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Hattiesburg plays strong at Mixed Sectionals

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Tennessee, Georgia Shine at 2016 USTA Southern
Mixed Doubles Sectional Championships

HATTIESBURG, MISS. NOTCHES THREE TEAMS

ATLANTA – October 11, 2016 – Tennessee and Georgia rose to the top of the 2016 USTA Southern Mixed Doubles Sectional Championships, played Oct. 7-9, in and around Chattanooga, Tenn.

The two states had three champions and a finalist. Hattiesburg, Miss. was the most dominant municipality and had one champion and two finalist.

The tournament was played at three facilities: the Champions Club Tennis Complex at Rivermont Park (tournament headquarters), Baylor School and The McCallie School.

There were 80 teams with approximately 750 players who competed for the right to represent USTA Southern at the USTA National Mixed Doubles Championships. Ten teams will advance in the following levels: 18 & Over – 2.5; 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0, 10.0 Combined and 40 & Over – 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 Combined. The Southern champions will compete in Arizona at the USTA championships, scheduled for November.

Teams consisted of at least three men and three women and each match consists of three courts. The combined NTRP rating of the two players on court must equal the level’s number. In the 2.5 level, all players must be rated 2.5. Most teams began play in a round-robin format. The winner of each flight met in the finals Sunday, except for the Adult 18 & Over 2.5 and 10.0 levels, which only played a round robin.

Champions and finalists, and their captain/co-captains, are:

LEVEL

CHAMPIONS-CAPTAIN/S

FINALISTS-CAPTAIN/S

Score in final

18 & Over
2.5

Mandeville/Covington, La.
John & Jennifer Ray

No finalist is declared in
round-robin play.

3-0 in round-robin play

18 & Over 6.0

Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Amanda Maksi

Mandeville/Covington, La.
Brian Richardson & Shawn Potter

2-1

18 & Over 7.0

Powder Springs, Ga. (B)
Jacques Myrthil

Norcross, Ga. (A)
Jimmy Rhea & Eric Simmons

2-1

18 & Over 8.0

Chattanooga, Tenn.
Wes Miller

Baton Rouge, La.
Keith Armstrong & Wesley Mayers

2-1

18 & Over 9.0

Milligan College, Tenn. (B)
Joshua Woods

Huntersville, N.C.
Chris Chapman & Sunny Reeves

2-1

18 & Over 10.0

Sandy Springs, Ga.
Jamie Dockter

No finalist is declared in
round-robin play.

4-0 in round-robin play

40 & Over 6.0

Knoxville, Tenn.
Jay Huffman

Charlotte, N.C.
Jamie O’Rourke & Bryan Droze

2-1

40 & Over 7.0

Peachtree City, Ga.
Alan Vankirk & Michael Portwood

Hattiesburg, Miss.
Greg Butler

2-1

40 & Over 8.0

Daniel Island, S.C.
Allison Pickhardt & Cristina Garrett

Hattiesburg, Miss.
Ed Assaf

2-1

40 & Over 9.0

New Orleans
Frank Natal

Memphis, Tenn. (A)

Jeff Meek

2-1

Team photos are available on request.

The championships drew teams from throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Southern Carolina and Tennessee. The teams, which represent various clubs, parks, recreational departments and organizations, have finished at the top of their state tournaments and are now vying for a chance to represent USTA Southern at the USTA League National Championships this fall.

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For more information about USTA League, visit www.usta.com/adult-tennis/USTA-League.

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The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. It owns and operates the US Open, the largest annually attended sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series linking seven summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns about 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic games. A not-for-profit organization with more than 658,000 members, it invests 100 percent of its proceeds in growing the game. It is divided into 17 sections, of which USTA Southern is the largest. The 161,000+ USTA members living in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee make up USTA Southern, and account for nearly 25 percent of the total USTA membership. A professional staff housed in Peachtree Corners, Ga., carries out USTA Southern’s daily operations, but policy is formed and much of the organization’s work is executed via a board and committee structure of more than 200 volunteers. For more information about the types of programs and services offered by USTA Southern, visit www.southerntennis.com.

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Media Contact:

Ron Cioffi, USTA Southern
W: 770-368-8200 x112
C: 770-378-7856
cioffi@sta.usta.com

 

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