Two 18 & Over Open Division tennis teams will represent the USTA Florida Section in Las Vegas after winning the “Road to Las Vegas” USTA Florida League Sectional Championships on July 8-10, 2016 at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.
The new one-weekend sectionals event for open division teams offers men’s and women’s squads, without having to play a local league, the chance to win sectionals and advance to the USTA League National Open League Championships.
“The Road to Vegas tournament this weekend made me miss playing college tennis more than ever,” said winning women’s Team Starburst captain Adelaide Wood. “The competition was great, the intensity was high and the camaraderie was what made this such a special event. To be part of a team again and compete on the court next to friends was fantastic! The tournament staff did an incredible job at making everyone feel so welcome and made the event run so smoothly. I’m beyond proud of my team this weekend and can’t wait to see what we can do in Vegas in a few months! Go Team Starburst!”
Men’s 18 & Over — Open Division
Final: Team Barros (Ft. Myers) finished ahead to Team Florida Tennis Center (Daytona Beach) 3-0 to 2-1 in round robin play
No. 1 Singles: Dorian Porada (Team FTC) d. Paulo Barros 6-7, 0-1, Ret.
No. 1 Doubles: Lucas Jovita/Sergio Rebolledo (Team Barros) d. Elliot Sosbey/Simeon Shelton 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 Doubles: Tye Myers/Manuel Encalada (Team Barros) d. Graham Alrutz/Guilherme Fachin da Cunha 6-4, 6-3
Team Barros Roster: Paulo Barros (captain), Franco Mata, Lucas Jovita, Manuel Encalada, Ryan Sherry, Sergio Rebolledo, Tye Myers
Women’s 18 & Over — Open Division
Final: Team Starburst (Daytona Beach) finished ahead of Team Auld 3-0 to 0-3 in round robin play
Final Match Results:
No. 1 Singles: Elissa C. Decampli (Team Auld) d. Jessica Lange 6-1, 6-0
No. 1 Doubles: Rocio Vitalle/Ekaterina Kamendova (Team Starburst) d. Bryn Auld/Terri Thomson 6-1, 7-5
No. 2 Doubles: Adelaide Wood/Abby Runda (Team Starburst) d. Gabriela Chinchilla/Jodi Kleiner 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (super-tiebreak)
Team Starburst Roster: Adelaide Wood (captain), Jessica Lange, Abby Runda, Rocio Vitalle, Ekaterina Kamendova
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The winning teams receive a $500 team entry stipend to represent the USTA Florida Section at the 2016 USTA National Open League Championships in Las Vegas, Nev., on Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at the Darling Tennis Center.
2016 USTA FLORIDA ADULT LEAGUE
SECTION CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE LEADERS
Pinellas County hangs on to the top spot on the leaderboard, with Collier, Marion and Volusia/Flagler counties one title behind. Here are the league sectional title leaders this year (through July 11, most recent winners in bold):
1. Pinellas County (4 titles) — 55&Over W4.0, 55&Over M4.0, 40&Over X8.0, 40&Over X9.0
2T. Collier County (3) — 65&Over W6.0, 55&Over M3.5, 55&Over W4.5
2T. Marion County (3) — 55&Over M3.0, 40&Over X6.0, 40&Over M3.0
2T. Volusia/Flagler counties (3) — 55&Over W3.5, 40&Over X7.0, 18&Over W-Open
5T. Lee/Charlotte counties (2) — 65&Over M7.0, 18&Over M-Open
5T. Miami-Dade County (2) — 40&Over W4.0, 40&Over M4.0
7T. Alachua County (1) — 65&Over M6.0
7T. Broward County (1) — 55&Over M4.5
7T. Clay County (1) — 55&Over W3.0
7T. Indian River/St. Lucie/Martin counties (1) — 65&Over W7.0
7T. Nassau County (1) — 65&Over W8.0
7T. Polk County (1) — 65&Over M8.0
7T. St. Johns County (1) — 40&Over W3.0
Next USTA Florida League Sectionals: July 15-17, 40 & Over 3.5/4.5 Championships
For more tournament information go to https://www.ustaflorida.com/event/road-to-las-vegas-at-the-usta-florida-league-sectional-championships.