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UF Tennis Club Wins National USTA Fall Invitational

October 16, 2013 09:47 AM
UF-TOC-Inv-winners-2013-webThe University of Florida took home top honors at the USTA 'Tennis On Campus' Fall Invitational, held Oct. 11-13, 2013 at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center in Hilton Head, S.C. Thirty-two co-ed intramural and club tennis teams represented colleges and universities across the country at the open event.

Florida capped off the weekend defeating the University of Virginia 23-18 in the championship match. Earlier in the day the Gators beat North Carolina State 30-14 in the semifinals.

The Florida Club Tennis team is captained by Adam Decker of Panama City. Other team members from Florida include: Stephanie Cruz (Clearwater), Barrie Eisenberg (Weston), Alex Peckham (Tampa), and Stephen Ireland (Jacksonville).

Both Florida and Virginia now qualify as automatic bids to compete for the national title at the 2014 USTA Tennis On Campus National Championship in Surprise, Ariz., on April 10-12, 2014.

"This is our first time here but we've been to nationals and we are used to playing in these high-pressure matches," Decker said. "In this format every game counts and we knew Virginia was going to be very tough to beat."

Clearwater's Cruz said, "It feels great. We are a close team and we had so much fun, just winning it with your friends. We're on Hilton Head Island so we just hung out and went to the beach and bonded. Now our focus turns to the nationals."

This event marked the fourth consecutive year that the USTA Tennis on Campus program has hosted a national season-opening event. The TOC Fall Invitational is designed to give students the chance to compete against club teams from other colleges to maximize their playing experience and to provide an opportunity to claim an automatic bid into the Tennis on Campus National Championship.

During the Fall Invitational, students not only had an opportunity to socialize with other teams but also networked with representatives from both the Tennis Industry Association and the Professional Tennis Registry to learn about future career opportunities in tennis. Following the tournament, schools continue to compete around the country on a section level, within the USTA's 17 sections.

The USTA Tennis On Campus program features more than 35,000 college students competing nationwide in intramural and intercollegiate club play using the World TeamTennis format. Since its inception in 2000, Tennis On Campus has grown significantly and today is played on more than 600 college campuses across the country. Developed by the USTA in partnership with NIRSA, World TeamTennis and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, the Tennis On Campus program gives college students the opportunity to build leadership skills, network in a co-ed sports environment and compete on a college team without the rigors of playing in a varsity program. With year-round match play and regional and national championship competition, students maintain active and healthy lifestyles through their college years.

For more information go to www.ustaflorida.com/tennisoncampus

USTA Tennis On Campus Fall Invitational Past Finals:

2013 -- University of Florida d. University of Virginia
2012 -- Duke University d. University of Virginia
2011 -- University of Virginia d. Duke University
2010 -- University of Alabama d. University of Maryland






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