Tampa Bay Sports Day

St. Johns Team Wins State Title at USTA Florida

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.  — State champions were crowned when teams from Miami (Coral Reef Park, Royal Palm) won two titles, and teams from St. Johns County (Julington Creek Plantation, St. Johns) and Marion County (Ft. King Tennis Center, Ocala) won one each at the 2016 USTA Florida 40 & Over 3.0/4.0 League Sectional Championships, held July 8-10 at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach, and at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs.

South Miami-Dade squads won the Women’s 4.0 division, and for the second year in a row won the Men’s 4.0 division.

The winning teams advance to the USTA League National Championships to represent the USTA Florida Section on Oct. 14-16 (3.0 division) at the Hilton El Conquistador Resort in Tucsan, Ariz., and on Oct. 28-30 (4.0 division) at the La Quinta Resort in La Quinta, Calif.

Miami teams came within a win of sweeping three of the four divisions, falling 4-1 in the Women’s 3.0 division to St. Johns County. Three of the five matches were determined by third-set super-tiebreakers.

This year’s USTA Florida 40 & Over 3.0/4.0 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.

Teams consisting of two singles and three doubles lines competed in a non-elimination round-robin format. The winner of each flight/division was determined by team matches won. The winner of each flight then advanced into a single-elimination semifinal followed by the final.

Women’s 3.0 Division
Final: St. Johns County (Julington Creek Plantation, St. Johns) d. South Miami-Dade (Shula’s Athletic Club, Miami Lakes) 4-1 Championship Results:
No. 1 Singles: Sandy Kemp (St. Johns) d. Robyn Boshever 6-4, 2-1, Ret.
No. 2 Singles: Molly Sanford (St. Johns) d. Jennifer Molina 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (super-tiebreaker)
No. 1 Doubles: Laurie Teichman/Dorri Hall (St. Johns) d. Judith Gallo-White/Michelle Diaz 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (super-tiebreaker)
No. 2 Doubles: Andrea Gil/Yuliet Pellegrini (SMD) d. Tracy Tripp/Leslie de Jong 6-2, 6-7, 1-0 (super-tiebreaker)
No. 3 Doubles: Michele Jordan/Tara Capuano (St. Johns) d. Mirta Alvarez/Purisima Paulino 7-6, 7-5
St. Johns Season Roster: Michele Jordan (captain), Julia McLaughlin, Tina Schumacher, Tara Capuano, Dorri Hall, Tina Townsend, Sandra Boney, Molly Sanford, Lisa Permenter, Tracy Tripp, Patricia Britto, Pamela Belcher, Leslie de Jong, Pamela Bell, Sandy Kemp, Laurie Teichman

Next USTA Florida League Sectionals: July 15-17, 40 & Over 3.5/4.5 Championships.