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October 15, 2009 06:36 PM
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Over 90 high school players compete at Dobson High School

Scottsdale, Arizona, October 5, 2009 – Team matches kicked off this Saturday for the East Valley High School Junior Team Tennis League. Over 90 high school tennis players registered to compete in a 9 week league that plays at Dobson High School. The goal of this league program is to give all of the Varsity and Junior Varsity tennis players the opportunity to compete in year round organized team competition. Eight teams of 6-10 girls and boys gathered for the varsity session, while four more teams attended to play JV-level matches.

Teams will compete in a round robin format, where each school will have the opportunity to play each other in one team match. A team match is comprised of one boys and girls singles, one boys and girls doubles, and one mixed doubles match. Individual games were counted toward the team score for each girls and boy’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles matches. The teams compete using a modified world team tennis format: no-advantage scoring and short sets up to 4 games. Play will continue every Saturday until the beginning of December.

At the completion of round robin play, all the teams will be placed in a flighted championship bracket. The top two teams will compete for a chance to play at the Southwest Sectional Championship in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Alan Veeh, Taylor Cochrane and Geoffrey Russel helped put this tennis opportunity together. Being a former high school tennis coach and someone who has coached players to state titles, Veeh has all the skills to make this league fun and competitive for the players. His experience and knowledge of high school tennis and players was, and continues to be, invaluable. “As a former high school coach, I jumped all over the opportunity to help put a league like this together. Most of our high school players only get a chance to play organized team play during the high school season. This league gets the kids playing year round,” said Coach Alan Veeh. As a new USTA Central Arizona team member, Cochrane worked at putting together teams and organizing match play.

USTA Junior Team Tennis brings kids together in teams to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other teams. It promotes social skills and important values by fostering a spirit of cooperation and unity, as well as individual self-growth. Also, it’s a fun environment for kids in which they learn that succeeding is really more about how they play the game – win or lose.

USTA Central Arizona is the local governing body for the sport of tennis in the Greater Phoenix Area and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level – from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with 5,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game of tennis. USTA Central Arizona provides grants and scholarships through private donations which helps underserved youth and people with disabilities to improve academics, build character, and strive for excellence. For more information on USTA Central Arizona, log on to www.phoenixtennis.com

For more information, contact:

Taylor Cochrane, Community Tennis Manager, USTA Central Arizona

(480) 639-6700; cochrane@phoenixtennis.com