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Ahwatukee Tennis Club and Saints Alive! From Notre Dame High School  named Junior Club Champions

Scottsdale, Arizona, August 21, 2011 – Jr. Club Photo
Scottsdale Ranch Park hosted the 3rd Annual USTA Central Arizona Jr. Club Championships on Sunday, August 21.
Nine teams of about 70 players from around the valley competed in intermediate and advanced divisions
in a round robin format. A few new faces were represented and teams  participated from Ahwatukee Tennis Club, Scottsdale Ranch Park, Gene Autry, Scottsdale Athletic Club-Tennis Players Academy, Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex, Chandler High School, Notre Dame High School, and Fountain Hills High School. The juniors, ranging in age from 8-18 years old, competed in a World Team Tennis Format: boy’s singles, girl’s singles, boy’s doubles, girl’s doubles, and mixed doubles. A team victory was determined by which team won the most games.

Sally Grabham (USTA CAZ President & Tournament Director) and Karen Weir (Manager of Scottsdale Ranch Park) ran the tournament and tried to beat the heat, while checking in teams beginning at 6:30am. A few junior volunteers were also present helping with the tournament and pizza party. Each player, coach, and volunteer received a tournament t-shirt and pizza lunch for participating in the team event.

Players  Pizza party


Each division played a round robin amongst themselves and the team with most games won from each division won the title of Jr. Club Champion. In the end, the Notre Dame High School team, Saints Alive! was named champion in the advanced division with 78 games, beating the second place Falcons team from Fountain Hills High School by 7 games. In the intermediate division, the team from Ahwatukee Tennis Club was named champion with 74 total games, beating the second place East Valley Blue team from Gene Autry by 8 games.


Advanced Division Champion: Saints Alive! from Notre Dame High School, Coach Traci Alexander and Felicia Wong (78 games)

Notre Dame Team

Back Row; Assistant Coach Felicia Wong, Adrian Cordova, Douglas Wong, Shane Lubold, and Coach Traci Alexander. Front Row; Victoria Towers, Caroline Eversman, and Jessica Lubold (Not pictured Luke Carstens)

2nd Place: Falcons from Fountain Hills High School, Coach Jean Serrano and Craig Cocciola (71 games)

3rd Place: Surprizing from Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex, Coach Mario Celarie (47 games)

4th Place: Chandler High School, Coach Rosanne Shaw (38 games)

Intermediate Division Champions: Ahwatukee Tennis Club, Coach Tracy Lawson (74 games)

Ahwatukee Team

Back Row: Chris Steele, Zach Lawson, Trey Brown, Front Row: Maria Panopoulous, Carla Poplawsky, Madelyn Corely, and Coach Tracy Lawson

2nd Place: East Valley Blue from Gene Autry, Coach Anna Boxrud (66 games)

3rd Place: Scottsdale Ranch Park #2, Coach Inna Zvorikina and Greg Alice (56 games)

4th Place: Scottsdale Ranch Park #1, Coach Doug Kennedy and Greg Alice (51 games)

5th Place: Scottsdale Athletic Club-Tennis Players Academy, Coach Julie Stelse and Dan Kilen (48 games)

Congratulations to our champions and thank you to all of the teams who participated this year!

For more information, contact:

Ashley Redman, Tennis Service Representative, USTA Central Arizona

(480) 639-6704; tsr@phoenixtennis.com