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Northern New Mexico Sweeps Tri-Level Event

January 13, 2014 01:47 PM

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USTA Southwest Tri-Level Championships
Tucson Racquet & Fitness Club
Jan. 10-12, 2014

Women's Standings  |  Men's Standings


Northern New Mexico dominated the courts at the USTA Southwest Tri-Level Championships, sweeping both the men's and women's titles to earn their bids to the national championships in mid-March.

NetPlayIn the men's competition, Northern New Mexico (captain Brad Alpass) swept three matches, including a final-day 2-1 squeaker over Southern Arizona that clinched the victory.

Team members of the men's Northern New Mexico squad were captain Alpass, Steve Rivera, Mark Friedman, Brandon Nafus, Jeff Cummings, Patrick Feist, Robert Chavez, Michael Rising and Jim Willsie

The Northern New Mexico team showed up to the event in Tucson as an alternate and a second-place team from their own district, after the Northern New Mexico regular-season champion could not attend.

That mattered little on the courts, as they won all three team matches and seven of nine individual lines in Tucson.

In women's play, much like their Northern New Mexico men's counterparts, the Northern New Mexico women needed a last-day, last-match win to pull out the title.

The team, captained by Sara Loetscher, defeated the four-time reigning champions from Central Arizona (captain Cindy Brannon) in a taut, 2-1 affair that came down to a third-set breaker on the two teams' 4.0 lines.   

Team members of the Northern New Mexico women's squad were captain Loetscher, Tonya Tuggle, Christi Willison, Schoonover Jones, Marina Lainer, Amanda Briggs, Jean Payne and Betsy Pena

An enticement to participating in Tri-Level National is the opportunity to potentially reach the invitational national championship held concurrently each year with the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif.  This year's  2014 BNP Paribas Open Tri-Level National Championships will be held March 14-16 concurrently alongside the professional ATP/WTA Tour event. 

Tri-Level is a growing format in the Southwest and across the nation with more and more teams participating each year. Players from "Tri-level" (three levels on a team)by choosing players from the 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 divisions of play to make up a team.




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