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Preview: National Champs Collier Return to 55 & Over League Tennis Sectionals

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – USTA League national champions Collier County returns, as does two-time division defending champ Marion County this weekend when the 2016 USTA Florida Adult 55 & Over 3.0/4.0 Sectional Championships will be held on April 22-24 at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.

Last year Collier County in the Women’s 3.0 division advanced to the USTA 55 & Over National Championships, ending the weekend as national champions. They return this weekend in an attempt to again advance to nationals.

Marion County is the two-time defending champ in the Men’s 3.0, while Duval County is defending champion in the Women’s 4.0.

Teams consisting of three doubles lines will compete in a non-elimination round-robin format. The winner of each flight/division will be determined by team matches won. The winner of each flight will then advance into a single-elimination semifinal followed by the final.

NTRP levels of play will be 3.0 and 4.0. For more information on NTRP levels go to

The event will include local league champions from Alachua, Brevard, Broward, Clay, Collier, Duval, Escambia, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lee/Charlotte, Leon, Marion, Miami-Dade South, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties.

The men’s and women’s division winners will advance to the USTA League Adult 55 & Over 3.0/4.0 National Championships on Oct. 21-23, 2016 in Surprise, Ariz., at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Club.

Divisions and teams:

55 & Over Men’s 4.0 Division

Alachua County (DB Racquet Club, Gainesville), captain: Gerald Bevis
Brevard County (no club affiliation), captain: Larry Eppstein
Broward County (City of Oakland Park), captain: Les Liese
Clay County (Magnolia Point Country Club, Green Cove Spring), captain: Robert Williamson
Collier County (The Strand, Naples), captain: George Morton
Indian River County (The Boulevard, Vero Beach), captain: Gary Schafer
Leon County (Forestmeadows Park, Tallahassee), captain: Gene Cuccio
Miami-Dade South (Salvadore Park, Coral Gables), captain: John Cole
Pinellas County (McMullen Tennis Center, Clearwater), captain: Ron Massey

55 & Over Women’s 4.0 Division

Brevard County (Tortoise Island, Satellite Beach), captain: Aparna Kopuri
Collier County (Naples Grande Beach Resort), captain: Leslie Hindman
Duval County (Southside Tennis, Jacksonville), captain: Mary Armstrong
Escambia County (Roger Scott Tennis Center, Pensacola), captain: Debby Cupp
Hillsborough County (Apollo Beach), captain: Alice Anne Smith
Indian River County (Monarch Country Club, Palm City), captain: Pamela Rucks
Lee/Charlotte counties (Park Meadow Tennis Center, Ft. Myers), captain: Jane Zito
Marion County (Fort King Tennis Center, Ocala), captain: Mary Jeanne Walsh
Pinellas County (St. Pete Tennis Center), captain: Janet Matthews
Sarasota County (Bath & Racquet Fitness Club, Sarasota), captain: Donna Hannigan

55 & Over Men’s 3.0 Division

Alachua County (Jonesville Tennis Center, Gainesville), captain: Philip Lancaster
Marion County (Fort King Tennis Center, Ocala), captain: Jerry McLauchlin

55 & Over Women’s 3.0 Division

Alachua County (Gainesville Country Club), captain: Sandra Jones
Clay County (Eagle Harbor Country Club, Fleming Island), captain: Jenise Whitmire
Collier County (The Players Club & Spa, Naples), captain: Judi Dyer
Hillsborough County (Brandon Swim and Aquatics), captain: Corey Karlen
Leon County (Forestmeadows Park, Tallahassee), captain: Jenny Jolinski
Marion County (Ft. King Tennis Center, Ocala), captain: Trish Mosby
Pinellas County (East Lake Woodlands Country Club, Oldsmar), captain: Christine Milligan
Sarasota County (Longboat Key Yacht & Tennis Club), captain: Marcia Gutridge

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