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CAZ Women, SAZ Men Capture Tri-Level Section Championships

January 26, 2010 06:19 PM

USTA Southwest Tri-Level League Section Championships
Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex - Surprise, Ariz.
Jan. 15-17, 2010

Final Standings

 Player of the Day
Day 1 - Scott Goodman (Sedona, Ariz.)
Day 2 - Chacho Romero (Tucson, Ariz.)


USTA Southwest Tri-Level Women's Champions: Central Arizona
Central Arizona's women's and Southern Arizona's men's squad both claimed victories at the USTA Southwest Tri-Level League Section Championships, held in Surprise Jan. 15-17, 2010.

The second year combo-league team tournament was a big success, with over 100 players from across the Section, including six different districts represented (Southern Arizona, Northern Arizona, Southern Arizona, Central Arizona, Northern New Mexico, Greater El Paso Tennis Association). The tournament brought together the top gender combo teams (3.5, 4.0, 4.5 NTRP) in round robin play that used a games-won format, instead of courts-won format.

Central Arizona's women actually captured the women's title a day early, thanks to a bye on the last day and victories in each of the four rounds of play. CAZ women downed Greater El Paso 36-11, then Southern Arizona 34-22 on the first day. The CAZ women then followed that up with two victories on Saturday over Southern New Mexico 34-19, and Northern New Mexico 26-24. The team finished with 130 games won and 76 games lost, enough to outdistance second place Northern New Mexico which had 121 and 81.  

Central Arizona team members were Kara White, Amy Rhoden, Julie Stelse, Jacqui Pinkham, Cathy Deliso, Linda Smith, Yuka Shoji, Josefina Olivas, Robin Parmley, Mary Ann Niccoli, Kristin Morgan.  CAZ team captain was Cindy Brannon.

Men's action from the USTA Southwest Tri-Level Section Championships.
Southern Arizona's men were even more impressive. The Tucson-based team beat all but one of their five opponents by double digit game totals. SAZ started off with a 34-20 over Northern New Mexico, and a 34-23 decision over Southern New Mexico on the first day. Day Two saw SAZ's men down Greater El Paso 35-25 and Northern Arizona 33-26. On the final Sunday, SAZ doubled up Central Arizona 36-18, to easily capture title with 172 games won and 112 games lost. SAZ's next closest competitor was Northern New Mexico, which finished 141-122.

Southern Arizona team members were Chacho Romero, Rexford Smith, Charles Tidd, Greg Desilva, Darrel Tomasa, Vernon Rhone, Robert Keys, Curt Reimann, Peter George Prassas. SAZ team captain was Matthew Rhone.

Winning gender teams will now combine together to move on as the USTA Southwest representative at the BNP Paribas National Tri-Level Championships, held March 19-21 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif. That event runs concurrently with the BNP Paribas Open, one of the world's foremost professional tennis events. USTA Southwest is the defending champion at the BNP Paribas Tri-Level Championships.  

GEPTA 3.5 ladies enjoy the main court at Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex on Day 1 of the Tri-Level Section Championships.
Congratulations to our new Tri-Level champions!

A special thanks goes out to our players who traveled for the event from across the Section, and to Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex for the use of the facility. Thanks to Northern Arizona League Coordinator Scott Weber also for assisting the USTA Southwest staff with the event. 

Money was also raised at the Tri-Level Championships, selling older USTA Southwest League Championship apparel and merchandise, totaling nearly $280. Player donations and purchases for that event will go towards a check that USTA Southwest and the Southwest Tennis Foundation will send to the relief efforts in Haiti. A great big thanks goes out to our players for being so generous!