Duke was crowned winner of the USTA National Campus Championship with a 26-21 defeat of Wisconsin. The Blue Devils club team defeated Michigan 29-19, Texas 29-19 and Texas A&M 25-19 before facing off with Wisconsin in the final of the Gold Division.
Six other USTA Southern Tennis On Campus teams battled in Arizona last weekend. Here are their results:
- In the Silver Division, South Carolina advanced one round by beating New Mexico 28-15 but lost to Cornell 27-17. NC State won the consolation bracket with a narrow 24-23 win over Ohio State.
- Auburn, which won the USTA Southern Campus Championships, beat Sam Houston State but lost in the second round to Arizona State 28-20.
- Alabama won the Copper Division with a victory over Northeastern. They also defeated South Florida, UW (Wisconsin)-Milwaukee and Delaware. UNC-Charlotte defeated UW (Wisconsin)-Whitewater 26-25 but was defeated by Northeastern in the second round. Tennessee advanced two rounds in consolation before being eliminated by Delaware.
Auburn, along with North Carolina State, Duke and South Carolina, received automatic bids to the national championships. Alabama, UNC-Charlotte and Tennessee received at-large bids. Teams from all over the country make up the 64 team field competing in the World Team Tennis-formatted tournament at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex in Surprise, Ariz.
Automatic bids were given to the teams who finished in the top four spots at the Southern tournament. Auburn clenched the championship against N.C. State in a tight match (26-22). Duke and South Carolina battled it out for third and fourth place with USC coming out on top (30-17).
The Southern at-large bid winners, Tennessee, Alabama and UNC also had a strong run in Dothan. Tennessee fell to Duke in the championship bracket after a hard-fought match and Alabama finished third in the Gold bracket. UNC Charlotte finished the tournament in the Silver bracket with an overall record of 2-2, and according to team captain Ryan McNamara, they can’t wait for Nationals.
"We are very excited to be included in such a big tournament. Being recognized as one of the countries best club teams’ is a big deal to us, mainly because we did not do so well in the beginning of the season… Teamwork makes Dreams work!" said McNamara.
The Tennis on Campus Program is a great way to stay active while bonding with friends. It provides exciting opportunities to compete with co-ed teams in a competitive environment. The TOC program offers many benefits for students such as social interaction, physical workouts and a chance to continue playing tennis at a collegiate level.
For National Championship results, please click here.
To follow Tennessee through the excitement of the tournament, read the blog of Will Haselbauer, UT club tennis president.
To read about the South Carolina club team, click here for an article featured in the daily campus paper.