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Heating Up the Tennis Courts: USTA Florida's Mixed 40 & Over Sectional Championships

Summer is heating up and so are USTA Florida Adult Leagues as the Mixed 40 & Over Sectional Championships were hosted at the USTA National Campus. With four divisions in play, there were over 50 teams in attendance, all looking to stamp their ticket to nationals. 


Mixed play follows the normal format for USTA Leagues but sees each line of partners consist of a man and a woman. Since the competition was 6.0 and above, the duo’s combined rating would equal the rating in which they competed in. For example, two 4.0 players team up to play in the 8.0 draw. 


The competition was fierce, with four different counties winning each division. The 6.0 was close with Alachua and Orange County going back and forth. Coming down to the last line, Alachua pulled out the win. Over in the 7.0, it was an intense battle of South Florida tennis as Miami-Dade and Broward County were battling it out. It was a close match, with Miami winning two of the three lines.  


For the 8.0 Mixed matches, it was a strong showing from Okaloosa Walton Bay (OWB) County, as they went on a strong run and ended up being crowned as the champions. Finally, the 9.0 draw was another great display of Florida tennis. These athletes left everything they had on the courts, but ultimately, it was Hillsborough County that took the trophy. 


Broward County had a great showing this weekend, finishing second in three of the four divisions. 


The winners from this tournament will represent Florida at the National Championships, which are scheduled to start on November 8 in various locations. 


MIXED 40 & OVER SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 


Mixed 6.0 


Championship Result: Alachua County (Jonesville Tennis Center) defeated Orange County (Sanlando Park) 2-1 



No. 1 Doubles: Lisa Booth/Subramanyam Pasumarti (Alachua) d. Richard Cooper/Lisa Van Smith 7-5, 5-7, 1-0 


No. 2 Doubles: Joel Montes/Yazmin Valentin (Orange) d. Angie Gomez/June Navarro 6-3, 6-4 


No. 3 Doubles: Carla Intal/David Cianci (Alachua) d. Leticia Monge/Elliot Ortiz 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 


Alachua County Season Roster: Jorge Torres-Vazquez (Captain), David Cianci, Sophie Marcoux, Dan Harloff, Carla Intal, Subramanyam Pasumarti, Robert Tangeman, Linda Garcia-Crespo, Lisa Booth, Jodi Cox, Joseph Cox IV, June Navarro, Anthony Gonzalez, Cara Duffaut, Jillian Lee, Angie Gomez 


Mixed 7.0 


Championship Result: Miami-Dade County (Key Biscayne Tennis Association) defeated Broward County (Weston Racquet Club) 2-1 



No. 1 Doubles: Paulette Janice Snagg/Mario Rosa (Miami) d. Maria Lanza/Roberto Palma 6-3, 6-4 


No. 2 Doubles: Marianne Rivas/Victor Rodriguez (Broward) d. Gricel Boto Bernales/Carlos Nicolopulos 6-3, 7-5 


No. 3 Doubles: Lissette Viloria/Mel Tejada (Miami) d. Chagin Buaiz/Daniela Hernandez 6-4, 7-5 


Miami Dade County Season Roster: Schubert Sengupta (Captain), Ana Pastorino, Claudia Taboada, Ivan Castro, Mel Tejada, Gricel Boto Bernales, Julieta Peralta, Paulette Janice Snagg, Mario Rosa, Carlos Nicolopulos, Federico Molinari, Thomas Tamayo, Lissette Viloria, Jennifer Roque 


Mixed 8.0 


Championship Result: Okaloosa Walton Bay Counties (Rosemary Beach Racquet Club) defeated Broward County (Midtown Athletic Club Weston) 2-1 



No. 1 Doubles: Todd Zaborski/Katie Robinson (OWB) d. Yvonne Dacal/Antonio Maciasvaldes 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 


No. 2 Doubles: Akiko Ichimasa/Lubomir Kaderjak (OWB) d. Pedro Reggiardo/Maria Moreno 2-6, 7-5, 1-0 


No. 3 Doubles: Ronald Coletto/Garbine De La Mora (Broward) won via Default 


OWB County Season Roster: Todd Zaborski (Captain), Carlye Zaborski, Ashley Edmonds, Bart Salim, Katie Robinson, Hari Prasad, Ashley Goyne, Akiko Ichimasa, Lubomir Kaderjak, Ingo Riemer 


Mixed 9.0 


Championship Result: Hillsborough County (HCC Tennis Complex) defeated Broward County (Midtown Athletic Club Weston) 2-1 



No. 1 Doubles: Sharon Runk/Andres Lozano (Broward) d. Anthony Hatori/Gail Gibson 4-6, 3-4 Retired 


No. 2 Doubles: Ignacio Molina/Maki Smith (Hills) d. Antonio Necuze/Gabriela Castanon 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 


No. 3 Doubles: Manuel Alvarez/Stephanie Means (Hills) d. Naisha Joseph/Miguel Fundora 6-2, 6-0 


Hillsborough County Season Roster: Joe Orsini (Captain), Gail Gibson, Stephanie Means, Maki Smith, Lilivette Arroyo, Jeffrey Stern, Stephanie Wager, Manuel Alvarez, Gerardo Cuevas, Anthony Hatori, Amy Lyons, Edwin Jagger, Ignacio Molina, Christina Dorothy, Scott Schuhriemen 


Interested in joining a USTA Florida Adult League team? Visit ustaflorida.com/leagues and learn how you can get involved.


By ML Staff. Content/Image courtesy of Jaret Kappelman

Marketing & Communications Coordinator for USTA Florida


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