Comeback Win Secures the Pacific Cup for Team NorCal
For the last team event of the year, The Pacific Cup came down to the wire with the winner being determined by games! At the end of the three three-day event, Team NorCal took home the Pacific Cup with 289 games, in front of Southern California who finished with 268 games. Pacific Northwest and Intermountain were third and fourth with 242 games and 199 games respectively.
The Pacific Cup reunited the top ranked boy and girl from 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s in singles from the four sections listed above on December 1-3, in Beaverton, Oregon at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center. Team NorCal was represented by Priya Nelson (Girls’ 12), Makenna Thiel (Girls’ 14), Connie Ma (Girls’ 16), Kate Duong (Girls’ 18), Rudy Quan (Boys’ 12 ), Ryan Torres (Boys’ 14), Aryan Chaudhary (Boys’ 16), Stevie Gould (Boys’ 18), and coached by Andrea Norman and Carrie Zarraonandia.
The overall event was extremely close up to the end with Team NorCal being down nine games before their last match against Southern California. “The players were great, they were focused and supportive of each other all weekend,” coach Andrea from Team NorCal said. “SoCal and us played the other two teams first and SoCal had done better than us, so it tells you their fortitude.” Even though it was freezing cold inside as well, Team NorCal didn’t let that affect them, bundling up all weekend with hoodies and down vests. “Rudy had a blanket so all the kids borrowed it Sunday morning,” Andrea recalled laughing.
Overall, the team had a great time, even though the beginning of the trip was a little bit challenging. “One of our flights was delayed on our way to Portland, and while waiting for our 15-passenger van, a low tire turned out to be completely flat,” Andrea said. “Thank god we noticed it before we left. We ended up making it to our first match on time, but other than that, everything was great.” After the competition was over, the team made their way to the Nike factory store for some shopping before heading home.
“The level of competition was quite good. I’m very proud of the way the kids treated each other and the event, I was really impressed,” Andrea said in closing.