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USTA Southwest Adult League Championships

August 10, 2009 10:58 PM

USTA Southwest Adult League Section Championships
July 31-August 2
Albuquerque, N.M.
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Final Standings
MEN: 3.0 | 3.5 | 4.0 | 4.5 | 5.0
WOMEN: 2.5| 3.0 | 3.5 | 4.0 | 4.5 | 5.0

Team and Action Photos from the
USTA Southwest Adult Section Championships

Section supremacy was on the line in Albuquerque, N.M., July 31-Aug. 2 as more than 650 tennis players took part in the Section’s largest annual event, the USTA Southwest Adult League Championships.

The host Northern New Mexico district came up big at the event, capturing an impressive eight of the 11 divisions of NTRP play, including five of the six women’s levels. Northern New Mexico completely swept the upper levels, winning both genders in each of the 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0 divisions as well as a 2.5 women’s division and 3.0 women.

Greater El Paso Tennis Association (GEPTA) captured two men’s divisions (3.0 and 3.5) and Southern Arizona captured the 3.5 women’s division.

Several of the divisions were painfully close with match wins and sets lost being final determinants, a testament to how close in ability each division was.

Three different tennis venues in Albuquerque - Highpoint Sports and Wellness, Tanoan Country Club and Jerry Cline Tennis Center – fielded three long days of match play. Forty-plus teams from Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff, Sedona, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, El Paso and Las Cruces were part of the action. Section championship teams now qualify for USTA National League Championship events.

(For a complete schedule of USTA National League Championship dates and locations, click HERE).

A disco-themed Player Party was also held on Saturday, Aug. 1 at the host Marriott Uptown Hotel that tripped the lights fantastic. Players came decked out in full 70’s garb and danced the night away as local band Undiskovered played tunes. Prizes were awarded to teams and individuals who most embodied the shagadelic spirit of the 70’s.

A special thanks to all the local volunteers and league administrators as well as the host facilities and hotels as well as event sponsors Golfsmith Golf and Tennis and Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau ...all of whom helped USTA Southwest put on this massive undertaking!

Albuquerque became 'Funkytown' at the USTA Southwest Disco Player Party.

Up next for USTA Southwest is the USTA Mixed Adult Championships, held Sept. 11-13 in Tucson, Ariz.

Good luck to all of our teams who now advance on to National Championships!

In Women’s 2.5

The host Northern New Mexico team from Albuquerque (Felice) won a two-team race with GEPTA’s team from El Paso Tennis Club. NNM's team won the pool with a 2-1 record, edging out GEPTA by just a single match win (5-4).

In Women’s 3.0
Team Kratochvil from the Tennis Club of Albuquerque edged out GEPTA’s El Paso Youth Tennis Center team, again by a single match. The two teams battled it out on the last day, with the TCA squad winning 3-2, including two matches in tiebreakers.

In Men’s 3.0
GEPTA’s Tennis West team won two of the three matches in the two-team field along with Northern New Mexico’s team from the Jerry Cline Tennis Center. GEPTA’s opening wins of 3-2 and 4-1 solidified them early, so their 3-2 loss on the final day wasn’t enough to deny their margin of victory in the final standings.

In Women’s 3.5
Southern Arizona’s Tucson Country Club team (Browning)
put in one of the more dominant performances by a team at the tournament, winning their flight with a 5-0 record, and winning 19 of the 25 total matches they placed. SAZ easily outdistanced second-place Central Arizona’s Chandler Tennis Center team, which finished with a 3-2 record for the weekend.

In Men’s 3.5
GEPTA’s El Paso Tennis Center #2 edged out SAZ’s team from La Mariposa by two courts won. Both teams finished 4-1, and even though SAZ took the head-to-head matchup on the last day, GEPTA’s team still had a two court edge in matches won (18-16).

In Women’s 4.0
Northern New Mexico’s team out of Jerry Cline Tennis Center (Carman)
swept all comers with a 5-0 record at the event. Southern Arizona’s team out of Tucson Racquet Club (Flanagan) finished second with a 4-1 record.

In Men’s 4.0
Northern New Mexico’s team captained by Michael Sanchez squeaked past the Northern Arizona (Sedona) team despite falling 3-2 in pool play to NAZ on the second day. Both teams were 4-1 in pool play, but Northern New Mexico advanced on one more match win (17 to 16).

In Women’s 4.5
Again, another Albuquerque-based squad proved difficult to contain, as the 4.5 NNM ladies (Loetscher – Highpoint Sports and Wellness) stopped two of their three opponents by 4-1 scores, including second-place finisher Central Arizona.

In Men’s 4.5
The men’s 4.5 might have been the most tightly-contested, as each of the pool’s team matches were decided by 3-2 match scores. Northern New Mexico, Central Arizona and GEPTA all finished with 2-1 records in the flight, with NNM claiming the crown by virtue of least number of sets lost. Just six total sets and 15 total games separated the top three teams.

In Women’s 5.0
In a two-team field, Northern New Mexico and Central Arizona battled over three days, with NNM (McGrath) winning the final two team matches by 2-1 scores to clinch the division.

In Men’s 5.0
Northern New Mexico (Sims – Highpoint Sports and Wellness) went 3-0 in pool play and won eight of their nine individual matches to outpace second place finisher GEPTA (El Paso Country Club), which finished with a 2-1 record.