Cary Serves an Ace! Southern Mixed Champions Advancing to San Juan, Puerto Rico!

November 1, 2006 12:44 PM

The 800 mixed doubles league players representing 30,000 local players thoroughly enjoyed the southern hospitality served in Cary, NC for the 2006 USTA League Tennis Southern Sectional Mixed Doubles Championships!

A gorgeous 30 court headquarter facility at Cary Tennis Park provided the backdrop to great matches involving 80 State Champion teams from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Congratulations to our Champion and Finalist Teams:

Adult 5.0Olive Branch, MSCharlotte, NC
Sandy Wheeler Blair SimsAnne-Bee Buchner Van Meter
Adult 6.0Greenwood, MSTexarkana, TX (AR)
Elizabeth Nored HardinRenee Johnson
Adult 7.0Baton Rouge, LAColumbia, SC
Raymond VinceBrian Tolley
Adult 8.0Winston-Salem, NCBirmingham, AL
Randal BlankenshipJack Madison
Adult 9.0Cary, NCColumbia, SC
Mrinal DasSheila Reitler
Adult 10.0Raleigh, NCColumbia, SC
Richard McClennyEmma Catherine Hewitt
Senior 6.0Lexington, SCMandeville, LA
Scott JumperJimmy McHaney
Senior 7.0Chattanooga, TNGreenwood, SC
Deborah RogersDon Grigsby
Senior 8.0Murfreesboro, TNBossier City, LA
Sandra NealBecky S. McFarlain
Senior 9.0Winston-Salem, NCHuntsville, AL
Mike McHonePenny Sumners
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The players enjoyed a spectacular party at the KOLA Booth Ampitheatre at Regency Park. Many thanks to Robin Jones for her wonderful decorations, USTA cake and delicious food. Robin was also instrumental in securing local broadcast media and newspaper coverage and an article in a monthly magazine.

The players were awestruck at the incredible headquarter facility Cary Tennis Park with 30 hard courts and beautiful expansive landscaping, terraces and bridges.

Southern’s team to run the event included Dodie Hanchett (Chairman of the Sectional Championships Subcommittee and Adult League Committee member) Referees extraordinaire Pat Staley and Mary Anna Scott from Columbia, SC, Dene Owen (Adult Events Coordinator), Becky McPhee (Website), Mickey Menna (Tournament Staff in Charge of Weather) and Marilyn Sherman (Director of Adult Tennis).

Special thanks to all of our Captains who give so much extra effort to making league tennis so much fun for so many!

Good luck to our 12 teams headed to Puerto Rico! We will share any stories received on our website: GO SOUTHERN!