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Florida Tennis Briefs(4): Warner Honored, Campus Kids Days, Gators No. 1, More

March 16, 2011 01:31 PM
Warner Receives ITA National College Team Sportsmanship Award

Warner mens teamThe Warner men's tennis team was honored as March's recipient of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Team Sportsmanship Award, the ITA announced.
The ITA National Team Sportsmanship Award is a monthly award that goes to one men's and one women's team that has exemplified outstanding sportsmanship, character and ethical conduct in the true spirit of competition and collegiate tennis. The winners are selected by the ITA Ethics and Infractions Committee from nominations received from all ITA member institutions (NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community Colleges).

Warner University is a NAIA school, coached by Jose Martinez, and is located in Lake Wales, Fla.
"As the coach I've made my entire team focus on respect, responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship and servant leadership," Martinez said. "We have made strides this year to set ourselves apart from other programs. I take my opportunity as a coach to help guide and teach these young men of the important character traits in life."

Nominations for USTA National Outstanding Facility Awards Now Open

Pro exhibition players at the Palm Coast Tennis Center, a USTA National Outstanding Facility winner in 2010
Each year USTA National recognizes tennis facilities to encourage increasingly high standards for construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country. The deadline for 2011 nominations is June 29.

The USTA evaluates nominations based on facility court quality, enclosures and lighting, layout, accessories and amenities, and evidence of "good and green maintenance"; and tennis programs including USTA programs, 10 and Under Tennis using the QuickStart play format, other tennis-related programs, and important contributions to the game of tennis.

The USTA Facility Awards Committee, a subcommittee of the Technical Committee, meets to select the recipients. The number of recipients selected depends on the quality of the applicants. For more info and an application form, go to: www.usta.com/About-USTA/USTA-Awards/155336_USTA_Outstanding_Facility_Awards/.

3 USTA Campus Kids Days Events in Florida in March-April

Campus Kids Day LogoThree USTA Campus Kids Days, events designed to expose current and aspiring junior players (and their parents and coaches) to college tennis, will be held during NCAA college tennis matches in Orlando, Melbourne and Miami in March-April 2011. The events are free and open to the public, and school coaches are encouraged to bring their tennis teams to the events.

Campus Kids Days Dates:
March 18 -- Minnesota at University of Miami men's tennis, 3 p.m., Miami. Contact: C.J. Weber at cjweber@miami.edu
April 1 -- Florida Southern at Florida Tech men's tennis, 4 p.m., Melbourne. Contact: Bill Macom at bmacom@fit.edu
April 2 -- Southern Methodist at Central Florida women's tennis, 11 a.m., Orlando. Contact: Stephanie Nickitas at akime@athletics.ucf.edu

Food and refreshments will be provided for all attending, in addition to raffles, contests, racquet stenciling, autograph signings, clinics, etc.

For more info on USTA Campus Kids Days go to www.usta.com/Play-Tennis/College-Tennis/Campus_Kids_Days/.

Florida Gators Women's Tennis Remains No. 1 in Campbell/ITA Team Rankings

The Florida women's tennis team remained in the top spot of the Campbell/ITA Team Rankings for the third consecutive week in March. The Gators (15-1, 4-0 in Southeastern Conference) jumped Stanford when the rankings switched to the computer formula, ironically shortly following Florida's 4-2 loss to the Cardinals in the final of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.

Gators.jpgThe individual singles and doubles bi-weekly rankings also were released and six Gators appear among the Top 100 singles players: sophomore Allie Will (Boca Raton, Fla.) at No. 7, junior Joanna Mather (Duluth, Ga.) at No. 26, sophomore Lauren Embree (Marco Island, Fla.) at No. 28, freshman Olivia Janowicz (Palm Bay, Fla.) at No. 28, and freshmen Alex Cercone (Seminole, Fla.) and Sofie Oyen (Leopoldsburg, Belgium) tied at No. 90.

In doubles, Oyen and Will dropped from No. 1 to No. 4, while Cercone and Will checked in at No. 24, and sophomore Caroline Hiitmana (Waterloo, Belgium) and Mather are ranked No. 43.

Florida will next compete on Friday, March 25, when the squad travels to Oxford, Miss., and plays Ole Miss, before hosting Mississippi State on March 27 at 1 p.m.






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