Miami Sports Day

PREVIEW: USTA Florida Mixed 40 & Over 6.0/8.0 League Sectionals

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. –– Volusia/Flagler and Escambia counties will attempt to defend their championships from last year at the 2016 USTA Florida Mixed 40 & Over 6.0/8.0 League Sectional Championships, May 13-15 at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.

This year’s event has drawn the top teams from throughout Florida, representing various clubs, parks, recreational departments and organizations, that have finished at the top of their local leagues and are now vying for a chance to represent the USTA Florida Section at the USTA League National Championships.

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..

Division winners will advance to the USTA League 40 & Over 6.0/8.0 National Championships in Surprise, Ariz., on Oct. 21-23, 2016.

Teams competing this weekend:

Mixed 6.0 — Flight 1

Alachua County (Haile Plantation Country Club, Gainesville; captain: Renny Meister)
Leon County (Forestmeadows Park and Athletic Center, Tallahassee; captain: Kim Cramer)
Marion County (Ft. King Tennis Center, Ocala)

Mixed 6.0 — Flight 2

St. Johns County (Julington Creek Plantation, St. Johns; captain: Gregory Watterson)
Escambia County (no club affiliation; captain: Jill Wilson)
Indian River/St. Lucie/Manatee counties (North River Shores Tennis Club, Stuart; captain: Paul Kneuer)
Volusia/Flagler counties (Hammock Beach Resort, Palm Coast; captain: Gene Paul Lascano)

Mixed 8.0 — Flight 1

Escambia County (Club II, Gulf Breeze; captain: Brad Bradford)
Leon County (Forestmeadows Park and Athletic Center, Tallahassee; captain: Gina Herring)
Miami-Dade South (Coral Pine Park, Pinecrest; captain: Elizabeth Gonzalez)
Okaloosa/Bay/Walton counties (Shalimar Pointe Country Club; captain: Dale Rice)
Pinellas County (St. Pete Tennis Center; captain: John Green)

Mixed 8.0 — Flight 2

Alachua County (DB Racquet Club, Gainesville; captain: Jonathan Smith)
Clay County (Eagle Harbor, Fleming Island; captain: Clark Nesbitt)
Hillsborough County (Lake Padgett Bath & Racquet Club, Land O’ Lakes; captain: Sylvia Roy)
Sarasota/Manatee counties (Tidewater Preserve, Bradenton; captain: Wayne Osher)
Volusia/Flagler counties (Florida Tennis Center, Daytona Beach; captain: Melinda Alexander)

Mixed 8.0 — Flight 3

Broward County (Midtown Athletic Club, Weston; captain: Gustavo Risquez)
Collier County (The Strand, Naples; captain: Ronald Bartlett)
Indian River/St. Lucie/Manatee counties (Buttonwood Tennis Club, Stuart; captain: Pat Galligan)
Marion County (Ft. King Tennis Center, Ocala; captain: Lisa McTaggart)
Polk County (Lake Wales Country Club; captain: Jayma Knight)

Established in 1980, USTA League has grown from 13,000 participants in a few parts of the country in its first year to more than 904,000 players across the nation today, making it the world’s largest recreational tennis league.

USTA League was established to provide adult recreational tennis players throughout the country with the opportunity to compete against players of similar ability levels. Players participate on teams in a league format, which is administered by the USTA through its 17 Sections. The league groups players by using six National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) levels, ranging from 2.5 (entry) to 5.0 (advanced). USTA League is open to any USTA member 18 years of age or older.

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