Coach Tom led USTA 16s Zonals Team to its first title in almost a decade, July 2017 Salt Lake city, Utah

It’s July and time for Zonals Championships, a National Level 2 tournament.  Each USTA division puts together their top players from each age group to compete for the Team Zonals Championships.  Again, the 16s Zonals was held in Salt Lake City, Utah; the tournament took at place Liberty Park and at the University of Utah.

Coach Tom was selected to coach 1 of the 2 teams from USTA Northern California.  Gaby was also chosen to represent our USTA division.  There were 5 other divisions in the West Zonals Championship: USTA NorCal, SoCal, Inter-mountain, Southwest and Hawaii.


Well before rolling out the troops, we gotta have our team cheer:”we shank, we tank, we put it in the bank”

SoCal division has always been a tough contender having won this event multiple times, to say NorCal and Socal are rivalry is an understatement.  And, again, that proved to be the case at this Zonals event. Each Team match resulted in just 1 match difference and it came down each individual match, a lot of 3 setters and tie-breakers.  It was too close for comfort.


Another win in Girls Singles inching us closer to the finish line against the top Inter-moutain Team


Return winner down the line from Gaby brought us closer to the win.


From the brink of defeat by a very tough So-Cal team, John sealed the win to send us to a deciding tie breaker.


Match point of the heart-stopping super tie breaker that sent our team closer to the Finals.


Another inter-mountain team in the way, by taking this win, we’ll be in the Finals on Monday.

 


Standing in our way to the trophy was another Socal team; another huddle to cross on Monday Finals.
Our team cheer now became: What we do? We Fight!!!! — What we do? We Fight!!!!

Our players stayed focused through the Finals match, match by match we were in the lead through out.  Small lead but just enough to give us another boost of confidence to capture this title for USTA NorCal- a feat that has not been done in close to a decade. 

Here it is the 2017 Zonals West 16s Champion Team. Congrats to all players and coaches and remember:

What we do? We Fight!!!!