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Jacksonville Women Win State Title at USTA Florida League 18 & Over Tennis Sectionals

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Duval County won the Women’s 2.5 division for the second consecutive year. Orlando area, defined as Orange/Seminole counties, is making a surge this summer to establish itself as “Florida’s Tennis Town” for the 2016 USTA Florida League season.

Two teams from Orange/Seminole counties (Sanlando Park, Winter Park) captured titles at the USTA Florida 18 & Over League 2.5/3.5/4.5 Sectional Championships, held on Aug. 19-21 at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach, and at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs.

The wins catapulted Orange/Seminole into first place for the first time this year on the 2016 USTA Florida League Sectionals Championships Standings.

“We are so excited to win the USTA Florida 4.5 18 & Over,” said Kerry Sproles, team captain for the Winter Park women who booked their tickets to USTA League Nationals. “Our same group, plus a few others, also won this year’s 40 & Over! So we are amazed to be able to go to both USTA League Nationals in one year. Fortunately they are back to back, so we will have a vacation in Palm Springs!

“We are a super close-knit group of friends who have known each other and played together for many years. We always have a lot of fun together, both on and off the courts. We came in second place last year at Florida league sectionals so we were determined to get the win this year. The victory was sweet! We couldn’t have done it without our miracle motivational speech beforehand from [team member] Rita Gladstone!”

Other division winners that advanced to represent the USTA Florida Section at USTA League National Championships were teams from Duval County (Jacksonville Golf & Country Club), Broward County (Midtown Athletic Club, Weston), and Miami-Dade County-South (Salvadore Park, Coral Gables).

Among the highlights in the various finals, Broward powered past Alachua 5-0 in the Men’s 4.5 without dropping as much as a set, and both Broward and Duval counties narrowly missed collecting two titles over the weekend, each winning and losing a final.

There were three repeat winners from 2015 as Duval County won the Women’s 2.5 division for the second consecutive year, as did Orange/Seminole counties in the Women’s 3.5, and Miami-Dade County in the Men’s 4.5 division.

“Playing USTA League and having a chance to go to sectionals was an amazing experience,” said Miami captain Vilmar Ghizelini. “For my team it became a family matter, as most players took their families for a fun, healthy weekend. Winning the Florida Sectionals was the cherry on the cake. Happiness overdose! Thanks to USTA Florida and particularly to the on-site tournament management team who ran it without a glitch.”

The division winners next advance to represent the USTA Florida Section at USTA League Nationals: the USTA League 18 & Over 2.5 National Championships on Sept. 23-25 at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala.; the USTA League 18 & Over 3.5 National Championships on Oct. 7-9 at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala.; and the USTA League 18 & Over 4.5 National Championships on Oct. 28-30 at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Final Results:

18 & Over Women’s 4.5 Division

Final: Orange/Seminole counties (Azalea, Winter Park) d. Duval County (Glen Kernan Country Club, Jacksonville) 4-1
Championship Match Results:
No. 1 Singles: Rita Gladstone (O/S) d. Vita Avery 7-5, 6-3
No. 2 Singles: Deborah Grissett (Duval) d. Angela Copeland 6-1, 6-2
No. 1 Doubles: Anne-Marie Miller/Sarah Harkins (O/S) d. Jan Sisko/Cindy Vermut 6-2, 6-2
No. 2 Doubles: Angela Robinson/Lisa Becket (O/S) d. Maryse Hotchkiss/Mary Turnes 6-3, 6-0
No. 3 Doubles: Stacy Girdley/Christine Alfert (O/S) d. Mary Bush/Helen Ciesla 7-5, 6-2
Orange/Seminole Season Roster: Kerry Sproles (captain), Christine Alfert, Lisa Becket, JoAnn Mokris, Kristine Dionne, Stacy Girdley, Alana O’Hern, Beverly Osterink, Angela Robinson, Lindsay Pearlman, Katherine Foulk, Sarah Harkins, Diane Caron, Paula Madsen, Angela Copeland, Anne-Marie Miller, Rita Gladstone

