Home Court Advantage Serves 10U Players well at the 10's Exchange
Taking place over three days at the prestigious Stanford University, in Stanford, CA, the Pacific Coast 10’s Exchange once again gave place to fantastic tennis on September 27-29.
An exchange between six USTA sections (Southwest, Pacific Northwest, Intermountain, Hawaii, SoCal and NorCal), the competition brings together the eight top 10 and Under players (four boys and four girls) from each section for a fun and competitive weekend. “This event is the first introduction to a team event,” Tournament Director and USTA NorCal Player Development Specialist, Beth Workeneh explained. “All the players really enjoyed the team atmosphere and cheered on their teammates all weekend long.” Matches are just one set to four games, with a tiebreak at 3-3, and are played with green balls. Each matchup includes singles, doubles and mixed doubles and the winner is determined by the total number of games won.
On Friday, Steve Leube, the USTA NorCal Executive Director, started the weekend off with a warm welcome for all players, coaches, and parents. Then, it was time to compete. After a full three days of incredible competition, formidable sportsmanship, and intense cheering – queue teams running on the court and jumping on teammates – the scores were now known. Winner of four out five matches, Team NorCal overcame Southwest 54-42, Pacific Northwest 49-34, Intermountain 42-32, and Hawaii 62-9. In the final day, state rival SoCal got the better of Team NorCal 60-29, finishing with 310 games, making them the winners.
Totaling 246 games, Team NorCal did an outstanding job to take second place. NorCal Coach, Pablo Alvarado, and Workeneh were also proud to see NorCal player, Kotaro Kunimoto receive four sportsmanship pins, earning him a yummy Jamba Juice gift card!
Congratulations to Team NorCal on a fantastic runner-up finish. Go Team NorCal!
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