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Briefs: NCAA Chps. in Fla.; National H.S. Tennis Chp.?

May 5, 2010 07:00 PM
Florida's UF, FSU, UM Hosting NCAA Tennis Championship Rounds

The live NCAA Division I Tennis Draw on ESPNews earlier this week revealed four Florida teams hosting first- and second-round action.

The University of Florida men's and women's tennis teams both were chosen, with action to be held May 14-16, 2010, at UF's Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex. The Gator women will host two first-round matches on Friday, May 14, and a second-round contest on Saturday, May 15, while the men will play their first-round matches on Saturday and the second round on Sunday, May 16. The winning team from each of the regionals advances to Athens, Ga., for the NCAA Round of 16 and beyond.

"We're very pleased to be hosting and have the opportunity to play in front of our terrific fans on our home courts again," UF women's head coach Roland Thornqvist said. "We'll spend the next few days doing as much research as we can on [the other teams]. It's exciting to finally know who you're going to be playing and I think our energy level will go to another level in practice."

For only the second time in program history, the No. 15-ranked Florida State women's team will host the first and second rounds beginning Friday, May 14-15.

"This feels great that we are hosting," FSU Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. "These girls have really worked hard this year. They have played through a lot of adversity and hurdles and they earned it. It's very fun to watch our names pop up on the TV like that. It's a great feeling."

The University of Miami women's tennis team is also set to host the Coral Gables Regional, and drew the No. 11 overall seed in this year's tournament which begins Friday, May 14, at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Miami.

The selection marks the sixth consecutive year the Hurricanes have received a national seed and will host a regional.

"Hosting an NCAA Regional has been a goal of ours all season," said UM head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews, now in her ninth season in Coral Gables. "It's always nice to be able to achieve a goal you have in place from the beginning of the season. More importantly, to be able to do it with these six young ladies we have is just incredible."


Top Florida Juniors Feature at ITF G4 Tennis Tournament in Daytona Beach

An International Tennis Federation (ITF) Grade 4 tournament will be held beginning this weekend, May 8-16, 2010, featuring some of the top juniors from around the world at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach, Fla.
 
The girl's draw is loaded with Florida talent, with Miramar's Kelsey Laurente the highest-ranked entry, and Delray Beach's Brooke Bolender and Victoria Duval also among the Top 8 entries containing seven Americans.
 
Among the boy's seeds, ITF No. 193-ranked Alexander Petrone of New York and No. 430 Hunter Callahan of Pennsylvania are among the Top 8, and Naples' Alex Robles is the highest-ranked Florida player.

Each draw will feature 64 players in the singles and 32 in the doubles, and a 64-draw qualifying for both the boys and girls beginning Saturday, May 8. Spectators are invited with free admission from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and until 2 p.m. on Sunday. For additional info contact Tournament Director Rick Workman at rickworkman@eddieherr.com.


U.S. Boys, Girls Win Berths in World Junior Team Finals

Last Sunday all four U.S. teams won their matches without dropping a set during the final day of competition at the ITF North American/Caribbean Regional Championships for the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas (for juniors aged 16-and-under) and World Junior Team Competition (for juniors aged 14-and under) at the USTA Training Center at the Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, Fla.

The U.S. Junior Fed Cup team was led by Chanelle Van Nguyen of Florida, Grace Min of Georgia, and earned a spot at the World Final in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, Sept. 28-Oct. 3, 2010.

The U.S. boys' World Junior Team was led by Illinois' Jordan Belga, and Daniel Kerznerman and Noah Rubin of New York, and will travel to the Czech Republic at the World Final on Aug. 2-7, 2010.

The U.S. girls' World Junior Team was led by San Diego native Christina Makarova, California's Gabrielle Andrews, and Indianapolis Brooke Austin to secure a spot for the Americans at the World Final in the Czech Republic, Aug. 2-7, 2010.

Despite not being able to qualify for the World Final Cup, the U.S Junior Davis Cup team defeated Mexico in their final match.


Tennis High School National Championship in 2011?

According to USA Today, the National Federation of State High School Associations could conduct its first national sports championship as early as the summer of 2011.

"We are looking at some individual sports," said Ennis Proctor, president of NFHS and executive director of the Mississippi High School Activities Association. "Probably golf or cross country or tennis. Something that can be played in the summer and not get (students) out of school. Anytime you have a championship, you have to be concerned about missing school and costs, and that's why we would have to have a sponsor. When we started discussing this, we had a good deal of our membership that was in favor of it."

The board plans to bring a proposal for national championships to the organization's annual meeting in July, with a likely start date next year.

 

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