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2008 USTA Florida Campus Championship

March 4, 2008 09:35 AM

Eighteen college teams from eleven schools traveled to the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach for the 2008 USTA Florida Campus Championship, March 1-2.  The University of Florida Gators captured back-to-back USTA Florida Campus Championships, defeating Daytona Beach College 28-17 in the finals.  Both teams will represent the USTA Florida Section at the 2008 USTA National College Campus Championship April 17-19 in Cary, NC.

Over 100 players from Florida State University (FSU), University of Central Florida (UCF), University of Florida, (UF), Florida International University (FIU), University of South Florida (USF), University of Miami (UM), Daytona Beach College (DBC), Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), Stetson University, Flagler College and Eckerd College were treated to hotel accommodations, delicious lunches and player gifts during the tournament. 

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“This was USTA Florida’s first college championship event that wasn’t hosted at a college campus,” said Jodi Manning, USTA Florida Coordinator of Team Tennis.  “But the kids were impressed by the Florida Tennis Center facility and enjoyed visiting the Daytona Beach area.  They have already expressed an interest to make this the permanent host Campus Championship site.” 

Match play on Saturday consisted of four round robin groups.  The top 12 teams from Saturday, which were determined by team round robin record and game winning percentage, advanced to the Gold Division (championship flight).  The last six teams on Saturday advanced to the Silver Division (consolation draw) and both divisions then used a standard compass draw to finish match play on Sunday. UF club president Taylor Moore said his team feels really confident going into the USTA National Campus Championship.  How could they not?  The Gators had a perfect team record at the Campus Championship, they were the winners of USTA Florida’s 07/08 College Championship Series, and last year, the Gators came in third at Nationals.   Not to mention, Moore thinks they have an even stronger team this year.

“We have a really close team and everybody gets along,” said Moore, a junior majoring in Criminology.  “One thing that sets us apart is our ability to be lighthearted in certain situations.  We all like the competitive aspect and know when to take it seriously when we have to, but we also like to joke with each other and keep it casual.” 

Although UF seemed like a shoe in for the title at the Campus Championship, a little known team from DBC sure gave them a challenge.  Playing with only three people and having to forfeit the girls’ doubles line every match, the three person local team from DBC almost made it to the top.

“It was very surprising we made it as far as we did with only three players,” said Aaron Brown, a junior majoring in Hospitality Management at DBC.  “The event went very smooth and was a lot of fun.  The environment was relaxed, but very competitive at the same time.  We look forward to Nationals and adding more team members to our new Tennis on Campus program at DBC.”

Congratulations to all teams at the Campus Championship and good luck to UF and DBC at Nationals!  Special thanks to K3 Tennis, the USTA Florida Tennis on Campus official tennis ball. 

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

USTA Florida Campus Championship Winners, Gold Division - UF Gator A team (l-r): Scott Runda, Brook Allen, Kelly Frey, Tom Dennis and Ross Fletcher

USTA Florida Campus Championship Finalists from Daytona Beach College, Gold Division (l-r): Aaron Brown, Brett Arsenault and Jennifer Stevins

USTA Florida Campus Championship Consolation Winners, Gold Division - UCF Knights

USTA Campus Championship Silver Division Winners- FSU

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