Duval County Dominates Multiples Draws at Adult 55 & Over 6.0/8.0 Sectional Championships

Jaret Kappelman | May 01, 2023

Through the lightning and rain, the USTA National Campus played the roles of shelter and host for the Adult 55 and Over 6.0/8.0 Sectional Championships. Despite the unpredictable weather, it turned out to be an exciting weekend of tennis competition. 


Adult 55 & Over follows a Doubles format, where each pair adds their rating together to equal the rating at which they are playing.  


One county in particular had an incredible outing at the event. Duval County had a team participating in each of the three divisions in action and two of them came out on top.


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In the Women’s 6.0 draw, Duval County’s team from Deercreek County Club played great all weekend long. In pool play, they went 3-1 with their sole loss coming against Hillsborough County. However, in the semifinals, they were able to avenge their loss and take them down in a sweep. The championship was a close match, but ultimately Duval was able to win the Women’s 6.0 draw.


Duval’s other team, from Kraft Tennis Club in the Men’s 8.0, put on a show, going undefeated across the entire weekend. They played in five matches and won all of them. They only dropped three lines across course of the competition as well.


The Women’s 8.0 draw was also filled with competitive matches, but in the end, it was the team from HCC Tennis Complex representing Hillsborough County that came out on top. Hillsborough played in five matches, going 3-0 in their opening flight and securing a spot in the semifinals. They swept that against Collier County and then beat Pinellas County in the Championship. The team only dropped two lines across the weekend.

Final Results:

Adult 55 & Over 6.0 Women

Finals: Duval County (Deercreek Country Club) defeated Broward County (City of Oakland Park) 2-1

No. 1 Doubles: Donna Bernard/BJ Weyer (Duval) d. Huey Song/Joan McKee 7-5, 3-6, 1-0

No. 2 Doubles: Julie Korsog/Patricia Toole (Duval) d. Deborah Hinson/Debra Marafiote 6-0, 6-3

No. 3 Doubles: Jessica Withum/Catherine Thomas (Broward) d. Karen Sayre/Julie Krey 6-3, 7-5

Duval County Season Roster: Janet Daechsel (Captain), Karen Sayre (Captain), Julie Korsog, Bonnie King, Julie Krey, Barbara Smith, Jody Layne, BJ Weyer, Donna Bernard, Patricia Toole

Adult 55 & Over 8.0 Women

Finals: Hillsborough County (HCC Tennis Complex) defeated Pinellas County (St. Petersburg Tennis Center) 2-1

No. 1 Doubles: Elizabeth Burdick/Rhonda Mendoza (Hills) d. Linda Wolf/Jenny Hughes 4-6, 6-2, 1-0

No. 2 Doubles: Anne-Lucie Bouchard/Melanie Clem (Hills) d. Lynn O’Brien/Laurie Smith 6-3, 6-4

No. 3 Doubles: Kathy Moll/Jennifer Bell (Pinellas) d. Barbara Young/Kim Fernald 1-6, 6-1, 1-0

Hillsborough County Season Roster: Stephanie Wilson (Captain), Janet Karpan (Captain), Becky Ogburn, Kim Fernald, Elizabeth Burdick, Anne-Lucie Bouchard, Stacey Koval, Melanie Clem, Karen Abrams, Melany Jablonski, Julia Van Diver, Rhonda Mendoza, Barbara Young

Adult 55 & Over 8.0 Men

Finals: Duval County (Kraft Tennis Club) defeated Collier County (Foxfire Country Club) 2-1

No. 1 Doubles: Brian Mitchell/Neal Lewis (Collier) d. Alan Hopkins/Wilson Tennille 6-4, 3-6, 1-0

No. 2 Doubles: Richard Rudolph/Edward Spiezio (Duval) d. Jeffrey Moore/Stacy Stuerke 3-6, 6-1, 1-0

No. 3 Doubles: David Jenkins/David Smyth (Duval) d. Greg Strakosch/Mike Ruffolo 6-3, 6-0

Duval County Season Roster: David Jenkins (Captain), Wilson Tennille, Richard Rudolph, Richard Ford, Edward Spiezio, Alan Hopkins, Scott Stainken, Keven Fitzgerald, Larry Latson, David Smyth, Chris King, Paul Caruso, John Knocke, James Smith


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