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Tucson-area Hosts USTA League Adult Championships

August 5, 2008 06:35 PM

USTA Southwest Adult League Section Championships
Aug. 1-3, 2008 - Tucson, Ariz. 
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Final Standings
3.0 M | 3.0 W| 3.5 M 3.5 W
4.0 M| 4.0 W | 4.5 M | 4.5 W | 5.0 M

Greater El Paso 3.5 ladies embrace after a doubles victory that helped their team clinch the USTA Southwest Section Championships.

Nearly 600 players from 44 teams made their way to Tucson Aug. 1-3, for the USTA League presented by Chrysler Southwest Section Championships. When the dust cleared, nine teams claimed Section championships crowns in their respective NTRP levels, and earned qualifying spots in USTA National League Championship events held later this year in September and October.

The Section's top NTRP teams in each gender took part in the three-day tournament, which was held at three tennis facilities in the Tucson area -  including the Hilton El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort, the Hilton El Conquistador Country Club and the Tucson Racquet and Fitness Club.

Pool play in nine separate divisions began on Friday, Aug. 1 and continued through early Sunday afternoon, when nine champions were crowned. 

In 3.0, the Greater El Paso men's team swept through their bracket, notching a 4-0 team record, easily outdistancing the second place finisher from Northern New Mexico. In women's 3.0, the home Tucson club from Southern Arizona finished with an unblemished 5-0 record to snag the title.

In 3.5, the men's team from Central Arizona (Mesa, Ariz.) eked past a fellow Central Arizona squad (Sun Lakes, Ariz.) to claim the Section Championship. Both CAZ teams finished with 4-1 records in pool play, but the Mesa team advanced on matches won. In 3.5 women, the Greater El Paso team finished with a spotless 5-0 weekend.

Cameron Drummond (Central Arizona, 4.5) helped propel his team on to the National Championships.

In 4.0, Greater El Paso's men's team claimed the title. The seven-team pool was the largest division in the tournament, and the GEPTA squad finished with a perfect 6-0 record. In women's 4.0, a Northern Arizona squad from Flagstaff edged Northern New Mexico in pool play by a single match victory (18 to 17) to earn a national championship berth.  

Central Arizona teams claimed both the men's and women's events in the 4.5 division. And, in 5.0 men, a team from Southern Arizona (Tucson) earned their national championship spot.

A USTA Southwest Player Party cookout sponsored by Golfsmith Golf & Tennis was held on Saturday night from 6-9 p.m. at Tucson Racquet Club, with nearly 400 attendees eating, drinking and dancing the night away to the tunes of local band, Tumblin' Dice.

Angie Allen (El Paso, 4.0) was just one of about 600 players who called Tucson their weekend tennis home Aug. 1-3 for the USTA Southwest Adult League Section Championships.
A smorgasbord of player gifts were given out at the party, including Head/Penn racquet bags, Wilson and Babolat posters and accessories, as well as other nice items like gift cards from Golfsmith, USTA chairs, US Open shirts, and even a couple of Apple Ipod Shuffles. A special Emily Austin Swarovski crystal tennis necklace was also raffled off, with proceeds benefiting the USTA Southwest Tennis Foundation.

A special thanks goes out to all of our volunteers who worked tournament desks and to the three host sites who allowed us to use their sites for the weekend.

Congratulations to our newest USTA Southwest Adult League champions, and good luck at the USTA League National Championships (complete schedule of Nationals - click HERE).

Complete championship team rosters are listed below:

USTA Southwest Adult League Championships - Tucson, Ariz.
August 1-3 (Multiple sites in Tucson, Ariz.)

3.0 Men
Greater El Paso (El Paso Tennis Club - El Paso, Texas)
Captain Manuel Fierro, Jose Ricardo Gamez, Eduardo Ugarte, Jose Lopez, Alberto Batalla, Juergen Karp, Felipe A. Adel, Kraig White, Jagadish Dandu, Omar Adel, Louie Morrow, Cesar R. Herrera, Michael Valdez.

