Aug. 6, 2014
CLAREMONT, Calif. - Boise State's Beck Roghaar, head women's tennis coach, guided the intermountain region girls U18 team to a fifth-place finish at last week's United States Tennis Association's Girls National Team Championship at the Claremont Tennis Club in Claremont, Calif. The finish is the highest the team has placed in many years as Roghaar, in his first year as coach of the team, guided the seven members of the squad to a 3-1 overall record at the tournament.
"What a week for intermountain tennis here in Claremont. This is the most prestigious and competitive national team event of the year, and our team definitely turned some heads with their performance this week," said Rohaar. "We had three solid wins against some very tough teams and took a truly great Southern Cal team to the brink. We were pleased with our play and the way the team competed and brought great energy every day throughout the event. But I can definitely say that we were most proud of bringing home the sportsmanship award as we set goals at the beginning of the week about who we wanted to be out there and how we wanted other teams to see us as competitors. We definitely accomplished these goals and then some this week, and I couldn't be more proud of the young ladies and how well they represented the intermountain region."
In addition to their fifth-place finish, the squad brought home the girl's 18's national team championship sportsmanship award in recognition of the highest standards of conduct, fair play, and good sportsmanship.
The team won its first match against the Pacific Northwest in dominating fashion 6-1. Their lone stumble came on the second day in a tough 4-3 loss to Southern California. They followed that up with victories over Mid Atlantic (6-1) and Northern California (4-3) in the fifth-place match.