2009 USTA BOYS 18 NATIONAL TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
University of Illinois - Champaign/Urbana, Illinois - August 1-4, 2009
I've been bragging lately about how wonderful the weather has been in Champaign-Urbana the past few months -- warm, dry and little rain. Well, all that changed for the final day of the Boys' National Team.
Soon after matches began heavy rains came. It became a juggling act of matches going on and off. (I have to admit that I'm pretty impressed at how tournament directors tournament directors Alex Voss & Jim Tressler
managed to get almost all the matches in. Of course, having 12 additional courts at the brand new Khan Tennis Center certainly helped.)
For the last five years, Coach Barry Horowitz has led a team from Southern California to first place and this year the top seeds were dethroned by the second-seeded hometown heroes. With a little help from the
rain (forcing more familar indoor play), the Midwest (above) team took the title over Southern Cal (below) with score of 5-2.
The doubles point in the championship went to Southern California, with JT Sundling & Clay Thompson squeezing by Chase Buchanan & Evan King, 9-8(4), in the third match. Midwest had quick revenge as Billy Bertha eliminated Dennis Lin, 6-3,6-3, and then Chase took his match over JT (6-4,6-4). It was a little while before Michael Moore brought in the third point for Midwest with a 2-6,6-4,6-2 over Clay Thompson, then Evan King sealed it in the third set over Lawrence Formentera (6-2,3-6,6-3). Each team would pick up one more win for the final 5-2 score.
Full Results are available on the Official Tournament Website
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