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USTA Southern Crown Champions at 2007 League Championships

July 30, 2007 10:50 AM

Twenty-one teams from the USTA Southern Section have advanced to the national championship round of the largest adult recreational tennis league in the world by winning the USTA League presented by CHRYSLER Southern Section Championships, held this weekend in Mobile, Ala. Teams emerging victorious are:

Level

Winner

Finalist

Score

Men’s 4.0

Lafayette, LA
captain: Robert Vines

Lexington, KY
captain: Rothman-McCubbin

4-1

Men’s 4.5

Cary, NC
captain: Mrinal Das

Carrolton, GA
captain: John Crenshaw

3-2

Men’s 5.0

Atlanta, GA
captain: Bob Hennessey

Greensboro, NC
captain: Derek Gamble

Round Robin play

Men’s Open

Charleston, SC
captain: Chris Henderson

Jackson, MS
captain: Luke Chamblee

2-0

Sr. Men’s 3.0

Roswell, GA
captain: Don Nieman

Florence, SC
captain: Tommy Woodham

3-0

Sr. Men’s 3.5

Shreveport, LA
captain: George Plaxco

Baton Rouge, LA
captain: Raymond Vince

3-0

Women’s 4.0

Mobile, AL
captain: Brenda Barter

Jackson, MS
captain: Lauree Davis

3-2

Women’s 4.5

Charlotte, NC
captain: Arlene Conger

Jackson, MS
captain: Virginia Walcott

4-1

Women’s 5.0

Louisville, KY
captain: Allison Scanlan

Raleigh, NC
captain: Cathy Lovett

Round Robin play

Sr. Women’s 3.0

Hilton Head, SC
captain: Sandra Maylen

Shreveport, LA
captain: Sandra Vickers

3-0

Sr. Women’s 3.5

Charleston, SC
captain: Elisabeth Pickelsimer

Chattanooga, TN
captain: Judy Pratt

2-1

Click here for Second Half Champion and Finalist Pictures

Level

Winner

Finalist

Score

Men’s 2.5

Atlanta, GA
captain: Rolando Ruiz
Raleigh, NC
captain: Shawn Mercer
Round Robin Play

Men’s 3.0

Baton Rouge, LA
captain: Don Webb
Lexington, KY
captain: Ron Frey
4-1

Men’s 3.5

Atlanta, GA
captain: Mike Hammond
Shreveport, LA
captain: JD Hartley
4-1

Sr. Men’s 4.0

Birmingham, AL
captain: Austin Snow
Greenwood, SC
captain: Guy Harrison
2-1

Sr. Men’s 4.5

Monroe, LA
captain: Philip Trahan
Memphis, TN
captain: James Dye
2-1

Women’s 2.5

Pelham, AL
captain: Lisa Lillie
Jonesboro, AR
captain: Melanie Roddy
2-1

Women’s 3.0

Knoxville,TN
captain: Meredith Prince
Atlanta, GA
captain: Lynn Dunn
3-2

Women’s 3.5

Charleston, SC
captain: Debbie Sisco
Birmingham, AL
captain: Gina Carruth
3-2

Sr. Women’s 4.0

New Orleans, LA
captain: Debbie Sisco
Charlotte, NC
captain: Marla Figard
3-0

Sr. Women’s 4.5

Little Rock, AR
captain: Brenda Jeter
Charlotte, NC
captain: Debbie Carmazzie
2-1
Click here for First Half Champion and Finalist Pictures

Over 2,000 players will have participated in the 2007 USTA Southern Sectional Championships in Mobile, Ala. In full draws, two groups of five teams competed in round robin play with the winner of each group advancing to the finals. In total, 430 team matches comprised of 1,600 individual matches were played.

This year’s event drew 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 were played at four sites in the Mobile area, including the Mobile Tennis Center, Oakwood Country Club, Mirror Lake Tennis Center, and Country Club of Mobile. The Mobile 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:

LEVEL

DATE (Thurs – Sun)

LOCATION

5.0 Adult

September 28 – 30

Indian Wells, Calif., Indian Wells Resort Hotel,

Indian Wells Tennis Garden

4.5 Adult

September 28 – 30

Tucson, Ariz., Doubletree Hotel, Randolph Park

2.5 Adult

October 5 – 7

Indian Wells, Calif., Indian Wells Resort Hotel,

Indian Wells Tennis Garden

3.5 Adult

October 5 - 7

Las Vegas, Nev., Suncoast Hotel, Darling Tennis Center

4.0 Senior

October 12 – 14

Tucson, Ariz., Doubletree Hotel, Randolph Park

3.0 Adult

October 12 - 14

Las Vegas, Nev., Suncoast Hotel, Darling Tennis Center

3.5 Senior

October 19 - 21

Tucson, Ariz., Doubletree Hotel, Randolph Park

4.5 Senior

October 19 - 21

Indian Wells, Calif., Indian Wells Resort Hotel,

Indian Wells Tennis Garden

4.0 Adult

October 26 – 28

Tucson, Ariz., Doubletree Hotel, Randolph Park

3.0 Senior

October 26 - 28

Indian Wells, Calif., Indian Wells Resort Hotel,

Indian Wells Tennis Garden


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 2007 tournament is presented by the USTA Southern Section in cooperation with strong local volunteer support. Chrysler is entering its second 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 and, as a not-for-profit organization, the association invests 100% of its proceeds to promote and develop the growth of tennis. It is divided into 17 sections, of which the USTA Southern Section is the largest. The 170,000 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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