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In two upsets, “B” 3.5 teams defeated their state rivals  in the 2021 USTA League Adult 65 & Over Southern Sectional Championships.

In the Men’s 3.5 final, the Snellville, GA, team captained by Eugene Goedtke and Charles Schultz ,defeated the Marietta, GA, team 2-1. In the Women’s 3.5 final, Marsha Cobb’s Monroe, LA, “B” team downed the Lafayette, LA, “A” team 2-1. 

In many competition or NTRP levels, the USTA Southern sectional tournaments will have a state champion team from its nine states. To fill out two, round robin brackets of five teams, a state is randomly selected to send the two top teams from their state championships.

The host state of Alabama had a strong tournament with Birmingham placing two champions and two finalists from the eight levels in the championships. Additionally, Muscle Shoals scored with one winner and Selma was represented by a finalist.

Lafayette, LA, had two finalists.

The tournament was played Nov. 12-14 in Dothan. The tournament was played at three facilities: Westgate Tennis Center (tournament headquarters), Azalea Swim & Tennis Club and the Dothan Country Club.

This year’s event drew the top teams from throughout the section’s nine states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Many of the teams – which represent various clubs, parks, recreational departments and organizations – have finished at the top of their local leagues or are noted as top teams in their respective states.

There were 62 teams with approximately 500 players who competed in eight levels: Men’s and Women’s 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 9.0 combined.

Here the champions and finalists.

Hometown –Captain/s
Hometown – Captain/s
in final or
Men's 3.0Raleigh, NC
Jay Copan
Birmingham, AL
Mike English
Men's 3.5Snellville, GA (B)
Eugene Goedtke/
Charles Schultz
Marietta, GA (A)
James Meidl
Men's 4.0Birmingham, AL
Samuel Hooper
Lafayette, LA
Marc LaPointe
Men's 9.0Atlanta, GA
Chris Bussert
Selma, AL
Donnie Ellis
Women's 3.0Muscle Shoals, AL
Vu Thi Gailon Brown
Durham, NC
Donna Webb
Women's 3.5Monroe, LA (B)
Marsha Cobb
Lafayette, LA (A)
Kathryn Bordlee
Women's 4.0Birmingham, AL
Tracy Rasco
Charlotte, NC
Debbie Carmazzi
Women's 9.0Nashville, TN
Barbara Hooper
Birmingham, AL
Barbara Ernest