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Sports

No tinkering, nothing but winning

By NANCY MORGAN
Published May 16, 2007


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At Florida's senior sectional championships in Daytona Beach, St. Petersburg Tennis Center team captain Jackie Keller played her squad straight up in the 4.5 women's competition.

The strategy worked, with SPTC beating Naples and Daytona Beach 3-0 and Tallahassee and Jacksonville 2-1 in a five-team round robin. SPTC is eligible to compete in the national championships in Indian Wells, Calif., Oct. 19-21.

"We had a good group of players with good chemistry, " Keller said. "I thought we played well and having scheduled some practices helped us quite a bit. I had a feeling what I wanted to do as far as partners and our practices played that out for us.

"Our team is strong down the line, so I felt we should play our strength. We played straight up, although our No. 1 and No. 2 teams are pretty interchangeable."

Keller teamed with Andrea Martin in the No. 1 spot and won all four matches, including the deciding win against Jacksonville. Senior league rookie Lisa Grattan paired with veteran Liz Leigh. After being forced to a third-set tiebreaker in their first match with Naples posted three consecutive straight-set wins.

Defending the No. 3 were Tampa's Sharon Benson and Leslie Godwin, who were 2-2. Rounding out the team is Lynn Sayler.

MORE LEAGUES: Area league champions leave this week to compete in the Senior Doubles League State Championships in the men's and women's 3.0 and 4.0 divisions at Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach. Representing the St. Petersburg/Clearwater league are McMullen 3.0 and St. Petersburg Tennis Center 4.0 women's teams and Countryside Country Club 3.0 and the Racquet Club of St. Petersburg 4.0 men's. Follow the tournament at www.ustaflorida.com.

- Shipwatch Tennis scored 325 points to claim the Satellite Ladies Doubles League title among 13 teams. Second was Feather Sound (280), third Countryside Strings (252) and fourth Innisbrook (251). Shipwatch partners included Gloria Dodson and Lynne Norring in No. 1, Denise Rosenblatt and Sylvia Scoble No. 2, Irene Few and Elizabeth Proctor No. 3, co-captain Cindy Hanlon and Elaine Navas No. 4, co-captain Lois Baird and Sue Magnus No. 5, Joan Guenthner and Laurie Reel No. 6, captain Patti Hannin and Kitty Winterhalter No. 7 and Laura Rustin and Roberta Romeo No. 8.

- The Treasure Bay Pirates 18-and-under coed team won the advanced division in last month's USTA Florida Spring Sectional in Altamonte Springs. The Pirates, coached by Phil Girardi, included Jessica Cox, Mary Wynne, Aaron Abel, Alex Saxman, Charles Atkins, Michael Kopelman, Robert Nichols and Tyler Windschauer.

- The South Pinellas Doubles League, a men's and women's two-team doubles league, begins this week. Contact the St. Petersburg Country Club, 867-9105.

NET SHOTS: In the Seminole Lake May Challenge, Kimberly Herrock took the girls 12 round-robin singles title. Amy Lowther (girls 14), Zackary Benham (boys 12) and Jackson Murphy (14) defended their top seedings.

COMING UP: Registration deadline for the summer session in Ultimate Tennis is today. Register at www.ultimatetennis.com. ...This weekend, a One-on-One Doubles Championship for men's 30 and 40 divisions is at Harbour Island Athletic Club. Register today at www.ustaflorida.com. For other details, call (813) 684-9031.

[Last modified May 15, 2007, 23:57:20]


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