Open.
Players will receive complimentary tickets and parking passes to watch the pros play at the BNP Paribas Open, and will be invited to attend a complimentary dinner. Individual awards will be presented to the winners of each flight along with FILA gift bags.
For more info go to www.bnpparibasopen.com/en/event-info/bnp-paribas-open-tri-level-championships.
For more info on USTA Florida Leagues go to www.ustaflorida.com/leagues.