Broward County (Midtown Athletic Club, Weston) and Volusia County (Deland Tennis Club) were winners over the weekend at the USTA Florida Mixed 18 & Over 6.0/8.0 League Sectional Championships, held Oct. 14-16, 2016, at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.
The championships were pushed back one weekend due to Hurricane Matthew’s path through Florida.
Broward and Volusia’s titles were their fourth each this year, putting them one behind both Orange/Seminole and Pinellas counties on the 2016 USTA Florida League title leader standings (see below).
The teams participating represented the top regional winners from throughout Florida in the 6.0/8.0 USTA League Mixed 18 & Over divisions. The teams originated from clubs, parks, recreational departments and organizations that finished at the top of their respective local leagues.
The Broward and Volusia teams will next advance to represent the USTA Florida Section at the 2016 USTA League Mixed 18 & Over 6.0/8.0 National Championships on Nov. 11-13 at the Hilton El Conquistador Resort in Tucson, Ariz.
Mixed 18 & Over 8.0
Final: Broward County (Midtown Athletic Club, Weston) d. Marion County (Ft. King Tennis Center, Ocala) 2-1
No. 1 Doubles: Leigh Chak/Matt Sullivan (Marion) d. Gustavo Risquez/Lorena de Guzman-Barron 7-6, 4-2, ret.
No. 2 Doubles: Ronald Coletto/Laura Di Lauro (Broward) d. Cammie McLeod/Efren Vasquez 6-2, 6-0
No. 3 Doubles: Kenny Torrellas/Carla Neopensi (Broward) d. Connor Cluster/Amy Graham 7-6, 6-1
Broward Season Roster: Gustavo Risquez (captain), Gaston Belen, Kenny Torrellas, Cristina Tomadin, Ronald Coletto, Leonardo Torrellas, Victoria Sujoy, Enrique Escobedo, Angel Silvestrini, Samir Cury, Barbara Barrios, Laura Di Lauro, Paulina Riveros, Carla Neopensi, Lorena de Guzman-Barron
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Mixed 18 & Over 6.0
Final: Volusia County (Deland Tennis Club) finished ahead of Alachua County (Westside Park, Gainesville) 5-0 to 4-1 in round robin play
Volusia Season Roster: Larry Burt (captain), Sharon Burt, Carey Murphy, Albert Neumann, Jim Copeland, Julia Neumann, Keith Farran, Rhonda Mullis, Mike Murphy, Kathleen Quinto
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Established in 1980, USTA League has grown from 13,000 participants in a few parts of the country in its first year to more than 904,000 players across the nation today, making it the world’s largest recreational tennis league. The league groups players by using six National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) levels, ranging from 2.5 (entry) to 5.0 (advanced). USTA League is open to any USTA member 18 years of age or older.
2016 USTA FLORIDA ADULT LEAGUE
SECTION CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE LEADERS
Broward and Volusia/Flagler won 18 & Over Mixed titles and moved one win behind the leaders on the 2016 sectional championships standings. Here are the league sectional title leaders this year (through Oct. 17, most recent winners in bold):
1T. Orange/Seminole counties (5 titles) — 40&Over W4.5+/M3.5, 18&Over M5.0/W4.5/W3.5
1T. Pinellas County (5) — 55&Over W4.0/M4.0, 40&Over X8.0/X9.0, 18&Over X9.0
3T. Broward County (4) — 55&Over M4.5, 18&Over M3.5/X7.0/X8.0
3T. Clay County (4) — 55&Over W3.0, 40&Over W3.5, 18&Over W3.0/W4.0
3T. Miami-Dade County (4) — 40&Over W4.0/M4.0, 18&Over M4.0/M4.5
3T. Volusia/Flagler counties (4) — 55&Over W3.5, 40&Over X7.0, 18&Over W-Open/X6.0
7T. Collier County (3) — 65&Over W6.0, 55&Over M3.5/W4.5
7T. Marion County (3) — 55&Over M3.0, 40&Over X6.0/M3.0
9. Lee/Charlotte counties (2) — 65&Over M7.0, 18&Over M-Open
10T. Alachua County (1) — 65&Over M6.0
10T. Duval County (1) — 18&Over W2.5
10T. Indian River/St. Lucie/Martin counties (1) — 65&Over W7.0
10T. Leon County (1) — 18&Over M3.0
10T. Nassau County (1) — 65&Over W8.0
10T. Palm Beach County (1) — 18&Over W5.0
10T. Polk County (1) — 65&Over M8.0
10T. Sarasota County (1) — 40&Over M4.5+
10T. St. Johns County (1) — 40&Over W3.0
Next USTA Florida League Sectional Championships: Combo 50 & Over, Dec. 9-11
For more USTA Florida Leagues championship information go to www.ustaflorida.com/events/category/adultevents/ustafloridaleaguetennis/ustafloridaleaguesectionchamps/list.