July 3, 2013

Coach Redondo Leads Northern California To Historic Maze Cup Victory

This past weekend, Director of Tennis and Men's Head Coach Ryan Redondo helped coach a historic victory at the 38th annual 2013 Maze Cup Team Championships; coaching Northern California to its first out-right-win ever. The Northern California team had previously only won the event in 1985 whereupon the matches were split at 10-10 and the tie was decided on most wins. This year, NorCal won 11-9. 

The Maze Cup is an intrastate team competition where the top 16 and 18 years olds from Northern California compete against the top 16 and 18 years old players from Southern California. The Maze Cup is named after George Maze Sr., a dedicated father and tireless volunteer of tennis in California. His vision of the competition began in the 1960s and upon his untimely death, the two sections created the Maze Cup. Since the start of the Cup, players such as Pete Sampras, Michael Chang, the Bryan Brothers, and more have competed in the annual event. Coach Redondo, a participant for the winning Southern California team in 1997, now becomes the only person to have won as a player for one section, and won as a coach in the other section. 

The Maze Cup has strong ties to Pacific Tennis starting with the Maze Family. Bill Maze, the second son to George Maze was a stellar junior player, winning the Kalamazoo 16s Championships and placing second in the 18s. Bill was the Pacific Women's Head Coach for the Pacific Tigers before taking the UC Davis position.  Accordingly, Southern California coach and tournament host, Hank Pfister Jr. is the son of Pacific Tennis and Basketball star and Hall of Famer Hank Pfister Sr. Thus, each part of this year's competition held Pacific Tennis history with Bill Maze, Hank Pfister, and Ryan Redondo taking part in the Cup.