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Good Luck CAZ Tri-Level Teams

LevyA men's team and a women's team from USTA Central Arizona will be participating at this weekend's BNP Paribas Tri-Level National Championships at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif.
The two teams from the Phoenix area both qualified in January by virtue of capturing the USTA Southwest Tri-Level League Championships in Tucson.
The BNP Paribas Open Tri-Level National Championships is a feed-in invitational USTA League event featuring tri-level teams (NTRP combination teams at the 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 levels) from across the nation. The two CAZ teams will play as a collective "Team Southwest" squad and pool their BNP Paribas Tri-Level results in each level for a total "Team Southwest" score that is compared against the other Sections. 
The Tri-Level scoring format for matches is also unlike regular USTA League play. It uses a cumulative games-won (rather than best two out of three sets), with the men's and women's team winners being the team with the most games (not individual match lines) won.
The national tournament is one of the big rewards for winning the Tri-Level Section Championships, as league players get to play at the event alongside the professionals at the world-renowned BNP Paribas Open.   
Team members of the men's CAZ squad are captain Joe Johnson, Mike Flinn, Jonathan Levy, Niles Jackson, Rick Miller, Michael McDowell, Bodie Hull, Oleg Bortman, Alan Neumann, Darin Allen, Stuart McNicol, Kevin Clark, and Steve Yang.  
Team members of the CAZ women's squad are captain Cindy Brannon, Barbara Easterly, Mary Ann Niccoli, Karen Petlin, Carrie May, Julie Stelse, Robin Parmley, Amy Rhoden, Kristy Miller, Joy Dwindell, Kristin Morgan, Linda Fletcher and Elaine Solomon
Good luck to our teams in Indian Wells! Our Section last won the event two years ago and finished fourth in 2010.
League Southwest_132ABOUT TRI-LEVEL
Tri-Level is a growing format in the Southwest and across the nation with more and more teams participating each and ever year. The Tri-Level format uses the non-traditional "games-won" format over the individual match lines won format. This puts an emphasis on scrapping for every game played.
Contact your Leslee Baska at leagues@phoenixtennis.com to find out more about Tri-Level leagues.