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UF, UCF Claim Titles at USTA 'Tennis on Campus' UF Gatorbowl

October 12, 2010 02:04 PM
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The UCF men's "A" champions, from left to right: Minar Rane, Chris Le, Michael Broderick; bottom, left to right: Manas Rane, Daniel Mattos
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The UF men's "A" runners-up, from left to right: Philipp Richter, Kevin Runda, Shane Vaughan, Kenny Palmer, Fernando Belardinelli
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The UF women's "A" champions, from left to right: Brooke Oranski, Emily Gfesser, Jodi Kleiner, Brianna Pancione, and Abby Lindsley
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The UCF women's "A" runners-up, from left to right: Erin McCardle, Kathryn Lee, Katie Reinders, and Sarah Gaynor
The University of Florida and the University of Central Florida each won titles in the men's and women's final of the UF Gatorbowl on Oct. 2-3, 2010, part of USTA Florida's "Tennis on Campus" co-ed club tennis series.
 
In the men's final the University of Central Florida squad edged the mighty University of Florida, while UF rebounded to defeat UCF in the women's final.
 
UF was coming off a win last month at the 2010 FSU Capital Challenge on the Florida State University campus in Tallahassee, where they defeated the host Seminoles in the final.
 
Both UF and UCF were awarded 58 points toward the USTA Florida Tennis on Campus Standings, where UF currently leads second-place UCF 93 points to 58.
 
Other schools competing at the UF Gatorbowl were Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida State University, Stetson University, University of Miami and University of South Florida.
 
"I was glad to see the level of competition that came to this tournament," said Kenny Palmer, president of the UF club tennis team. "All the teams brought their best players and really showed how strong tennis players are in the state of Florida, even at the club tennis level."
 
UCF's winning men's squad was comprised of Minar Rane, Manas Rane, Chris Le, Michael Broderick and Daniel Mattos. UF's winning women's team included Jodi Kleiner, Abby Lindsley, Emily Gfesser, Brooke Oranski and Brianna Pancione.
 
Remaining events on the 2010-2011 USTA Florida 'Tennis on Campus' tournament schedule are:
 
Oct. 23-24 -- USF Bullrun, Tampa, $30.00/Team
Nov. 20-21 -- UCF Knightro Cup, Orlando, $30.00/Team
Jan. 29-30 -- FGCU Championships, Ft. Myers, $30.00/Team
Feb. 27-28 - USTA Florida Campus Championship, Orlando, $125.00/Team
March 5-6 -- UM IBIS Open, Miami, $15/Person
April 7-9 -- USTA National Campus Championship, Cary, N.C.
* Calendar and fees subject to change
 
What is Tennis On Campus?
The USTA's Tennis On Campus program is designed to provide college students with opportunities for team camaraderie, social networking, and on-campus and inter-school competition through tennis outside the NCAA varsity realm. 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.
 
Tennis On Campus tournaments throughout the year involve sport club tennis teams at colleges and universities, and in Florida culminate with the USTA Florida Campus Championships, where teams advance to the USTA National Campus Championship in Arizona. Past participants in the Tennis On Campus program in Florida include Eckerd College, Flagler College, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida Institute of Technology, Florida International University, Stetson University, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of Miami, and University of South Florida.
 
USTA National Campus Championship
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 title of National Campus Champion. Club tennis teams can qualify for a bid to the USTA National Campus Championship through participation in their USTA section's USTA Campus Championship, or by applying for an at-large bid. In 2009 the University of Central Florida finished third at the USTA National Campus Championship, the best of any Florida team.
 
For more information about Tennis on Campus in Florida, e-mail USTA Florida's Michelle Willis at willis@florida.usta.com.
 
USTA Florida Tennis on Campus Championship Winners:
2010 -- University of Florida
2009 -- University of Florida
2008 -- University of Florida
2007 -- University of Central Florida
2006 -- University of Central Florida
* Prior to 2006, all Florida teams advanced straight to nationals
 
USTA National Campus Championship Winners:
2010 -- University of California -- Berkeley
2009 -- Duke University
2008 -- University of Texas -- Austin
2007 -- Texas A&M University -- College Station
2006 -- Texas A&M University -- College Station 
2005 -- Texas A&M University -- College Station
2004 -- Texas A&M University -- College Station
2003 -- University of Florida
2002 -- Texas A&M University
2001 -- University of North Carolina -- Chapel Hill
2000 -- University of North Carolina -- Chapel Hill
 
 
 

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