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The 37th Annual Maze Cup Team Competition Southern California 15 vs Northern California 5

The 37th Annual Maze Cup Team Competition

The 37th Annual Maze Cup Team Competition
Southern California 15 vs Northern California 5


The top 16 and 18 year-old tennis players in Northern California and Southern California arrived at the Berkeley Tennis Club, June 5th, 2010 for the annual weekend of intense intra state rivalry known as the Maze Cup.  Regardless of which team you may have rooted for, the matches were an amazing display of the young talent in California!  Individual match scores are listed below the photos.

This year marks the 37th year for the Annual Maze Cup.  The competition rotates each year between Southern California and Northern California; this year the Berkeley Tennis Club is privileged to once again be host to the Cup competition named after their long-time club member George Maze, Sr. Many of the Maze family was in attendance at the Friday night dinner and throughout the competition.

The Berkeley Tennis Club once again was the ultimate host to these juniors and their coaches, providing housing for the SoCal team with local families and creating a welcome venue for the many spectators.  BTC Tennis Director Lynne Rolley, kicked off the Maze Cup at the Friday evening dinner, introducing the players, coaches, the Maze family, USTA Competitive Play staff from Northern and Southern California and the BTC volunteers.  Most of the players from both sections already knew of each other from all of their national tournament experience.  But during the weekend, they became friends, hanging out between matches and passing time in usual tournament fashion, playing cards (most often, poker!).

This event is played using a 5-match Davis Cup format, singles and doubles.  Like Davis Cup and Fed Cup, on court coaching is allowed.  The teams consist of a total of 10 players.  Two boys' and two girls' from the 18 year-old division, and three boys' and three girls' from the 16 year-old divisions.  Both of the Northern California coaches, Lisa Alipaz (St. Mary’s varsity women’s coach) and Pablo Pires de Almeida played the Maze Cup as teenagers.

The Maze Cup, while strictly a California event, has had participants that have gone on to enjoy storied professional tennis careers.  Pete Sampras, Lindsay Davenport, Michael Chang, Brad Gilbert, Robert Kendrick, and Bob Bryan have participated in this rivalry.  And the newly crowned 2010 NCAA Division I Champion, Bradley Klahn of Stanford, competed in the Maze Cup in 2006 and 2007.  Next year the cup will be hosted by the Southern California Section and is usually held in Bakersfield.

June 5 & 6 2010 Maze Cup Match Results:

2010 Maze Cup at the Berkeley Tennis Club

The 37th Annual Maze Cup Team Competition Southern California 15 vs Northern California 5

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Girl’s 16 Singles
Sivan Krems (SoCal) def. Janet Liu (NorCal) 6-4, 6-2
Alyssa Smith (SoCal) def. Brooke Irish (NorCal) 6-4, 6-3

Girl’s 16 Doubles
Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum/Alyssa Smith (SoCal) def. Janet Liu/Caroline Doyle (NorCal) 6-4, 6-2

Girl’s 18 Singles
Lorraine Guillermo (SoCal) def. Jamie Pawid (NorCal) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(7)
Krista Hardebeck (SoCal) def. Katherine Flanigan (Norcal) 6-1, 6-0

Girl’s 18 Doubles
Lorraine Guillermo/Krista Hardebeck (SoCal) def. Katherine Flanigan/Jamie Pawid (NorCal) 6-4, 6-1

Boy’s 16 Singles
Mackenzie McDonald (NorCal) def. Gage Brymer (SoCal) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
Anthony Tsodikov (NorCal) def. Alex Scheinman (SoCal) 6-1, 6-1

Boy’s 16 Doubles
Mackenzie MacDonald/Matthew Alves (NorCal) def. Reo Asami/Alex Scheinman (SoCal) 7-5, 6-2

Boy’s 18 Singles
Denis Nguyen (SoCal) def. Daniel McCall (NorCal) 6-4, 6-4
Daniel Kosakowski (SoCal) def. Eric Johnson (NorCal) 6-1, 6-0

Boy’s 18 Doubles
Daniel Kosakowski/Denis Nguyen (SoCal) def. Eric Johnson/Daniel McCall (NorCal) 6-1, 7-6(4)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Girl’s 16 Singles
Alyssa Smith (SoCal) def. Janet Liu (NorCal) 7-6(2), 6-4
Sivan Krems (SoCal) def. Brooke Irish (NorCal) 7-6(5), 6-3

Girl’s 18 Singles
Katherine Flanigan (NorCal) def. Lorraine Guillermo (SoCal) 6-4, 6-4
Krista Hardebeck (SoCal) def. Jamie Pawid (NorCal) 6-0, 6-0

Boy’s 16 Singles
Mackenzie MacDonald (NorCal) def. Alex Scheinman (SoCal) 6-2, 6-1
Reo Asami (SoCal) def. Anthony Tsodikov (NorCal) 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (5)

Boy’s 18 Singles
Daniel Kosakowski (SoCal) def. Daniel McCall 6-1, 6-0
Denis Nguyen (SoCal) def. Eric Johnson N/A

Northern California Coaches: Lisa Alipaz and Pablo Pires de Almeida
Southern California Coaches: Luana Magnani and Alec Horton



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