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4 Tennessee Mixed teams are heading to Nationals!

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Tennessee Scores at 2015 USTA Southern
Mixed Doubles Sectional Championships

MISSISSIPPI PUTS UP STRONG RESULTS

ATLANTA – October 11, 2015 – Tennessee used its home state advantage to place five teams in the finals, outdistancing other states in the 2015 USTA Southern Mixed Doubles Sectional Championships, played Oct. 9-11, in and around Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Jay Huffman captained two Volunteer State championship teams. He guided the Adult 6.0 18 & Over and 40 & Over squads from Knoxville. Tennessee also had two other victors and a finalist.

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Mississippi had two champions and two finalists.

The 2015 USTA Southern Mixed Doubles Sectional Championships were played at four facilities: the Champions Club Tennis Complex at Rivermont Park (tournament headquarters), Baylor School, The McCallie School and, due to rain on Saturday, the Racquet Club of Chattanooga.

There were 92 teams with 668 registered players competing for the right to represent USTA Southern at the USTA National Mixed Doubles Championships. Ten teams will advance in the following levels: Adult 18 & Over – 2.5, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0 and 10.0, and Adult 40 & Over – 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0. USTA Championships will be contested next month in Arizona.

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. Teams began play in a round-robin format. The winner of each flight met Sunday in the finals, except for the Adult 18 & Over 2.5 and 10.0 levels, which played a round robin only.

Champions and finalists, and their captains, are:

LEVEL

CHAMPIONS

FINALISTS

Score in final

18 & Over
2.5

Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Amanda Maksi

Florence, South Carolina
Lorna Cintron

4-0 in round-robin play

18 & Over 6.0

Knoxville, Tennessee
Jay Huffman

Benton, Arkansas
Kiker Brandon

3-0

18 & Over 7.0

Pelham, Alabama (A)
Rusty Wilkes

Lexington, Kentucky
Julia Hutchens

2-1

18 & Over 8.0

Jackson, Mississippi
Paul Kimble

Bristol, Tennessee (A)
Joshua Woods

3-0

18 & Over 9.0

Denver, North Carolina
Chris Chapman

Bella Vista, Arkansas
Kurt Solera

2-1

18 & Over 10.0

Memphis, Tennessee
Jeff Meek

Morrisville, North Carolina
Mrinal Das

3-1 in round-robin play

40 & Over 6.0

Knoxville, Tennessee
Jay Huffman

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Catherine David

2-1

40 & Over 7.0

Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Renee Brown

Corinth, Mississippi
Mike Pitman

2-1

40 & Over 8.0

Birmingham, Alabama
Terry Martin

Athens, Georgia
Nick Nickerson

2-1

40 & Over 9.0

Columbus, Georgia
Christy Bates

Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Ed Assaf

2-1

The nine states of USTA Southern are: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The 2015 tournament is presented by USTA Southern in cooperation with strong local volunteer support. Penn Racquet Sports is in its 27th year as official ball of USTA League Tennis.

This year marks the 36th 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 865,000 players across the nation today, making it the world’s largest recreational tennis program. There are more than 115,000 adult and senior players in USTA Southern playing on an average of nearly three teams per year. The USTA League was established to provide adult recreational tennis players throughout the country with the opportunity to compete against players of similar ability levels. Players participate on teams in a league format, which is administered by the USTA through its 17 Sections. The league groups players by using six NTRP levels, ranging from 2.5 (entry) to 5.0 (advanced). USTA League is open to any USTA member 18 years of age or older. 

Mixed 18 & over

Nationals: November 20-22 Mixed 18 & Over 6.0, 8.0 & 10.0

Hilton El Conquistador Resort in Tucson, Ariz.

6.0 Knoxville/Huffman > ADVANCING TO NATIONALS

10.0 Memphis/Meek > ADVANCING TO NATIONALS

Mixed 40 & over

Nationals: November 13-15 Mixed 40 & Over 6.0 & 8.0

Surprise T&R Complex in Surprise, Ariz.

6.0 Knoxville/Huffman > ADVANCING TO NATIONALS

Nationals: November 20-22 Mixed 40 & Over 7.0 & 9.0

Surprise T&R Complex in Surprise, Ariz.

7.0 Murfreesboro/Brown > ADVANCING TO NATIONALS

 

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