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67 Teams Pare Down to 5 Champions in SC State USTA Adult League Championships - Part II

June 13, 2006 11:53 PM

GREENVILLE -- Put together a bunch of team finals with close 3-2 scores and you have the story of the South Carolina USTA League 3.0 and 3.5 State Championships played over a weekend (June 3-5) that included a titlist in the inaugural women’s 2.0 division. Sixteen teams competed in each of four official divisions, plus three in the 2.0s.

Upper Piedmont (UPTA), Low Country (LCTA), PeeDee (PD), Grand Strand (GSTL) and Lexington (LATA) teams shared equally in winning division championships with one each, while UPTA took two second-place spots and LATA, Foothills (FTA) and Columbia (CTL) each had one runner-up.

With Greenville Country Club serving as headquarters site, matches spread to Riverside Tennis Club, Furman University, Thornblade Country Club and The Pavilion Tennis Courts. Chrysler, Penn and Bull Frog were corporate sponsors.

“The 2.0 level was a pilot program and is not sanctioned,” State League Coordinator Mary Goins explained. Two women's teams from UPTA and one from Greenwood competed, with participation expected to increase next year.

The 3.0 and 3.5 winners will join those from last month's SC Senior and Adult League playoffs in competing against teams from eight other states in the USTA Southern Sectional Championships July 22-30 at Family Circle Tennis Center, Daniel Island, Charleston.

Here are the championship results (with captains' names):

Women's 2.0 -- UPTA I/Brookstone Meadows (Robin Morse) round robin champion; UPTA II/Riverside (Connie McDowell), runner-up

Women's 3.0 -- LCTA I/Family Circle Tennis Center (Lisa Dojan) 3, UPTA II/Cardinal RC Lady Cardinals (Dorothy Stone) 2

Men's 3.0 -- PD/Timrod Park (Bruce King) 3, LATA/Coldstream Grinders (David Weigle) 2

Women's 3.5 -- GSTL/Prestwick Lucky Charms (Beth Warstler) 3, FTA/Cardinal RC (Patricia Drosieko) 2

Men's 3.5 -- LATA /Lexington TC The Scrubs (Clayton Sparks) 3, CTL I/Columbia TC Aces (Shew Evans) 2

SC Women's 2.0 USTA League State Champs - UPTA I

SC Men's 3.0 USTA League State Champs - PeeDee

SC 3.0 Women USTA League Champs - LCTA I

SC 3.5 Men USTA Adult League Champs - LATA

SC Women's 3.5 USTA Adult League Champs - GSTL