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Florida Tennis Briefs(3): UF's Will Wins ITA Singles; UCF Captures Club Title

October 10, 2011 08:48 AM
UF's Will Wins Singles, Loses in Doubles Final at ITA Women's Championships

Allie Will (right) with Gator teammate Lauren Embree
The University of Florida's Allie Will almost made it a double on Sunday in the singles and doubles finals of the 2011 ITA/Riviera Women's All-American Tennis Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif., defeating Arizona State's Jacqueline Cako 7-6(4), 1-6, 6-3, and with partner Sofie Oyen falling to Stanford's Mallory Burdette/Nicole Gibbs 6-2, 7-6(2).

Will did not lose a set in singles until the singles final.

"It was a fantastic match, just a few inches here and there were the difference," Florida head coach Roland Thornqvist said. "Allie won because she competed so well and was so composed. She handled the flows of ups and downs perfectly. That allowed her to play consistently at a high level throughout the third set."

In the consolation singles final, Florida's Joanna Mather lost to Stanford's Mallory Burdette 6-1, 6-2. Mather also paired with her Gator teammate Lauren Embree in the consolation doubles final, defeating Virginia's Lindsey Hardenbergh/Erin Vierra 8-0.

Central Florida Wins FSU Capital Challenge Club Tennis Title

The UCF "A" team champions
The University of Central Florida edged the University of Florida to win the FSU Capital Challenge on Sept. 24-25, 2011 in Tallahassee, the first event of the 2011-12 calendar year for the USTA Florida Tennis on Campus season of club tennis events.

The host Florida State University finished third, while the University of South Florida was fourth.

Other participating schools were Louisiana State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, and Stetson University.

"It was a great kickoff to the Fall season," said FSU Tennis on Campus President and tournament organizer Stephanie Barriero. "It was a good opportunity for everyone to see the competition for this year, and we're anxious to get back out on the court and do it again."

The next event will be the UF Gatorbowl in Gainesville on Oct. 15-16.

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. 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, 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.

The USTA National Campus Championship is the pinnacle of the Tennis On Campus program. Hosted in partnership by the USTA, National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA), World TeamTennis (WTT), and Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), this venue features 64 college and university co-ed teams competing for bragging rights and the illustrious title of National Champion. Club Tennis Teams can qualify for a bid to the USTA National Campus Championship through participation in their USTA Campus Championship-Section Event or by applying for an at-large/first-come, first serve bid.

2011-12 USTA Florida Tennis on Campus schedule:
Sept. 24, 2011 FSU Capital Challenge, Tallahassee (Winner: UCF)
Oct. 15 UF Gatorbowl, Gainesville
Oct. 29 USF Bullrun, Tampa
Nov. 19 UCF Knightro Cup, Orlando
Jan. 28, 2012 FGCU Open, Ft. Myers
Feb. 18 USTA Florida Tennis on Campus Championships, Orlando
Feb. TBA UM Ibis Open, Miami

Florida USTA Campus Showdowns in Oct. and Nov.

USTA Campus Showdown logoFlorida State University in Tallahassee and Palm Beach Atlantic in West Palm Beach will host USTA Campus Showdown events in October and November, open to all players of all ages.

Florida State will host a men's and women's USTA Campus Showdown on Oct. 15, organized by coach Andy Gerst. Palm Beach Atlantic will also host a men's and women's event on Nov. 19, organized by coach Chi Ly.

USTA Campus Showdowns are fun, competitive one-day events held on college campuses that are open to all -- college and high school players, juniors, adults, league players and weekend hackers. The events give junior and college players opportunities for varied competition and a chance to see college campuses and college life. The events also help the host colleges build stronger ties between college programs and the local tennis community.

For more information on the events e-mail Florida State University's Andy Gerst at andygerst10s@me.com, or Palm Beach Atlantic University's Chi Ly at Chi_ly@pba.edu.   






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