18 & Over Men’s 4.5 Division

Final: Miami-Dade County-South (Salvadore Park, Coral Gables) d. St. Johns County (Marsh Landing Country Club, Ponte Vedra Beach) 3-2
Championship Match Results:
No. 1 Singles: Olivier Hernandez (Miami) d. Rahim Khan 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 Singles: Hank Hill (St. Johns) d. Sebastian Gomez 6-1, 5-7, 1-0 (super-tiebreak)
No. 1 Doubles: Damian Pilewski/Marcos Nahuz (Miami) d. James Porterfield/Richard Redick 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 Doubles: Greg Nydick/Nathan Fabrick (St. Johns) d. Patricio Casillas/Antonio Martinez 7-5, 7-5
No. 3 Doubles: Sid Doshi/Raymond Hackney (Miami) d. William Morgan/David Paul 6-2, 6-7, 1-0 (super-tiebreak)
Miami Season Roster: Vilmar Ghizelini (captain), Rodrigo Samson, Jassiel Rodriguez, Damian Pilewski, Marcos Nahuz, Ruben Penate, Michael Huston, Denis Pierrot, Antonio Martinez, Jose Romero, Raymond Hackney, Sid Doshi, Nicolas Eterovic, Sebastian Gomez, Emilio Casillas, Patricio Casillas, Olivier Hernandez

18 & Over Women’s 3.5 Division

Final: Orange/Seminole counties (Sanlando Park, Altamonte Springs) d. Broward County (Weston Tennis Center) 4-1
Championship Match Results:
No. 1 Singles: Luciana Neveleff (Broward) d. Yoshiko Heafy 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 Singles: Jennifer Eldredge (O/S) d. Alexandra Maldonado 6-4, 6-2
No. 1 Doubles: Maryann Brown/Marcy Pierson (O/S) d. Lori Weathers/Renee Welch 6-2, 6-2
No. 2 Doubles: Karen Crane/Christine Hinn (O/S) d. Romina Ravenna/Ingrid de Gyldenfeldt 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (super-tiebreak)
No. 3 Doubles: Tina Gamb/Jodi Battista (O/S) d. Shannon Lutes/Sueli Gyotoku 5-7, 6-1, 1-0 (super-tiebreak)
Orange/Seminole Season Roster: Tina Gamb (captain), Karen Crane, Alejandra Maddox, Pamela Shale, Donna Siskind, Maryann Brown, Karina Macher, Jennifer Eldredge, Marcy Pierson, Jodi Battista, Elisabeth Mccaw, Sara Plavetic, Mary Lutz, Linda Trudo, Linda Shaw, Michelle Berganini, Christy Schenck, Chantal Dalabona, Christine Hinn, Yoshiko Heafy

18 & Over Men’s 3.5 Division

Final: Broward County (Midtown Athletic Club, Weston) d. Alachua County (Jonesville Tennis Center, Gainesville) 5-0
Championship Match Results:
No. 1 Singles: Juan Molano (Broward) d. Daniel Zhang 6-4, 6-2
No. 2 Singles: Nick Boros (Broward) d. Greg Norman 6-3, 6-3
No. 1 Doubles: Ricardo Cardenas/Guillermo Sarria (Broward) d. Scott Thompson/Frederic Davis 6-1, 6-3
No. 2 Doubles: Ronald Coletto/Ramon Mora (Broward) d. Benjamin Budian/Guilherme Arfelli 6-3, 6-3
No. 3 Doubles: Gaston Belen/Luis Di Lauro (Broward) d. Jackson Songayab/Moises Rivero 6-0, 6-1
Broward Season Roster: Fernando Lamus (captain), William Guasch, Ramon Mora, Gaston Belen, Alberto Ettedgui, Juan Llano, Kevin Whiteside, Luis Di Lauro, Nick Boros, Enrique Escobedo, Juan Molano, Ricardo Cardenas, Edward Benavides, Ronald Coletto, Ruben Lisman, Guillermo Sarria

18 & Over Women’s 2.5 Division

Final: Duval County (Jacksonville Golf & Country Club) d. Marion County (Fort King Tennis Center, Ocala) 3-0
Championship Match Results:
No. 1 Singles: Charleen Bearup (Duval) d. Frances Ramirez 6-3, 6-4
No. 1 Doubles: Jodie Nutter/Carole Doudy (Duval) d. Carmen Rosario/Lynn Erwine 6-0, 6-3
No. 2 Doubles: Michelle Mendez/Cathy Mathis (Duval) d. Cristal Brown/Jennifer Alberty 6-3, 6-3
Duval Season Roster: Julie Engelien (captain), Jodie Nutter, Cathy Mathis, Amy Rosa, Charleen Bearup, Carole Doudy, Karen Green, Allison Carbonneau, Mary Tice, Michelle Mendez, Kim Drager

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