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Clay County Wins Two Titles at USTA Florida Championships

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Clay County (Fleming Island, Orange Park teams) won two titles, and Miami-Dade County (Doral)captured a third division title in a row over the weekend at the 2016 USTA Florida 18 & Over 3.0/4.0/5.0+ League Sectional Championships, held at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach and Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs.

Miami-Dade County won the Men’s 4.0 division for a third consecutive year. They were joined by other winners from Palm Beach County (Boca Raton) in the Women’s 5.0+ 40W_Champions_Clay 2division,Orange/Seminole counties (Orlando) in the Men’s 5.0+ division, and Leon County (Tom Brown Park, Tallahassee) in the Men’s 3.0 division.

The two titles by Clay County vaulted them to a tie for the No. 1 spot in the 2016 USTA Florida Adult League Sectionals title standings (see below).

Hillsborough County, which was looking to put up a first sectional win of 2016, went a frustrating 0-2 in division finals over the weekend, falling in the men’s and women’s 5.0+ finals. They and other local league winners will get another chance this coming weekend when the USTA Florida 18 & Over 2.5/3.5/4.5 Sectional Championships are contested in Daytona Beach and Altamonte Springs.

This year’s USTA Florida 18 & Over 3.0/4.0/5.0+ League Sectional Championships drew the top teams from throughout Florida, representing various clubs, parks, recreational departments and organizations that finished at the top of their local leagues.

The winning teams next advance to represent the USTA Florida Section at the 2016 USTA League 18 & Over National Championships — the 3.0 division winners on Oct. 7-9 at the Surprise Tennis & Recreation Complex in Surprise, Ariz.; the 4.0 winners on Sept. 23-25 at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort in Rancho Mirage, Calif.; and the 5.0+ winners on Sept. 23-25 at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala.

Final Results:

18 & Over Women’s 3.0

Final: Clay County (Eagle Harbor Country Club, Fleming Island) d. Marion County (Ft. King Tennis Center, Ocala) 4-1
Championship Results:
No. 1 Singles: Jill Waroff (Clay) d. Cristal Brown 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (super-tiebreaker)
No. 2 Singles: Caroline Murray (Marion) d. Toni McCormack 6-1, 6-3
No. 1 Doubles: Meredith Hoffmann/Carrie Newell (Clay) d. Amanda Daugherty/Natalie Petsche 6-4, 7-6
No. 2 Doubles: Kristen Schermerhorn/Sheila Occhiogrosso (Clay) d. Sally Bromund/Shaana Slaughter 6-3, 6-4
No. 3 Doubles: Deana Jones/Elaine Canaan (Clay) d. Susan Atwell/Carmen Rosario 1-6, 6-3, 1-0 (super-tiebreaker)
Clay Season Roster: Meredith Hoffmann (captain), Elaine Canaan, Toni McCormack, Diane Pinkerman, Kristen Schermerhorn, Kerry Reardon, Stephanie Rouse, Jill Waroff, Sidney Rouse, Deana Jones, Sheila Occhiogrosso, Elizabeth Britt, Sharon Surdyke, Carrie Newell, Erica Washkill, Sherri Bair, Deborah Mccarthy18 & Over Women’s 4.0

Final: Clay County (Club Continental, Orange Park) d. Brevard County (Desoto Tennis, Satellite Beach) 4-1
Championship Results:
No. 1 Singles: Sarah Wheeler (Clay) d. Gillian Dionne 7-6, 6-3
No. 2 Singles: Yetta Goolsby (Clay) d. Shauna Jacobs 6-4, 6-4
No. 1 Doubles: Colleen McNatt/Pamela Rowlings (Brevard) d. Kathleen Pinho/Nina Appleby 6-1, 7-6
No. 2 Doubles: Hayley House/Claudia Grosskruger (Clay) d. Stacie Neff/Julie Wolszczak 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (super-tiebreaker)
No. 3 Doubles: Maureen Kennedy/Grace Sales (Clay) d. Karen Lorden/Debbie Giorgio 6-1, 6-2
Clay Season Roster: Kathleen Pinho (captain), Hayley House, Laura Brown, Kelly Groce, Yetta Goolsby, Nina Appleby, Maureen Kennedy, Sarah Wheeler, Georgy Barlow, Donna Marceau, Amanda Swearingen, Claudia Grosskruger, Grace Sales


The 5.0+ level allows up to two 5.5-rated players on a roster, where the players must compete in the No. 1 singles or No. 1 doubles positions. The NTRP (National Tennis Rating Program) scale progresses from 2.5 (beginner) to 5.5 (advanced) for USTA Florida League championship events. For more information on NTRP levels go to www.usta.com/Adult-Tennis/USTA-League/Information/About_NTRP.

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