Miami Sports Day

TENNIS: Miami-Dade Wins Third State Men’s 4.0 Division Title

Miami-Dade County (Doral) captured a third division title in a row over the weekend at the 2016 USTA Florida 18 & Over 3.0/4.0/5.0+ League Sectional Championships at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach and Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs.

Miami-Dade County won the Men’s 4.0 division for a third consecutive year. They were joined by other winners from Palm Beach County (Boca Raton) in the Women’s 5.0+ division, Orange/Seminole counties (Orlando) in the Men’s 5.0+ division, and Leon County (Tom Brown Park, Tallahassee) in the Men’s 3.0 division.

This year’s USTA Florida 18 & Over 3.0/4.0/5.0+ League Sectional Championships drew the top teams from throughout Florida, representing various clubs, parks, recreational departments and organizations that finished at the top of their local leagues.

The winning teams next advance to represent the USTA Florida Section at the 2016 USTA League 18 & Over National Championships — the 3.0 division winners on Oct. 7-9 at the Surprise Tennis & Recreation Complex in Surprise, Ariz.; the 4.0 winners on Sept. 23-25 at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort in Rancho Mirage, Calif.; and the 5.0+ winners on Sept. 23-25 at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala.

18 & Over Men’s 4.0

Final: Miami-Dade South (Doral Park Country Club, Doral) d. Miami-Dade North (Williams Island Club, Aventura) 3-2
Championship Results:
No. 1 Singles: John Narus (South) d. Eric Cohen 6-1, 6-0
No. 2 Singles: Stephane Camguilhem (South) d. Ivan Vigo 6-2, 6-2
No. 1 Doubles: Jorge Rodriguez/Alejandro Arraiz (North) d. Jairo Furniel/Jean Paul Texier 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 (super-tiebreaker)
No. 2 Doubles: Eli Panell/Lynn Vance (South) d. Aldo Daole/Cesar Aviles 6-3, 6-2
No. 3 Doubles: Todd Sadacca/Joel Namad (North) d. Guillermo Brito/Diego Mujica 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (super-tiebreaker)
Miami-Dade South Season Roster: Eli Panell (captain), Luciano Cuneo, Guillermo Brito, Armando Cabane, John Narus, Jean Texier, Stephane Camguilhem, Jairo Furniel, Octavio Gomez, Cristian Mateluna, Patrick Kettel, Tom Buetikofer, Lynn Vance, Alfredo Lomeli, Diego Mujica, Diego Mateluna, Frank Fernandez, Ricardo Morales

18 & Over Women’s 5.0+

Final: Palm Beach County-South (South County Regional Park, Boca Raton) finished ahead of Hillsborough County (Harbour Island Athletic Club, Tampa) 4-0 to 3-1 in round robin play
Palm Beach County-South Season Roster: Alka Strippoli (captain), Selina Weller, Stacy Muzii, Ali Schwartz, Kristin Arrowsmith, Jennifer Lane, Gedvile Norkute, Paula Myslivecek, Leigh Waters

The 5.0+ level allows up to two 5.5-rated players on a roster, where the players must compete in the No. 1 singles or No. 1 doubles positions. The NTRP (National Tennis Rating Program) scale progresses from 2.5 (beginner) to 5.5 (advanced) for USTA Florida League championship events.

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