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The Southwest Mixed 8.0 team from USTA Central Arizona takes the Championship title.

December 8, 2006 07:57 PM

8.0 Nationals team

The Southwest Mixed 8.0 team from USTA Central Arizona advanced to the Western National Finals this past weekend. They arrived in Las Vegas hoping that the odds were on their side. The team was one of nine sectional winners playing for the Western 8.0 Mixed Championship title. Play began on Friday with the Southwest team in a pool of 5. They played two matches on Friday and two on Saturday only dropping 2 courts out of 12. This advanced them to Sunday to play a semi-finals match against Oklahoma. The Southwest team won the semi-final match in a third set tiebreaker on court 2 and were off to face Southern California in the finals. Again, the tennis was great and the deciding match came down to court 2. In a third set tiebreaker, the Southwest team pulled it out again with a 10-8 win, taking the National title for 2006. Congratulations to Aaron Gomez, captain, and the following players: Allen Tiongco, Amy Filas, Amy Rhoden, Dane McNeil, Dick Sheldon. Kate Wilson, Nilo Baylon and Thien Ngokhan.