January 3rd, 2017

Preview: USTA Florida Combo League Tennis Sectionals at USTA National Campus

Adult Leagues Adult Tennis News

Local USTA League championship teams from across Florida will be the first to experience the new USTA National Campus in Orlando when the USTA Florida Combo 18 & Over 6.5/8.5 League Championships are held this weekend, Jan. 6-8, 2017. More than 500 players will compete to bring home the team title of USTA Florida League state champions.

The technologically-advanced USTA National Campus features more than 100 tennis courts, with 26 Smart Courts featuring Hawkeye-like technology and video and statistical breakdowns of play. Eighty-four of the courts feature live streaming to watch family and friends compete via the internet. For more info on the USTA National Campus go to www.ustanationalcampus.com.

“The Pro Shop at the Home of American Tennis will be giving away a free Adidas Barricade backpack with any purchase of Adidas Product over $100 dollars,” says Josh Record, coordinator of events for the USTA National Campus.

Teams defending Combo sectional titles from last season are Alachua County (Men’s 6.5), Seminole County (Women’s 6.5), Lee County (Men’s 8.5), and Marion County (Women’s 8.5). The competing teams represent various clubs, parks, recreational departments and organizations that finished at the top of their local leagues during the Combo league season in the state of Florida to advance to the sectional championships.

Teams competing this weekend:

Combo 18 & Over Men’s 6.5 — Flight 1

Broward County (captain: Kevin Sims)
Escambia County (Robert Timby)
Leon County (Andrew Lawyer)
Marion County (Jerry McLauchlin)
Volusia County (Blaine Roseberry)

Combo 18 & Over Men’s 6.5 — Flight 2

Alachua County (captain: Chad Schafer)
Duval County (Alan Belcher)
Hillsborough County (John Cotey)
Polk County (Chad Barnhardt)
St. Lucie County (Cheryl Golgart)

Combo 18 & Over Men’s 8.5 — Flight 1

Lee County (captain: Ken Casola)
Leon County (Sachin Murthy)
Palm Beach County-South (Tower Krauss)
Pinellas County (Rene Fernandez)

Combo 18 & Over Men’s 8.5 — Flight 2

Alachua County (captain: Ashok Kumar)
Brevard County (Jonathan Pedoulas)
Hillsborough County (William Zeedyk)
Miami-Dade County-South (Armando Cabane)

Combo 18 & Over Men’s 8.5 — Flight 3

Broward County (captain: Ismael Rosales)
Duval County (Michael Waroff)
Indian River County (Frank Schlitt)
Polk County (Brian Marston)
Sarasota County (Philip Crutchfield)

Combo 18 & Over Women’s 6.5 — Flight 1

Broward County (captain: Elizabeth Gordillo)
Hillsborough County (Phuong Cotey)
Miami-Dade County-South (Maria Odon)
Pinellas County (Debbie Walker)
Polk County (Arabia Brakefield)

Combo 18 & Over Women’s 6.5 — Flight 2
Alachua County (captain: Susie Finfrock)
Escambia County (Kimberly Andrews)
Lee County (Leesa Cotton)
Marion County (Amanda Daugherty)
Orange County (Patty Blake)

Combo 18 & Over Women’s 6.5 — Flight 3

Collier County (captain: Andrea Washak)
Duval County (Jill Waroff)
Flagler County (Kerry McCarrick)
Leon County (Denean Sykes)
Martin County (Susan Whittington)

Combo 18 & Over Women’s 8.5 — Flight 1

Duval County (captain: Kathy Roan)
Leon County (Mydieu Nguyen)
Pinellas County (Lucia Garza)
Volusia County (Sirikit Press)

Combo 18 & Over Women’s 8.5 — Flight 2

Brevard County (captain: Damita Wright)
Hillsborough County (Kelly Sincich)
Marion  County (Corri Yelkin)
Polk County (Joanne Collier)
Combo 18 & Over Women’s 8.5 — Flight 3

Alachua County (captain: Gabriela Ghita)
Collier County (Terry Dir)
Seminole County (Rikki Myers)
Manatee County (Julie Wolfe)

Combo 18 & Over Women’s 8.5 — Flight 4

Broward County (captain: Hermine Greene)
Escambia County (Whitney Sumrall)
Martin County (Pamela Houri)
Miami-Dade County-South (Leyvis Concepcion)

The grounds at the USTA National Campus

For Combo doubles-only division play, the combined NTRP (National Tennis Rating Program) ratings of each doubles team may not exceed the level in which they are competing, and the NTRP rating difference between members of an individual doubles pair may not exceed 0.5. For more information on NTRP levels go to www.usta.com/Adult-Tennis/USTA-League/Information/About_NTRP.

For more information and team schedules go to www.ustaflorida.com/event/2016-combo-18-6-58-5-sectional-championships.


The two Combo sectionals in January 2017 are the final events of the 2016 USTA Florida League season. Here are the current league sectional title leaders forthe 2016 season (through Jan 2):

1. Pinellas County (5 titles) — 55&Over W4.0/M4.0, 40&Over X8.0/X9.0, 18&Over X9.0

2T. Broward County (4) — 55&Over M4.5, 18&Over M3.5/X7.0/X8.0
2T. Clay County (4) — 55&Over W3.0, 40&Over W3.5, 18&Over W3.0/W4.0
2T. Collier County (4) — 65&Over W6.0, 55&Over M3.5/W4.5, Combo 50&Over W6.5
2T. Miami-Dade County (4) — 40&Over W4.0/M4.0, 18&Over M4.0/M4.5
2T. Orange County (4) — 18&Over W4.5, 18&Over M5.0+, 40&Over W4.5+, 40&Over M3.5
2T. Volusia County (4) — 40&Over X7.0, 55&Over W3.5, 18&Over X6.0/ W-Open

8. Marion County (3) — 55&Over M3.0, 40&Over X6.0/M3.0

9. Hillsborough County (2) — Combo 50&Over M7.5/W8.5

10T. Alachua County (1) — 65&Over M6.0
10T. Brevard County (1) — Combo 50&Over M8.5
10T. Duval County (1) — 18&Over W2.5
10T. Escambia County (1) — Combo 50&Over M6.5
10T. Manatee County (1) — Combo 50&Over W7.5
10T. Martin County (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. Seminole County (1) — 18&Over W3.5
10T. St. Johns County (1) — 40&Over W3.0

Note: County determined by location of team’s home club. Season-ending ties to be broken by teams’ results at USTA League Nationals.

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.

For more information on USTA Florida Leagues go to www.ustaflorida.com/leagues.