October 3rd, 2016
St. Pete, Weston Win at USTA Florida Mixed 18 & Over 7.0/9.0 Sectionals Tennis
Broward County (Midtown Athletic Club, Weston) and Pinellas County (St. Pete Tennis Center) were champions over the weekend at the 2016 USTA Florida Mixed 18 & Over 7.0/9.0 League Sectional Championships, held on Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.
Both teams will next advance to 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.
Pinellas County with the win moved into a first-place tie with Orange/Seminole counties in the Adult League Sectional Championship Title Leaders standings (see below).
The event drew 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, finished at the top of their local leagues.
Mixed 18 & Over 7.0 Division
Final: Broward County (Midtown Athletic Club, Weston) d. Leon County (Forestmeadows Park, Tallahassee) 2-1
No. 1 Doubles: Juan Molina/Lissette Loddo (Broward) d. Corey Howard/Melissa Heaney 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (super-tiebreak)
No. 2 Doubles: Ronald Coletto/Carla Neopensi (Broward) d. Kenneth Seymore/Tanya Sigrist 6-2, 6-1
No. 3 Doubles: Clark Kuntz/Lori Elliott (Leon) d. Ricardo Cardenas/Carolina Varela 6-4, 6-3
Broward Season Roster: Enrique Escobedo (captain), Ronald Coletto, Maria del Rosario, Pia Diodato de Brozzi, Luis Ocampo, Astrid Iriarte, Gaston Belen, Lizette Ibarra, Victoria Sujoy, Ramon Mora, Juan Molina, Carla Neopensi, Guillermo Sarria, Lissette Loddo, Gloria McRae, Beatriz Nassar, Elizabeth Gordillo, Ricardo Cardenas, Carolina Varela, Gustavo Bencid
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Mixed 18 & Over 9.0 Division
Final: Pinellas County (St. Pete Tennis Center) d. Hillsborough County (Cheval Athletic Club, Lutz) 2-1
No. 1 Doubles: Chris Canfield/Avery Zercoe (Pinellas) d. Richard Larcomb/Jillene Panella 6-1, 3-6, 1-0 (super-tiebreak)
No. 2 Doubles: Mike Moenter/Karen Harkey (Pinellas) d. Mike Hooper/Stephanie Means 7-6, 6-4
No. 3 Doubles: Stephen Lappano/McKenzie O’Brien (Hillsborough) d. Ignacio Molina/Dianne Albina 6-4, 6-4
Pinellas Season Roster: Josh Melton (captain), Jenelle Morgan, Charlton Johnson, Shaimaa Elisi, Ignacio Molina, Dianne Albina, Karen Harkey, Mike Moenter, Val Kendrick, Chris Canfield, Avery Zercoe, Randolph Gibson
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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.
The 2016 USTA League season will be the fourth season with an updated structure and format that offers four age categories (Adult 18 & Over, Adult 40 & Over and Adult 55 & Over and Mixed 18 & Over) to better align participants with players their own age. A fifth age division, the Mixed 40 & Over, was added in 2014.
For additional event info go to www.ustaflorida.com/event/2016-mixed-18-7-09-0-sectional-championships.
2016 USTA FLORIDA ADULT LEAGUE
SECTION CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE LEADERS
Pinellas moves into a tie with Orange/Seminole counties to share the lead in the 2016 sectional championships standings after a title at the recent Mixed 18 & Over championships Here are the league sectional title leaders this year (through Oct. 3, most recent winners in bold):
1T. Orange/Seminole counties (5 titles) — 40&Over W4.5+, 40&Over M3.5, 18&Over M5.0, 18&Over W4.5, 18&Over W3.5
1T. Pinellas County (5) — 55&Over W4.0, 55&Over M4.0, 40&Over X8.0, 40&Over X9.0, 18&Over X9.0
3T. Clay County (4) — 55&Over W3.0, 40&Over W3.5, 18&Over W3.0, 18&Over W3.0
3T. Miami-Dade County (4) — 40&Over W4.0, 40&Over M4.0, 18&Over M4.0, 18&Over M4.5
5T. Broward County (3) — 55&Over M4.5, 18&Over M3.5, 18&Over X7.0
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
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 Sectionals: Oct. 7-9, Mixed 18 & Over 6.0/8.0/10.0 Sectionals
For more USTA Florida Leagues championship information go to www.ustaflorida.com/events/category/adultevents/ustafloridaleaguetennis/ustafloridaleaguesectionchamps/list.