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Section 14's Team Wins Zonals Competition in Alabama

July 16, 2008 01:19 AM

USTA Southwest juniors put in one of the Section's best team results in quite awhile recently, winning the USTA Boys/Girls 14 Southwest Zone Team Championships at the Westgate Tennis Center in Dothan, Ala., July 6-10.  

Pitted against nine other teams from three other USTA Sections (Midwest, Northern California and Southern California), the 12-member co-ed Southwest squad went 5-0 in the tournament, held on Westgate's 16 Har-Tru clay courts.

In their opening match in Flight A, Southwest rolled over Northern California 18-0. The Southwest team then followed it up with a 10-8 victory over Midwest C then had to roll off victories against three Southern California teams in a row - defeating So Cal C 10-6, So Cal A 11-7.

14 Zonals Champs: Front (L-R) Rachana Bhat, Sara Brown, Jason Jaravung, Yates Johnson, Robert Simon, Hunter Johnson. Back: Nic Montoya, Lauren Amos, Thomas Cooper, Courtney Amos, Aleeza Kanner, Zaina Sufi. (Photo courtesy of Roxanne Simon).

USTA Southwest clinched the event championship with a convincing 14-4 win over So Cal B in the finals to finish the 5-day tournament with an unblemished record.

Coach of the USTA Southwest squad was Tim Russell of Phoenix.

"The team really played well together and had easy chemistry, which was nice to see," said Russell. "This was a terrific team result, and the kids really fought hard and stepped up in some tight matches. Several of the team scores look deceiving because most of these matches had a lot of three-setters that swung our way. The parents and supporters of the team were really great, too, and they made a difference for us."

USTA Southwest BG/14 Zone Team Championships squad
BOYS                                                      GIRLS
Nicolas Montoya (Scottsdale, Ariz.)           Courtney Amos (Tucson, Ariz.)
Hunter Johnson (Taos, NM)                       Lauren Amos (Tucson, Ariz.)
Yates Johnson (Taos, NM)                        Zaina Sufi (Tucson, Ariz.) 
Jason Jaruvang (Phoenix, Ariz.)                 Rachana Bhat (Tucson, Ariz.)
Thomas Cooper (Albuquerque, NM)            Aleeza Kanner (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Robert Simon (Paradise Valley, Ariz.)        Sara Brown (Tucson, Ariz.)

*Jacob Hedderig (Cave Creek, Ariz.) filled in as a substitute player for USTA Northern California.

Complete results of the USTA Boys/Girls 14 Southwest Zone Team Championships
(for individual matches click player's name and for team results scroll to the bottom and click Southwest).