The University of California - Berkeley Captures Title At 2010 USTA National Campus Championship
Beats the University of Florida in Saturday’s final for program’s first national title
64 club teams from around the country competed for national title this week
|The University of California - Berkeley Club Tennis Team|
captured the 2010 USTA National Campus Championship.
(Photo by Cameraworks USA)
Cal Berkeley started the night off with a bang, winning women’s doubles 6-2 and women’s singles 6-3. Men’s doubles partners and brothers Scott and Kevin Runda from the University of Florida gave Cal-Berkeley a run for their money but came up short losing the match 6-3.
Cal Berkeley’s men’s singles player Leonid Rozkin continued the team’s dominant run heading into men’s singles by jumping out to an early 4-2 lead. The momentum shifted for University of Florida when sophomore star Kenny Palmer battled back to lead 5-4, but Rozkin’s strong serve and powerful ground strokes were too much to overcome and Cal Berkeley took the match 6-5.
The University of Florida hoped for a miracle when its mixed doubles team took the court. However, the lead amassed by Cal Berkeley was too great a force to reckon with. The University of California – Berkeley ultimately captured the title 30-14.
Cal Berkeley senior Peter Del Moral had this to say about his team’s victory, “Going into tonight’s finals we didn’t know what to expect from Florida because we hadn’t seen them play, but they put up a good fight and there were a lot of close points. Overall, it was a great match.”
Cal Berkeley reached the Championship match today by defeating UCLA in the semifinals 25-20. It was a great run for the Golden Bears who displayed not only excellent tennis, but also great sportsmanship.
Special guest and Tennis great Katrina Adams was on hand as the official Event Emcee.
University of California - Berkeley def. The University of Florida, 30-14
Women's Doubles – Cal Berkeley d. Florida, 6-2
Women's Singles – Cal Berkeley d. Florida, 6-3
Men's Doubles – Cal Berkeley d. Florida, 6-3
Men's Singles – Cal Berkeley d. Florida, 6-5
Mixed Doubles – Cal Berkeley d. Florida, 6-1
Click Here For Full 2010 USTA National Campus Championship Results
Note: A match using the World TeamTennis format includes sets of men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles and mixed doubles, each game during the match counts as a point towards the overall team score.
Past USTA National Campus Champions (Runner-Up) - Site
2000 - University of North Carolina (University of Texas) - Austin, Texas
2001 - University of North Carolina (University of Texas) - Austin, Texas
2002 - Texas A&M University (University of Texas) - Austin, Texas
2003 - University of Florida (Texas A&M University) - Daytona Beach, Florida
2004 - Texas A&M University (University of Virginia) - Daytona Beach, Florida
2005 - Texas A&M University (University of Texas) - San Diego, California
2006 - Texas A&M University (University of Virginia) - Austin, Texas
2007 - Texas A&M University (University of Virginia) - Cary, North Carolina
2008 - University of Texas (University of California - Berkley) - Cary, North Carolina
2009 - Duke University (University of Wisconsin – Madison) - Surprise, Arizona
2010 - University of California - Berkeley (University of Florida) - Surprise, Arizona
The championship opened on Thursday with 16 four-team pools, with schools advancing to bracket play on Friday and Saturday. The first-place teams from each of the 16 pools advance to the Gold Bracket (that determines the overall champion), the second-place teams from the pools advance to the Silver Bracket, the third place teams advance to the Bronze Bracket and the fourth place-teams to the Copper Bracket.
About the USTA
The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. It owns and operates the US Open, the largest annually attended sporting event in the world, and launched the US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. A not-for-profit organization with 725,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. In addition, it owns the 94 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com.
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