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First Half Winners Crowned at 2006 USTA League Tennis Southern Sectional Championship

July 25, 2006 12:19 PM

The first half of the 2006 USTA League Tennis Southern Sectional Championships came to a close today as ten teams were crowned League Tennis Southern Sectional Champions. The final round of competition was played under a hazy sky with temperatures in the upper 80’s. However, with the humidity, temperatures on the courts felt a good ten degrees warmer.

Teams from North Carolina had the best showing among the nine southern states taking home three sectional titles. Teams from South Carolina endured the toughest defeats, losing in four of five finals.





Men's 2.5


Oxford, MS

Captain: Joe Bishop

Atlanta, GA

Captain: Mike Wadley

Round Robin Play
Men's 3.0

Florence, SC

Captain: Bruce King

East Central, MS

Captain: Eddie Harris

Men's 3.5

Baton Rouge, LA

Captain: Raymond Vince

Lexington, SC

Captain: Clayton Sparks

Sr. Men's 4.0

Downeast, NC

Captain: Carl Steed

Greenwood, SC

Captain: Guy Harrison

Sr. Men's 4.5

Birmingham, AL

Captain: Bob Cianchetti

Louisville, KY

Captain: Tom Scovil

Women's 2.5

Birmingham, AL

Captain: Lori Kerley

Ashland, KY

Captain: Mona Boggs


Women's 3.0


Louisville, KY

Captain: Lisa Heffley

Charleston, SC

Captain: Lisa Dojan


Women's 3.5


Shreveport, LA

Captain: Cindy Riley

Mandeville, LA

Captain: Terry Cruthirds


Sr. Women's 4.0


Raleigh, NC

Captain: Elizabeth Samuels

Myrtle Beach, SC

Captain: Jackie Carpenter

Sr. Women's 4.5

Charlotte, NC

Captain: Marla Figard

Flint River, GA

Captain: Suzi Faulk

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Pictures of the championship and finalist teams can be found online at www.southernleaguetennis.com.

An additional 1,000 players will be arriving in Charleston on Wednesday, July 26 to compete in the second half of the championships, which starts on Thursday, July 27. Including first half play, over 2,000 players will have participated in the 2006 Sectional Championships. In full draws, two groups of five teams compete in round robin play with the winner of each group advancing to the finals. In total, 430 team matches comprised of 1,626 individual matches will be played.
This year’s event has drawn the top 200 teams from throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The teams, which represent various clubs, parks,
recreational departments and organizations, have finished at the top of their local leagues and are now vying for a chance to represent the USTA Southern Section at the USTA League presented by CHRYSLER National Championships.
Matches will be played at seven sites in the Charleston area, including the Family Circle Tennis Center, Snee Farm, Creekside Tennis Center, Daniel Island Tennis Club, College of Charleston, Citadel Tennis Complex and Mt. Pleasant Tennis Center. The Family Circle Tennis Center is the official Tournament headquarters.
USTA League Tennis 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. Men’s and women's team competition starts with the 2.5 division (beginner) and moves up to the 5.5 level (advanced). Adult division teams play two singles and three doubles matches, except for the 2.5, 5.0 and 5.5 levels, which instead play one singles and two doubles matches. In the senior division (over 50 years of age), teams will compete in levels 2.5 through 4.5, and play three doubles matches.

The championship teams will represent the Southern Section at the USTA League Tennis National Championships, where the No. 1 recreational tennis team in the country will be crowned in the various adult and senior skill levels. The national championships are being held in the following locations:
2006 National Championship Schedule
2.5October 6-8, 2006Palm Springs, CA
3.0Sept. 29- Oct. 1, 2006Tucson, AZ
3.5October 6-8, 2006Tucson, AZ
4.0October 27-29, 2006Hawaii, HI
4.5October 13-15, 2006Hawaii, HI
5.0Sept. 29- Oct. 1, 2006Palm Springs, CA
Sr. 3.0October 27-29, 2006Tucson, AZ
Sr. 3.5October 20-21, 2006Indian Wells, CA
Sr. 4.0October 13-15, 2006Palm Springs, CA
Sr. 4.5October 20-22, 2006Tucson, AZ
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Established in 1980, USTA League Tennis has grown from 13,000 participants in a few parts of the country in its first year, to over 585,000 players across the nation today, making it the world’s largest recreational tennis program. There are over 100,000 adult and senior players in the Southern Section. The program is open to women and men 19 years of age and older. Players from over 100 cities in the nine Southern states experience the team camaraderie and intense competition as play progresses through local, state, and sectional play, culminating in a national championship for each skill level in the fall.
The 2006 tournament is presented by the USTA Southern Section in cooperation with strong local volunteer support. Chrysler is entering its first year as the presenting sponsor and official vehicle of the USTA League Tennis program.
Penn Racquet Sports is in its 19th year as official ball of USTA League Tennis and Bullfrog is an official sponsor of the USTA League Tennis Southern Sectional Championships.
Founded in 1881, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in this country. In addition to owning the US Open and selecting members of the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic teams, the USTA administers a variety of programs nationwide for players of all ages and ability levels. A not-for-profit organization, the association is divided into 17 sections, of which the USTA Southern Section is the largest. The 165,000 USTA members living in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee make up the USTA Southern Section, and account for approximately 25% of the total USTA membership. A professional staff housed in Norcross, GA carries out the USTA Southern Section’s daily operations, but policy is formed and much of the organization’s work is executed via a Board and committee structure of over 200 volunteers. For more information about the types of programs and services offered by the USTA Southern Section visit www.southerntennis.com.



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