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Southern Teams Win At 2013 National Championships & Invitationals

October 2, 2013 10:43 AM

Southern men from Covington, La. won the 2013 USTA League National Championship. Numerous other outstanding Southern teams placed in the National Championships. Southern men's teams from South Carolina and Georgia won 2013 National Invitational Tournaments.

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Men's 40 & Over 3.0 Champions
The USTA Southern Men's 40 & Over 3.0 team defeated the Caribbean team 3-2 to win the 2013 USTA League National Championships.

The team hails from Covington, La. and plays out of the Stone Creek Club and Spa. They beat the team from San Juan, Puerto Rico. In the semifinals, they defeated the Northern California team from Woodcreek in another close contest 3-2. Matches were played in at the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz.

(Left to Right) - (Front) Robert Tedesco, Rick Gonzalez, Michael Powers, David Voltz, Brian Becker, (Back) Kenneth Aswad, Wayne Weidenbacher, Anthony Amato.


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10. 0 Mixed Champions
The Southern 10.0 Mixed team from Hilton Head Island, S.C. defeated the USTA Northern California team from Gold River 2-1 to secure the national title. Competition was held at at the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz.

Champions were (left to right): Katrina Barnes, captain Tammy Zawacki, Brian Burke, Victor Ventura, George Clonts, Marisa Chapin.


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6.0 Mixed Champions
The Knoxville, Tenn. team representing USTA Southern won the National 6.0 Mixed title. The team defeated the Ponce, P.R. team representing USTA Caribbean 2-1. Matches were played at the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz.

Champions were (left to right): Mark Taylor, captain Brooke Dill, Cristy Smilth, Matt Cupp, Morgan Lamons, Gavin Dill.


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18 & Over 2.5 Men's Finalist
Southern 18 & Over 2.5 Men's team from the Pelham, (Ala.) Racquet Club reached the final of the 2013 USTA League National Championships. However, they fell to USTA Caribbean 3-0. The Pelham men advanced to the final with a 3-0 whitewashing of the USTA Northern California team from Oakland 3-0. The Indian Wells (Calif.) Tennis Garden was the site of these matches.

(Left to Right) – Rohen Porbanderwala, Rafique Dhanani, Karim Jiwani, Jan Bartos, Mark Partain, Sultan Maredia, Omar Alcaino (Captain).


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40 & Over 3.5 Women Finish Third
The USTA Southern  team from Cary, NC. defeated the Pacific Northwest team from Portland, Ore. 3-2 for third place. The teams played at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif. Karen Coe and Scharme Prevost were co-captains.


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40 & Over 3.5 Men Finish Third
The USTA Southern  team from Lake Charles, La. defeated the Northern California from Folsom, Calif. 4-1 for third place. The teams played at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif. Marius Lemne was the captain.


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Men's 18 & Over 3.5 Come In Third
The Mississippi Men’s 18 & Over 3.5 team from Hernando, captained by Daniel Forbes came in third in nationals. They beat New England’s team from Trumbull Conn. 4-1 for third place.

Left to right: Joshua Moore, Daniel Forbes, Jerry Vaughn, Mitch McNeely, Greg Hollingsworth, Scott Young, Joseph McClendon, Josh Dunlap, Paul Strickland, Adam Brewer, Tyler Golden. 


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Men’s 40 & Over 4.5 team Are Third
The North Carolina Men’s 40 & Over 4.5 team from Asheville and captained by Brad Mattee and Phil Payne finished third at nationals. They shut out the Midwest team from Pepper Pike, Ohio 5-0 for third place.

Left to Right – Carl Erikson, Mark Gardiner, Brad Mettee (Captain), William Merlo, Laneal Vaughn, David Williams, Craig Hall, Phil Payne (Captain).


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Women's 18 & Over 3.5 Team Finishes Third
The Alabama Women’s 18 & Over 3.5 team from Birmingham, captained by Ashley Raggio and Sarah Mizell, finished fourth in nationals. They lost to Middle States’ team from Princeton, N.J. 3-2 in the match for third place.

Left to right: Heather Miller, Kerri Owens, Judith Lazenby, Kandy Shirley, Kirsten McCorkle, Ashley Doyle, Ashley Raggio, Sarah Wright, Sarah Mizell, Tina Mills, Jamie Burke, Danielle Carter, Greg Howe. 


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18 & Over 5.5 Men's National Invitational Winner

The USTA League 18 & Over 5.5 Men's team out of Sugar Hill, Ga. won the 2013 USTA League National Invitational Tournament. The team was led by captain Ramon Bernal. Team members were Mauricio Roveri, Willy Araujo-Beco, Danie van de Heever, Vanaka Gunawardhana, Juan Berrido, Esteban Altuna, Todd Conley, Chris Mullins and Igor Santana.

The team defeated the USTA Southern California team 2-1 in the semifinals and the USTA Northern team 3-0 in the final. Also playing was the USTA Southern team captained by Derek Gamble, of Greensboro, N.C.


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40 & Over Men's Open National Invitational Winner
The USTA League 40 & Over Men's Open team out of Mt. Pleasant, S.C. won the 2013 National Invitational Tournament. The team was led by captain Chris Henderson. The matches were played in Las Vegas. 

 

 

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