July 16th, 2014

Panhandle Tennis Blog: Juniors, College Players Excel


Region 1 Juniors and College Players Excel

In the past two weeks, three outstanding junior players from Region 1-West of the USTA Florida Section represented both their Florida Section and Region 1-West cities with great tennis, sportsmanship and goodwill.

Emmy Dobbins of Panama City was on a Florida boys and girls 16 Zonal team which finished in 4th Place in Waco, TX. Elena Weaver of Pace was on the Boys and Girls 14 Zonal which also finished in 4th place in Arlington, TX while Chris Ephron of Pensacola was on the Boys and Girls 16 Intersectional Team that finished 3rd in Shreveport, LA.

All three players contributed to their teams’ success with wins that should help both their Florida and National rankings. As the summer USTA national tournament season swings into high gear, these three should get more opportunities to improve their game and represent our Section. It should be noted that these three junior players are excellent students as well as athletes and terrific kids.

Coach Michael Edge and team memberMichael Edge, boys and girls tennis coach at Washington High School and director of junior tennis at Roger Scott Tennis Center in Pensacola, was one of the team coaches at the Boys and Girls 14 Zonal event in Arlington.




Nine Region 1 West College Players Have Successful Seasons

Jackie KaslerJackie Kasler from Gulf Breeze finished a sterling career at Auburn ranked fourth with 78 doubles and 74 singles career victories, which ranks as the fourth-most and sixth-most respectively in Auburn history.

Kasler posted a 16-11 overall record in singles this season and finished 19-16 in doubles including a 17-13 record with Jen Pfeifler also of Gulf Breeze. Kasler and Pfeifler were ranked #73 in doubles. Auburn finished the season at 17-11 ranked #27.

Jen Pfeifler - AuburnJen Pfeifler, a junior from Gulf Breeze, compiled a 14-8 overall record insingles and an 18-17 overall record in doubles.  For the second straight season Kasler and Pfeifler helped the Tigers get to the NCAA tournament and beat Winthrop in the first round.



Brittany Lindl UTBrittany Lindl from Panama City and a freshman at the University of Tennessee compiled a singles record of 22-14 including a first round singles win in the NCAA tournament. Tennessee was ranked #34 at season’s end with a team record of 13-12. Lindl was also named to the ITA Scholar Athlete list.



Erin Stephens - Ole MissErin Stephens from Santa Rosa Beach and a junior at Ole Miss helped lead the Rebels to their sixth straight and 17th overall NCAA appearance. She finished the year with an overall singles record of 16-12 helping her team to a first round win over Texas Tech in the NCAA tournament. Erin also earned ITA Scholar-Athlete honors and was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Ole Miss was ranked #28 with a 14-10 record for the season.


Reece Acree UCFReece Acree, a freshman from Pensacola at the University of Central Florida (UCF) went 4-4 in singles play and finished with a 3-1 doubles record. UCF finished the season at 12-9 ranked #69.



Will Neuner FAUWill Neuner, a junior from Pensacola at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) was 13-9 at playing mostly #1 and 2 singles. He compiled at 12-6 record in doubles mostly at the #1 position. FAU was 10-11 for the season as a team.



John Nowak - FAUJohn Nowak also played at FAU going 2-3 in singles and 1-2 at in doubles. Nowak is a sophomore from Pensacola.




Bianca Biglione - FAUBianca Biglione, a freshman from Panama City Beach also played at FAU. She had a terrific16-9 record in singles and a 10-7 mark in doubles. The FAU women’s team also was 10-11 for the season.



Lucy McLaurin Mars HillLucy McLaurin, a freshman from Pensacola played for Mars Hill University. McLaurin went 9-10 in singles and 13-6 at #1 doubles. The Lions team was 9-10 overall.  The local area tennis coaches and teaching professionals who trained these student athletes as juniors should be quite proud of their charges athletic and academic achievements in college.



College player photos courtesy of their athletic department tennis websites.

USTA 40 Point Challenge — 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 & 5.0 Levels

Roger Scott Tennis Center in Pensacola will be one of two sites in Florida to try the new USTA 40 Point Tournaments. The tournament will be held in one day from 9AM to 4PM  on Saturday, July 26, 2014.

This tournament will be an NTRP Level tournament in the 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0 levels. Events include Men’s and Women’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Players may play a singles and a doubles or a doubles and a mixed doubles.

Singles will be played from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. while doubles played 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Round Robin format for each USTA level with (5 or 6 players/teams in each bracket). Players/teams play a total of 40 points (change sides after 10 points). Players/teams spin to decide who serves first. Players/teams serve 5 points then receive 5 points until end of match

Cost: $25 per player for one event or $35 per player for two events. Entry Deadline is Friday, July 25 at 3 p.m.

Sign up at Roger Scott front desk or enter online at TennisLink. Food and drink provided.

For information, call Bruce Caton at 850-324-3767 or email at caton9@cox.net.

The tournament should be listed on TennisLink by July 18th or 19th.