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Senior divisions are at a pivotal point

USA League Tennis competition in senior and super senior divisions is nearing conclusion.

With a week remaining in the super senior 3.5 women's class, Westin Innisbrook Resort has a significant lead over its four competitors.

Second to Innisbrook is Bardmoor Golf and Tennis Club, which recorded a 2-1 victory over East Lake Woodlands on Monday.

Liz Dunlop and Erika Boardman rallied from a first-set tie-break loss to win in three at the No. 1 position for Bardmoor. Josie Tucker and Joann Huebner posted a victory in the No. 2 match.

Next week's final competition will consist of Bardmoor (3-3) playing Timber Pines Tennis Club (0-6) and Innisbrook (7-0) battling East Lake (3-4).

In the men's 3.5 super senior South division, St. Petersburg Tennis Center and Bardmoor are tied with a 3-1 overall record.

This week, SPTC meets Treasure Island Tennis and Yacht Club. Bardmoor, which has a bye, will not play.

The last regular-season matches are scheduled for Tuesday. St. Petersburg is at the Renaissance Vinoy and Bardmoor takes on Treasure Island.

Earlier this month, SPTC avenged a 2-1 loss to Bardmoor with a 3-0 win.

Claiming straight-set victories were Howard Rothstein and Fred DeJohn at No. 1, Doug Eadie and Nic Karamessinis in No. 2 and Jim Kelly and Bill Wallace at No. 3.

After next week's action, the South winner will face North winner Phil Green Tennis Academy in a playoff to determine the champion.

Local super senior winners advance to the state tournament, May 31-June 2 at Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.

The anticipation continues for the Seminole Lakes Tennis Center senior men's 4.0 squad.

After capturing the South division, a four-team round robin playoff began among Central winner McMullen of Clearwater, North champion East Lake II and the wild-card entry, Vinoy.

In the first round, Seminole was upended 2-1 by McMullen and East Lake II beat the Vinoy 2-1.

Seminole responded with a 3-0 victory over the Vinoy in Round 2, and McMullen defeated East Lake II.

Last weekend, Seminole relied on Tim Kahle and Harold Kligman in No. 1 and captain Red McGarry and Leo Leonardi at No. 3 to beat East Lake II 2-1.

With a 10-1 final record, Seminole's fate is in the hands of the Vinoy (5-5) when it battles McMullen (8-2) on Sunday, McGarry said. A McMullen loss will force a tie-break decision with Seminole.

The local senior champs advance to state competition, May 2-4 in Daytona Beach.

NET SHOTS: There are some positions available for the Crown Dealerships Tennis Training Weekend with former top-20 professional Mel Purcell.

Hosted by Treasure Island Tennis and Yacht Club and under the direction of Scott Smith, the event is $75 for two days. The clinic is scheduled for 9-11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For information, call Smith, 367-5479.

Treasure Bay will have its St. Patrick's Day Golf and Tennis Social on Sunday at 3 p.m.

The cost for the tennis mixer or golf scramble and buffet is $20.

Call Treasure Bay, 360-6062, for information.

Bardmoor Golf and Tennis Club will have its sixth Anniversary Exhibition on Monday at 6:30 p.m.

Participating in the mixed doubles exhibition to celebrate the sixth year of Maria Cercone serving as Bardmoor's director will be Sue Gutierrez, Andres Molina, former Columbian Davis Cup player Augusto Solano and Cercone.

ADULT LEAGUE: USA League Tennis adult competition began this month for 40 women's and 36 men's squads.

Among the women are eight in the 3.0 division, 15 in 3.5 divided in two classes, 14 in 4.0 and three in 4.5.

Four teams are in the men's 3.0, 17 in the 3.5 divided in three classes, 10 in 4.0 divided in two and five in the 4.5.

Competition includes two singles positions and three doubles for each match.

The action continues through June. Area winners will advance to regional play with hopes of qualifying for the state tournament.

MIXED LEAGUE UPDATE: USA League Tennis mixed doubles action is closing its season this month.

In senior competition, Innisbrook won the 6.5 class, Bardmoor the 7.5 and PGTA the 8.5.

In adult play, East Lake took the 8.5 division. With two matches remaining in 7.5, Bardmoor and captain Mickie Gelestor have a narrow lead over PGTA and a second Bardmoor squad that is captained by Bob Hagerman.

Sunday, Bardmoor-Gelestor beat East Lake 2-1 on the play of Victoria Tuller and Mike Carrigan in the No. 1 position and Mary Jane Evertz and Tom Lincicome at No. 2.

Bardmoor-Hagerman defeated PGTA 2-1 with third-set tie-break wins from Sue and Mark Michelman in the No. 1 spot and Sylvia and Bob Hagerman at No. 3.

Mixed doubles state competition is next month in Daytona Beach.