USTA Southern California Tennis On Campus Series

The Southern California Tennis On Campus Series currently features about 20 active colleges and universities.  Monthly events are held throughout Southern California, rotating between participating schools.  Most events utilize the World TeamTennis format, but a few are run using singles and/or doubles draws.  The series concludes in the spring when teams come together for the USTA Tennis On Campus Southern California Championship.  Participating teams can play in as many or as few events as they wish, and most events are open to Tennis On Campus programs outside of the USTA Southern California section.

Season Length: September - May
WEBSITE: Southern California Tennis On Campus Series Website
CONTACT: Madeline Segura at (310) 208-3668

Teams

SoCal Champions

CalPolySLO
2017 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
CalPolySLO
2016 Cal Poly San Luis Obsipo
UCLA
2015 UCLA
UCSD
2014 UCSD
UCLA
2013 UCLA
USC
2012 USC
UCLA
2011 UCLA
USC
2010 USC
USC
2009 USC
UCLA
2008 UCLA
UCLA
2007 UCLA
UCLA
2006 UCLA

Featured Athlete

Yoshi Takashimizo

At the 2017 Tennis on Campus National Championship in Orlando, Michigan found an unexpected opponent on the opposite side of the net, a surging University of California Irvine (UCI) squad with a raucous fan base growing by the minute. The underdog team had surprised everyone with an undefeated streak to the Gold championship bracket.

In the Gold bracket semi-final, Minnesota held a comfortable lead in the overall match and in women’s doubles. Trailing 1-4, UCI decided to insert a substitute player – a 20-year old student named Yoshi Takashimizu. Hailing from Kanagawa, Japan, Yoshi was part of a collegiate exchange program with WASEDA University, and she was no stranger to competitive tennis.

Having learned the game from a strict and demanding father/coach, and regularly competing in a friendly rivalry against a talented younger brother, Yoshi excelled at a young age. “After I got into junior high school,” she said, “I started going to tennis club and practiced five times a day and participated in (the) junior national championship tournament in women’s doubles in Japan in 2014.”

Still, Yoshi had never played in front of such a large boisterous audience. But as the tide of the match turned, and she and her partner notched game after game, the fanfare around this young Japanese athlete began to grow. Chants of “YO-SHI… YO-SHI… YO-SHI…” echoed throughout the complex. Suddenly, UCI and their exchange student were on a roll, winning that doubles match with five unanswered games, 6-4.

The resurgent comeback led UCI to a surprising semifinal victory, 23-21, and a spot in the championship final.

“I usually get very nervous before and during matches,” Yoshi said in retrospect, “and could not enjoy playing in matches. But in Nationals I think I learned how to make the pressure into energy and power and enjoy it. I am so thankful for people who cheered for me and made the experience so extraordinary.”

“There are no words to describe the feeling from the energy and support the fans gave us,” team captain Tommy Luu said. “I knew we had made some friends from the other schools but I did not expect almost everyone to be on our side cheering us on.”

That was the case in the championship final, when UCI met a strong and determined Michigan team. As both teams traded wins and losses, UCI held a slim advantage going into the final mixed doubles match, when those chants of “YO-SHI…” resumed as she arrived on court for the deciding match. Yet the Wolverines proved too difficult, and Michigan rebuffed UCI’s challenge to win the trophy, their first Tennis on Campus Nationals title.

“I have actually never played in front of such crowds and it was very, very exciting,” Yoshi recalls.  “Participating and playing in Nationals is the most memorable and unforgettable moment in my studying abroad experience.”

2018 Schedule

For up to date information on our TOC schedule, please visit our virtual calendar.

October 7-8, 2017

Cal Poly's Annual Fall Tournament San Luis Obispo
 November 4-5 SDSU's 3rd Annual Tournament San Diego
 November 11-12 Pepperdine Fall Tournament  Malibu
TBD Sectional Championships Bizsantz Tennis Center
 April 12-14, 2018 National Championships USTA National Campus

The Experience

Joanne Le   "I think Tennis On Campus played a huge role in my college life and after. A lot of my friends now are people I played tennis with in TOC.  Sure, I made close friends at CSUF, but at other schools as well. It's amazing. TOC was a great way to network. Tennis, in general, has been a great outlet fo rme and my friends. After we finished school, we all stayed connected and now we meet up and hit about three to five times a week. Nothing is better than spending the day with great people and getting some good experience on the court."

  - Joanne Le, Cal State Fullerton Graduate