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SC Men's 4.5 Team Captures Sectional Title

 USTA Southern crowned 10 teams as champions in the 2011 USTA League Southern Section Championships today. The teams can advance to USTA League National Championships, which represents the largest adult recreational tennis league in the world.


The second half of the tournament was finished today. The first half was completed last Tuesday.

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 the nine-day tournament. In order to reach this point, teams competed in regular season matches and a state championship. Winners here can advance to play other sectional champions at the USTA League National Championships. An additional 900 players played in the first half.


In the second half, Louisiana and Georgia tied with three champions each. Overall, Louisiana brought home the most trophies with five champions and four finalists among the 20 levels played.


Champions and finalists were:




Final score

Men’s 4.0

Norcross, Ga.
Captain: Rob Grove

Huntsville, Ala.
Captain: Taylor Brooks


Men’s 4.5

Greenville, S.C.
Captain: John Wofford

Knoxville, Tenn.

Scott Allen/Skip Turner


Men’s 5.0


Captain: Jesse Lindsley

Lexington, Ky.

Captain: Michael Cunningham


Men’s 5.5

Greensboro, N.C.
Captain: Derek Gamble

Oxford, Miss.
Captain: Bo Petro

2-0 in
round-robin play

Sr. Men’s 3.0

Hot Springs Village, Ark. (A)

Co-Captains: Allen Holmes/
Glenn Deckelman

Beaufort, S.C.
Captain: Douglas Brown


Sr. Men’s 3.5

Kenner, La.

Captain: Tony Davila

Louisville, Ky.

Captain: George Hays


Women’s 4.0

Birmingham, Ala. (B)

Lisa Steed/Susie Burns

Covington, La.

Holli Hall/Regina Harvey


Women’s 4.5

Marietta, Ga.

Sharon Borders/Cathy Levine

Charleston, S.C.

Captain: Amy Templeton


Sr. Women’s 3.0

Lake Charles, La.

Kathy Venable/Denise Durel

Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Captain: Linda Blanchette


Sr. Women’s 3.5

Lafayette, La.

Captain: Laura Brown

Lexington, S.C.

Captain: Deborah Farr



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


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 5.5 which competed in just a round-robin.

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:



DATE (Thurs – Sun)


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


This year marks the 31st anniversary of the USTA League. Established in 1980, it has grown from 13,000 participants in a few parts of the country in its first year, to over 325,000 players across the nation today, making it the world’s largest recreational tennis program.