3.0 Women
Southern Arizona
(Hilton El Conquistador - Tucson, Ariz.)
Captain Jane Toriello, Patricia Evett, Marilyn Borland, Marian I. Hannon, Susie Shipley, Barbara M. Hurtt, Lucy Hill, Lynn Catherine Bouffard, Roberta Zelikow, Sheila Mahr, Keeley Hutchinson, Cindy Prassas, Robin Shipley, Debbie Arechiga, C. Adrienne Eesley, Susan Kerth, Deborah Andrews.

*3.0 teams advance to National Championship events held Oct. 3-5 in Tucson, Ariz. 

3.5 Men

Central Arizona (East Valley Tennis & Gene Autry Sports Complex - Mesa, Ariz.)
Captain Jerry Von Teuber, Michael Gerard Thompson, Billy F. McDaniel, Oscar A. Oliden, Kevin Egan, Robert Sean Justice, Chris Austin, Richard Taylor, Robert Clarkson, Mauricio Leon, Rodolfo Thomas, Bryan Patterson, Carey Wilcox, Steve Dzielak, John Homer, Jeffrey Clark.

3.5 Women
Greater El Paso (El Paso Youth Tennis Center - El Paso, Texas)
Captain Marissa Porras, Leila Lobato, Tere Olmos, Magdalena Talavera, Paty Rincon, Mary Chavez, Paula Mendoza, Angela Herrera, Imelda Angulo, Veronica Perusquia, Dinorah Martel, Maria Cristina Calderon, Ana Ma Dominguez, Maria Vazquez De Medina.    

*3.5 teams advance to National Championship events held Oct. 31-Nov. 2 in Tucson, Ariz. 

4.0 Men
Greater El Paso (El Paso Tennis Club - El Paso, Texas)
Captain Robert Tapia, Joe M. Esparza, Michael Haro, Ricky R. Bonds, Terry Cheney, Martin Lechuga, Erasmo Gonzalez, Michael Shemwell, Jacob Meils, David M. Wysong, Jose M. Maese, Jim A. Gonzalez, Fabian Saenz, Roger Spain.     
4.0 Women
Northern Arizona
(Flagstaff Athletic Club - Flagstaff, Ariz.)
Captain Chrys Smiley, Lisa A. Callan, Allison J. Wood, Ashley L. Hammarstrom, Jill L. Evans, Kylie Link, Dana Middlebrook, Lisa Majure, Beth Overton, Jane Sherry.   

*4.0 teams advance to National Championship events held Sept. 26-28 in Tucson, Ariz.

4.5 Men
Central Arizona
(Corona Del Sol High School - Tempe, Ariz.)
Captain Mike Flinn, Joseph A. Martinez, Randy Blanchard, Eric D. Engstrom, Clay B. Taylor, Cameron Drummond, Philip Hammond, Troy B. Wethe, Mitchell Katz, Dan Maggio, Andrew R. Vancott, John Heidmiller, Jon M. Weiss, Brian Knebel, Stuart Mc Nicol, Keith Cahill, Paul F. Wenz.    

4.5 Women
Central Arizona (Phoenix Tennis Center - Phoenix, Ariz.)
Captain Heidi Nikodemus, Catherine Ellington, Diana H. Romero, Nadine Leduc, Heidi A. Nikodemus, Amy D. Grimes, Pam Ponwith, Ellen Baumann, Maureen Harmon, Robin Parmley, Rebecca A. Opoien, Ann Marie Anderson, Tracey Kiest, Kristin Morgan.    

*4.5 teams advance to National Championship events held Oct. 17-19 in Tucson, Ariz. 

5.0 Men
Southern Arizona (Tucson Racquet Club - Tucson, Ariz.)
Captain Benny V. Morentin, Matt A. Gleason, Stephen Patton, Robert J. Helmig, Matt D. Meister, Nicholas P. Caldwell, Peter Dawes.

*5.0 teams advance to National Championship events held Sept. 26-28 in Indian Wells, Calif.