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Duke University Captures Title At 2009 USTA National Campus Championship

Duke University Club Tennis Team - 2009 National Champions
The Duke University Club Tennis Team captured the 2009
USTA National Campus Championship at the Surprise Tennis &
Racquet Complex in Surprise, Arizona.
SURPRISE, AZ. April 18, 2009 – Duke University beat the University of Wisconsin- Madison 26-21 in Saturday’s championship match at the 2009 USTA National Campus Championship at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex. This was the first championship match for either squad and Duke University’s first national title.

Duke jumped out to an early lead, winning men’s doubles 6-1, and women’s singles 6-1. However, the Badgers from Wisconsin clawed their way back into the match when the women’s doubles team of Lindsey Hughes and Amanda Von Horn, won 6-2.

Duke quickly swung the momentum back in their favor when southpaw Thibault Ducarme, captured the men’s singles 6-4. It was a back-and-forth set, but Ducarme’s strong serve and powerful ground strokes were too much to overcome.

Wisconsin hoped for another morning miracle when its’ mixed doubles team captured the set 6-5 forcing an overtime. However, the lead amassed by the Blue Devils earlier in the match was too great of a mountain for the Badgers to climb. Duke ultimately captured the title in overtime.

Duke University Club Tennis Team's Jovanna Pavisic
Duke University Club Tennis Team's
Jovanna Pavisic slices a backhand during
the championship match.
Duke standout Greg Van Winkle had this to say about being crowned USTA National Campus Champion, “It was a little nerve-wracking, but one of the best events I’ve ever been to. Oh man, this is fun, this is a blast.”

Duke reached the Championship match today by ousting Texas A&M in the semifinals 25-19. It was a great run for the Blue Devils who displayed not only excellent tennis, but also great sportsmanship.

Tennis legend Billie Jean King was on hand today and presented the Wisconsin Badgers with its Finalist Trophy. Special guest Jon Vegosen First Vice President, USTA had the honor of presenting Duke with its Championship Trophy.

Championship Match
Duke University d. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 26-21 OT (2-1)
Women's Doubles - Wisconsin d. Duke, 6-2
Women's Singles - Duke d. Wisconsin, 6-2
Men's Doubles - Duke d. Wisconsin, 6-1
Men's Singles - Duke d. Wisconsin, 6-4
Mixed Doubles - Wisconsin d. Duke, 6-5
Overtime: Mixed Doubles - Duke d. Wisconsin 2-1

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.  Click here for full rules.

    • 2009 USTA National Campus Championship (Results)

    • Duke University Club Tennis Team

    • University of Wisconsin - Madison Club Tennis Team

    • World TeamTennis Scorecard

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