September 26th, 2016

Preview: 2016 USTA Florida Mixed 18 & Over 7.0/9.0 Sectional Tennis Chps.

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Featured News_2015 Mixed 18 60 80 10 RecapTwo USTA League National Championships berths will be on the line this weekend when the 2016 USTA Florida Mixed 18 & Over 7.0/9.0 League Sectional Championships are held on Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.

Defending champions from last year are Marion County in the 7.0 division, and Sarasota/Manatee counties in the 9.0 division.

The event has drawn the top regional winners from throughout Florida in the 7.0 and 9.0 USTA League Mixed 18 & Over divisions. The teams, which represent various clubs, parks, recreational departments and organizations, have finished at the top of their local leagues and are now vying for a chance to represent the USTA Florida Section at the USTA League National Mixed 18 & Over National Championships.

Orange/Seminole counties will look to add to its section-leading five USTA Florida League Sectionals titles, while Clay, Miami-Dade and Pinellas counties all trail one title behind (see standings below).

The Mixed 18 & Over champions will represent the USTA Florida Section at the 2016 USTA League Mixed 18 & Over 7.0/9.0 National Championships on Nov. 4-6 at the Hilton El Conquistador Resort in Tucson, Ariz.

Divisions and teams competing this weekend:

Mixed 18 & Over 7.0 — Flight 1

Alachua County, captain: Chad Schafer
Broward County, captain: Enrique Escobedo
Lee/Charlotte   counties, captain: Dan Campbell
Marion County, captain: Kathy Houpt

Mixed 18 & Over 7.0 — Flight 2

Duval County, captain: Jeff Dao
Orange/Seminole counties, captain: Pedro Hernandez
Pinellas County, captain: Mona Kelly
Volusia/Flagler counties, captain: Al Huertas

Mixed 18 & Over 7.0 — Flight 3

Brevard County, captain: Shannon Johnson
Indian River/St. Lucie/Martin counties, captain: Tanya Green
Polk County, captain: Michelle Counter
Sarasota/Manatee counties, captain: Karen Nicholson

Mixed 18 & Over 7.0 — Flight 4

Collier County, captain: Randie Fischel
Hillsborough County, captain: Erin Vickers
Leon County, captain: Denean Sykes
Miami-Dade County-South, captain: Carmelo Rubio

Mixed 18 & Over 9.0 — Flight 1

Broward County, captain: Mike Curry
Duval County, captain: Bill Chapman
Escambia County, captain: Lauren Haack
Hillsborough County, captain: Sean Vickery
Marion County, captain: Corey Forrest

Mixed 18 & Over 9.0 — Flight 2

Alachua County, captain: Ashok Kumar
Pinellas County, captain: Josh Melton
Brevard County, captain: David Majors
Orange/Seminole counties, captain: Becky Cusick
Miami-Dade County-South, captain: Carin Blanchard


The Orlando area holds the lead in the 2016 sectional championships standings after winning two titles at the recent 18 & Over championships. Here are the league sectional title leaders this year (through Sept. 26):

1. Orange/Seminole counties (5) — 40&Over W4.5+, 40&Over M3.5, 18&Over M5.0, 18&Over W4.5, 18&Over W3.5

2T. Clay County (4) — 55&Over W3.0, 40&Over W3.5, 18&Over W3.0, 18&Over W3.0
2T. Miami-Dade County (4) — 40&Over W4.0, 40&Over M4.0, 18&Over M4.0, 18&Over M4.5
2T. Pinellas County (4 titles) — 55&Over W4.0, 55&Over M4.0, 40&Over X8.0, 40&Over X9.0

5T. Collier County (3) — 65&Over W6.0, 55&Over M3.5, 55&Over W4.5
5T. Marion County (3) — 55&Over M3.0, 40&Over X6.0, 40&Over M3.0
5T. Volusia/Flagler counties (3) — 55&Over W3.5, 40&Over X7.0, 18&Over W-Open

8T. Broward County (2) — 55&Over M4.5, 18&Over M3.5
8T. 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

For more USTA Florida Leagues championship information go to