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New Champs Crowned at Mixed Section Championships in Tucson

October 13, 2009 11:35 PM

New Champs Crowned at Mixed Section Championships in Tucson

9/14/09 2:11 PM


USTA Southwest Mixed and Senior Mixed Section Championships
Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort
Sept. 11-13, 2009 - Tucson, Ariz.

6.0 MIXED | 7.0 MIXED 8.0 MIXED | 9.0 MIXED 7.0. SENIOR MIXED 8.0

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Players from across the Section descended on Tucson for the USTA Southwest Mixed/Senior Mixed Section Championships.

Nearly 250 netminders from across the Section put their serving and volleying skills to the test at the USTA Southwest Mixed/Senior Mixed Section Championships, held Sept. 11-13 at Tucson’s Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort.

This three-day event brought together some of the best co-ed teams from Phoenix, Northern Arizona, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, El Paso and many other parts of USTA Southwest.

The format was three courts of mixed doubles in each team match.
Flights of 'combination teams (mixed partners ratings added together) were held in 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0 Adult, and 7.0 and 8.0 Senior levels. Teams advanced to the USTA Southwest Mixed Section Championships by virtue of winning their local leagues.

Jacqui Pinkham (Central Arizona, 8.0)
In 6.0 AdultCentral Arizona’s team that plays out of Scottsdale Ranch Park and captained by Garth Guilbor swept all opposition, winning the four-team pool with a 3-0 record. GEPTA’s El Paso Tennis Club team captained by Felipe Adel finished second.

In 7.0 AdultGreater El Paso’s team from El Paso Tennis Club captained by Edgan Phinney cruised to the title with a 3-0 record in their flight. Northern New Mexico-Tillerson placed second in the flight.

In 8.0 AdultCentral Arizona’s team from Phoenix Tennis Center defended their 8.0 crown from 2008 with a repeat victory in Tucson. The team, captained by Amy Rhoden, went 5-0 on the weekend. Northern New Mexico-Carmen finished second with a 4-1 record.

In 9.0 Adult – This division came down to the last match, and Southern Arizona-Tucson Racquet & Fitness Club  had to shake off a match point in the No. 2 doubles line to clinch victory. The team, captained by Donna Qabazard, finished with a 3-0 record. Central Arizona-Dozier ended up second.

In Senior 7.0, SAZ’s team from Saddlebrooke Tennis Club in Tucson captained by Kay Koontz edged Northern New Mexico-Razzoni by a single match for the championship.

In Senior 8.0, Northern New Mexico’s team captained by Betty Michael claimed the district’s lone title of the event by a slim margin, outpacing Southern Arizona-Westward Look by a single match. Both teams finished with 3-1 records.

Winning teams in the 6.0 and 8.0 divisions will qualify for the 2009 USTA National Mixed event at the Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz., while winning teams in the 7.0, 9.0 and 10.0 divisions advance on to the Darling Tennis Center in Las Vegas, Nev. Both those events are held the weekend of Nov. 20-22, 2009.

Senior Mixed Championships will be held April 24-26, 2010 (for 7.0 and 9.0 divisions) and April 27-29, 2010 (for 6.0 and 8.0 divisions). The location for the Senior event will officially be announced soon.

The Legends join USTA Southwest League Coordinator Bill Lucero at the US Open-themed Player Party at the Mixed/Sr. Mixed Section Championships.

USTA Southwest also put on a US Open-themed player party at the El Conquistador on Saturday, Sept. 12, sponsored by Golfsmith Golf and Tennis. Players were treated to a movie-theater style TV viewing of the Serena Williams-Kim Clijsters women's semifinal match, played QuickStart tennis inside for US Open prizes and mingled with “The Legends”, Tucson league mixed players who imitated tennis greats Arthur Ashe (Claudio Bravo), John McEnroe (Evan Feldhausen), Bjorn Borg (Johnathan Davis), Andre Agassi (John Perry) and Billie Jean King (Breann Cheung). USTA Southwest staff member Jessica Adams also put in a guest appearance as Gabriela Sabatini.

The Legends signed autographs and posed for pictures with party attendees, and even played against players for prizeson the indoor short court. League players each received player goodie bags of USTA knick knacks, and a grand prize of two tickets to the 2010 US Open were also given away as part of a raffle for attending the party.

A special thanks goes out to theHilton El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort and to tournament volunteers and staff as well as all those who helped in the Mixed event. We had a blast. A special good luck wish also goes out to our newest Section Champions!

The last of the USTA Southwest Section Championships – the Super Senior event - will be held December 4-6 of this year in the greater Phoenix area.