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2012 USTA Southwest JTT Championships

August 13, 2012 03:51 PM

USTA Southwest Jr. Team Tennis Championships
Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort/Country Club
Tucson, Ariz.  - August 10-12, 2012

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JTT387_2012The Southwest's top junior squads put their tennis skills as well as their fitness to the test over three August days in the Tucson summer sun, battling it out for section supremacy at the USTA Southwest Jr. Team Tennis Championships.

Junior teams in the 12s, 14s and 18s divisions advanced through local seasons to qualify for the Section Championships, which were held at the beautiful Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort and Country Club.

Nearly 25 teams teams comprising roughly 250 players competed in four separate brackets of play. Three of those four division winners will now advance on to  the USTA Jr. Team Tennis National Championships held in October of this year in South Carolina. 

At the Section Championships, teams competed in co-ed play in a games-won format to decide each match and division of play.

MixedPairThe format for this team event is five total lines of play, one each in boys singles, boys doubles, girls singles, girls doubles and mixed doubles.  

Set score is shortened to four games (tiebreaker at 3-3) sets for 12 & Under competitions, and six game sets (tiebreakers at 5-5) for the 14s and 18s. 

Play began Friday evening and continued under the lights that evening, and two more days of championship play ensued, some of it in some extreme summer temps, with temperatures reaching almost to 110 degrees.

The players were definitely troopers battling it out over two rounds of play on both Saturday and Sunday before our champions were ultimately crowned.

A recap of play is below:
12 U intermediate: The home squad from Southern Arizona (Westward Look) captured the division, winning by an average of over 20 games won a match. The Westward Look squad did not drop a team match (going 5-0) in the division.

1) SAZ Westward Look - 183 games won, 75 games lost. 2) NNM - Tennis Club of Albuquerque 174-85.  3) (CAZ) Anthem Country Club 137-137.  4) NNM - La Cueva Bears 131-144.  5) SNM upton1Chaos 88-175; 6) CAZ Arrowhead Country Club 88-182.

Sportsmanship 12s - Carson Wyatt (Arrowhead Country Club), Libby Vaughn (La Cueva Bears).

brendan_TopSpinz14 U Intermediate: This division was harrowingly close and came down to the last match. The top three teams in the division were separated by a mere three games, with LPTA Albuquerque coming out on top with 230 games won to 163 lost. Central Arizona Anthem Country Club finished second winning 228 games won to 154 lost, while third place Arrowhead Country Club finished with 227 games won to 179 lost.

Sportsmanship:14s - Brendan Martinez (Southern New Mexico - Top Spinz - pictured, right), Samantha Cole (Arrowhead Country Club).

1) LPTA 14s - Stansifer - 230 games won, 163 lost. 2) Anthem Country Club 228-154. 3) Arrowhead Country Club - 227-179. 4) LPTA 14s - Hagenimana 203-210. 5) Southern New Mexico Heatstrokes 192-217. 6) Southern New Mexico Top Spinz 120-277.

18 Intermediate: The Racqueteers from Albuquerque outdistanced the competition winning by a 25-game margin over second place Albuquerque Academy.

Sportsmanship 18s : Madeline Ramos (Americas, Greater El Paso); Shepard Moore (Racqueteers).

1) The Racqueteers 278 games won - 129 games lost. 2) Academy 18s - 242-181. 3) Southern New Mexico Lord of the Strings 235-205. 4) Southern New Mexico The Outsiders 228-195. 5) Greater El Paso Americas 169-240. 6) Tucson Racquet Club - 80-281.

18 Advanced: Tennis West El Paso dominated the field losing just two individual lines over three days, easing past second place LPTA Lobos of Albuquerque. The Tennis West squad lost just five of 42 total sets played. 

Sportsmanship 18s:Nathan Brown (El Paso Tennis West); Valerie Sanchez (Greater El Paso Americas) 

1) El Paso Tennis West 227 games won - 91 games lost. 2) LPTA Lobos 197-125. 3) Central Arizona Chandler Hamilton 172-143. 4) El Paso Americas 163-160. 5) Tucson Racquet Club 0-240.

GoldMedalists_JTTOlympicsPLAYER PARTY
Like our Adult League Section Championships, we held  an Olympic-themed Player Party with players encouraged to wear Red, White and Blue and Team USA gear in a show of support..

The party was held on Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort's Turquoise Ballroom and players engaged in a series of 10 "Minute to Win It" games that tested their skills and patience.

Players that finished all 10 competitions were entered into a drawing to be on the medal stand as 'JTT Minute to Win It Olympians'.  

Dinner, music, karaoke, door prizes and prizes were given out for best dressed and most patriotic and our players got creative.

A special thanks to our volunteers 
Karen Smith (CAZ JTT Local League Coordinator), Cee Ann Vaughn (NNM JTT  Local League Coordinator), Dick Johnson (NNM 12U Captain and USTA Northern New Mexico  President), Mark Swenson (SAZ Tennis Service Representative), and Gwen Schulz (CAZ 14U Captain) for assisting us with our JTT 'Minute to Win It'  stations.

Our players had a blast! A special thank you also goes out to the staff at the Hilton El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort, and the Country Club as well as the hotel for all they do to help ensure our event ran smooth. It was much appreciated.  



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