A Norfolk league champion team started well in the women's 4.5-rated division of the USTA League Virginia District Championships, winning both of its matches Friday.
First, the team captained by Jacquelyn West won 5-0 against the "Over the Line" team of Northern Virginia in a flight-play opener. Then it earned a 4-1 victory against another Northern Virginia squad, "Wrath of Kahn."
In the first match, Meredith Cutchin and Lisa Fanney, who both grew up in Virginia Beach, won in singles for West's team. Former William and Mary standout Christopher Mast Witherspoon joined Tracy Johnson for a triumph at No. 2 doubles.
West's team will compete against a Richmond squad to complete flight play.
The tournament, which includes hundreds of players from around the state, runs through Sunday with play at 4.5, 3.5 and 2.5.
The 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0 divisions will begin play next Friday at Huntington Park and ODU. Some 5.5-level players are eligible to play at 5.0, so that competition -- between teams based in Richmond and South Hampton Roads -- will be some of the best in the area in recent years.
USTA LEAGUE VIRGINIA DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS
Results from the hard-court tournament at Huntington Park and Old Dominion. Teams are listed with their local league in parentheses; divisions are based on National Tennis Rating Program's 7-point scale:
Both flight winners advance to playoff at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Huntington Park.
Flight A: Westwood-Godsey (Richmond Weekend) 4, Bonney (Norfolk) 1; Byerly (Roanoke) 3, Tennis Fanatics (NOVA [Northern Virginia] Indoor) 2; Byerly 3, Sloane (Va. Beach 2); Westwood-Godsey 3, Tennis Fanatics 2.
Flight B: Big Shots 1 (NOVA Indoor) 5, Nite Owls (NOVA Weekend) 0; Chestnut Forks (Fredericksburg) 4, Beavers (Virginia Beach) 1; Team Hudson (Richmond Weeknight) 3, Chestnut Forks 2; Big Shots 1 4, Beavers 1.
Three flights; flight winners and one other team advance to single-elimination playoffs at 8 a.m. Sunday at Huntington Park:
Flight A: Skyline Courtmasters (NOVA Indoor) 4, Williams (Virginia Beach) 1; Tennisbums (Richmond Weekend) 3, Atlantic Coast Athletic Club-Moore (Richmond Weekend) 2; ACAC-Moore 3, Williams 2; Skyline Courtmasters 4, Tennisbums 1.
Flight B: Matchpoints (NOVA Indoor) 4, Willow Oaks-Stalls (Richmond Weeknight) 1; Pittman (Va. Beach) 3, Tightly Strung (Fredericksburg) 2.
Flight C: Avalon-Williamson (Richmond Weeknight) 5, Boar's Head Sports Club (Charlottesville) 0; James River Surge (Richmond Weekend) 4, Ball Busters (Shenandoah) 1; Ball Busters 3, Tennis Nation (NOVA Weekend) 2; James River Surge 3, Avalon-Williamson 2.
Two flights; flight winners advance to playoff at 1 p.m. Saturday at Huntington Park.
Flight A: Ida Lee (Foster) (Shenandoah) 5, Tennis Junkies (NOVA Weekday) 0; GPS (NOVA Indoor) 4, Raintree-Finnegan (Richmond Weekday) 1; Ida Lee (Foster) 4, Raintree-Finnegan 1; GPS 4, Tennis Junkies 1.
Flight B: West (Norfolk) 5, On the Line (NOVA Weekday) 0; Wrath of Kahn (NOVA Indoor) 5, Westwood-Seyfarth (Richmond Weekend) 0; West 4, Wrath of Kahn 1; Westwood-Seyfarth 4, On the Line 1.
Four flights; flight winners advance to semifinals at 11 a.m. Sunday at Huntington Park.
Flight A: Atlantic Coast Athletic Club-Carman (Richmond Weekday) 3, Willow Oaks Country Club-Pommersheim (Richmond Weekend) 2; Night Owls (NOVA Indoor) 4, Kanetzke (Roanoke) 1; Servivors (Makin) (Va. Beach) 3, Night Owls 2; WOCC-Pommersheim 3, Kanetzke 2.
Flight B: Country Club of Virginia-Root (Richmond Weekday) 4, Burkwood-Clark (Richmond Weekend) 1; Sweet Shots (NOVA Indoor) 3, Spinderellas (Shenandoah) 2; Sweet Shots 4, Duquette (Va. Beach) 1; CCV-Root 3, Spinderellas 2.
Flight C: Dominion-Eldridge (Richmond Weekday) 4, CSRC Down the Lines (Fredericksburg) 1; Boar's Head Sports Club-Red (Charlottesville) 4, Vu (Va. Beach) 1; Dominion-Eldridge 4, BHSC-Red 1; CSRC Down the Lines 5, Vu 0.
Flight D: Southampton-Scammell (Richmond Weekend) 4, The Rackettes (Lynchburg) 1; Orange Crush (Loudoun) 4, Sets in the City (NOVA Indoor) 1; Orange Crush 4, The Rackettes 1; Sets in the City 4, Southampton-Scammell 1.
Two flights; flight winners advance to playoff at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Huntington Park.
Flight A: Allota Rackets (Shenandoah) 3, ACAC-Crane (Richmond Weekend) 0; Johnson (Va. Beach) 2, ACAC Racquattack 1.
Flight B: Three Chopt Loblollys (Richmond Weekend) 3, Gard (Va. Beach) 0; High Strung (Loudoun) 2, Poole (Va. Beach) 1.