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SC Team Among Winners at USTA Southern Section Mixed Doubles Championship

October 23, 2007 04:50 PM

Ten teams from the USTA Southern Section have captured Sectional titles by winning the USTA League Southern Section Mixed Doubles Championships, held this weekend in New Orleans, La. Champion teams will progress to the USTA League Tennis National Eastern Regional Championships in Orlando, Fla., November 16-18, 2007 to compete against teams from Caribbean, New England, Midwest, Middle States, Eastern, Florida and Mid-Atlantic Sections.
This year’s event drew the top 110 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 National Eastern Regional Championships.

Matches were played at multiple sites in the New Orleans area including University Tennis Center (Tournament Headquarters), Dillard University, City Park and Aurora Country Club.
USTA League Tennis is the world’s largest recreational tennis league with over 300,000 players nationwide and over 100,000 adult, senior and mixed doubles players in the Southern Section alone. The program is open to women and men 19 years and older.  Players from over 100 cities in the nine southern states experience the camaraderie and competition as play progresses through local, area and sectional competition and culminate in a national championship in each skill level. This is the first year New Orleans has hosted the USTA League Tennis Southern Sectional Mixed Doubles Championships.
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.

Level  Winner Finalist
Mixed 5.0 Lexington, SC cpt: Susan K. Crane Baton Rouge, LA cpt: Kari R. Lambe
Mixed 6.0 Mandeville, LA cpt: Jason M. Finley Raleigh, NC cpt: Helen Schinkel
Mixed 7.0 Memphis, TN cpt: Devin D. Donaldson Columbus, MS cpt: Jerry Elliott
Mixed 8.0 Knoxville, TN cpt: Tony H. Collins Greensboro, NC cpt: Michael E. Parker
Mixed 9.0 Paducah, KY cpt: Russell M. Sloan Baton Rouge, LA cpt: Robin Bookman
Mixed 10.0 Raleigh, NC cpt: Richard McClenny N Little Rock, AR cpt: Joseph S. Murphy
Mixed Sr. 6.0 Versailles, KY cpt: Kay Yates Fernwood, MS cpt: Tina Gilbert
Mixed Sr. 7.0 Bossier City, LA cpt: Bonnie S. Cox Goldsboro, NC cpt: Jesse G. Parks
Mixed Sr. 8.0 Macon, GA cpt: Pam Spencer Ashland, KY cpt: Kenneth E. Wells
Mixed Sr. 9.0 New Orleans, LA cpt: Phyllis F. Browning Winston- Salem, NC cpt: Mike McHone