Jacksonville Sports Day

TENNIS: St. Johns Women Win State Tennis Title at USTA Florida Combo

ORLANDO, Fla. – Alachua County (Westside Park, Gainesville), Broward County (Frank Veltri Tennis Center, Plantation), Leon County (Forestmeadows Park, Tallahassee), Okaloosa County (Rosemary Beach Racquet Club), Orange County (MG Tennis, Orlando), and St. Johns County (Julington Creek, St. Johns) brought home championships over the weekend at the USTA Florida Combo 18 & Over 5.5/7.5/9.5 League Sectionals, held Jan. 13-15, 2017 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando.

Leon County successfully defended their Men’s 5.5 sectional championship from previous season. Two divisions finished tied in round robin play and were determined by win-loss or sets-won tiebreakers: Okaloosa County winning the Men’s 9.5, and Broward County winning the Women’s 9.5.

The USTA Florida Combo 18 & Over 5.5/7.5/9.5 League Championships was the final Florida League Sectional Championships of the 2016 league season.

Winners and final match scores:

Combo 18 & Over Women’s 5.5
Final: St. Johns County (Julington Creek, St. Johns) finished ahead of Escambia County (Roger Scott Tennis Center, Pensacola) 5-0 to 3-2 in round robin play

St. Johns Season Roster: Natalie Beyer (captain), Sandra Boney, Lauren McLeod, Sandy Kemp, Lisa Permenter, Julia McLaughlin, Sandra Ellis, Sandy Klein, Ashley Sopotnick, Lee Samuels, Pamela Belcher, Tina Schumacher, Katie O’Brien, Kristy Kastleman

Combo 18 & Over Men’s 5.5
Final: Leon County (Forestmeadows Park, Tallahassee) finished ahead of Alachua County (Westside Park, Gainesville) 4-0 to 1-3 in round robin play

Leon Season Roster: Gaurav Joshi (captain), Selva Chinnadurai, Chandra Mullangi, Ramesh Munuswamy, Vipul Modi, Rajesh Serman, Amit Jain, Alex Samuel, Sri Kanth Puchakayal

Combo 18 & Over Women’s 7.5
Final: Orange County (MG Tennis, Orlando) d. Palm Beach County-North (Jupiter Bay Tennis, Jupiter) 3-0

Championship Match:
No. 1 Doubles: Joanna Lees/Misa Kawata (Orange) d. Catherine Niblett/Isabel Corrigan 6-4, 6-2
No. 2 Doubles: Bobbi Carter/Rachel Holt (Orange) d. Cynthia Harkins/Candace Cox 7-6, 6-3
No. 3 Doubles: Rikki Myers/Michelle Bonilla (Orange) d. Sarah Boockford/Kristen Craig 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (super-tiebreaker)

Orange Season Roster: Angela Larisey (captain), Joanna Lees, Rochelle Tomooka, Elisa Buffington, Jamie Roedig, Michelle Bonilla, Rikki Myers, Rachel Holt, Misa Kawata, Clair Stoppler, Bobbi Carter, Denise Saltman, Lisa Miller, Claire Fitzgerald, Sonia Herring, Tamara Rothstein, Brenda Lee, Nancy Bramley, Kristine Tran

Combo 18 & Over Men’s 7.5
Final: Alachua County (Westside Park, Gainesville) d. Palm Beach County-South (Indian Spring C.C., Boynton Beach) 2-1

Championship Match:
No. 1 Doubles: Eugene Shintock/Alejandro Pauly (Alachua) d. Cliff Bass/Craig Kessinger 6-1, 6-1
No. 2 Doubles: Chase McCall/Scott Wright (Alachua) d. Justin Zwolski/Ara Toroyan 6-3, 6-7, 1-0 (super-tiebreaker)
No. 3 Doubles: Moussa Hanna/Emmanuel Fergile (Palm Beach) d. Scott West/Mark Martin 6-3, 6-3

Alachua Season Roster: Daniel Wright (captain), Alejandro Pauly, Bradley Canaday, Bobby Jensen, Richard Wright, Mark Martin, Cary Blakely, Aaron Harris, Scott West, Chase McCall, Erik Bredfeldt, Eugene Shintock, Scott Wright, Paul Askew

Combo 18 & Over Women’s 9.5
Final: Broward County (Frank Veltri Tennis Center, Plantation) finished ahead of Miami-Dade County-South (Salvadore Park, Coral Gables) 1-1 with Broward winning the tiebreaker in round robin play

Broward Season Roster: Veronica Wank (captain), Beverly Norona, Jill Rickey, Meg Jackson, Casilda Diaz, Sharon Runk, Laura Di Lauro, Winnie Schuetz, Gedvile Norkute, Jacqueline Pichardo, Kumiko Currie

Combo 18 & Over Men’s 9.5
Final: Okaloosa County (Rosemary Beach Racquet Club) finished ahead of Alachua County (DB Racquet Club, Gainesville) 2-1 tied in round robin play with Okaloosa winning the tiebreaker

Okaloosa Season Roster: Jason McLemore (captain), Mark Hurst, Ben White, Marvin Colley, Michael Matisons, Nicholas Vlahos, Caleb Windholtz, Chip Thomas, Tyler Marengo, Robert Cornett

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