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NAZ Senior League Teams Thrive at Section Championships

May 24, 2010 12:31 AM

SWS Women's 3.0 Senior League ChampsThe United States Tennis Association (USTA) Women's 3.0 Senior League team from Poco Diablo Resort in Sedona, AZ won the Southwest Senior League Section Championships in competition held May 14-16 at the El Conquistador Resort in Tucson, AZ. The team, named the Sedona Sizzlers, won 4 of 5 matches played against other teams from Albuquerque, NM, Phoenix, AZ, El Paso, TX, and two teams from Tucson, AZ

The Sedona Sizzlers won the championship after defeating Albuqueque 2-1; Phoenix 2-1; one of the Tucson teams 2-1, and the El Paso team 2-1. Their one loss came against the other Tucson team from Saddlebrook Country Club. With the Sedona team and the Tucson Saddlebrook Country Club teams tied with the same win-loss match record, Sedona won the team championship because they won more overall individual matches than the Tucson team.

The Sedona Sizzlers Team members include: Chris Bondurant of Clarkdale, Barbara Burch of Sedona, Charlene Cullon of Cottonwood, Crystal Fraser of Sedona, Maggie Hunt of Sedona, Marion Levine of Sedona, Kappy Losoff of Sedona, Lynne Navarro of the Village of Oak Creek, Bonnie Pace of Sedona and Kandi Deavre of the Village of Oak Creek. Navarro and Bondurant went undefeated in four matches and Navarro won her fifth match playing with Maggie Hunt. Donna Roberts of Sedona was the non-playing team captain.

"Every player contributed to winning the championship" said captain Roberts. "What is remarkable about this team is that only two players had ever had any competitive experience before this season. Considering the team injuries and learning to deal with nerves, it was a terrific win and being able to practice at Poco Diablo Resort was big help to us". The Sedona Men's 3.5 Senior League team also competed in the Southest Senior League Section Championships to finish in 2nd palce with a 4-1 record. The team, named the Los Poco Diablos, includes: Bruce Ullock (captain), Jack Odom, Mark Dzierson, Robert Schuessler, Richard Schumann, Bob Doyg, all of Cottonwood and George Piersall, Tony Dufor, Jack Odom, and Jeff Gloss all of Sedona.

Other NAZ Senior League teams that competed in the Southwest Senior League Section Championships: a Flagstaff, AZ team in the Women's 4.5 Division (captain Chrys Smiley), the Red Rockers from Sedona, AZ in the Men's 4.0 Division (captain Mark Carlson), the Volley Girls from Flagstaff, AZ in the Women's 4.0 Division (captain Katherine Baker), and a Flagstaff, AZ team in the Women's 3.5 Division (captain Jan Blackman).

The Sedona Sizzlers will now represent Northern Arizona and the Southwest Section at the USTA Senior League National Championships to be played at the Indian Gardens Tennis Complex in Indian Wells, CA, October 22-24 where 17 USTA Sections compete for the national title.