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May OVERHEAD SMASH: UCF’s Brent Boostrom

May 1, 2006 10:26 AM

Article inspired by USTA Campus Tennis Coordinator Justin Street

Austin, TX—Sixty-four college club tennis teams competed in the 2006 USTA Team Tennis National Campus Championships at the University of Texas at Austin April 20-22.  Defeating Miami of Ohio on Saturday afternoon, the University of Central Florida (UCF) “A” team took the silver bracket championship!

UCF Club Tennis Team President Brent Boostrom and his team were thrilled to travel home to Florida as champions.  However, Brent has done more in the past year than win championships.  In 2005, with the help of USTA Florida’s Team Tennis Coordinator Jodi Manning, Brent created the Campus Championship Series.

Since then, this series has most definitely exceeded all expectations – even his own.  Brent’s model is going to be used in the USTA Southern California Section, where teams are now structuring their new league like the Championship Series.

The USTA Florida Campus Championship Series is a collegiate club tennis league that has rocked the collegiate club tennis world.  Instead of highlighting dual matches between schools, the Campus Championship Series emphasizes team tournament play.

Its season is comprised of one large event per month that each participating team volunteers to host once per year.  These tournaments regularly see more than 100 individual participants and represents up to sixteen different schools.

The host team determines the format.  So far, the Campus Championship Series has showcased World Team Tennis; singles, doubles, and mixed doubles draws; and a modified Davis Cup format.

“The Series is designed so each tournament will have a different format to test teamwork, the depth of a school’s roster, and abilities in singles and doubles,” said Brent.

The Campus Championship Series has proved to be so popular that it has attracted schools from across Florida and as far away as Georgia Tech, Auburn University and the University of Tennessee.

“I want to see that any project or team that I am a part of exceeds all expectations,” said Brent.  And it most certainly has!

It should come as no surprise that Brent’s efforts are receiving recognition.  He won the USTA/NIRSA National Student Tennis Ace Award in 2004, and he was the runner-up for the same award in 2005.

A great deal of Brent’s success stems from his involvement with the UCF recreational sports department and the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA).  In addition to being president of the UCF Club Tennis Team, he is president of the UCF Sport Club Council and serves as NIRSA’s Florida student director.

Brent also volunteers on the USTA Florida Recreation Tennis Council and is involved with First Serve, a program devoted to teaching underprivileged children the game of tennis coupled with tutoring.

In the Campus Championship Series’ inaugural season, the UCF Club Tennis Team came in first place – which led to a No. 1 seed in the USTA Florida Campus Championship.  There, the team secured its place at the USA Team Tennis National Campus Championship by winning the tournament convincingly.

To set up a match with UCF, contact Brent at brent@knightstennis.com.  To visit the UCF Club Tennis Team website, go to http://www.knightstennis.com/club.htm.  And to visit the USTA Florida Campus Championship Series, go to http://www.knightstennis.com/CCS/ccshome.htm.

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