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Florida Gators Win 3rd Straight USTA Florida Tennis Campus Chps.

February 20, 2011 09:39 PM
The championship University of Florida "A" team
The runner-up University of Central Florida "A" team
The 2010-11 USTA Florida "Tennis on Campus" Club of the Year
Florida Gulf Coast University team
Spirit Award winner University of Miami
The University of Florida (UF) and University of Central Florida (UCF) club tennis teams fittingly finished the 2010-11 USTA Florida 'Tennis on Campus' season the way they started it on Sunday -- at each other's throats.

The two schools, who have faced each other in every final this season, wrapped it up when the UF "A" team defeated the UCF "A" team 23-19, clinching the match with a 6-5 win in the mixed doubles. The USTA Florida Campus Championships were held Feb. 19-20, 2011, on the hardcourts of Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

The UF "A" team's roster was comprised of Brooke Allen (Gainesville, Fla.), Jodi Kleiner (Tampa), Abigail Lindsley (Melbourne), Kenneth Palmer (Ft. Myers), Kevin Runda (Oviedo), and Yuri Pompeu (Brazil).

"It was great to be able to do it again," said UF team captain Kenny Palmer of UF's third consecutive USTA Florida Campus Championships crown. "We knew ever since this season started that we definitely had a good chance to go to nationals. All year it's been us [and UCF] in everything, and our 'B' teams too, our 'B' teams are strong."

Palmer thinks his team that last year finished second at nationals is ready to take it a step further.

"I think our chances at nationals are awesome," Palmer said. "Last year we got second place, and this year we are even stronger than last year. This year we had a great incoming girl, Abbie Lindsley, that's really what we've needed so it's been perfect."

In the semifinals the UF "A" team defeated the UF "B" squad, while the UCF "A" team likewise defeated their "B" squad.

The UCF squad also earns a trip to nationals via their USTA Florida Section runner-up effort.

"I'm glad we made it close because we did lose a ton of people from last year," said UCF team captain Erin McCardle. "I think we have a good chance at nationals to do at least as well as we did before. Last year Florida beat us in the semis, and they got second place and we got fourth."

The UCF "A" team roster was comprised of Sarah Gaynor (Delray Beach, Fla.), Daniel Mattos (Ocoee), Erin McCardle (Lake Hamilton), Manas Rane (Bradenton), Minar Rane (Bradenton), and Katie Reinders (Hartland, Wisc.).

In addition to UF and UCF receiving bids to the USTA National Campus Championships, the Florida State University team will also receive an at-large bid for finishing third in the USTA Florida 'Tennis on Campus' 2010-11 circuit points race.

The USTA National Campus Championship, featuring the Top 64 college and university club tennis teams in the country, will be held on April 7-9, 2011 in Cary, N.C.

The Florida State roster was comprised of players Stephanie Barriero, Alex Blair, Tim Carr, Agustina Colombo, Christina Fernandez, Cody Gusto, Jessica Lamonthe, James Long, Greg Owens, Cody Paulsen, Julian Perep, Natalie Puc, Adrienne Randel, Daniel Robinson, and Sheena Sanil.

Winning the consolation "Silver Bracket" was the University of South Florida "C" team, which defeated the Florida Gulf Coast University "B" team in the final.

Florida Gulf Coast University was voted by the participating schools as the Florida Club of the Year, while the University of Miami received the Spirit Award.

The Stetson University team reached a milestone by making it out of round robin play into the main "Gold Draw" for the first time.

"We had some strong girls this year so we made it into the gold," said Stetson club player David Bauschlicher. "One was a freshman and one was a junior so they'll both be back next year. We have a small team but our members are really dedicated so they come frequently to practices. They're out here having fun, and that keeps them dedicated."

Nine participating schools at the 2011 USTA Florida Campus Championships brought 21 teams with more than 100 players. The nine participating schools were the Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida Institute of Technology, Florida State University, Rollins College, Stetson University, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of Miami, and University of South Florida.

The University of Florida is the lone Florida school to capture the National Campus Championship, winning in 2003. For more information on the USTA National Campus Championship go to www.tennisoncampus.com/Events/USTANationalCampusChampionship.htm.

The 2010-2011 USTA Florida 'Tennis on Campus' calendar:

Sept. 11-12, 2010 -- FSU Capital Challenge, Tallahassee (OVERALL WINNER: UF)
Oct. 2-3, 2010 -- UF Gatorbowl, Gainesville (WINNERS: UCF-Men, UF-Women)
Nov. 20-21, 2010 -- UCF Knightro Cup, Orlando (WINNERS: UCF-Men, UF-Women)
Jan. 29-30, 2011 -- FGCU Championships, Ft. Myers (WINNERS: UCF-Men, UF-Women)
Feb. 19-20, 2011 -- Florida Campus Championship, Altamonte Springs, Fla. (WINNER: UF)
March 5-6, 2011 -- UM IBIS Open, Miami
April 7-9, 2011 -- USTA National Campus Championship, Cary, N.C.

USTA Florida Campus Championship Winners:

2010-11 -- University of Florida
2009-10 -- University of Florida
2008-09 -- University of Florida
2007-08 -- University of Central Florida
2006-07 -- University of Central Florida
* Prior to 2006, Florida teams advanced straight to nationals

USTA National Campus Championship Winners:

2009-10 -- Duke University
2008-09 -- University of Texas -- Austin
2007-08 -- Texas A&M University -- College Station
2006-07 -- Texas A&M University -- College Station
2005-06 -- Texas A&M University -- College Station
2004-05 -- Texas A&M University -- College Station
2003-04 -- University of Florida
2002-03 -- Texas A&M University
2001-02 -- University of North Carolina -- Chapel Hill
2000-01 -- University of North Carolina -- Chapel Hill

USTA Tennis On Campus
The USTA's Tennis On Campus program is designed to provide college students with opportunities for team camaraderie, social networking, and rivaled competition through tennis without the rigors of a varsity program via college/university "club" tennis teams. Perfect for athletes who have chosen not to make the jump from high school to college varsity, Tennis On Campus offers co-ed team-based play (using the World TeamTennis scoring format), regional and national championship competition, and helps students maintain active and healthy lifestyles through their college years. Currently, the program is offered on over 500 college campuses and services over 30,000 students.

For more information on the USTA Florida 'Tennis on Campus' series, go to www.florida.usta.com/College-Tennis-Pages/23473_Tennis_on_Campus.






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