Jacksonville Sports Day

Jacksonville Women Win State Title at USTA Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. — Five divisions produced five different winners as Duval County (Southside Tennis Center, Jacksonville), Leon County (Tom Brown Park, Tallahassee), Pinellas County (Waterchase, Tampa), Polk County (Lake Wales C.C., Lake Wales), and Seminole County (Red Bug Park, Casselberry) won state titles over the weekend at the USTA National Campus in Orlando.

Leon County’s won the men’s 5.5 division at the state level for the third season in a row. Polk County saved its best for last, winning its first sectionals title of the year in the men’s 7.5 division.

“We had a terrific team weekend, full of competitive tennis, great sportsmanship, and friendship,” said Pinellas County women’s 9.5-winning captain Elizabeth Baldwin, who had leadership help from co-captains Suzanne Smith and DeDe Agnew. “In the finals against Alachua, tied at 1-1, it came down to line No. 2 and a 10-point tiebreak.

Pinellas overcame a 4-7 start to win 10-8! A very exciting finish to a great competitive weekend. Many thanks to the officials who work long hours and ran the tournament smoothly despite the rain and cold. Lake Nona is a beautiful facility, and we in Florida are lucky to have it.”

The Combo 18 & Over 5.5/7.5/9.5 League Sectional Championships was the final sectional championships of the 2017 season. Duval’s title was one short for the overall season as it finished a title behind Broward County’s eight in the final standings for the USTA Florida League Championship Cup (see standings below).

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 tennis pair may not exceed 0.5.

Championship Results:
Combo Women’s 5.5 Division
Final: Duval County (Southside Tennis Center, Jacksonville) d. Leon County (Forestmeadows Park, Tallahassee) 2-1
Championship Match Results:
No. 1 Doubles: Phinely Popera/Ruby Rupac (Duval) d. Leslee Horner/Sandy Tomberlin 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 Doubles: Mariela Santurri/Naama Nagar (Leon) d. Sandy Wedge/Kelly Armagost 6-4, 6-4
No. 3 Doubles: Sampat Choudhary/Rita Lenahan (Duval) d. Rhonda Tullos/Julie Espy 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (super-tiebreaker)
Duval Season Roster: Sandy Wedge (captain), Kelly Armagost, Tiffany Davis, Alpana Oomrigar, Rita Lenahan, Susan Powell, Cheryl Pearthree, Juliet Rogers, Robin Trinh, Amber Aultman, Valencia Oglesby, Lindy Green, Lisa Hellier, Phinely Popera, Ruby Rupac, Sampat Choudhary, Tiffany VillacortaBuer

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