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North Little Rock, Southaven Take Two in 2019 USTA Southern Mixed Sectionals

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Two cities had two champions in the 2019 USTA Southern Mixed Doubles Sectional Championships, played Oct. 11-13, in metro Little Rock, Ark.

The host city of North Little Rock, Ark., and Southaven, Miss., had two winners. Southaven is a border city and suburb of Memphis, which had a champion and a finalist. Knoxville, Tenn. was represented by two finalists. Second-place teams in round-robins are considered finalists.

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.

Tennessee had the most teams at the top of the standings with two victors and two finalists or second-place teams. Mississippi teams was at the top of three levels.

The tournament was played at two facilities in Arkansas: Burns Park Tennis Center in North Little Rock (tournament headquarters) and Rebsamen Tennis Center in Little Rock.

The Southern champions will receive a bid to compete in the USTA League National Championships in November.

Champions and finalists, and their captain/co-captains, are:

Hometown - Captain/s
Hometown – Captain/s
in final
18 & Over 2.5Southaven, Miss.
Kathlene Poulelis
Little Rock, Ark.
Shreyas Govardhan/
Adrian Howell
3-0 in round-robin
18 & Over 6.0North Little Rock, Ark.
Nick Shull/
Cate Barnett
Knoxville, Tenn.
Trey Ambrose
5-0 in round-robin
18 & Over 7.0North Little Rock, Ark.
Caleb Taylor/
JoAnne Wooldridge
Durham, N.C.
Traci Harris/
Riky Ayers
2-1 in final
18 & Over 8.0Collierville, Tenn.
Kevin Jackson/
Daniel Davis
Baton Rouge, La.
Gerald Suhor/
Wesley Mayers
5-0 in round-robin
18 & Over 9.0Merigold, Miss.
Leslie Branning
Memphis, Tenn.
Jeff Meek/
Mark Goodfellow
3-1 in round-robin
40 & Over 6.0Hoover, Ala.
Julie Anderson/
Jesse Jowers
Atlanta, Ga.
Carolyn Wilson
2-1 in final
40 & Over 7.0Southaven, Miss.
Stephen Christides
Knoxville, Tenn.
Jay Huffman
2-1 in final
40 & Over 8.0New Orleans, La. (A)
Monica Bourgeois/
Laura Gernon
Louisville, Ky.
Misty Jones/
Shellie May
2-1 in final
40 & Over 9.0Memphis, Tenn.
Jeff Meek/
Mark Goodfellow
Simpsonville, S.C.
Raj Pandya
5-0 in round-robin