South Bay Tennis Teams Helps Capture 2008 Gar Glenney Cup

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San Jose's Undefeated AVAC Boys 12 & Under Team Takes the Title for the Second Consecutive Year in the State Championships

Almaden Valley Athletic Club, the Bay Area's premier, award winning family facility that offers total health, fitness and wellness programs for all ages, announced today the AVAC Boys 12 & Under tennis team has helped win the 26th annual Gar Glenney Cup for the second year in a row on behalf of USTA Northern California.

The Gar Glenney Cup is designed as an opportunity for the best USTA Northern California teams to go against the best USTA Southern California teams for a combined shot at the state championship. Each participating NorCal team must win the Northern California Section Championships at the state level in order to qualify. During their 2007 and 2008 seasons and under the coaching of AVAC tennis director Manny Fernandez, the AVAC Boys 12 & Under team has come in undefeated in league, sectionals and state competitions.

"Tennis is a great passion for many of us here at AVAC and we're so proud to be able to bring together junior tennis players from all over South Bay in a win against USTA Southern California's junior tennis teams," said Joseph Shank, co-founder and owner of AVAC. "The fact that these boys have been undefeated for two consecutive years and are only 12 is amazing!"

The AVAC team has gone undefeated for 132 individual matches, a record in the program's history. The team includes Edward Ang, David Ball, Adrian Chamdani, Vikram Chari, Kial Kaiser, Cameron Klinger, JT Nishimura, Cody Rakela and Logan Staggs - all ranked USTA Junior players. Fernandez had the team practice once a week, all summer long in order to get them ready for the tournament. Brett Sargeant, AVAC tennis pro, also lent his expertise as co-coach to the team.

"It's the incredible chemistry of the team as a whole that keeps them in the winner's circle," said Fernandez. "Each demonstrates a maturity and professionalism that is refreshing to see in a young player. They are 100 percent committed to each other. In fact, when one finishes a match, he immediately proceeds to a court where his teammate is playing, to cheer him on."

According to Fernandez, the boys will continue to practice at AVAC during the coming months in order to defend USTA Northern California's title win over USTA Southern California in 2009.

For more information on USTA Northern California, log on to For more information on the AVAC Junior Tennis program and other programs offered, please visit

About the Almaden Valley Athletic Club
The Almaden Valley Athletic Club (AVAC), is the Bay Area's premier, award-winning family facility that offers total health, fitness and wellness programs for all ages. AVAC's resort-style facility features luxurious amenities, Pilates, swimming, tennis and social activities as well as a 1,500 square-foot ChildCare facility with play-to-learn activities. The 6,000 square-foot Fitness Center offers the latest workout equipment with Cardio Theatre as well as MicroFit assessment. Certified personal trainers offer one-on-one training and certified fitness instructors teach a variety of group classes. AVAC houses its own 1200 square-foot STOTT PILATES™ studio and operates four certification sites, dba Northern California STOTT PILATES Certification Centers. AVAC offers a retractable roof teaching pool for year-round swimming lessons and a 25-yard outdoor swimming pool. Winner of the coveted USTA Club of the Year award, AVAC hosts numerous tennis programs on its 11 lighted tennis courts. AVAC is home to the largest Bay Area Senior Wellness program fostering senior fitness with workshops, seminars, group exercise classes and social events. For more information, please visit

About the Gar Glenney Cup
The Gar Glenney Cup Championships are an annual event that pits the best Northern California tennis juniors against those of Southern California. The Northern California teams have now captured the cup two years in a row: 2007 and 2008. In 2009, the 27th competition will be held in Northern California.

About USTA Northern California,
Located in Alameda, California, it is a non-profit volunteer-based organization with over 35,000 adult members, over 8,000 junior members and approximately 650 organization members throughout Northern California and Northern Nevada. USTA Northern California is one of the 17 sections of the United States Tennis Association. For more information on USTA Northern California, log on to For information on how to join USTA Northern California, go to


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