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Six SC Teams Make Combo Sectional Finals

Mobile, AL – March 5, 2012 USTA Southern crowned 22 champions during the 2011 Combo Doubles Southern Section Championships presented by MINI March 2-5 in Mobile, Ala. Six of the teams were from South Carolina, with three teams claiming championships and three finishing as finalists.  This tournament is recognized as the largest tournament in the world by player count with about 1,900 players.

Louisiana led the section’s nine states with five champions and four finalists. North Carolina and South Carolina had three champions and three finalists. Tennessee had three champions and two finalists. Three cities had two champions: Charlotte, N.C.; Mandeville/Covington, La. and Memphis, Tenn.

There were about 195 teams that played in the following number of divisions: five men’s Adults, six women’s Adults, three men’s and women’s Seniors, two men’s Super Seniors and three women’s Super Seniors.

Matches were played at Copeland-Cox Mobile Tennis Center (host site), Heron Lake Country Club, Medal of Honor/Cottage Hill Park, Mirror Lake Racquet Club and Oakwood Swim & Racquet Club.

In Combo Doubles, the two teammates on court ­must have a combined National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) rating that does not exceed the level in which the team competes. More information can be found on the tournament’s website, This is the 2011 tournament because teams qualified in local play last year. Three levels were played in round-robin competition with the rest having final matches.
The SC team which emerged victorious are listed below, with the full list of champions here.  




in final

Men’s 6.5

Spartanburg, S.C.
Captain: Roger Hardin

Gastonia, N.C.
Captain: Bill Connor


Senior Men’s 8.5

Charleston, S.C.
Captain: Mike Viljac

Dothan, Ala.
Captain: Wesley Langford


Super Senior Men’s 7.5

Keowee Key, S.C.
Captain: Larry Druffel

New Orleans, La.
Captain: Tony Davila


Women’s 9.5

Baton Rouge, La.
Captain: Robin Bookman

Charleston, S.C. (B)
Captain: Ann Harrah


Women’s 7.5

Birmingham, Ala.
Captain: Diane Clifton

Lexington, S.C.
Captain: Galen Johnston


Super Senior Women’s 7.5

St. James, N.C.
Captain: Cheryl Matsche

Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Captain: Donna Smorol


The teams, which represented various clubs, parks, recreational departments and organizations, earned the right to represent one of nine states -- Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee -- by playing in leagues during 2010.

The leagues were established to provide adult recreational tennis players with the opportunity to compete against players of similar ability levels. Players participate on teams in a league format, which is administered by USTA Southern. The league groups players by using six NTRP levels, ranging from 2.5 (entry) to 5.5 (advanced). Combo Doubles is open to any USTA member 18 years of age or older. It features an Adult Division, as well as a Senior Division (age 50) and a Super Senior Division (age 60).

South Carolina Finalist and Champion Team Photos