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Tennis center teams win league

The third session of the South Pinellas Ladies Doubles League concludes this morning with round robin competition and awards to the winning teams.

In all, 12 teams of two doubles positions competed in two playing levels, 3.5 and 3.0.

St. Petersburg Tennis Center won both levels. SPTC C won the 3.5 among nine teams; SPTC was first among the 3.0 three teams.

"It was a close finish," said SPTC C co-captain Charlene Garner. "The first four teams were each separated by just a point."

Lakewood B finished second in the 3.5, followed by Feather Sound and Isla del Sol B.

"The competition was very good this session," Garner said, "and we all seemed to be close in level. We as a team did not have set partners but just sort of worked it all out."

Defending league champions SPTC C included the same players as the last session: co-captain Barbara Murray, Margaret Tseng, Rona Bleasdale, Diane Sawyer, Bev Dahlberg, Louise Strong and Gay Womack.

A 3.0 level for teams from SPTC, the Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Isla del Sol was added this season.

"We had a good time playing and especially liked not having to travel much," said Ruth Bowman, SPTC's 3.0 captain. "We plan to play the league again."

Bowman played with JoAnn Autieri and Jean Cox played with Margarite Massouda. Sally Holley was a frequent substitute for the team.

For information about a fourth session of the league, call league coordinator Sam Vuille at 867-9105.

SENIOR WOMEN: Local teams that have qualified for the USTA/Florida Section Senior State Tournament include Innisbrook (3.5 and 4.5), Treasure Island (4.0) and Feather Sound Country Club (3.0).

Innisbrook eliminated Lakewood in the 3.5 playoff; Treasure Island was the top team among five in the 4.0 with an 8-0 overall record; Innisbrook's 4.5 and Feather Sound's 3.0 advanced after playing in qualifying matches with other divisions.

The state event is May 16-18 hosted at Countryside Country Club and Royal Racquet Club.

SENIOR MEN: St. Petersburg Tennis Center defeated Innisbrook on Sunday to capture the senior men's 3.5 division and qualify for the state tournament. Last year, an Innisbrook team eliminated SPTC.

In a three-team playoff with Innisbrook and Royal Racquet Club, the center defeated Innisbrook 2-1 and Royal 3-0.

The SPTC team, captained by Nick Karamessinis, includes last year's players Michel Antoine, Julio Ochoa, Jim Schroeder, Peter Spyers-Duran, Howard Woodberry and Bob Allen along with new players this year Charles Dorrell, Allwood Scott, Bud Steckman and Fred DeJohn.

The men's event is also in May at Countryside and Royal.

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