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Hilton Head Island Team Claims Sectional Title

 More than 900 players on about 100 teams from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee competed in the first half of nine-day tournament. In order to reach this point, teams competed in regular season matches and a state championship. Winners here advanced to play other sectional champions at the USTA League National Championships.

 

Louisiana led the states with two champions and three finalists. Alabama had two winners and two finalists. Pelham, Ala. was well represented with two champions; Baton Rouge, La., had a champion and a finalist in the same division and Atlanta had two finalists.

 

Winning teams were:

Level

Winner

Finalist

Final score

Men’s 2.5

Pelham, Ala.

Captain: Omar Alcaino

Lawrenceville, Ga.

Captain: Alberto Aponte

Alabama was 5-0
in round-robin

Men’s 3.0

Pelham, Ala.

Captain: Patrick Mills

Lake Charles, La. (A)

Captain: Damon Rapp

4-1

Men’s 3.5

New Orleans
Captain: Phan Vuong

Birmingham, Ala
Captain: Joshua Patrick

5-0

Sr. Men’s 4.0

Baton Rouge, La. (B)

Captain: Jude Olivier

Baton Rouge, La. (A)

Captain: William Feazel

3-0

Sr. Men’s 4.5

Louisville, Ky.

Captain: David Compton

Wilmington, N.C.

Captain: Kenny Martin

2-1

Women’s 2.5

Rogers, Ark.

Captain: Jennifer Bohnert

Biloxi, Miss.
Captain: Missy Mitchell

2-1

Women’s 3.0

Jackson, Miss.

Captain: Carrie Starks

Birmingham, Ala.

Co-captains: Ashley Raggio and Kandy Shirley

3-2

Women’s 3.5

Memphis, Tenn.

Captain: Natalie Rauscher

Atlanta

Captain: Shondria Covington

4-1

Sr. Women’s 4.0

Lake Norman, N.C.
Captain: Steila Reitler

Lafayette, La.
Captain: Rene Pearson

3-2

Sr. Women’s 4.5

Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Captain: Cindy Vander Berg

Atlanta

Captain: Victoria Whipple

3-0

 

Additional tournament information and photos of these teams are available on the tournament web site: www.southernleaguetennis.com. Matches were played at the Copeland-Cox Mobile Tennis Center and Hall of Fame Park (Cottage Hill Tennis Center).

 

An additional 900 players will be arriving in Mobile on Wednesday to compete in the second half of the championships.

 

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 national championships. In each division, two groups of five teams competed in round robin play with the winner of each group advancing to the finals, except for the men’s 2.5 which played just round-robin play.

 

The championship teams will represent the Southern Section at the USTA League 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 23-25

Indian Wells, CA

4.5 Adult

October 28-30

Tucson, AZ

4.0 Adult

September 23-25

Tucson, AZ

2.5 Adult

September 23-25 

Rancho Mirage, CA

3.0 Adult

October 21-23

Tucson, AZ

4.0 Senior

October 14-16

Indian Wells, CA

3.5 Senior

October 21-23

Indian Wells, CA

4.5 Senior

October 14-16

Rancho Mirage, CA

3.5 Adult

October 14-16

Tucson, AZ

3.0 Senior

October 28-30

Indian Wells, CA

 

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