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UF Gators Recapture Crown at Campus Championship

February 21, 2007 11:07 AM

By Jodi Manning

Twelve teams from seven schools endured cool, windy conditions at Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers, February 17-18 for a weekend of competition at the USTA Campus Championship, Florida Section.  University of Central Florida was awarded the top seed for accumulating the most points from the USTA Florida College Championship Series.

The University of Florida Gators reclaimed their 2005 title as champions, defeating the University of Central Florida Golden Knights, 29-19.  Also victorious, Florida Gulf Coast University won the Silver division consolation prize.

The champions, the Gators, and the finalists, the Knights, will represent Florida at the USTA National Campus Championship April 26-28 in Cary, NC.  USTA Florida awarded both teams grant money for travel expenses to the National event.

Players from UF, UCF, FSU, USF, FIU, UM and FGCU were treated to hotel accommodations, delicious lunches and player gifts.  Florida State University club president Mike Darcy and University of South Florida club president Grant Murphy both enjoyed the weekend.

“The tournament provides a great atmosphere to make new friends from other schools that share the same love for tennis,” said Darcy.

“We Bulls had a great time interacting with teams from other schools,” said Murphy. “We look forward to playing again next year.”

Tournament director and USTA Florida Coordinator of Team Tennis Jodi Manning was impressed by the camaraderie and sportsmanship among the teams.

“A great big THANK YOU to Florida Gulf Coast University and varsity tennis coach J Webb Horton for allowing me to host this event at their facility,” Manning said.  “USTA Florida looks forward to sponsoring this event again in 2008.”

USTA Florida hopes more schools will participate next year, so start organizing your USTA college campus program now.  We look forward to seeing your school represented in 2008!

Questions about USTA Tennis on Campus program?  Contact Jodi Manning at (386) 671-8939 or manning@florida.usta.com.

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