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Central Arizona Claims Men’s Division at the Tri-Level Section Championship

January 29, 2009 12:42 AM

USTA Southwest held its first-ever Tri-Level Section Championships, Jan. 23-25 at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex welcoming more than 100 players to the inaugural event, which paired players of different National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) levels together on teams.Central Arizona claimed the men's division, besting second place Northern Arizona by a 14 total games (163 to 149).

In addition to the novel structure of teams (squads are composed of three doubles lines, one each from a 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 level), the format for the tournament was based on a games-won format, not total matches won as in regular USTA League play.

The winning CAZ men's team was captained by Dane McNeill, and included Garth Guibar, German Moreno, James Munoz, Joe Johnson, Omar Garcia, Rick Bonafasi, Scott Goodman, Thien Ngo, Vernon Rhone, Matthew Rhone and Jonathan Levy.

Winning teams will now advance on to the USTA National Tri-Level Championships, held March 20-22, during the Pacific Life Open. Congratulations to the winning Central Arizona men's team!

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