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McMullen men's squad rolls to a sectional championship

Published May 11, 2005

The McMullen-based squad of 10 men left no doubt it was USA Tennis Florida's champion at the Super Senior League Sectional in Daytona Beach. At state, McMullen's 4.0 team of players at least 60 was unbeaten in four flight matches. It then beat Pensacola 3-0 in the final. McMullen is eligible for this fall's national tournament in Palm Springs, Calif. "We really have a lot of depth," John Rensch said. "A lot of teams will have a strong top team but lack the depth." Rensch, who said he didn't begin to play until he was 32, paired with David Hoffman for a 2-1 win over Ocala and with Ed Hamilton in a 3-0 victory against Pensacola. "I'd say we're all fairly aggressive players," said Hamilton, who also played twice with Ron Massey. "John and I have had some success as a team and played some tournaments together. Ron has a steady game." Hamilton started playing when he was about 13 in Kentucky and was a state prep champ. He continued to play until 21, then not again until he was in his 50s. Prior to the McMullen experience, Chuck Imhoff's other team play was for Wittenberg University (Ohio). "I played sporadically for a number of years and got going again in my early 40s," Imhoff said. "Our McMullen team is very well balanced, and I expect we'll be competitive at the national." At state, Imhoff won twice with John Beda and another time with Jeff McQuinn. Wendall Walker played with McQuinn once and Beda twice. Rounding out the team are Mauro Rodriguez and Ron Klieve. LEAGUE NEWS: Four teams are headed to Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach for this weekend's USA Tennis Florida Senior Doubles League Sectional Championships. Competing are St. Petersburg Tennis Center (women's 3.0 division), Shipwatch Tennis Club (women's 3.5), Feather Sound Country Club (men's 3.0) and East Lake Woodlands (men 3.5).

Belleair I won its second straight Pinellas Area Doubles League championship. The squad included Kim Cashman, Gail McMurtey, Cari Reagin, Judith Sly, Jenny Henderson, Kim Floyd, Cindy Cooper, Jacki Simon, Cindy Hanlon and Kelly Braciak. Westin Innisbrook Resort won its sixth Satellite Ladies Doubles League crown.

NET SHOTS: St. Petersburg Tennis Center had 90 players in its annual Spring Tennis Scholarship Tournament.

Winners included George and Andrea Durra and Jerica Coley and Brianna Miller in the junior doubles division. Brian and Payton Cesare won the father-son doubles, an d Pat and Monica Colacchio took the mother-daughter crown. Maria Drew and Mario Smith topped the adult mixed division. Smith teamed with Ron Rico to win the men's doubles, and Drew paired with Christina Turner to collect the women's title.

Third-seed Danielle Collins upset the top seed to win the girls 12-and-under title in the Gator Bowl Championships in Ponte Vedra. In the final, Collins won 6-2, 6-4.

Julia Sikorski defended her top seed to win the girls 12 crown in the Countryside Spring Junior Super Series in Clearwater.

Morgan Basil was a finalist in the 18 competition, as was Garrett Betsarakis in boys 14. Betsarakis and Tyler Snook captured the boys 14 doubles. Basil and Dalila Chiadmid won the girls 18 title.

Moises Numa claimed the boys 18 singles title in last weekend's Junior Rookie Tournament at the Racquet Club of St. Petersburg.

Payton Cesare won the boys 16 consolation, Robert Veal took the 12 and Theresa Linnert the girls 16.

Among the winners in last weekend's Seminole May Day Tournament were Julia Claire Jones (14 division), Jennifer Floyd (16), Adam Ambrozy (boys 10), Alexander Saltiel (12) and Jorge Guerra (14).

Reaching the final were Simone Berger (girls 18), Molly Smith (14) and Robert Dvorak (boys 12). Satoshi Yabuuchi (boys 16) and Nicholas Smith (18) were among consolation winners.

Bardmoor Golf and Tennis Club had its second annual Climb for Cancer charity tournament. Mixed doubles round-robin finishers wer e Gale Nickerson and Jay Berger, first; B.J. Stewart and Craig Boynton, second; and Rhonda Thompson and Richard Acuna, third.

Ken Cherven and Craig Wittus won the men's doubles and were followed by David Zillig and Brian Baker and Michael Erbe and Alex Kuznetsov.

TENNIS MONTH: The U.S. Tennis Association has designated May as USA Tennis Month.

Area activities include Saturday's golf and tennis challenge at Treasure Bay (360-6062), 3 p.m.; and a Monday cardio clinic, 9 a.m. at Largo Tennis Center (518-3200).

[Last modified May 11, 2005, 00:46:18]

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